How to mix live music with your Linux laptop

Ask any DJ about the industry-standard tools of the trade, and it's still a pair of the Matsushita Electric Industrial Company's high-end hi-fi turntables from the early 70s, repurposed as club decks in the disco era and known to all as the Technics SL-1200s or 1210s.

Vinyl offers hands-on control, and because the traditional setup is all analogue, there are no latency problems or pesky software glitches to contend with.

The downside of vinyl is that there's a lot of new music that isn't being released in the format, and unless you owned your own cutting lathe it was never convenient or particularly cost-effective to make one-off remixes on acetate, known as dub plates.

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