Numark PT01 Scratch Portable Turntable: Craze or Long Term Portable Solution?
Numark PT01 Scratch Portable Turntable is exactly what it says on the tin: it is a scratch turntable that you can use on the go.
The Portablism scene has really taken off recently, with portable scratching of 7 inch vinyl becoming somewhat of a craze. The Numark PT01 taps into this demand, offering a fully portable scratching solution.
The big question is then, is the Numark PT01 Scratch a fad that simply rides the wave of the newest craze, or is it model that will stand the test of time? Let’s take a look.
In terms of appearance, the PTO1 Scratch is essentially the earlier PT01 turntable with a scratch switch attached.
The PT01 Scratch showcases a black and red paint job that offers a contemporary look. The model also comes kitted out with a useful handle, so you really can pick up and play wherever you want.
The model offers a wealth of connectivity options. Look out for a collection of RCA outputs alongside dual headphone outputs.
We really like the option of 1/8 inch mini input that allows you to quickly and easily connect a device such as a mobile phone or tablet to the model and then scratch to the beat.
You can also control the volume of the input too, and then play it through the model’s in-built speakers. This feature exemplifies the portability and accessibility of the model, allowing users to pick up scratching where and when they like, maybe even just with their mobile for kit.
It is little details like this that truly enhance the model.
Power it up
Let’s talk about power. Obviously given that ‘portable’ is in its name, you would expect the model to be free from the burden of cables and wires that tie you to the nearest power socket. We are pleased to confirm that this is the case and that the model is accompanied by six D batteries, allowing you to take your portable turntable literally anywhere (within reason of course).
Scratch to your heart’s content on the train, between sets or even chilling out in your PJs in front of the TV.
If you want to plug in you still can thanks to the inclusion of a slip mat and power adapter, all you need is to find a mains.
Whether you’re bunking down for a long session or you want to scratch where and when is easiest for you, the model features power options that suit both ways of working.
Adjustable Scratch Switch
Let’s take a closer look at the Adjustable Scratch Switch. Firstly it is brilliantly user-friendly as it is easily adjustable for both left-handed and right-handed scratching styles. All of you need to do is unscrew the scratch switch and adjust it to your needs.
The scratch and slide switch offers long-lasting performance, so you can be assured that its durable design will withstand the most intense of scratching sessions.
In the event that your switch starts to show signs of wear and tear, you can easily replace it thanks to its user-replacement design. Also look out for the red slip mat that will protect the model while you bang out some heavy-handed scratches.
Overall, considering its accessible price point the model offers a whole lot of fun.
It is probably the only affordable model for upcoming portablists currently on the market. The PT01 Scratch is also a fantastic entry level model for aspiring scratchers.
On the whole, the PT01 Scratch is more than a flash in a pan; it is a fun and accessible model at an affordable price point.