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Serato: Calibrating your system

For those of you who are getting geared up for your gigs this weekend, here’s a little ‘educational something something’ I found from Serato to help ensure we’re getting the cleanest possible signals and minimise the chances of clutching and skipping.

Before I share this however, I just want to say that life is better with vinyl…

What’s all this about Noise Thresholds?

It all sounds a bit scary but it’s actually quite simple. The noise threshold in Scratch Live is the level, where anything below, is considered noise and is ignored by the software. Because a turntable stylus is so sensitive, it’s going to pick up noise from the environment as well as the signal on the record. In a noisy party or banging club, the effects can be considerable. For this reason it’s important to set this correctly.

Scopes? What the…

Those cheeky circles in the setup screen. The scope views on the setup screen in Scratch Live display the input signal as a phase diagram. Basically it’s just a way of visualizing the quality of your control signal and how well Scratch Live is tracking it. The key factors to look at on the scope display are crisp clean lines, round shape, and the tracking percentage in the lower right corner.

How to properly calibrate your setup

1) Turn the sound system up the level you will be playing at during your performance.

2) Play a track from an audio CD or from the other deck in internal mode.

3) Place the needle on the record but keep the turntable stopped.

4) Click and hold down the Estimate button for a few seconds – Scratch Live will estimate the optimal threshold setting for the current environment. Alternatively you can try manually moving the estimate slider to the right until you notice the number in theupper-right corner of the scope view stops fluctuating.

You should be at the best point for good tracking of the vinyl movement and ignoring noise.

5) Repeat this process for each deck.

6) Once you have set the threshold, start both turntables. For optimal performance the inner ring should be as close to circular as possible. Use the scope zoom slider (1x to 16x) to zoom in or out as necessary. Use the scope L/R balance and P/A balance controls to adjust the shape of the inner ring. The number in the top left corner of the scope view gives the current absolute position within the control record or CD. The number in the top right corner is the current speed in RPM.

In the bottom left is the current threshold setting, and the number in the bottom right shows the percentage of readable signal – this number should be at least 85% when your system is calibrated properly.

Shepard Fairey (Obey) & Z-Trip – Sound & Vision

Exhibition 19th Oct – 4th Nov
Artwork by Shepard Fairey

I’m not sure if any of you remember a similar event where DJ Food had teamed up with ‘Judge Dredd’ artist Henry Flint to do the artwork for his album ‘The Search Engine’ and held an exhibition earlier this year.

Well this time, it happening the other way round this time with artist – Shepard Fairey (Obey), reaching out to one of my favourite Dj/Producers – Z-Trip, who have announced their exhibition which starts on the Oct 19th through to the Nov 4th.

Shepard’s collaboration with Z-Trip is to create a sound track that captures the essence and enriches the event.

RSVP Required so if you are thinking of going send an email to:


H*E*R*D @ Lockside Lounge

H*E*R*D – Lockside Lounge 10th Birthday
Saturday 13th October
Lockside Lounge
Camden, London

Lockside Lounge is turning 10 this weekend and to celebrate, the mighty H*E*R*D is back!!

DJ Vee will be joined by big hitters Brad Baloo (The Nextmen) & Sofrito Don Frankie Francis.

BBQ and booty shakin’ till late.

Click here for the Facebook event

Free Download: Fort Knox Five – RIPEcast Mix (free for 10days)

Hey guys check out this mix from ‘Fort Knox Five’, a well known production team that have been dropping bombs on the floors since the release of numerous remixes and singles in 2003.

These guys absolutely kill it with their array of instruments, electronic beats and effects, soulful and funky melodies bottomed out nicely with kick arse bass-lines.

Some of the dope tracks under their belt have been remixes for  likes of A.Skillz, Krafty Kuts, Kraak & Smaak, Ursula 1000, Dynamo Productions, and Mo’ Horizons, as well as Tito Puente, Louis Armstrong, and Bob Marley…!!

If you haven’t got on to them before then don’t waste another waking moment, get this and then do some research:

Click to Play/Pause, Right Click to D/L

(File is downloadable until 21st Oct 2012)

Ol’School CB Pictures!!!

Hi all,

Hope you’re doing well.

As you know we have been working hard on the next event on the 24th of November at Bar-a-bar in Dalston as well as on our new website.

In doing this I’ve been going through all the pictures from our early days and i i was doing this flashbacks were hitting me left, right and centre setting me up for the assault of wave after wave of nostalgia.

Copious Beats I
Copious Beats II

I have to say that we are a bunch of gorgeous smiling people…

Anyway, on a side note, what you think of the new site?

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