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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 3, 2014

Does today’s software make music production too easy?

I think many of us can agree that getting into DJing has been made easier than ever.  That is not to say that having good software will make you a better DJ, but learning the basics of it has been watered down the point where the software can at least show you how it is done before you actually do it.  Does the same method of thinking apply with music production?  Some might say that software has killed the creativity and hard work that goes into producing music, while others might say that it has only helped creative people get their ideas on paper.

The premise of song making has not changed in years.  You hear something in your head and you do the best you can to get it down in paper, or on your screen.   This will always be the most difficult part.  Producers often have to settle …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 3, 2014

iRig HD-A brings Mic/Instrument input to Android

For those that insist upon using their tablet to DJ, the options for routing music through other hardware are seemingly unlimited.  Really, the only limitation here is what type of hardware is used to get the job done.  Some will prefer to do everything wirelessly, which keeps the clutter down – while others demand that everything be hardwired.  If you look at the progression of digital DJing devices, you will see that we are detaching ourselves from having to need external soundcard, converters, and storage.  Pretty soon, an all in one device will be exactly that – with the added benefit of a wireless protocol to handle file transfers.

If you are using an iPad and prefer to stay with iOS for your DJing, IK Multimedia has been the go-to for a lot of musicians out there.  They make a slew of plug and play devices for your iPad, which …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 2, 2014

J.Phlip’s top 5 tips

If you are using a DVS like Serato or Trakor, the ease by which songs can be organized and recalled can almost be a nuisance in the learning process.  Before songs were automatically categorized by temp, genre, or even key – a DJ had to actually learn each song by ear.  The individual nuances in each song lent themselves into becoming part of unique mi.  The fact that we have easy access to music takes away this struggle to learn the ins and out of our music.  It takes much more effort to come up with something creative, when all of the creative work has been laid out for us.

There are still some basic ideas that come from old DJs that can be used today.  Remember sets by heart is something that no computer can do for you.  This is when you recall 2 to 5 different songs that …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 2, 2014

Trent Reznor & NIN On Their Creative Proccess

Creating a song that is meant to be a club or radio hit is much different that setting the score for a musical or movie.  On the radio, there is a clever formula for creating a song that is memorable.  By creating a hook that is repetitive and catchy, it is almost guaranteed that the brain will have an easy time remembering and following a song that has been heard once.  Pharell Williams is a master at using the right keys and the right hooks to keep you drawn towards a tune.  In a movie, there is a very different approach to making songs.  The score has to juxtapose the emotion or theme on the screen.

These types of emotions and themes change constantly, so a song can have many key changes and even meter changes within it.  Composers who have the task of creating such music know how troubling …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 2, 2014

What’s The Point Of Imitating Traditional Hardware?

Designing software that emulates hardware on a computer or tablet can be one of the trickiest things to do.  It is sort of the catch-22 when dealing with hardware emulation and software in general.  You have the ability to create just about anything you want using software – but when that software mimics that actual hardware, it makes it difficult to use.  Therefore, software designers are left with the task of trying to create something close to the original, yet in a new form that is actually easy to use.  On a tablet that is usually a decision that involves sacrifices.

If it looks like the actual hardware, it is easy to remember where things are because this was the logistical setup that went into the original design.  But when you scale the thing down manifold, you end up with keys that are hard to press, without hitting the one …