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Slip mats with special attention paid to detail

2020-11-06

Theme:DJ & VJ

This time, I'm going to talk about small things that you can use as a DJ.

Here's what we're going to be focusing on this time, the sheet that goes on the turntable. It's generally called a slip mat or a turntable mat. When you put it between the turntable and the record, it prevents the record from slipping or the resonance of the turntable from being transmitted to the needlepoint. In this article, I'll examine what kind of slip mats are best for DJing and what kind of slip mats you should choose for listening.


■ Material

● felt

Dr. SUZUKI / Dr.Suzuki slipmats - skratch 12”

Glowtronics / Solid Black Out

This is a very standard type that is often included with record players. The sound is said to be rounder and softer than other materials. Many scratchers and DJs use this material mat.

Dr. SUZUKI / SLIP SHEET

For those who are serious about battles and more serious scratching, the above slip sheet can be placed on the slip mat and turntable platter to further improve the sliding experience.

● cork

Glowtronics / Black Hole - Cork

Glowtronics / Circles - Cork

Cork slip mats can be found in record shops. They reduce static electricity, absorb vibrations, and improve the grip of the record, improving overall sound quality. Compared to felt, it seems to have better clarity. Since it is thicker than felt, it is not really suitable for scratching. The design is also very good. I long to go to an old house cafe with a cork mat on the turntable.

● rubber

TECHNICS / RGS0008 SL1200MK3D

OYAIDE / BR-ONE

It is specifically designed for listening as it is not slippery. Compared to felts and cork, vibration reduction is greater and noise suppression is more effective. It is highly recommended for listening to music as it expresses delicate sounds.

● magnesium

This is not available at Sound House, but they say it improves the high frequencies, and I'm very interested in this.


■ Recommended Brands

Dr.SUZUKI

When I think of slip mats, this is the first brand that comes to mind. This brand of slip mats is highly recommended for DJs. Made in Japan.

Glowtronics

Glowtronics, which Sound House has recently started to carry, is just so stylish. The designs are intriguing with geometric patterns and Buddha patterns. If you're a fan of street clothes, you'll love this brand. Depending on the series, some of the slip mats glow.

Some are luminescent and others glow under a black light. You can create a special space with your own slip mats at a club. It's cool to see DJs who can create these details in a stylish way! This is of course a great option for club DJs, as well as those who want to enjoy playing records at home. Even a monochromatic record player can look chic and feel great with a well-designed slipmat!


■ Summary

What did you think of the slip mats? You'll need these whether you're DJing or enjoying your records at home. If you're planning on getting one, you'll want to make sure you have a mat that suits your preferences on which to place your records! Why don't you see if you can’t find one you like?

Kiuchi Yusaku

ハウス、テクノが好きなDJ。またハウスダンサーとしても活動しております。週末はレコード収集、クラブやサウンドバーでDJをしたり踊ったり。高校時代はメタルが好きだったのでどんなジャンルの曲もかけれるDJになりたいです。最近は自分でトラックをつくれるように日々精進しています。

 
 
 

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