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Turntable Crackling Basically, my problem is one which has been on and off for a while now. I have a Vestax VMC-185XL mixer connected to my turntables (also with Serato connected). My problem is whenever I use the crossfader to scratch or to just fade, it makes a horrible crackling sound as I move the fader. I guessed the problem was static, so I cleaned the fader using some DeoxIT Fader Lube. This hasn't helped. I have realised that the problem only occurs when the needle is on either of the turntables, whether the vinyl is spinning or stopped. I also tried buying new needles to see if that difference (I use SHURE M44-7 carts), taking off the tone arm and blowing on it for dust didn't help on either side and I tried the obvious of just giving my vinyl a good clean. I cannot find a resolution to this problem. The crackling seems to fade away if I take the needles off the record while sliding the fader. So this seems strange to me. I checked the earthing wires on both decks, both are properly attached to the back of the mixer... What is going on?!!! I have a party to do on the 14th and if I use my mixer and turntables the way it sounds at the moment...the crackling won't be bearable! Many thanks in advance, Nathan Wickett

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  • naff47 Feb 12, 2009

    Thanks for the help Jon. That was kinda what I expected. I think it's a bit annoying though seeing as my Vestax is supposed to be a scratch mixer. I've only had it a year.

    Thanks again, time to buy a new fader (a new mixer is too expensive for now. haha).


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Sounds to me like your fader has popped! lube contact spray will not solve the problem, it will only clear it up for a few passes if any! PCV faders have covers inside which stop any lube getting right on the contacts! but in my experience as a scratch dj for 11 years is that contact spray only make the problem worse over time! best shot from here is to replace the fader, or get a mixer with optical/contactless fader i suggest a mixer with the 'eternal' fader i.e. ecler 360/80hak. hope this helps

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