It’s a mantra, it’s a meme: Real DJs play vinyl. Or, do they? Vinyl has classic technique, a warm tone, and nostalgia associated with it. Digital files, in recent memory, are associated with pressing the space bar and poorer-quality sound. Yet, established professionals – Paul Van Dyk and Sasha are frequently cited – have made the shift from turntables to laptops. Who’s right?
The Feel and Sound of Vinyl
Although CDJ-2000s, in recent years, have replaced turntables at clubs, newer is not always better. DJs making the case for vinyl identify the sound and feel, first and foremost. In the present, vinyl, as a release format, is making a comeback, and when it comes to sound with a club system, it has the upper hand. CDs are subpar, and digital files’ quality varies widely with type.
But, beyond the technical scope, CDs and digital files are considered sterile. When Crossfadr interviewed Joe Nice last month, the dubstep DJ made the case for digital files’ lack of expressive measures. Instead, vinyl, or analog, he told us: “