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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 28, 2014

Pioneer’s Kuvo Network Aims To Get DJ Booths Online

There was a time when the songs that were played in clubs and parties were somewhat new to the people who were listening to it for the first time.  Radio and DJs were one in the same – meaning that their job was to play new music.  This meant that local artists, not just sponsored artists, would have their chance to shine in front of a new audience.  These days, really none of that exists any more.  For a DJ to play a song that has been unheard of is actually a big risk on a dance floor.  Will they like it?  Will they complain?

Still, there are those in the crowd who have heard the song many times before – but they do not know the name of it.  You see these people all the time with apps on their phone that will recognize the music being played.  They …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 22, 2014

South Park Mocks Music Producers

There are many shows and cartoons on television that sort of poke fun at popular culture – but out of all of them, South Park seems to be the most relevant.  The world can get stirred up in some stupid craze in a week, and you can be that you will see it on South Park only a few days later.  One of their episodes sort of made a poignant point about the state of music these days.  The bigger picture, if you missed it, has to do with the commercialism of modern music and how it is made.  As usual, a group of children are somehow able to do what big time music producers do all the time.

The part that gets people is just how accurate and realistic their parody of a music software program actually is.  They depict the kids using auto-tune and other tools to create …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 22, 2014

Cool Tricks Wireless MIDI Can Do Now

One thing that has always seemed strange to me is the amount of wiring that goes into a typical producer’s setup.  I can understand the need for different instruments to be routed through different areas, but the setup time can be confusing.  If just one wire is pulled from a plug during a live show, it could be disastrous.  Ironically, most of what we use today is free from wires.  Information can be sent over the air using various forms of information protocols.  Why is it that we still have to hack and play with different wires to get something like an iPad to play nice with the rest of the gear?

Apple is beginning to tackle this problem in a way that makes more sense than using a USB camera connection kit and soldering wires together (kidding).  Their idea is to make an inductive charging kit that also acts …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 22, 2014

Work out a song’s key with SongKey plugin

When it comes to any sort of voice, key, or word detection program – I have no idea how such systems even work.  When I run my songs through a program like Rapid Evolution of Mixed In Key, it is basically magic happening at my fingertips.  I can sit down with a song and piano and figure out the key that seems most dominant, but this will never get me as close to what software can do, because I simply don’t know any better.  These key detection programs are literally magic hand waving machines that take a great deal of skill out of song selection.

If you delve deeper into how these programs work, you’ll learn that it is not an exact science either.  The program will assume that the song has many different keys within it, as many songs often do – but then it will basically take a …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 21, 2014

Bluffer’s Guide To Scratching

The pitfall of being any type of DJ is being way too specialized for your own good.  We see this a lot with different types of DJs who will polarize themselves towards one end or the other, the same way a surgeon who works on backs cannot work on brains.  While it makes you special, it also prevents you from having any sort of lateral movement within the industry.  Scratch DJs who enjoy the technical aspect of DJing might never find time to mix songs together because it is too basic for them.  Of course, there are many more mix DJs who would never scratch because it is too difficult to use in a mix.

Those who have a bit of both can excel at both.  A scratch DJ who can blend some musicality with their technical experience can take it a step further than either DJ.  Likewise, a mix …