How to DJ: Analog

DJ Ernie Hotsauce layin' down a mix

In this video we see DJ Ernie Hotsauce of Gainesville, Fl, explaining to us how to create a mix using analog turntables. For the purposes of the video, he doesn't bother with actual vynil records, fearing it would take too long to go through his crate and pull out the right tracks. Everything would be done the same way, however, except of course for the amount of time he would be letting each track play as he searched through his crate.

so in this video he is using his analog turntables, hooked up through USB to his Serato Scratch Pro software. Notice that there are actual vynil records on each turntable, but they are special coded records without music on them that allow for real-time manipulation of his mp3s. That's what makes Serato so useful for today's dj!

He is quick to point out that both vynils are starting at about the same point. This is indicated by the green sticker dots he's placed on either record in the same place. This way he knows he can play the same mp3 on both records, allowing him to mix up the song the way he does. As he plays one record, he can turn the other back to the starting point, then switch over the crossfade using the volume slide along the bottom of the mixer. (Both tracks can be heard at all times through the DJs headphones. Someone has to know what's going on!)

Notice on the computer screen the software interface. There are two bright, white circles, each corresponding to one of the record turntables. Along the bottom of the screen is his pool of mp3s, which he has set aside in a special folder for this particular mix. All the songs are already in the order he knows he wants to play them. When he wants to switch songs, he just selects the next song, and sets it to one of the two turntables. When he moves the crossfade over to the right side, the song associated with the right-hand record will be heard. When he moves the crossfade to the left, the left record can be heard. When in the middle, both records play simultaneously, allowing for smooth song transition.

Rather than use effects, DJ Hotsauce is manipulating his records by scratching and mixing the two tracks together. When both records are set for the same song, he can create a repetitive mix of the same few bars by playing one side while setting up the other! Or, he can use both records for different songs, match the beats, and create a cool mash-up!