DJ Scott Mad Flip
July 29, 2011
We first saw the Vestax PAD-One at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim earlier this year. We marveled at it’s sturdy construction, compact size, x-y touch pad, and most of all it’s 12 dual led lit highly responsive drum pads. We couldn’t wait to try it out ourselves here in our studio. It finally arrived and we were eager to get our drum-on, but what are we going to use it with? The obvious was with any drum software, but that was too easy. We wanted to use it with DJ software. Luckily our resident marketing manager, Ariff Glick, was up to the task yet again of mapping a cool .tsi file for us to use the PAD-One with Traktor Pro 2. The results were magnificent.
The first thing you notice about the PAD-One is the size and construction. It has a die-cast aluminum body which …
July 28, 2011
The Mobile Studio and The IDentity Festival – bringing the goods
August 16th : Charlotte, NC
August 23rd : Atlanta, GA
August 24th : Tampa, FL
August 25th : Miami, FL
July 28th, 2011 – Unique Squared, with barely a moments rest, will be descending the Unique Squared Mobile Studio onto this years’ IDentity Festival with our very own resident dee jay, Kid Cedek. The Unique Squared Mobile Studio; a state of the art recording studio contained within a massive 45’ tour bus, will meet up with The ID Festival in select cities around the country. The first being in Charlotte, NC on August 16th, 2011.
The IDentity Festival
The IDentity Festival is a who’s who of dee jays/producers, electronica pioneers, and dance music icons, all performing for a music-ravenous crowd the likes of which are some of the most feverish supporters of the electronica genres. With several stages …
DJ Scott Mad Flip
July 22, 2011
When I first saw the Numark iDJ Live at Winter NAMM earlier this year it took every ounce of my Kung Fu to give it any serious consideration. How could Numark release such a novelty item after having recently released some of the most technologically advanced DJ gear in the past year? Well, I have to say after having an opportunity to demo it here in our studio that I am very impressed. It was very easy to set-up, had a very clean lay out, and most of all it was a lot of fun to use.
The iDJ Live is a DJ controller that you use with the Algoriddim DJ application on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone utilizing tracks from your iTunes library. You have a slick layout complete with rotating turntables, transport section with cue and sync, pitch bend, channel faders, cross-fader, and waveforms. It also …
The Unique Geek
July 21, 2011
One thing people often take for granted when they first put together their home, project or pimp studio is the importance of great recording monitors. Most folks, when they start recording on their own, worry about what software they’ll use. Next, you fret over the recording interface. Soon, before you know it, you’re strung out on getting more and more microphones. All the while, you are just using speakers from a Craigslist find – 1997 monitors that were cheap back in 1997.
I’ve made this mistake, for far too long. Every few years, I’d make a small upgrade from the previous pair. With each new monitor pair, I increasingly began hearing what was truly going on. One day you’ll get to a point where you are comfortable with your monitors – you’ve “learned them.” There is a lot to be said for “learning your monitors”, it’s crucial. But, what does …
July 18, 2011
Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival
With a week-long amount of art, music, and vibes, the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival culminated on Saturday with what became a truly exceptional day.
For starters, on one end of the festival grounds were graffiti writers bombing on walls, Capoeira dancers demonstrations and exhibitions, as well as up-and-coming bands amongst other attractions and activities. It really did feel like a family oriented event. Then when you get over to the other side of the festival grounds, things start to heat up.
All of this is set under the precarious and breath-taking scenery of Brooklyn’s DUMBO (Directly under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighborhood. We we’re stationed directly under the Brooklyn Bridge which provided both, shelter from the sun (it was a hot one) and an almost impenetrable shield from the street noise. Now even if we didn’t have the bridge to shield us, we had plenty of ammo …