What gear should I get to learn how to scratch on?
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    Default What gear should I get to learn how to scratch on?

    I want to get a main set for my room, and take out on special occasions.

    I already have a S2, but I want a mixer and some turntables, what do you guys recommend? I can't spend a lot of money

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    just learn on the s2 for now. you can at least start getting the muscle memory of scratching and using the crossfader down. i would save up for some technics for the long run though, which you can sometimes find for a good deal on craigslist and the like. i think it's better to learn that way then to buy crappy turntables only to upgrade later since you currently have everything you need to get your feet wet.
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    Definitely get a turntable, I scratch a lot and theres no comparison between an S4/S2 to a turntable. One of the biggest problems I have with the S4/S2 is that neither give you any kind of feedback for where your cue point is (VCI 380 has the LED circle). Although you can learn on an S4/2 it's much better to learn on vinyl, you have a greater range of motion and you don't have to look at your computer screen to see where your sample is. Nothing against the laptop I just find it better to be looking at what your hands are doing, I feel it reinforces the learning.

    You could also upgrade to the S4 and do timecode vinyl with it. If you can afford a tech 1200 get one, if not you can always get a cheaper direct drive stanton turntable. I started with that and some butter rugs (essential, since the torque is lower) and I got by just fine.

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    pick up a cheap super OEM turntable and a basic scratch mixer. Shouldnt cost you more the $250-300.

    I picked up a pair of stanton t120cs and a behringer nox404 for 450 or so

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    I am a huge fan of direct drive CD players, ie, CDJ's with motorized platters. I think the combination of something spinning plus the versatility of having CDs is pretty cool when it comes to hardware. I however am completely done with hardware and have gone the full MIDI route, but that's a different discussion. and it must be said, I will still miss the pull of the platter at my fingers.
    oh, I'm selling my denon DN-S3500's right now. just throwing that out there

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    Save your money for 1200/1210's. Anything else is shite, and only a f*cking noob would tell you otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snoemu5a View Post
    Save your money for 1200/1210's. Anything else is shite, and only a f*cking noob would tell you otherwise.
    you are a fucking idiot. Having owned techs and a bunch of super OEm decks, the stanton St150s are superior to 1200s in every way for scratching. Only fanboy morons who haven't used them say otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snoemu5a View Post
    Save your money for 1200/1210's. Anything else is shite, and only a f*cking noob would tell you otherwise.
    Shame on you, sir.

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    Get decks, 1200/1210s/SuperOEM/Stanton STR8 150s are all good.

    You can do the basics with any mixer, though getting something with a GOOD crosfader, and nice clear area around the faders is a plus in the longer term
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    If I were buying a new TT it would be the stanton... used I would still probably lean towards a 1200. I really am a Technics fanboy, they really made a solid piece of gear, but that day is done and the stantons seem like the current champion.

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