• Elmiro

    Hi, Congratulations, this technique is really fantastic.

    I downloaded well the pack, but when I open to simpler he does not propose me the scratch document (biggie agapella, white noise and sine wave)

    How do I have to make?

  • Ahmed Gazra

    How ÚÇ?? video brought some stuff and ivy Top

  • MultiZicko

    Is there any possible way to make the scratches using no knob? Like dynamic, so it changes frequency each time you press the button/key on midi controller?

  • http://www.facebook.com/fo.manchen Fo Man-chen

    thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou…….

  • http://www.facebook.com/fo.manchen Fo Man-chen

    thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou…….

  • http://www.facebook.com/todd.jensen.378 Todd Jensen

    So they Nay Sayers suggest that if you want a scratch sound in a set, you must bring a turntable. So then it stands to reason that if you wanted to add a heavy guitar sound to a song, you should then be required to bring a guitar and amp as well. God help you if you wanted to open your set with a big orchestral piece..Coming from the mind set of a being a musician first, I have to say that if you play other peoples records (or CDs, MP3s WAVs etc) then you have absolutely no right whatsoever to judge how others can play the sounds the want to play. If it makes the people feel. then it is good. Great tut man! thanks!

  • David Vulich

    i cant get my biggie sample to fine tune….it keeps moving in chunks….any one who isnt a noob to ableton know how i can get my sample to move more smoothly….thanks……peace!

  • calkutta

    great video zach…the haters are jus upset because the ‘biggie’ skratch sounded so cool and on point.they probably couldnt even hit that with their turntable.i skratch on vinyl everyday and thought this was awesome.tell the haters that ‘one of the greatest tablist in the world’ D-styles,must be a bitch cuz he made that video skratching like a master onna vestax spin….if they are so HARDCORE,WHY USE DVS,WHY USE BATTLE RECORDS?-HYPOCRISY IS THE GREATEST LUXURY-disposable heroes.Props to you and ean and the whole DJTT team.its all part of being innovating…people are always gonna say ‘NO,NO, you arent real’…what is real?..real is being you,and sharing what you learn.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thealexcaste Alex Caste

    Mad Zach I see you use the midi fighter. What else do you use in your studio? And, what do you use when playign a gig?

  • beatmantra

    hi zac
    i downloaded the scratch template for ableton and only got the three sample scratches and thats it. Nothing else was in the drum rack. I called, and DJTT told me that’s all i was supposed to get. Is this correct? Bless

  • Chandra

    thanks alot

  • Fantom

    AWESOME!I#ve been searching for this trick for a LONG time

  • Cuee

    where can i download them from?

  • Spin99

    Great video dude, really helpful

  • woooooooo

    the drum rack is not recognizing the midi signal viva m audio keyboard …. ableton is – yet i cant get the play icons … :( any input ?

  • Iquake

    Can this work with the APc 40?

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrewsager Andrew Sager

    how can I get this to work with my apc20?

  • Daft-e

    Thank you Zach, I already put it into practice, check it out! http://soundcloud.com/dafte/tribute-to-nujabes-unmastered – Are those samples royalty free? or should I take them off my song to sell? xP

  • http://www.facebook.com/stefan.gavrilescu.71 Stefan Gavrilescu

    the same for traktor? what FX you need?

  • kson

    great video. a tutorial for traktor pro 2 would be awesome

  • Daniel Herrera

    How can this be mapped to a traktor kontrol f1

  • mellonhead

    great technique! it’s funny to navigate from a synth blog to here and see such similarities. over there, old people complaining about software and wishing for good old analog days. here, it’s the same debate. yes you may get more sound variation off of a record, but at the end of the day you’re still just rhythmically moving a fader or eq knobs while wiggling a record.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.northern Andrew Northern

    Great article! I added a little twist. I changed my sample from complex pro or beat to pitch. Then i mapped the bpm to a knob and adjusted the minimum and maximum. Its a little harder to control but works well if you have a knob with a notch in it so you can feel zero but I think it has a more authentic pitch variance then the pitch envelope.

  • REO

    Amazing. Short and to the point

  • thebigblaa

    So next we add smart knobs to simplify?

  • thebigblaa

    Best Tutorial I’ve seen in a long time – Well done Zack.

  • Mitch

    That’s super cool. Even though I’ve never even tried messing with Ableton, I find this stuff super interesting.

  • Razzlesnaz

    Mad Zach drops more science! Thank you sir for the education, always.

  • Fressure

    My knobs don’t work and I have a LE MF Pro

    • Mad Zach

      make sure you go into your midi preferences first “file/preferences/midi setup” and select “ON” for Track and Remote next to “Midi Fighter…”

  • Grey Ghost

    BEST DJTT TUT YET!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jh822 James Thunderb Holt

    I think it’s great!!!! Nice work.

  • DJ React

    Seriously this is a joke right. Scratching is something that is done with a turntable an mixer and takes actual skill and practice to perform. It’s the same as a guitarist being able to express themselves in a solo. This is basically taking an art form and turning it into a video game and what’s worse is that the scratching sounds the same. No expression. If you want to add scratching to your sets do it the hard way and learn and practice on a pair of turntables cause this is just sad and honestly the real djs are laughing at this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/baccarinifranco Franco Baccarini

      Like “real” musician laugh when a dj “play”.

      If we still think “my art is better than yours”, the fighting never ends.

      • DJ React

        If you want to use a controller to DJ with that’s up to you and I don’t hate on that but to take something that was meant to be done with turntables and program it like a video game is just nonsense. All I’m saying is if you want to scratch learn to do it the right way. Like one of the posts above this is just the easy way of doing things and it doesn’t even sound good.

        • Spacecamp

          “take something that was meant to be done with turntables” – uh, aren’t you forgetting the basis of scratching and turntablism? None of it was meant to be done with anything; it all started off as tricks and record hackery. 

          And let’s be real – there’s a LOT of mediocre scratching in the world by people who have learned how to do it “the right way”. The method by which someone creates a scratch-style sound is completely independent of their ability to make it sound musical and interesting. 

          • DJ React

            You’re right scratching was made by accident using what….a turntable and mixer. Maybe you’re listening to people who don’t really no how to cut and that’s what you’re comment is based off of but this method shown in the video is a joke because there’s no variation no expression which you can only get by doing it with a turntable and mixer. I can guarantee if you took someone doing this and had them perform it in front of a crowd then had the likes of qbert doing his thing the real DJ is gonna shine. This is just another way for the guys who don’t wanna take the time to learn how to do it properly. It makes it easy just like everything else and takes away from the craft

          • Madzach

            anyone who is offended by this tutorial must be very insecure. I clearly stated a million times this isn’t meant to replace normal scratching. Its just a cool sound design trick meant to teach people more about how to make cool sounds. P.S. most of the “scratch records” that people like qbert release are made using sound design techniques like this in the studio that they then press to vinyl and re-scratch. Understanding the mechanics behind this type of sound is interesting and informative. Its a production and performance technique and involves its own skillset: sound design, finger drumming, crabbing. There is no moral debate, its just a thing you can do. 

          • DJ React

            Most of the technics that you are describing take skill and practice to learn how to do using a turntable and mixer this method requires you to mash a button and turn a knob and although you’ll compare that to being the same as using a cross fader and your hand on a record it’s not. Just the word arcade crabbing doesn’t sound right. Being able to scratch is a skill and takes practice this does not anyone can do it very easily which goes back to my first point of this is just something else to make something that takes time and practice easier

          • Mad Zach

            using a turntable is a more advanced technique that allows you to get a totally different sound (and much more variation), not only that but you can get more dynamics. Thats why this isn’t meant to replace turntablism. However, arcade crabbing (and scratch macro’s in general) allow the player to take a traditional scratch skillset and apply it to principles like synthesis, sampling, and other elements of the digital revolution that aren’t accessible with vinyl. For example I like to integrate these macro’s into drumracks full of different drum and synth sounds so I can play a pad routine and implement crab style playing into a beat on the fly.

          • Spacecamp

            “there’s no variation no expression which you can only get by doing it with a turntable and mixer” 
            You really don’t see variation and expression here? I highly encourage you to download the template and try it for yourself. Remember, this is just a technique tutorial – how it gets used creatively is a completely different step. The idea is that these techniques then allow people to create even more inventive and unique ways to perform. ”This is just another way for the guys who don’t wanna take the time to learn how to do it properly.”
            Or perhaps for the guys who don’t have a need to incorporate turntables into an Ableton Live set – which would be nearly every Ableton performer I’ve ever seen. Stop trying to compare these techniques to scratching on vinyl. The resulting sounds are similar, but they both have completely different applications and potential uses. 

            Maybe try this analogy on for size:
            Turntablism:Unicycling :: Controllerism:Bicycling

          • DJ React

            Really you think turntabalism is a unicycle to controller ism as a bicycle. Ok next time you’re doing you’re controllerism take the sync off

          • Connor

            You gentlemen (Spacecamp and MZ) have done an admirable job of trying to satisfy this troll’s desires… but I am afraid his appetite may be insatiable. I’m sure others have benefited from your explanations though! :)

          • DJ React

            Hey I’m far from a troll number one. Number two I always enjoy the articles and posts on techtools but this is one thing that I think should be left alone by controllerists. Like I said if you wanna learn to scratch pick up a deck and mixer and practice because there’s no reason you can’t add it to whatever setup you are using.

          • Mistermr

            You can’t compare the two, turntablism started because they took something and used it for something that wasn’t intended. The same then happened 20 years later with laptops/controllers – but to be a controllerist is to layer tracks, utilize cue points, and to use extensive samples and effects. To use a sample of an action that by definition is more of a freestyle type of movement and to make it rigid and less fluid is just silly.

          • Spacecamp

            “to make it rigid and less fluid is just silly.” 
            I take it you haven’t downloaded the template and tried it for yourself? It’s pretty damn fluid and expressive. 

          • Mistermr

            The template that does most of the work for you?

          • DJ React

            Ok so you say this is a way for ableton “djs” can bring scratching into their sets so why not try and learn to actually scratch and incorporate a turntable and mixer into your setup. Like i said this is the easy way and no matter what I say you’ll have answer why I’m wrong and you’re right.

          • Mistermr

            And not only that but the fact that a controllerist could easily hook up a turntable and incorporate it the right way just shines more light on the laziness involved. If I want to add controller routines to my set, I’m not going to just prerecord one anprerecord spin on my timecode vinyl. It would be stupid and pointless.

  • Durtyjerzy609

    arghhhhhh…. i accidently deleted the email with Mad Zachs new ableton goodies.. any one know how i can get these PLEASE ! ! ! !

  • http://twitter.com/GUNNERBASS GUNNER BASS

    awesome! still wondering about the timing though with Ableton for scratch emulation. 

    i attempted this a couple years back but had dummy clips looping with manually drawn in pitch envelopes, unlinked.  the result eliminated the need for an extra knob assigned to pitch envelope since the dummy clip would just ‘play’ pitch at a random loop, and then i just used one knob for the ‘cue point’ in sampler. honestly what you did sounds identical to what i came up with, but mine is waaaay more of a pain in the ass LOL. but again i wish the timing was tighter. i don’t think it’s a human error thing in this case. i’ll have to wipe the dust off my “ALLSCRATCH” rack and compare to what you have =). nice work! 

  • Mistermr

    I’m sorry but no. This is silly. If you wanna scratch, then pick up a record and scratch. Using a gimmick to fool an audience is just not classy. It’s just a way to sound like you know how without practicing.

    Fail.

  • Mistermr

    I’m sorry but no. This is silly. If you wanna scratch, then pick up a record and scratch. Using a gimmick to fool an audience is just not classy. It’s just a way to sound like you know how without practicing.

    Fail.

  • SPEC4

    THanks Zack for listening when i asked for more ableton tutorials especially ones like this.

  • SPEC4

    THanks Zack for listening when i asked for more ableton tutorials especially ones like this.

  • DonmecZ

    Bravo! Keep up the excellent trickery!
    -One

  • DonmecZ

    Bravo! Keep up the excellent trickery!
    -One

  • Shawnydenjoi

    You are officialy awesome! Thanks for what you do and how you share it with all of us!

  • Shawnydenjoi

    You are officialy awesome! Thanks for what you do and how you share it with all of us!

  • Santoro_matt

    I do something similar. I have scratch sounds at different buttons on the xone 4d. Then use the cross fader to get that cut scratch sound. Good times. :)

  • Santoro_matt

    I do something similar. I have scratch sounds at different buttons on the xone 4d. Then use the cross fader to get that cut scratch sound. Good times. :)

  • sneg

    Thank you, man!

  • sneg

    Thank you, man!

  • guest

    turntable + scratching = dinosaur

  • guest

    turntable + scratching = dinosaur

    • JuanSOLO

      scratching – turntable = mediocrity

    • JuanSOLO

      scratching – turntable = mediocrity

    • Fjdgdgd

      Except the fact, one is art one is gimmick…

      You could never battle or improv like normal.

      Everyone I find somethin I want to scratch with… I just do it. Don’t have to say ….. Hang on guys lemme set up my ableton to poser mode!

      • http://www.facebook.com/steveteeps Steve Teeple

        Jesus listen to you guys. Who cares its all performance regardless. Stop living in the close minded past and look forward. People now use everything from turn tables to controllers, cant STAND purist bulls**t about vinyl etc. Just love the music and stop complaining.

    • Fjdgdgd

      Except the fact, one is art one is gimmick…

      You could never battle or improv like normal.

      Everyone I find somethin I want to scratch with… I just do it. Don’t have to say ….. Hang on guys lemme set up my ableton to poser mode!

    • turntableguy

      turntable = hiphop

  • Popo

    can we do that with Kontrol F1?

    • MadZach

      you can sort of do the noise scratch but unfortunately not the others because Traktor does not support pitch envelopes, and does not have a fully fleshed sampler. That said, Traktor can scratch already so maybe its not as relevant

    • MadZach

      you can sort of do the noise scratch but unfortunately not the others because Traktor does not support pitch envelopes, and does not have a fully fleshed sampler. That said, Traktor can scratch already so maybe its not as relevant

      • Who Said?

        could you not map the knob to the pitch bend and turn key lock off? (i plan on giving that a try when i get home)

      • Who Said?

        could you not map the knob to the pitch bend and turn key lock off? (i plan on giving that a try when i get home)

        • Mad Zach

          let us know how it goes!

  • Popo

    can we do that with Kontrol F1?

  • http://spencerthayer.tumblr.com Spencer “Thunderball” Thayer

    Good tips. It’s a nice alternative to the Dubspot tactic. http://dubspot.squarespace.com/blog/2009/4/14/pseudo-scratching-in-ableton-live-8.html

  • http://spencerthayer.tumblr.com Spencer “Thunderball” Thayer

    Good tips. It’s a nice alternative to the Dubspot tactic. http://dubspot.squarespace.com/blog/2009/4/14/pseudo-scratching-in-ableton-live-8.html

  • http://twitter.com/NoLeftTurn Donny

    OK, that is pretty darn slick.

  • http://twitter.com/NoLeftTurn Donny

    OK, that is pretty darn slick.

  • http://twitter.com/DonnyYehYehYeh Donny Yeh

    OK, that is pretty darn slick.

  • http://twitter.com/DonnyYehYehYeh Donny Yeh

    OK, that is pretty darn slick.

  • Slak Jaw

    Great video! I would love to see something similar for Traktor Pro ;)

  • Slak Jaw

    Great video! I would love to see something similar for Traktor Pro ;)

  • Ilasik

    Great tutorial.  Appreciate it the clear explanation.

  • Dj Msn

    dope!

  • Anonymous

    Great tutorial for a new Ableton user like me, this’ll really help me dive deeper into your awesome soundpacks and put them to use.  Keep the videos coming.

    The “User Voice page” link is empty? – I’d love a tutorial on how to expand and add my own sounds to Mad Zach’s MF3D performance environment.

    • Spacecamp

      Strange – it’s loading fine for me… you’re just seeing an empty page? 

    • Spacecamp

      Strange – it’s loading fine for me… you’re just seeing an empty page? 

      • Anonymous

        It works now.

      • Anonymous

        It works now.

  • Jim

    Damn you Mad Zach!! How am I suppose to get any work done with all these amazing sound packs. Loving my MF Pro LE, best controller I own :)

  • Steve

    freaking awesome, Mad Zach!!!!1

  • Alxbeginner

    Dat shit be pretty cool :)