Friday, July 10, 2009
I first encountered Serato Scratch Live
at a house party a couple of years ago. I had lugged in a stack of about thirty records—the other DJ lugged in his laptop, this little box…and his entire rig. My first impression of the device basically amounted to, “That’s neat. Looks simple enough and it’s obvious that things have come a long way since Final Scratch. But, hey, buddy! Your 128k constant bit rate MP3s sound like shit!”
Last Sunday, however, I saw the same gear in the hands of someone who actually had decent, recently-downloaded tracks instead of a scattered collection of crappy dance music remixes from the late 1990’s. Lo, I am impressed!
This got me thinking about some of the excuses I’ve given myself in the past for not “going digital.”