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UniqueSquared

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February 26, 2013

ZT Lunchbox Junior

Having wireless gear is only as pleasant as the rest of your gear that needs to be wired.  I’ve seen wireless devices, such as wireless controllers, be promoted as the next big way to DJ – but it strikes me as odd since the rest of the gear cannot be moved around in the same fashion.  Then there is also the problem of only having one hand to DJ with, if the other hand is holding the unit in the air.  Maybe they need some sort of drumline harness to mount the controller to.  Wireless would truly be revolutionary if every part of the DJ’s system was wireless.  I’m talking about wireless audio and wireless power cables as well.  I’m sure we don’t be seeing this anytime soon in the future.

Battery powered speakers that can be jacked into are cute, but they rarely output anything worth taking seriously.  The …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
February 26, 2013

Allen & Heath Xone:K2

To create a DJ device that DJs will naturally feel drawn to, you will have a lot on your plate to compete with.  There are few creators out there who have actually designed a unique controller that appeals to a mass audience.  Most of the time a designer will have a good idea that will never be produced in factories, and therefore will require a high overhead to produce.  Other times, a manufacturer will design a rather generic controller that can be produced at low cost, but it has very little appeal to those who want something unique.  To put it bluntly, creating a basic controller is not as easy thing to do.

Behringer has been smart in their decision to produce a line of modular controllers, each with the same form factor but with differing button arrangements.  They understand that a one size fits all controller is a …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
February 26, 2013

What Sony PlayStation 4 Brings to Your Home Theater System

What does gaming have to do with audio production and DJing?  I can’t say that they have very much in common, but they do have a central theme that runs through them both.  Both are quickly becoming integrated with other parts of the “entertainment systems” we have in our house, and the technology in both are booming to the point where they can interact with each other.  Take a device like the Pioneer CDJ-900 for example – it performs it job as a digital device with a platter than can be manipulated, but it also has some serious connectivity power.  With Rekordbox, it can communicate with cloud storage and wireless devices to upload playlists without the use of any wires.  It’s bells and whistles for now, but this may very well become the way we do things in the future.

Likewise, the PS4 is all about connectivity.  The days of …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
February 26, 2013

Best Controller For A Wedding DJ

The wedding DJ and the club DJ share very little in common, maybe only the fact that they both have the job of delivering music to the crowd.  However, the crowds that they perform to are two very different beasts.  A wedding is a ceremonious occasion, and there is a clear distiction between the time to be obnoxious and the time to keep gravity in the situation.  The wedding DJ may have the task of providing tunes for the grand entrance, and the idea of mixing is not as important as having the right songs – it isn’t until the reception that he gets a chance to more playful with his music selection.  But even at that point, mixing is not a crucial element.

The club DJ has to have good music AND have the ability to mix it in a way that makes it more enjoyable, so naturally the …

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UniqueSquared
February 26, 2013

Paul McCartney Explains The Mellotron

If you live near a beach city or any city with tourists, there are always a few spots where you can find the local talent (or homeless) trying to get your attention for only the spare change in your pocket.  Some of these street performers have true talent, although not very practical.  You may find the statue man, who gets paid to stand completely still for hours at a time, or the guy who can stack cups and balance plates on his nose.  One of the most interesting performances I have noticed is the one man band.  It consists of one man with a guitar, a piano and a slew of Rube Goldberg type contraptions that allow him to play drums and bass as well.  It is quite stunning.

The one man band, in essence, still exists today – and we can call them the modern DJ.  Before a …