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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 9, 2014

Scratching On Controllers: 5 Myths Busted

The idea that one cannot scratch using a digital controller as well as regular old vinyl records is somewhat justified, although not entirely true.  First of all, if you do not have the skills – then you can expect your scratch game to be much tougher using digital and downsized decks.  However, if you put a pro on any sort of gear, scratching only takes a small adjustment before the talent actually kicks in.  Is latency still a problem?  In my opinion, there is still a noticeable difference between real and digital scratching, but for standard usage it does not seem to be a real problem.

If you are talented enough, it shouldn’t matter what kind of gear you are given.  You can give a professional tennis player a cheap racket, and they should still be able to perform.  The comfort level of the medium you are using is another …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 8, 2014

Party Hard(ware)

Pretty much everyone has a playlist these days; some are not as produced as others – but even the most meager smartphone user has a few songs on their list.  How often does this scenario happen?  You go to your friend’s house and there are a lot of people, yet there is no music in the background.  Someone will attempt to find a radio station or even an online radio station like Pandora – but it is not up to par with your expectations.  Finally, someone finds the correct RCA cable that allows a smartphone or ipod to be plugged in directly.

Wouldn’t it be better if there was a device specifically meant for this?  Why would anyone want to carry around a hard drive packed full of music, but also have to use a Bluetooth adapter to allow it to stream to a receiver?  What if you simply had …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 8, 2014

Pioneer DDJ-SZ Serato DJ Controller

If you are on the hunt for a mixer and two decks, the choices in front of you are vast and many.  You can go as cheap as you like and spend no more than a few hundred dollars on the entire thing – or you can spend until your wallet shrinks down in size or until your wife finally decides it is time for divorce.  If you are feeling spendy, then Pioneer is really where it is at.  Sure, a CDJ will cost you nearly a thousand dollars, but even Pioneer knows that technology gets cheaper as time goes on.

Integrating MIDI controller into the entire system is a must.  The addition of 8 nice pads right below the actual jog wheels is a good idea, and many will appreciate this.  The 4 channel mixer that comes packed right below it all is nothing to shake off either.  Realistically, …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 8, 2014

Disc Makers drops the needle on vinyl records

There are some things out there that will likely never change and some that obviously will.  Music seems to fall into its own category, where a mix of new and old seems to be the winning strategy when it all comes down to it.  Technology simply makes things more accessible to the common man.  Instead of large vacuum tubes we use transistors so that technology can be packed down into a more efficient size. Instead of using physical media to transport songs around we can literally zap that information around in a blip of light within seconds.  Does this mean that all music should be had on this format?  There are songs that I tend to cherish more than others, and therefore I will go out of my way to find a physical copy of that song.

Record making is one of those ancient arts that might improve as times …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 8, 2014

9 things you should never do on stage

Maybe you have heard this before; there are people who are brilliant but who are also very bad test takers.  Then you have the students who train for taking tests and win them by using strategy instead of relying on pure skill or intelligence.  Is one of these strategies better than the other?  I think that the best test taker would ultimately rely on a bit from both sides, since you cannot win without knowledge – yet failing to plan is just as bad.  Performing on stage can somewhat be compared to taking a test, since you need to rely on both of those things as well.

Performing and knowing how to act on stage is also a skill that comes with time.  There is no performer out there who has not had their share of embarrassments and boos from the people on stage.  One trick they have all relied …