DJ Culture on the Page

DJ culture on the page

The World of DJs and the Turntable Culture by Todd Souvignier

This book was published in 2003 as a basic introduction to DJ culture. It explores some of the technology we use, the history behind where it came from, and where it might be heading in the future. It features interviews with some very notable artists including DJ QBert, Armand Van Helden, and Rob Swift.

I currently use Serato DJ to control and manipulate my music files with real turntables. Prior to that, I used an early version of the software entitle Scratch Live. I didn’t know that it started out as a plug-in for Digidesign Pro Tools. At the time of publication, a stand-alone product, like the one we call Serato today, was only in the development stage.

There is an appendix at the back of the book with some tutorials on how to beat match, slip cue, and scratch.

While this is not the best book I have read on the subject, it covers the bases well and I did learn a few things.

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