It doesn’t seem too long ago that I was questioning whether using a digital vinyl system was cheating or not. I knew because I would be able to see the waveforms in Serato that It would be easier to mix, flat out. I also knew that this would make me able to mix faster without having to switch the records. Basically I thought to myself that these improvements to technology would make me a better DJ without sacrificing the time to master the skill. To a new-schooler this sounds like a bunch of jargon but not too long back it was all about your ability to mix and keep the records synced(just using your ears). Anything else was not excepted in the Detroit Techno scene. This is hard to do and most people cannot do it. Aspiring DJ’s would run away crying at the thought of having to beat-match. Many said “I cannot do this” and stopped aspiring. Nowadays anybody with a laptop could quickly learn to be a “passable” mixer as far as beat-matching goes. The thing that I learned through my experience with helping people DJ with laptops is that they don’t understand concepts of song structure(notes, measures). They think that because they have the songs synced and it looks good on the screen that they’re good to go out and be a superstar. Sure they can get a gig at a small bar or nightclub but in a more populated environment with more people paying attention to the details, they could be potentially humiliated. Especially when the sound shuts off, they have no idea what to do, and everyone is booing. I have seen this countless times. So there is something to say about DJing with vinyl. It can teach you more about music and train your ears to notice the details. Nowadays with the big debate over controllers it reminds me of when timecode was considered to be “whack”. Now Serato and Traktor Scratch are socially acceptable and everyone forgets that they in essence are controllers too. So if you’re a Serato Scratch or Traktor Scratch user dissing controllerists, then you should recognize and shhh! Real DJs use vinyl and will be the realest until they’re all dead and the new DJ’s have controller chips in their brains that spin all their electro house and dubstep telepathically. Techno and House music DJ’s should spin vinyl. Let’s bring it back. If you DJ pop music then use whatever you want because you get no respect anyways. At least at The Detroit Techno House.