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Taylor

Taylor
July 30, 2014

Pioneer DDJ-SR Review

Released in the Fall of last year, the Pioneer DDJ-SR is the more portable and compact answer to the behemoth flagship digital DJ controller the DDJ-SX. Pioneer has made this version much smaller and more affordable for those DJs that want a quality controller but are on a budget. There are some features that have gone missing when you compare the DDJ-SX to the DDJ-SR. These include the absence of strip search and dual deck mode amongst others but Pioneer has included a feature specific to the DDJ-SR with the Pad Plus mode.

We decided to take a look at the layout and features of the DDJ-SR and give our impressions of how this controller performs.

Layout

The general construction of the DDJ-SR is a combination of metal and plastic throughout. The jog wheels feel great and are built out of a sturdy and lightweight aluminum. The majority of the …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 29, 2014

What is the Best Pioneer CDJ for You?

Let’s face it, DJing with modern gear can be very expensive to start out.  There is this idea that once you go through the initial cost, you no longer need to buy anything else except for music.  If you are very thrifty, DJing won’t cost you anything at all.  However, once you buy gear you tend to look at what you are missing and what would work well within your existing setup.  In the same way that Car manufacturers offer different trims for the same model, companies like Pioneer do the same with their CDJ series.  They essentially do the same things and are built around the same design.  The differences might just be the bells and whistles.

Bells and whistles on a CDJ should not be looked at like a bicycle that has streamer running across the handlebars.  Bells and whistles should be looked at like a jog wheel …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 29, 2014

What If Other DJ Controllers Had Built In Screens?

The evolution of modern DJ gear is actually quite nice to see.  The DJ industry itself is driven by many factors – some of the DJs out there look at it as a hobby, while others look at it as a profession.  It is actually the latter that drives the technology forward in a way that is commercial and not just a hack done at home.  However, we cannot overlook the fact that it is really the amateurs and hobbyists who take an idea and show that it can be worked into modern gear.  Adding screens to your DJ setup is a touchy subject, but many would agree that visual aids have changed the way we see DJing, no pun intended.

Screens as we know them are usually not the type that can be integrated into a mixer without a lot of work and a lot of cutting.  As screen …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 29, 2014

PLX-1000: Pioneer’s $699 Pro DJ Turntable

Just when you thought that people had given up on making turntables, Pioneer set off to change our perspectives once again.  One cannot look at what is going on without accepting the fact that a large part of this decision had to do with Technics discontinuing their famous SL-1200 line.  Those who still have an old pair of 12s know well enough to hang onto them dearly since they definitely aren’t going to be sold in stores any time soon.  If your plan is to stock up on as many old Techs are you can in hopes to slang them later on – you might be out of luck here.

The new PLX-1000 comes in at a fairly decent price, right around $700.  I believe this will be the biggest thing going for the person who is in the market for a new turntable.  People tend to buy a set …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 27, 2014

Instant Gratification-Style Effects for Traktor

If you are one of those guys who are willing to make the jump from Serato to another DVS like Traktor, I’m sure you are aware of the deep differences hidden beneath the surface of each DVS.  Serato is the king of simple.  It has been and always will be the DVS for a vinyl user who wants a digital version without all the hype and the bells and whistles.  Serato has had a hard time keep up with their neighbors next door, and because of this they have had to find ways to adapt and survive.  Adding a FX panel and a sampler is more like a gesture than a useful feature.  Those who want to make use of samples know that Traktor offers much more.

The trouble with Traktor is that it is very difficult to create the types of FX you want without doing your research and …