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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 30, 2013

Battery-Powered Lighting From American DJ

Lighting is something you may or may not have to deal with has as a DJ.  If you’re lucky you have a real cushy job that doesn’t require any heavy lifting, other than your mixing and crowd control capabilities.  However, many DJs have to haul their gear around, which includes objects like lighting control, power, and speakers.  It can add up to a costly amount, and hauling the gear back and forth may turn out to be the hardest and riskiest part of your job.  We can complain about the cost of speakers or how much of a hassle they are to lug in and out of your gigs, but once you have them setup and controlled, they are worry free.

Lighting is much more dangerous in comparison.  You have fragile objects dangling above people’s heads, which could fall at any minute and injure someone.  Then there is also the …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 30, 2013

Livid Base Midi Controller Launched

Using an iPad as a piece of hardware for your DJ or production system has its high points and its flaws.  We tend to look at an iPad as a multi-function tool, meaning it can be used for a variety of purposes that aren’t limited to the studio.  It can also be used as a messaging tool or even a web browser – and this in turn adds to its drawbacks.  When a device is designed to do many things, it usually can’t do them all very well.  Much like a smartphone can take high resolution pictures yet fails to have any type of real zooming capability beyond a digital enlarge, an iPad can do the job of a controller – but will also have serious latency or compatibility issues down the road.

The Livid Base Midi Controller looks something like the Novation Launchpad from first glance, but a closer …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 30, 2013

Numark NS7 II Serato DJ Controller Video Talkthrough

Of the various all in one controllers that are available for DJs to buy, there are a few that are more outstanding than others.  Pioneer’s DDJ-SX scores one for beauty points and overall execution of design.  It has taken elements from previous models, like the Traktor S4, but it is laid out Pioneer style with all of the bells and whistles.  The entire design seems to flow perfectly, and everything is laid out where it should be.  However, there is another contender that adds a feature that neither the S4 nor the DDJ-SX can touch.   It makes use of the spinning platter design which provides real time feedback to record movements.

It isn’t a DVS controlled by free floating platters, it’s the NS7 – and it’s back in rare form.  Although the real time platters are smaller sized than a regular twelve inch vinyl record, it does provide a closer …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 30, 2013

“Loops To Go” From Loop Loft

Music is becoming such a commodity, that it no longer needs to be created in the original organic sense that we all seem to think of.  We may picture a lonely producer sitting at home in front of his computer, pounding away for hours trying to create something fresh, but perhaps he got started by purchasing the most basic parts of his song.  This is not a fiction, this is reality, and it is becoming a very real possibility.  Instead of buy music through the Amazon or iTunes store, we can gift it to one another by buying a gift card and giving it to a friend.

This trend has carried over to beat makers, who can now purchase essential parts of their loops online.  The Loop Loft is an online resource for those who create music using loop based technology.   It saves producers from having to sample music on …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 28, 2013

Numark Orbit DJ Controller Video Talkthrough

The ability to use your MIDI controller to wireless trigger a function within your DVS has been discussed and attempted before.  In theory it sounds like a great idea.  You rid yourself of extra wires floating around your setup, and you are also able to place the unit wherever you like, in the booth.  The only practical problem with this idea (which still exists), is latency.  Even with wires, some will complain that there is just too much latency between the touch of a button and the action on the screen.  Once you add a few milliseconds into the situation, you may have missed your phrase completely.  Not everybody uses auto quantize features in their DVS.

The Numark Orbit is a fun looking device which looks to fill this incessant need for a wifi MIDI controller.  The most striking feature of the unit is its layout, which was obviously meant …