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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
February 28, 2014

Internal Or External Hard Drive For DJing?

When it comes to finding ways to store music for DJing purposes, how much space is actually enough?  Before music could even be stored on drives, the DJ actually had to make some careful decisions about how much music to bring with them.  Some may think that more music means that there is more opportunity to have a better mix – while others will agree that the opposite is true.  When you have too many choices to choose from it is easier to feel like you have not made the right choice.  Even a small thumb drive with only 16 gb of music is still far more than you could fit if you hauled in more than 2 or 3 crates of music.

Does this mean that every DJ should rock an external drive with their entire collection of music, just for the sake of having it and not needing …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
February 28, 2014

Chase & Status on why being a purist is the path to success

When you talk about purists in any sort of hobby or subject – there are going to be lot of people who don’t even like to hear the world.  To be pure might sound like a positive thing – but it also implies that you are one that does not like the combining or mixing of other styles.  Vinyl purists already have a chip on their shoulder.  They are a group of people who feel that mixing and DJing is done best using vinyl records, no matter how costly or inconvenient it may be.  Do you really want to lug around a hundred pounds of records, just so you can be called a purist?

There are, however, different situations where being a purist might work out for you, and that is in music production.  A producer who is also a purist does not necessarily mean that they stick to producing …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
February 28, 2014

Nocs NS900 Live High End DJ Headphones Launched

There are some pretty expensive DJ headphones out there.  Whether they are built for style or built for comfort, these added features can make for a costly set of listening cans.  Studio headphones are in their own category, and to spend a thousand dollars on a pair is no big deal.  But when a DJ decides to spend up to $500 for a pair of headphones, are they throwing their money away?  Some might say that a flat response and clarity is reserved only for those who are mixing and mastering their songs, but I disagree.  A DJ who hears more of their song is likely to be able to mix it with other sounds without issue.

Would a DJ pay for earphones that are designed to be expensive yet repairable at the same time?  Some will say that by the time they need to replace a part, it would …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
February 28, 2014

Should You Ever Pay To Get Exposure?

These days, the cream still rises to the top – but not without a little push.  Gear makers might have the best thing on their hands since sliced bread, but none of this matter unless somebody is told about it.  These companies sometimes spend more than the costs of production in order to get the word out that there is a new product on the market.  In terms of sales it makes perfect sense.  The world of mouth can only take place once many of these mouths have something in their hands to talk about.  But what about from the musicians’ side?  Does it make sense to pay for advertising just to get your name on the map?

Some artists feel this is the proper route – and they will actually pay money to make it look as if they songs are being bought.  Some will call this clever marketing, …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
February 28, 2014

Traktor Pro 2.6.8 — a tweak and a fix

Once upon a time, musical hardware had no issues with other types of musical hardware.  You had a piano that produced sound on its own, next to a drum set that clearly produced its own sound.  When put inside of a room, one was louder than the other – so the drummer simply played quieter to add balance to that.  The next stage involved adding microphones to instruments, so that their sound levels could be controlled by an operator who could manage sound independently of each musician.  One of the biggest problems back them was making sure we had the right cables to connect to the right audio – and it wasn’t until many of these cables were made universal that these problems were easily fixed.

Today, cables are the least of our problems.  They are cheap and easy to find, and if you need an adapter they are also …