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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 30, 2013

Novation Launchpad Mini

No matter how complex the next controller might seem, there is always a demand for something simple and basic.  Adding touch strips and alternate screens to a MIDI controller might make it seem easier to use, but ultimately we can do just fine without them.  It is sort of like the BPM counters that you see sitting on the edge of a Numark turntable.  They are useful to many, but a DJ with DVS would find them redundant.  For reasons like this, the Novation Launchpad is still one of the best deals any sort of producer can find who is also on a budget.

What is better than a square pad with many square pads – how about a smaller square pad with many smaller square pads?  They have already ported their hardware into software while creating a way for both hardware and software to be used together at the …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 30, 2013

App Store Now Lets You Download ‘Last Compatible Version’

Operating system changes are both welcomed and unwelcomed.  On the positive side, they offer something beneficial that most users would like to have.  They offer updates which can run a system much faster without problems.  The negative side is that users actually have to update their phones and computers themselves.  This is an extra step that most of us are too lazy to want to deal with.  Once we begin updating things, we have to relearn how to do basic tasks.  Sometimes our old software and programs don’t place nice with these updates either.  Sometimes it can cause headaches that could have been avoided, had you have done nothing at all.

Apple is taking steps to make sure that their software updates don’t become something to dread in the future.  When Apple makes an update to iOS, software app developers also have to make sure that their apps won’t kick …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 30, 2013

I Dream Of Wires: Hardcore Edition

The history of your favorite sport or hobby is always something that you would not usually expect.  The history of sports in general is somewhat eerie to think about.  Soccer came from a game where player would kick around the decapitated head of an individual.  Baseball came from a game where players would actually hit each other with the ball to score an out.  Digital music has its own weird history, but unlike other hobbies, its original form has also been preserved by many enthusiasts and gear lovers of all types.  Synthesizers are nothing new, but at the same time they are constantly being reinvented.

Some think of an innovation as a way to free ourselves from having to put in extra work, while others look at innovation as a way to preserve the old while updating old gear.  A history on the invention of the synthesizer is far from …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 30, 2013

Magma Digi-Control Bag XL Review & Video

The trouble with controllers and all-in-one controller systems are their sizes.  It’s not that they are too big or too heavy to carry around; they are in fact much easier to carry around than a normal two turntable and mixer setup.  The issue is that their size is not standard from company to company.  When controllers are listed, they usually fall under only a few categories.  One of them is a laptop controller.  These are meant to be no longer than the width of an average laptop.  Since laptops vary in size, there really is no “standard”, but we do have an understanding of their size limits.

The next up is a portable controller like the Vestax VCI series.  These are slightly larger and can fit in a backpack, but one would rather use some sort of carrying case that fits it.  Another step up from that size rests the …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 30, 2013

Pioneer S-DJ80X Powered Monitors

Pioneer is still the first name we think about when it comes time to buy a new set of CD players.  They are still the club standard for DJs who are in need of a 4-channel controller, who expect nothing less than the best.  Some will stand by the fact that Pioneer uses their branding to promote products at a high price, and if the same piece of gear were dressed under a different label – it wouldn’t sell or be valued at the same amount.  Regardless, there are few Pioneer product owners who have anything bad to say about their gear, other than the cost of it.

Pioneer has made steps to stick their foot into other parts of the music industry, mainly with monitors and speakers.  They aren’t exactly known for producing speakers and monitors, but they already have a lot behind then that will help them make …