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Paul
May 11, 2012

Ableton Vs Maschine – Which One is Best?

We stumbled upon a bit of a debate while looking into how to deal with some upcoming tutorials. Apparently, a very hot topic of debate out there is being approached as “should I get Ableton or Maschine?”  In other cases it manifests as just, “Ableton vs. Maschine.” I think this is an interesting approach to the topic. I’m not going to say this is the wrong way to approach these kind of decisions. I do, however, want to suggest that this mentality suffers from some critical issues that often make the discussion derail itself early on in a forum context.

Forums

Forums are a blessing and a curse. Some forums are extraordinarily helpful and even have policies in place about not having “flame wars” and generally being polite to one another. Other forums are less worried about this and the admins don’t intervene until the last possible second, if …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
May 2, 2012

Choosing the Right Portable PA System

If you are starting to get serious about your DJing, then inevitably you will start booking gigs, some of which will occur at venues that lack a house sound system.  If you don’t already have one, a solid portable PA system is definitely in your future, and it’s a great investment for your DJ career.

There are many options to choose from, but you should first determine your budget and specific needs before making your choice.  How often will you be using it?  Where will it be used, and how many people will you be playing for?  How much power do I need to rock the party?  There, there young padawans, we are here to help.  Here’s some vital info that will help you in your decision to purchase a portable PA system.

Tabletop, Speaker Boxes, and the Bass below

If you are a DJ, then you probably have some …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
January 3, 2012

Torq Xponent with Traktor Pro 2

This mapping may not work with the latest version of Traktor.

The Torq Xponent was designed specifically for use with Torq DJ software (included) and we had the opportunity to get funky with Torq a few months ago and found it to be very cool and quite intuitive.  The Xponent controller translates the software flawlessly, has massive touch sensitive jog wheels, and a super clean layout with LED backlit, rubberized pads and buttons.  It is a medium sized compared to other controllers, and very lightweight with a durable plastic construction.  It is DC powered, with RCA main and booth outputs, MIDI in/out, with foot switch and expression pedal inputs.  It’s definitely a good looking controller that works well with both Torq and many other DJ software.

With great controllerism comes great responsibility…with your money.  That’s why we put together a blazing hot bundle for those of you who want to …

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The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
November 16, 2011

What’s a preamp? And why do I need one?

When I used to think of preamps, I used to think of them as a lifeless utility device. I suppose they are, ultimately – I’ve never had a conversation with one and they do serve a function. But, preamps also have their own personalities. Let’s go back to how I first really knew they existed.

Way back in time (a land before the laptop computer) I owned an acoustic guitar and bought a pickup to put in the guitar because I was too broke to own both an acoustic and an electric. But, recording the guitar was always awful because I captured a ton of noise and it was always so darned quiet. I don’t even want to tell you what I was recording on, it’s too dark, I can’t go back there – just know that there were about 10 people recording audio on the computer back then and …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
November 1, 2011

Pioneer DDJ-ERGO Review

Alas, Pioneer is finally playing well with others! Long considered to be the kings of the DJ market, even when the DVS systems and DJ controllers started to trickle in, Pioneer remained apart from the rest staying on course with their series of high-end mixers, CD players, and DJ accessories.

Earlier this year they introduced their very first DJ software controllers, the DDJ-S1 and the DDJ-T1, thus entering them into the new frontier of controllers. They’re recent follow-up is the illustrious Virtual DJ controller, the DDJ-ERGO. This controller is aesthetically unique in design to their cavalcade of other products and at first glance it might be considered to be more of a consumer product than a pro piece. We were lucky enough attain a demo unit before the official release and judge for ourselves. You can check out our first impressions in Zack Rocket’s ERGO blog.

THE GOODS

The …