Portablism is a rising trend in DJing and Numark are now in the game with the PT01 Scratch portable turntable. You’ll have no trouble taking the PT01 out on the road with its built-in speakers, battery power option and 1/8″ input. The latter has adjustable gain and allows you to add a beat from your phone or other device.
Numark PT01 Scratch set for portable and studio use
The built-in Adjustable Scratch Switch enables custom scratch effects to be added. Numark haven’t forgotten the studio either, as there’s a USB output that allows recording directly to a computer. The US retail is $129 and will be in stores for Summer 2016.
Numark product manager Chris Roman commented:
“We know that DJs want to take their music outside and not be restricted to where they practice their art. That’s why our portable turntable business is exploding…The PT01 Scratch takes the portable turntable to the next level by being the only one to provide a real scratch switch.”
Numark build off PT01 Portable turntable model
The Numark PT01 Scratch builds off the success of the Numark PT01 Portable turntable and retro-styled Numark PT01 Touring turntable. But the Scratch ain’t your daddy’s turntable. Numark provided a modern design with red and black paint colour scheme that will be familiar to anyone who has used their DJ controllers. The company did ruin the effect a little by trying too hard with the lingo though:
“While keeping FRESH with a dope paint job…”
The PT01 Scratch can run on six batteries or the included AC adapter. There’s 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM settings, RCA line output and headphone output. The whole unit has a carrying case so you can protect it on the go. The Scratch Switch can be adjusted for right-handed or left-handed scratching styles and it’s also user-replaceable.
Numark don’t list the speaker or cartridge specs for the PT01 Scratch unfortunately, which suggests they aren’t very high-end. The company also neglected to include a fader, nor does it appear easy to add one. Obviously they were focused on keeping the price down.