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Taylor

Taylor
July 19, 2012

Tips and Tricks: Side Chain Compresssion

For those of you who have already gotten past ooh-ing and ahh-ing over this and are already back to obsessing over what you’re going to play on it; we are returning to the tutorial from earlier this week and exploring the pump-y, jump-y world of side chaining. Side chaining is often a process that inspires fear, head scratching and pretending like you know what whoever brought it up is talking about. However, modern DAWs have stepped up and made the actually simple process even easier. Today we are carrying out the process in Ableton, but the principle is fairly similar no matter where you do it. Route an outside signal into side chain enabled processor A and use that outside source as a means of effecting signals passing through that processor. In both cases today we are using a compressor, though this is not the only side chain-able effect in …

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Taylor

Taylor
July 18, 2012

Vestax VCI-400 Overview

The VCI-400 should really be something to look forward to, it’s a four deck controller from Vestax with Serato DJ Intro and Virtual DJ support.  It is designed to work as a pro mixer designed specifically with the power user in mind.  Designed to work with any standard DJ software the VCI-400 is supposed to be the end all DJ controller perfect for controllerism, power users and even the mobile DJ.  Vestax went out of their way to make mappings for all of the popular DJ softwares in house so they all should work pretty well but the proof is in the pudding and I have all of the mappings and all of the software so follow me young padawan as we explore the depths of the VCI-400’s alleged greatness.…

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Taylor

Taylor
July 17, 2012

Tips and Tricks: White Noise Build Effect

When creating electronic music, it is very easy to fall into a pattern of looping four, eight, sixteen, etc. bars and things can get to sounding a bit rigid. That’s why we tend to use buildups to heighten the intensity on the way to the next segment. The logic deployed in most cases is something of a tension, release, tension, tension, release series of patterns. In other words, that huge hallelujah moment in the big room anthems isn’t going to introduce itself.

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Chris

Chris
July 16, 2012

The Ultimate Amp Matching Guide

THIS INFORMATION IS BASED ON MANUFACTURER SPECIFICATIONS AND KNOWLEDGE FROM PROFESSIONAL SOUND ENGINEERS. ALWAYS CONSULT THE EQUIPMENT’S MANUAL OR CONTACT THE MANUFACTURER TO MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OF YOUR EQUIPMENT.

If you don’t have much experience setting up powered amplifiers with passive PA speakers then you have come to the right place. First I’m going to explain how to setup a traditional PA setup with one stereo amplifier and two speakers. Next I will explain how to add speakers to that system. Finally, I will explain bridge-mono, when you use it, and how you set it up.

Two Speaker Setup:
There are two simple rules of thumb you must follow when you are choosing an amp for your PA speaker setup.

1. Get an amp that’s 50% more powerful than your speakers.
2. Match your speakers’ ohm rating to your amps ohm rating

Let me take a moment to explain watts …

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Taylor

Taylor
July 14, 2012

The Week in Review

It’s been a busy week around here at UniqueSquared.  Take a look at our week in review to see what we’ve been up to.…