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Taylor

Taylor
October 31, 2012

DJ Controller Comparison: Numark MixTrack Pro, Hercules RMX 2, and Pioneer DDJ-WeGo

With only a few months left before Winter NAMM many companies in the DJ controller market have decided to hold off before releasing anything new and fresh. The exception of course being Pioneer who will be releasing the Pioneer DDJ-SX in November. You can expect a full review of the DDJ-SX as soon as we get our hands on it. In addition to the DDJ-SX, Pioneer has also released a controller that fits into the affordable and portable DJ market with the Pioneer DDJ-WeGo.

For this reason we decided to compare Pioneer’s latest addition into the affordable DJ controller market with some of the more popular DJ controllers within the same price range. It seemed appropriate to compare it to the ever popular Numark MixTrack Pro and the Hercules RMX 2 as these were in the same price range and come bundled with the same software. While all three controllers lock in …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 31, 2012

Buy Nirvana’s Smashed Bass from the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Video

What’s more iconic than a rock instrument destroyed in a video that represents an unforgettable era of grunge rock?  There is none that I can think of.  Drummers and DJs have the burden of carrying about six or seven pieces of heavy equipment which can take an hour to set up properly.  Guitarists, on the other hand, need little more than 1 single cherished stringed instrument and a cable to connect to the in-house amp.  Perhaps this is why they are so easily stolen, and sought after – as in the case of Sonic Youth, or perhaps this is why so much meaning is tied to one piece of equipment.

Nirvana, who has long since been a band; terrorizing house parties while punching holes in the wall – has one item remaining that ties their history together.  It is Kurt Cobain’s legendary bass guitar that was smashed at the end …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 31, 2012

Review: DJ Player v5 For iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch

There are many reasons why the iPad is hard to consider as a worthy DJing device at face value.  So far, no big name DVS company has created an iPad application that is 100% as good as its PC or laptop based counterpart.  This is not due to laziness or lack of willpower, as we’ve seen some monumental improvements to DJ apps, as well as the operating system they run on.  Apple iPads and iPods simply lack peripheral connections that make it easy to use external devices such as midi controllers.  This argument will soon become a thing of the past, as controller companies, app creators, and even Apple themselves working together to ensure that USB midi devices will work with OSX and Djing software.

One of the biggest selling points of DJ Player v5 is its ability to use “class compliant” USB midi controllers directly, so long as the …

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Chris

Chris
October 30, 2012

Casio XW-P1 Overview

In this overview we cover the features of the Casio XW-P1. The XW-P1 is one of Casio’s latest professional synthesizers and comes loaded with all kinds of cool features. But let’s start with the basics. There are 61 semi-weighted keys on this unit. Two large transpose buttons give you easy access to five different octaves. The P1 has all of the standard PCM voices you expect from any synthesizer both sampled and synthesized. You’ve got your piano, brass, strings, and some great drum sounds. Four large assignable knobs control of some basic filters and envelopes on each of those voices by default.

But there’s a lot more going inside the brain. You’ve got your sine, triangle, sawtooth, ramp, pulse width, hard sync, etc. waveforms with many variations including waves like sub-octave sine. You can layer them as well, so if you layer a bunch of sine waves, you can do …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 30, 2012

WAE WSM01 Hercules Portable Wireless Speaker Preview

While portable devices and tablets are getting attention and being taken more seriously by DJs and producers, peripheral technology is getting a boost as well.  Wireless audio has still not taken off in the mainstream consumer market yet like people thought it would, but manufacturers are beginning to stick their neck out and produce their first product runs; and the future of this market looks promising.

A company known as WAE (Wireless Audio Experience) has developed a portable, wireless audio speaker which some decent specs at a price that’s still in the average consumer range.  Their Hercules Portable Wireless Speaker is priced at $300, and offers a SPL of 73dB with 20+ hours of battery life.  It seems like it will outlast and outplay your iPod, iPad, or tablet on its own.  The design of the speaker itself isn’t box shaped like many of the offerings we’ve seen – it …