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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 28, 2013

Traktor DJ is OK for iOS 7. S4/S2, Less so…

Software updates are a common occurrence these days, and while it may be a minor annoyance to everybody that has to install the update, it is certainly much better than a software company who never makes changes to their programs.  Serato and Traktor are dynamic programs, meaning their functionality is something that keeps changing.  This is necessary to keep up with the times and it is also necessary when you want to add new features.  Some of the updates do very little and the changes go unnoticed (like bug fixed) – but the big changes are the most apparent and are also the most hated at times.

When iOS decides to update their OS, they have every programmer out there scrambling to make the necessary updates to their own hardware.  If this update coincides with a software update as well, many things can go wrong in the process.  For NI, …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 28, 2013

Survey Results and a winner!

Without actually asking people what their opinions are on DJ gear, it would be impossible to tell who is using what and why they are using it.  General knowledge can easily show us that mobile DJing and DJing with a lot of technology is more popular than ever, but it also means that the demographics of certain types of DJs has also shifted.  Imagine what it would be like if turntables were still the only method of mixing music.  People would actively have to purchase vinyl records at small quantities at a time.  This also means that the gap between skilled and beginner would be huge, since it takes quite a while to become proficient at using records.

These days, a beginner can advance to an intermediate level in just a short amount of time.  The concept of mixing music is no longer a mystery, and the technique used to …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 28, 2013

Linn’s 40th anniversary Whisky themed LP12 turntable

The Technics 1200 turntable was the standard by which all other turntables were judge by.  The Technics turntable line enjoyed 12 years of freedom, while other turntables struggled to catch up in technology.  Lucky for them, their patent on the direct drive turntable could not be copied, so therefore no other turntable even came close.  Even though the 1200 is still a widely recognized turntable for DJs and turntablists, the 1200 is not what most would consider an audiophile turntable.  It was built with an adjustable pitch and a rather plain slipmat, which was usually discarded in favor of one that actually slipped.

A true audiophile turntable looks much different, and it is something you usually walk away from once you set a record down on it.  These guys usually have large platters to reduce the amount of vibration that can be heard on a record, and they are also …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 28, 2013

Numark Mixtrack Edge DJ controller

Going for technology and innovation is what every gear company seeks to do.  They want to be the ones who have taken a fresh idea and have made it possible.  Unfortunately, this route is also costly and risky.  There are many chances for things to go wrong, and if the product ultimately fails – they are out a huge chunk of change.  The economy will generally dictate what types of items are being built.  Fewer DJs are willing to shell out a thousand dollars at a time for a DJ setup, and many would choose a budget controller or setup, even when they know it will lack certain features on nicer models.

This seems to be what Numark has been up to.  They have the NS6 and NS7 as their expensive flagship controllers, but they also do a lot of work to make up the middle ground; specifically with entry …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 28, 2013

Mixed In Key — from utility to pro software

The purpose of programs like Mixed In Key and rapid evolution became quite apparent once people started using huge databases of songs to listen to their music in a DVS.  Before then, people were actually quite familiar with their music, which came in the form of a vinyl or a song ripped to CD.  It was about actually knowing what the song sounded like that helped a DJ decide what tune would mix in harmonically.  These days, DJs will have thousands of songs at any given time while understanding only the tempo of the song.  Sometimes, they haven’t even listened to the song fully.

This is where MIK comes in.  By harmonically matching many songs at once, the DJ is saved from once again having to listen to hours upon hours of music.  What is next for programs like that?  It would seem that they would slowly become obsolete in …