Easily Recreate Vinyl Record Scratching in Ableton Live
Record scratching is a trademark in many genres of electronic music. But the idea of lugging around another piece of gear just doesn’t seem worth it to me (and a record player would be a rather larger addition). Oh yea, plus I don’t really know how to scratch on vinyl anyway. I don’t feel bad admitting that because, despite the name AfroDJMac, I’m not a DJ. In my mind, what I do is closer to a singer with a guitar and some effect pedals than DJ-ing. So, since I can’t scratch vinyl or even want to learn at risk of having to carrying around extraneous equipment, I created an Ableton Live Rack to do the job.
Learn the Power of Ableton’s Delay Modes
The video you are about to watch, starts out as a tutorial about the different delay modes on each of Ableton’s delay effect plug ins. There’s a sort of “secret” drop down menu that appears when you right click the title bar of a delay effect. From there you can change the way the delay behaves. About half way through the video I build the Vinyl Record Scratcher using the Repitch Delay Mode. Check it out below and scroll down to download the Vinyl Record Scratcher.
**Pro Tip: Map the “Vinyl Scratch” knob to a cross fader. Cross faders are usually fast moving faders, so it will allow you to quickly make a scratch and turn it back off.
Super Tape Drums for Ableton Live
The drum sounds I used in the video were created with my Super Tape Drums Premium Ableton Live Pack. Long story short: I sampled hundreds of drum sounds to a reel to reel tape and used those samples to create some really awesome Ableton Drum Racks. It’s perfect if you want a warm vintage feel to your drums.