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October 29, 2012

Akai MPC Renaissance – the Pre-Review

When newer and revised versions of Akai’s MPC series are offered, users are skeptical about what to expect.  The things they don’t want to see are huge changes in either the layout or the feel of the equipment.  A step backwards would spell disaster for Akai, with many other cheaper software based controller options out there – and at a cheaper price.  The feature that has always made the MPC stand out in a class of its own is its ability to act as a stand along device.  Araabmuzik doesn’t need much to perform on stage – in fact he doesn’t even need a computer to trigger samples (although he has been doing this recently).

With the newest Akai offering, the MPC Renaissance, Akai is treating the MPC differently; in the eyes of a producer.  It’s obviously a larger, less portable machine – and there are as many pots …

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October 29, 2012

Your Questions: Why Does Everyone Use Macs For DJing?

There is plenty of elitism in the DJ arena, and this can spread among all the aspects of the DJ – from the music they spin, the clothes they wear, and even what type of gear they use.  Many can relate to the geardos they’ve met in their life, who constantly churn in and out new gear, with disdain for those who cannot pay to play.  It’s quite common to see the ubiquitous bright apple logo on the back of the DJ’s laptop – but is this just a symbol of elitism too? Well, maybe not.

It would seem DJs who use the Macbook Pro have something against windows users who bring out their nerdy Asus, Toshiba, and Dell laptops to the club – but the reality is that the Macbook offers more than a symbol of luxury and wealth.  Since no other manufacture is authorized to make laptops that …

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UniqueSquared
October 29, 2012

Over To You: Best Budget Mixer For Vinyl & MP3s?

A reader from digitaldjtips.com wrote in, asking a question about the best budget mixer for vinyl and mp3’s.  Her partner was a house DJ in his younger years, and has a vast collection of vinyl records – but his mixer had recently broken, so she wanted to buy him something more modern that can handle both.  It’s strikes a chord when the words “budget” and mixer are spoken in the same sentence, especially when it also involves digital files, such as mp3’s.  Luckily, digital mixers have evolved and have been around long enough for there to be reasonable options at low cost, even though they might not be the best.

Assuming a full-blown DVS like Serato is out of the question, there are some mixers out there with USB connectivity that can still handle mp3 files, even though they don’t come with any number crunching software.  Digitaldjtips.com makes some references …

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UniqueSquared
October 29, 2012

The National’s “Fake Empire” Used in Ad for Mitt Romney Campaign, Band Is Furious, Of Course

As the final weeks before the election draws near, the campaign on both sides is getting more and more heated.  Both the President and the contender have employed various tactics to get their audiences’ attention, and with the use of social media, blogs, and online videos, publicists have found creative ways to sell their message.  The use of musical themes and power ballads has always been a good way of relaying the proper sentiment in commercials – but sometimes Artists don’t like their music representing ideas that are not analogous to their beliefs.

One of the songs from the band, “The Nationals” was used in a pro-Mitt Romney video and was created by a group of Romney advocates from Ohio University.  The Nationals, who were a staunch supporter or Barak Obama and his campaign, were furious about the incident especially considering the fact that they were never asked for permission …

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UniqueSquared
October 27, 2012

MartinLogan Mikros 90 Reference On-Ear Headphones Preview

There is no shortage of headphones available for the consumer and DJ market.  For almost every device out there (mp3 players, smarphones, tablets) there lies a need for headphones – and not just the cheap ones that you get for free.  The great part about this is that, because such a wide range of uses for headphones exist, numerous styles of headphones are available that differ in terms of design and well as cost.

Functionality and comfort are two big factors for working DJs who have the cups on and off their ears frequently, and a design that can take abuse while delivering clarity if preferred.  AIAIAI TMA-1’s offer something simple that works at a price that’s obtainable.  Those more concerned with style and looks might go after a pair of Beats by Dre. or the always pleasing Pioneer HDJ-1500’s.  Even with such great options, there’s still …