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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 28, 2014

How to Mix Pop Music

There are many DJ out there who refuse to mix music that they do not like.  They either fall into the camp of hating pop music or loving it.  For some, pop music in general is their bread and butter; it is what gets them paid.  They might secretly hate the same type of music in private, but they know better than to ignore it since it pays the bills.  Regardless of what your personal feels are for any type of music, it does nothing except help you when you learn how to mix it.  Each genre has its own style of mixing that goes well with it – pop is by far the most common type of music to mix and its style should be widely recognized.

Pop music relies on a catchy and expected chorus which most people will recognize, even if they do not know the rest …

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UniqueSquared
April 28, 2014

Ableton-Controlling Glove Project Now On Kickstarter

Motion control sensors are something that sounds like a good idea – but in reality they have problems of their own that they need to overcome.  Consider what the gamepad is to the console gamer.  It has all the buttons they need (and some that they don’t).  These people should not have to look down at their controllers during play, rather, they need only focus on the screen with confidence that their hands will know what to do.  Translate this to a music making scenario and common sense goes out the window.  Touch control sensors that detect movement of the hands are problematic, because these motions need to be centered on physical axis.

The next step is to attach the sensor to the hands, rather than trying to detect the motion of the hands through an external sensor.  At this point, you no longer need to focus on being in …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 28, 2014

In Search of the Perfect Budget Mixer, Part One

A lot of us tend to think that most of what is created is created at different consumer levels.  Most of what we have available to us reflects this idea.  For example, we can have a television scaled to a consumer level – to where anyone on any budget can eventually afford one.  Then there are TVs that have not hit the consumer market mainly because they cost upwards of ten thousand dollars.  DJ equipment has only gotten the consumer level treatment in the last few decades.  A mixer was never intended to be moved around, and the first mixers were more like giant boards that needed to be installed inside of a room.

The thought of a budget mixer is about as laughable as a budget turntable is a turntablists.  However, with the way products are produced these days, it makes more sense to make up for sale in …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 28, 2014

Beatport Pro DJ Library-Management Software

Organizing is a painful task, even with the advent of computers and simple ways of inputting information.  It seems that the more opportunity there is for keeping things clean, the more stuff there is to keep clean.  When you have a small collection of only 100 vinyl records, this may seem like a lot in one room.  When you have a collection of 1000 digital songs, it is just as daunting to keep track of it all.  Some of us have resigned to make use of 3rd party programs to keep things tidy, rather than trying to be a jack of all trades when it comes to music.

Some of us would rather use 1 single program to record it all – but this also means working within the limitations of this single program.  iTunes certain makes this easier for us.  As much as many of us might hate …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 28, 2014

From Wembley Stadium to Your Bedroom

One of the most underrated part of any sound system is of course the low end bass that can be delivered in various ways.  It’s strange that bass seems so common to us now in movies as well as music – but it wasn’t always that way.  It has only been in the last half century that we have been able to produce low bass the way we are used to hearing it.  Dance music in itself owes a lot to the idea of bass as it has become an expect part of any dance concert or club.  There seems to be human reaction to bass; perhaps it is something we are in shock and awe of, like a large lightning storm or gunshot – but it certainly has a visceral feel of response whenever we hear it.

The sound engineer’s job is to make sure that there is an …