I just saw a video series that I would recommend starting off DJs take a look at here.
It is done by the guy behind Digital DJ Tips, and it is informative, if a little dry and slow with the information/'how-to' that I had expected.
The Digital DJ Tips website(and companion email series), is generally helpful and has a nice active community which is based in the UK. Most of the information definitely crosses over and is relevant state-side.
The guy behind it all (Phil Morse) is an experienced producer and club promoter who really knows what he's talking about. You can tell that he's got a lot of knowledge if you watch more of the videos. Somehow it seems like it is mostly gained from real-life experience rather than focused study in a collegiate/scientific manner.
I was interested to see the waveforms in the video in real-time as his guest was scratching. It kind of took the mystique away, which is good for the beginner, and brought the idea of digital scratching closer to a reality in my mind.
I will be watching the whole series. They are only about 10 minutes each, which is a nice sized portion for something like this, but my biggest gripe was the lack of what I would call 'real' information. Phil seemed to dance around digging into the info, seeming to cater to brand new DJs with kind of "fluffy" comments and generalizations, like:
"Any new controller should be able to scratch"
"Using any of the big 3 softwares you will be able to scratch"
Although mostly true, the real information lies in answering questions like, what are the pros and cons to Traktor/Serato/VDJ? Or, "Which controller under $300 would be best to purchase if I want to scratch?"
Again, if you're interested in the 'lite' version of this info, check this guy out.
I also highly recommend DJ Tech Tools which is run stateside by a huge figure in DJ culture - Ean Golden. They are also the creators of the Midi-Fighter series of controllers. I love the concept of these and the 3D is currently on my gear wish-list.
Until next time,