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post #11 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-25-2013, 05:51 PM
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shows how long i've been out of it! if someone made that pad, that would be awesome. something to research, but also can be done for free with simple household shit.

i am only really good with my right hand on the crossfader. i never took the time to learn to scratch both ways, and always either did simple things with the left hand, or reversed my cross fader and reached over. i'd even like to put both decks on the left of the mixer if i could, and just reverse the fader to change decks.. i would definitely spend time scratching 'switch' because it will come back to haunt you. always planning for certain wax on one side of the decks only will be a lot to think about, and if it didn't matter, you could crush in any situation.

since i switched to playing dubplates, i've pretty much abandoned any sort of turntablism, as mixing with them doesn't leave much room for platter control - they don't track for shit, and are extremely touchy
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one other thing - i have a lot of friends who are not as good on both sides at every single type of scratch... this is cool, cause each side has it's strength. it's nice to be able to do everything, both ways, but it can help to vary your techniques so you're not boring to watch. maybe get more technical with moving the record/platter with your stronger hand, and focus on simple fader movements, with tougher movements on the deck, etc. kinda like i can't really heelflip very well on a skateboard, but can nollie/switch heelflip super easy. i'm sure in riding a snowboard, you have some of the same things going on. just do what feels good!
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Interesting. I moved both my 12s to the left of my mixer and just reverse the xfader. My right hand is definitely better than pushing the platter than my left but my right hand is waaaaaay better at tweaking the faders than my left. If I had to pick a use for it it would be on the mixer.

I also tried setting the up faders to sharp and reverse them and tapped them down to do chirps and flares and this works well too, but then you lose ability to fade your channels which I think is way too crippling.
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sounds like you're doing what you like to do, which is way cooler than what anyone else will tell you what to do.. go on then!
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Lol this asym setup makes juggling a mind fuck tho!
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work on scratching on your off hand deck by crossing your wrists... if that makes any sense. right hand stays on the fader, left hand wikkii wikkiis whichever record. turn your shoulder to help with ergo.

also, set sharp curves for the volume faders and learn to scratch those.
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work on scratching on your off hand deck by crossing your wrists... if that makes any sense. right hand stays on the fader, left hand wikkii wikkiis whichever record. turn your shoulder to help with ergo.

also, set sharp curves for the volume faders and learn to scratch those.
this is what i do. i even flip my crossfader hand to go the other way so i don't have to reverse the fader. shred is on point with this, but it doesn't hurt to have some 'switch' skills
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I kind of figured it might not hurt to be able to tweak it left handed with the right on the platter but my left hand is soooooo slow even doing basic techs like chirps or 1 clicks.

I tried scratching with my left hand crossing my right to get to the right deck and working the platter, right hand on the fader but it feels weird working the fader backwards (thumb tweaking it instead of my middle finger) and I feel like I over run and knock the tone arm half the time with my clumsy fucking left arm/hand.

Oh well, more practice. Errry day. Sometimes I just give up and try some new mixes/mashups for a bit and then go back to turntablism basics.
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it's really annoying to learn... but the more time you spend on it, the more time you have on it. if that makes sense...
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For sure. Any of your SSL experts know if there's a function to instantly pull up the same track at the same point that's playing on the other channel? Do you need to be internal mode? I've seen two DJs do this and it looks like a really good tool to have for doing some interesting tricks or if spinning with only one deck/control signal.
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