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[MUSIC]
What's going on QSU students?
Welcome to another turntable tune-up
segment with DJ Mas.
Today, we're going to be talking about is
how to tell if your Technics 1200
is properly calibrated as far as pitch is
concerned.
What we're gonna be looking at is the four
rows of dots that are on the platter and
this little legend right her by your, by
your power stroke.
Now as you turn it on with your pitch set
to zero,
you're gonna notice that this center row
of dots appears to be not moving.
That means that your court stock is
engaged and that it's going at the speed
it's supposed to go when it's at zero on
the pitch fader.
Now if you look at the chart, it says plus
six 3.3 zero and negative 3.3.
What that means is, is that as you move
your pitch fader to positive six.
The top row of dots on the platter, is
gonna appear to be not moving, or
stood in place, now as you slide that down
to 3.3, positive 3.3.
The next row down is going to appear that
it's not moving.
Once again, back to zero.
Your center row with the big dots is going
to appear that it's not moving and
at negative 3.3 your bottom row is going
to appear that it's not moving.
If all your dots function this way that
means that your turntable is perfectly
calibrated.
Now if you notice that they're a little
bit out of whack and
they're close, then that means you need to
slightly adjust your pitch calibration or
do a fine calibration.
Now, there's two different ways to
calibrate pitches, and the way that you're
gonna be able to tell which one you need
to do, if you notice that they're not in
sync, is to start with your pitch fader at
zero, and slowly move it.
You're gonna notice that the center row of
dots starts to move.
Now, if at any point the center row of
dots stops moving again.
Like say for instance, if I was at
positive two and the center row of dots
stopped moving, then that means that you
have a double zero and what you need to do
is called a coarse pitch adjustment before
you can do the fine pitch adjustment.
But if that's not the case in either
direction, and your center row of dots
doesn't stop moving again, then really all
you need to do is call the fine pitch
calibration which we're going to do here
in our next video.
If you guys have any questions,
once again, visit the ask Qbert section of
the forums.
There's a turntable tune up segment in
there you guys can direct questions to me
and I'll try to get back to you as soon as
I can once again thanks for
checking this out QSU peace.
[MUSIC]