Livetronica comes equipped with two virtual turntables, which rival every other turntable emulator available in every respect and contain some novel features. The Livetronica turntables give you an astounding range of sensitivity and friction controls, as well as something not found on any other program: beat splicing and pitch quantization. These tools, together with inset loops, intelligent resyncing, cueing, an the ability to record and loop scratches, give the loop artist a set of tools that any DJ would envy, and allows DJs to do things with loops that you simply can’t do scratching recorded tracks.
When a DJ runs his hands across a turntable, he doesn’t think about the pitch he is aiming for, he just feels it. Move your hand quicker and you get a higher pitch, pull the vinyl back at high speed and get that high pitched vinyl scream that has defined so many grooves.
In this way a turntable is an instrument more like a violin that a guitar. No notes of off limits, you can spin the vinyl to produce frequency shifts of any magnitude. With Livetronica you can turn the turntable sensitivity up to well beyond that of a realistic turntable, and even hit freq shifts that are unrealistic or impossible on real turntables.
But lets go a step further. What if, like the instrument woodworker putting the first frets on a mandolin you could produce a new instrument, one that was prone to certain note intervals, one that allowed certain notes but not others? The answer is pitch quantization. Just as guitar has frets for every semitone, you can quantize the virtual turntables in Livetronica to produce pitch shifts the correspond only to semitonic intervals. Or, like some other instruments, you can quantize to only the major or minor intervals, or the blues or jazz scales. There are even options for modal, flamenco and middle eastern scales in Livetronica.
Not satisfied with sticking to a scale? You can also set how strictly the turntable adheres to the scale. You can push and pull the notes … sliding like a guitarist bending a note from one pitch to another to strain to hit that perfect blue note between the intervals. It’s all there, Livetronica has the most advanced pitch quantization of any tool in the dj’s arsenal.