Where can I find scratch tools and samples for scratching?
There’s so much choice now for battle tools. It all depends on what kind of turntablist you are.
If you’re more of a traditional turntablist looking for hip hop influenced stuff, I recommend DJ Babu’s – Super Duck Breaks (classic tool), DJ Craze – Bully Breaks, DJ Atrak – Ganster Breaks, and there’s plenty on the Dirtstyle label such as Thud Rumble’s – Needle Thrashers Alpha.
If you’re more into the European sound of battle turntablism (synthetic electronic industrial techy stuff) you might wanna try stuff on the Breakz R Uz label by people such as DJ Peabird, DJ Clear etc. I’ve been told tools by DJ Tigerstle, Awekid & Muzzel, and I.E. Merg are good.
It’s always useful to have a trusty skipless tool such as the highly popular, Q-Bert – Superseal.
When I started DJing, DJ Rectangle was pretty much the only one making tools. He’s released a whole series of Battle Weapons which are great all-rounders – some classic familiar hop hop beats, tones, skipless sounds, and his trademark Kung Fu movie samples!
For digital scratch tools (as well as digital music downloads), check the DJ Tools section on popular online stores such as www.junodownload.com.
World DMC champion DJ Vajra has kindly put together a digital scratch tool for free download here: