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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 30, 2013

Akai MPX8 eight-pad sample launcher announced

The trouble with some of these MIDI devices and controllers is that they are just so damn big.  It may sound like an odd thing to complain about, but sometimes a musician or a DJ only needs to trigger a few samples here and there, rather than needing pages and pages of different samples and functions.  There is also the problem of a larger unit requiring too much space; needing an extra stand to carry its own weight.  Let’s say you’re a live band who needs only a few one shot sample effects for your music.  You could easily get away with ha small MIDI controller like the Akai LPD8 – but then you’re also forced to bring a computer along with you.  Seems kind of unnecessary right?

On the opposite end of that setup you could bring an Akai MPC variant with you, and skip the need for a …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 30, 2013

Drum gadgets and innovations!

It just so happens to be that out of all the members in a typical rock band, the drummer usually has it the worst.  Their gear is massive, and can take up to an hour to haul around to each location and set everything up the way it is needed.  Hardware and components on a drum set are various and costly, not to mention that there are at least four different drum heads that can break at any time.   Compare this to the guitarist who needs nothing more than his guitar, a quick tuning, and an amp or headphones to listen.  The worst of all is that drums are noisy and you cannot always practice when you want to.

Electronic drum sets have one key factor in their favor, they aren’t noisy.  They may not deliver the same acoustic sound that you are used to, but they can be used …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 30, 2013

Soul Party in a Box P910

Wireless audio is beginning to become an accepted formula for listening to music around your house, or wherever it is you want to go – but the protocol itself still has much development needed to become something that will replaced wired audio.  Whenever a new technology is brought to the public, it always suffers the need to show itself off.  By this, I mean companies who want to take hold of a new technology and push it to the public as fast as they can, before it is fully developed.  Since the technology is new, the public might not see the high initial price as defect, rather, the price to obtain something that nobody else owns.

Wireless audio devices around the house being produced and revamped into more successful models every day, but the price of these objects aren’t cheap.  The “Party in a Box” by Soul will cost you …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 30, 2013

Robocaster Melds Guitar & Controller

Controllerism and the idea of using buttons and knobs to DJ is a relatively new concept.  When I say relative, I’m comparing to other forms of production and live performance techniques.  MIDI in itself is actually pretty old, even though it is being used for ways that were never intended at its birth.  The Japanese creators of the first MIDI keyboard never would have thought that DJs would be using it for such purposes as live remixing and button mashing, but that’s what is has evolved to today.  One of the core concepts around building a MIDI device is finding a way to make it friendly to humans, as keyboards don’t always provide the most coherent layout when it comes to personal needs.

This is why controllers a being produced with such veracity, and why they keep evolving into something greater.  Moldover is one of the founders of controllerism, and …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 30, 2013

Pioneer DDJ-WeGO Users To Get Serato DJ Option

If you are going to go with Pioneer gear you can expect to pay for it in the long run – but Pioneer knows a little better than to only have top tier products, which is why they have created controllers at different price levels for newcomers and well as professionals in the business.  Even their offerings that are considered entry offerings are appeasing to the eyes, and look as if they had cost double the price.  This is something Pioneer does well, when compared to companies like Numark, who obviously have to sacrifice design in order to sell a product at a lower price.

Pioneer’s DDJ-WeGO has not been forgotten about, even though their DDJ-SX is getting most of the attention.  The DDJ-SX has become something like the CDJ-1000 of CD players, and we are quite mystified by the combination of design and functionality.  Pioneer has not forgotten about …