September 25, 2014
One of the reasons why using an app on your phone to DJ or using two turntables and a record is so appealing is because of how easy it is to just get started. Sure, you have to have some talent or technique to get started – but the actual process of setting up your gear is pretty straightforward. For the most part, you do not need to dig around in computer settings to get this firing. Even with an iPad and using iOS, the setup process is streamlined to focus on having fun, not on having to calibrate the damn software. This is a larger reason as to why many producers do not like using studio gear.
Audio interfaces can be a headache to setup the first time – but they can be a nuisance when you find yourself adding and removing gear from your collection. That simple interface …
July 16, 2013
I think that a DJ will never learn the benefits of having a good speaker and monitoring system until they actually get the chance to use one. The most Spartan bedroom DJ out there makes use of only a few tools to mix their music. They need a computer (which we can consider to be mid range in performance), they need a pair of headphones (these can be cheap), and they need a controller (which can be cheap as well). Together, they need little else to mix their music. However, the minute they begin using proper sounding speakers and headphones, they realize just how many more errors are revealed in their work.
The idea here is that better sound quality and sound clarity allows you to think deeper into how you mix. You might be off at every single down beat of a newly mixed song but not realize it …
DJ Scott Mad Flip
January 21, 2011
Steinberg’s got the goods! They always have, always will. The Steinberg CI Series interfaces boast great sounding inputs in a smart compact package. They each come bundled with Steinberg software that covers a broad range of applications. DJ/Producer/Remix types will be amazed at the capabilities these little beasts possess. We caught up with my friend of many years Lacy Privette at Steinberg and he showed us the range.
Scott: Hi, this is Scott Magno DJ Madflip here with UniqueSquared.com. We’re here still at Winter NAMM 2011. I’m here with one of my great old friends, Lacy from Steinberg and he is going to tell us about some of the awesome interfaces.
Lacy: How’re you doing, basically we have a line of USB interfaces for the computer, the CI series, the CI-1, the CI-2, and the CI-2+. Price points on the marked $99, $199, and $299, very simply laid out.
The Unique Geek
October 27, 2010
Topics we’ll touch on:
- USB vs. Firewire vs. PCIe
- Sound Quality
Myths abound in the audio world and it makes perfect sense as to why. If you’ve ever seen a demonstration by a speaker engineer or talked to one it makes your head hurt. You’d think something so common as a speaker is pretty much known inside out by now and there are no more mysteries. But, these engineers, like many engineers, are walking around with math equations bouncing around their heads to help solve simple problems – like, pushing air to sound just like (or better than) what’s coming out of a computer or MP3 player.
What I should say more succinctly is that the components in a recording studio are so complex it’s no wonder there is so much misinformation out there. Let’s start with one of the biggest in terms of an audio interface.
USB vs. …
October 13, 2010
This is the second video in our series of product reviews where DJ Madflip takes a look at the new Avid Pro Tools Mbox “3″ (3rd Gen) Family. We didn’t go as in depth in the video and wanted to focus on the high points of this great new product including the great new design. But we will go more in depth here for you guys.
The Mbox was first introduced in 2001 after the massive success of the Digi 001. It was the first time that an end user was able to create music in Pro Tools for under $500. Since that time it has continued to grow and innovate what we’ve come to expect from an audio interface found outside of the high-end studio.
You would think that these Mboxes would be called Mbox3 as they follow the hugely successful Mbox2 series IO’s. However, Avid has elected …