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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 5, 2014

What are the Best Subwoofers in the World?

To a performing DJ, a subwoofer is either something you have or something you don’t.  Rarely does a Dj find themselves in a situation where they need more bass in their music, since it seems to travel across the room and through the bodies of people in the crowd.  Just adding one of them to your regular PA system makes a huge difference that can literally be felt.  They can be expensive and heavy, but typically 1 of them is good enough for a regular party.  If you are performing at a festival level, you can expect the sound to be taken care of for you in advance, so this is not your worry.

If you are one of those audiophiles that spends more on sound that you do your car – please believe that these things can cost money.  It doesn’t mean they are large but it does mean …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 5, 2014

Lemur is Now on Android

Before Apple iPads and other various tablets were all the rage, there were other options that musicians look towards when they wanted to use touch screen devices for their live shows.  It wasn’t that there weren’t tablets commercially available – they simply were not designed to be used during a live show.  The most difficult problem they experienced was latency and the inability to switch to different modes on the fly.  Anyone who has owned a tablet knows that sometimes the touch screens just don’t work the way they ought to.

Before app makers were designing apps with live performers in mind – there was the Lemur.  In many aspects it was much like the iPad of today, but there were distinct differences that set it apart.  For one, you can organize different screens that could be swapped instantly.  Instead of a one size fits all layout – you could …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 4, 2014

Meet KORG’s New Sample Sequencing volca – And its SDK for Sampling

When the times changes and people’s interest in certain items change, it makes sense for gear companies to follow the times and make changes as well.  For a company like Korg, who specializes in synthesizers and other live instruments – it makes sense to create tools that can be used with modern tools.  The need for large keyboard synths has become niche and there are only a select few who are willing to buy such gear when they can have it digitally for much cheaper.  For a while the Volca series of synths were doing pretty well.  They were small and specialized for bass-lines as well as melodies.

Their latest addition to this series comes in the form of sample sequencing.  This unit is very small, and combines the old aspects of a sequencer with the modern aspects of digital recording.  You can actually plug your mobile device directly into …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 4, 2014

Hack Biology, Body, and Music: Open Call for MusicMakers Hacklab

If you have been lucky enough to attend any kind of hackathon – you will have found that it is not what you’d expect.  You would think that the place would be full of nerds and geeks trying to show off what they can do with a computer, and although it might contain that – it fails to look at what they are actually trying to do.  Basically, it is an open source format and any idea is valuable, no matter how weird or strange it might look at first glance.  When you combine that type of thinking with music making you sometimes stumble onto a gold mine.

We tend to think of music making as some sort of structured science where the end result is pleasing to all – but in reality that is not how it begins.  It begins by creating noise and turning it into something useful.  …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 4, 2014

Need a Tempo, Fast? Grab Your Web Browser

When I was in my younger years, I spent a great deal of time building my record collection.  Before mp3s were the standard in DJing, buying music that did not work out well was a costly mistake.  I would pay upwards of 8 dollars for a single record at time – and sometimes these would never see the dark of a club room.  They would simply sit in a record crate, slowly warping themselves to death.  I DO however, remember each one of these songs like the back of my hand.  I would spend hours just listening to music and tracking down the tempos and key changes.

I had a trust metronome that would allow me to tap beats and figure them out on the fly.  You will almost never see this type of tool for sale anymore, because there is no need to buy one.  These days, you can …