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Taylor

Taylor
December 27, 2013

Tascam DR-60D Review

There are a lot of portable recording devices on the market that act as field recorders and double as portable audio interfaces. Portable recorders like the Zoom H4n have become standard amongst independent and mobile videographers and filmmakers, but often times these recorders are built with the musician, producer, or audio engineer in mind. It’s rare that we get a product like this that is tailored specifically for use with HD and DSLR cameras.

This is what sets the Tascam DR-60D apart from its competitors. It has similar functionality when compared to other portable audio recorders on the market, but with a design and features conducive to synchronization with cameras. The big question then becomes, “Why would you choose the Tascam DR-60D over other portable recorders that have the same general functionality?” Well if you are a videographer or an independent filmmaker, there are a whole host of reasons why …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 23, 2013

AlphaSphere nexus controller hits Europe

It’s funny that I was just talking about controllers in the market that never took off beacuse they were simply too outrageous for most of us to accept. The AlphaSphere is likley to be one of these controllers. Its design, in theory, sound like a good idea on paper. Imagine a controller that can be accessed from many differnet angles. When you have a box that sits in front of you, you are lucky to access only two of the six sides available to you – but when you have an infintie number of sides to pick from, there is no space that can be left untouched.

Looking at the gear, I will say that it looks odd. It looks like either a disco party ball, or some sort of sticky suction cup that can be tossed into a wall. All that is really needed is a professional to show …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 23, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide for DJs + Producers 2013

Now we move on to another list of stocking stuffers, this time suggested by the folks over at DJ Tech Tools. Over at Audioholics, the items suggests were geared towards a more holistic crowd of gear lovers, mainly united by their love for musical equipment. Over at DJTT, it is clear that most of what is being offered is geared towards the digital DJ. For a DJ, even the smallest piece of gear that you may never use can still come out ahead as a great gift idea. Spare cables and cable bags are the type of things that are nice to have and not need.

If you want to get fashionable, many of the DJ items that we use to plug in connectors and cables can also double over as wearble jewlrey. It sounds strange, but having a turntable watch is just as cool as having the real deal. …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 23, 2013

Review: Numark NS7 II Serato DJ

Numark’s NS7 version 1 was a big hit from the day it was released in stores. It offered something that many DJs wanted – the ability to have turntable feel while still keeping their decks and platters in a reasonable conroller size. Numark got the formula right, and while the decks were nearly half the size of a regular vinyl record, the look and feel of the entire unit was balanced enough to be usable. The entire deck was also one piece, meaning that you did not need to buy two units (like the CDX), nor did you need to buy a mixer as well.

The second reivsion of the NS7 is nothing less than stunning. People will remember just how solid the first verison felt, and the NS7 II plays on this idea as well. Knobs and rotaries are solid and stiff, rather than rubberized and plastic, which …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 23, 2013

15 Concept Controllers That Didn’t Take Off

To look at the state of DJ controllers now, without looking at all of the failures before it is a travesty that must be corrected. Well, its actually not all that bad – but it is fun to see why we use the gear we do now, and why we choose ignore certain types of gear. The one united reason why many of these great ideas never made it off the ground is because of cost. Some of these ideas were hacked up in bedrooms, meaing to recreate the plans would require a lot of time and money. Other times, the ideas were simply too fringe for any real world use. If you look at something like the original MIDI fighter – you’ll find that it has the perfect blend of flexibility, size, cost.

If any of those three attributes were too extreme, it would have never made it off …