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May 31, 2013

Nosaj Thing’s South Pasadena laboratory

Culture and technology goes through fundamental shifts and changes, often seen as a bubble that rises until it pops.  This idea has held true for the advent of ideas, and those who were smart enough to take advantage of them before the opportunity was lost.  Think about some of the early powerful families in the United States; the oil barons and the bankers who knew a good opportunity when they could see one.  They made it successfully because they understood when something was emerging that would eventually become a necessity.  The same idea goes for the technology guys who knew that computers would be the future of social media and business.  They had a hard time in the beginning, but once people began accepting these ideas they had a golden path ahead of them.

This might not be as relevant or life changing, but I still believe that those who …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 31, 2013

Legowelt Studio

How do you know when you have a gear addiction and that you need to stop?  If you ask the wrong person you will get an answer that doesn’t exactly make you feel that great.  Again, if you ask someone else you feel like a snob for owning too much gear.  The worst case scenario is that you own a lot of gear that you don’t know about, and someone with more knowledge makes you feel stupid for having it in the first place.  In the simplest manifestation of gearaholism, one may simply own too many plugins in their DAW of choice.  This could be thousands of instruments that you will never know or come to hear.  They just sit there, collecting dust (figuratively).

Nobody ever seems to get mad at that.  What really pisses people off, is when a person has too much physical gear laying around their …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 31, 2013

In the Studio: Toro Y Moi

The amount of producers who say they wish they could do it as a full time job is immense; some people just love making music even through all the headaches and tireless mistakes they have to work through.  Few, on the other hand, are actually lucky enough to be getting paid an hourly wage for their work.  Most of them do it in their free time and still have to go out on the nine to five day job.  Those who are lucky enough to call it their full time job have some serious decision to make, like how they are going to balance their work time with their normal lives.  The studio at home might be a better option since you don’t need to drive around and set up your gear, but it can interfere with your personal life as well.

Still, if you can juggle your daily life, …

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May 31, 2013

Akai MPX-8 SD

Every year, new electronic are shown off at trade shows which are expected to woo the audiences into believing they have something they should save their money for.  Obviously there is nothing that we are in a dire need to get, there are only the wants and the dreams we have of owning some of the newest and technologically significant gear on the market.  Some of these devices flop on their face for being too unoriginal or too unrealistic, and some of them breathe a fresh breath into a market that seems to copy itself when it has no ideas left.  What we do get an understanding of is where this is all headed.  Completely different items by different gear creators may have nothing in common – but they can mutually see what it is the people want next.

Portability and wireless technology is where it is all headed.  If …

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May 31, 2013

New compact toys from Faderfox

In the world of MIDI controller I believe that the future will need to prepare for some serious shrinkage.  The need for obnoxiously large MIDI controller has never been as apparent as the need for smaller more portable ones.  About the biggest MIDI controller I can think of is the Numark NS7 series, but these are hardly just a pad with buttons and dials – these are essentially large vinyl record emulators with a slew of MIDI control built upon it.  The only issue I see with marketing super small MIDI controllers, is how the public and DJs will look at them.  If something is small and made out of plastic, we would expect it to be cheap, not expensive.

This poses a serious problem for controller companies who really want to make a quality product.  Even the most prolific controller makers need to cut corners somewhere in order …