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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 8, 2014

DJs — do you even want a jog wheel anymore?

I think that jog wheels have been a hit or miss item for many of us.  The issue here is not what they are meant to do – it is more of an issue of if we are apt to use them the proper way.  A scratch DJ who goes from turntables to jog wheels is certainly not going to rely on them for any sort of serious scratching.  However, they can make small cuts here and there more efficient and less risky for a mixing DJ.  For those who have zero intention of scratching, the jog wheels serve a greater purpose.  They can feature and nudge the speed of a track to sync it up or to line up cue points in the first place.

Are these something that will disappear the same way that the CD has disappeared?  In essence, these are only here because they were useful …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 7, 2014

Digging the Beat Junkies Record Pool crates

A record pool is kind of a funny idea these days.  Just a few decades ago, the record pool was a valuable resource that could save DJs hundreds of dollars.  The only catch here was that you didn’t really have a say in what kind of music you received.  You might pay a hundred dollars a month for 50 records – with only two or three of them being worthwhile.  These days, you can find a much better deal digitally.  You can pay a little as 10 dollars a month and have access to millions of songs – the only catch here is that you cannot actually own a physical copy of the song to do what you like with.

There is something in between these two pools that will make more sense.  If you subscribe to a pool that selects music based on your tastes, the odds that you …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 7, 2014

Moretrax and Huurd.it

Modern music apps and music finders have no problem actually sourcing out new music.  Artists use them as an outlet to produce music, and since people always want new – the deals seems to work out with both people.  However, this does not mean that music popular in one part of the world is at all relevant in another part of the world.  Typically, music is popularized by area and location.  People in California will likely listen to a type of music that a place like Detroit or Baltimore wouldn’t listen to.  The reverse is also true.  Newer music apps do a better job of not only tracking listening habits – but also the locations of these habits.

Odds are, the music you like is also liked by someone who lives locally.  If you could source that type of information for better guesses, everyone wins.  Obviously there is the deeper …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 7, 2014

Feelthebeat — the wearable metronome

I’ve seen many bands go on stage and suffer from a problem that is now becoming notorious in the world of performing arts.  They might sound very good when recorded and produced, but the live performance suffers from many reasons.  More often than not – the volumes within the band and projected from the band are just not as accurate as they need to be.  Live drums might overpower other parts of the band which create a noticeable imbalance of sound.  Sometimes the singer has trouble hearing themselves over the sound of the rest of the band, leading to tone deafness.

One modern idea that has helped live shows sound professional is the ability to have microphones in the ears of all the band members.  Usually, only one member of the band will have the metronome and that is reserved for the drummer.  Other members might have vocals synced to …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 6, 2014

Numark NV showcasing Serato Flip

If you travel back in time to when DJ mixers were very basic, you’ll notice a trend happening with their form factor.  Certain mixing units were intentionally designed to be very large and immovable, while other units were actually designed to be much more portable.  Sort of how we went to the extremes with portable phones – the same thing happened for DJ mixers.  Vestax dominated the scratch mixer game for a long time and basically took the 10 inch mixer and made it smaller.  The idea behind this was it allowed the DJs hands to be closer to each other when they wanted to either juggle or scratch.

Modern decks and controllers have found a benefit from such a controller.  Since the actual size of the deck can only be so small (due to the usefulness of having a jog wheel) only the mixer can be shrunk down into …