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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 31, 2013

Akai MPX-8 SD

Every year, new electronic are shown off at trade shows which are expected to woo the audiences into believing they have something they should save their money for.  Obviously there is nothing that we are in a dire need to get, there are only the wants and the dreams we have of owning some of the newest and technologically significant gear on the market.  Some of these devices flop on their face for being too unoriginal or too unrealistic, and some of them breathe a fresh breath into a market that seems to copy itself when it has no ideas left.  What we do get an understanding of is where this is all headed.  Completely different items by different gear creators may have nothing in common – but they can mutually see what it is the people want next.

Portability and wireless technology is where it is all headed.  If …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 8, 2013

REVIEW: Akai MPC Studio Music Production Controller

Does the MPC still have a place in digital production and digital DJing?  Or is it simply a staple of the past that is held onto by many who once owned one?  If you take a look at the latest MPCs, you’ll notice that they aren’t as popular and thereby aren’t selling that well.  It has more to do with the competition that it does with the MPC itself; the Maschine and other like it simply offer more at a better price.  Still, it will be a long time before Akai shuts down the MPC completely, and they’ve made better attempts at modernizing it to fit in an era of MIDI controllers and other electronic gadgets.

The Akai MPC Studio Controller is a foot in the right direction.  By design, it ditches the need for bulky thickness, eliminating the internals that were once dedicated to storage and playback.  Its new …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 6, 2013

Live DJ Remixing #2 -The Gear

So you’ve decided that you’d rather become a remix artist instead of a plain vanilla DJ?  Good.  Just be weary of what you’re getting into; you’ll need to make use of the proper software as well as compatible hardware – but since there is no standard formula for live remixing, the rest will be up to you.  Like in all things regarding DJing, there is no exact science regarding the technique or the equipment but at least there is enough equipment that you can make a good choice and stick with it for a while.  Without a good controller, it would be pretty difficult to even get started.

If you are already used to Traktor for DJing, then it makes sense to use a Native Instruments product meant for the software.  It isn’t necessary to go this route but it will match your setup as well as the layout on …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 19, 2012

iMPC On Sonic Touch

There’s a lot of talk out there about Audiobus and what it’s doing for iPad and tablet musicians.  Audiobus began as a highly publicized development project with only a few supporters on their backs – now it seems like any company trying to emulate their hardware on the iPad, is looking for Audiobus support to get things rolling.  It makes perfect sense though; you’re going to be at a small loss when people begin to realize that an expensive piece of hardware or software can be had on the iOS for a mere fraction of the retail cost.  If you’re Akai, you’ve already seen your market share dwindle in favor of similar MIDI devices that aren’t built half as strong.

If you can’t beat them, join them, right?  Perhaps Akai’s iMPC will make up for their most recent blunders, which failed to garner any attention with the concurrent release …

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UniqueSquared
December 15, 2012

DM-1 Drum Machine For iOS, iPad Now Free

Let’s face the facts – if you’re out to create an app for the iPad or iPhone, you shouldn’t expect it to take in millions of dollars in profit.  The business strategy for those who create apps seems to be: create an app, and sell it at low cost to hopefully millions of people with an iOS device.  For some companies out there who are creating innovative and original apps, they may very well have a decent future in app creation and some money rolling in to pay the light bill – but for others, maybe not so much.

The problem comes down to creativity.  Many apps out there are just iterations of older apps.  Drum pads and sequencer are literally a dime a dozen, and sometimes they’re the same beast in a different colored package.  For those of us on a budge, who cannot afford a real life Akai