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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 18, 2014

Hercules DJ Control Air S

MIDI controller and DJ setups have come a long way since the first all in one setups hit the shelves at your local music store.  In the beginning, these types of devices were only catered towards the new crowd.  This was because any experienced DJ knew that such systems were quite robust enough to handle their needs.  They were better of piecing together their own systems using a mixer, decks, and other necessary components for their routine.  Once the technology got to where it is now, an all in one system became a feasible alternative for working DJs who were tired of carrying their gear around.  Both the amateur bedroom DJ and the pro DJ could use the same piece of kit with ease.

One of these controllers that started it all was the Hercules controller.  Many of us will remember this as our fond into to controllerism, others will …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 8, 2014

Hercules DJControlWave

Does anybody remember the first Hercules DJ controller?  It was one of the few controllers that you could find in Target or Walmart, except that it wasn’t half bad.  It was one of the few toy controllers out there that had any real semblance of what a controller was really supposed to look like.  Personally, I would never buy one since I was doing just fine with my pair of turntables and Serato – but there are many out there who got their start on this simple controller.  The first version had two tiny platters that could only be used for pushing and nudging tracks forward, but since then a lot of things have changed.

If you have seen what Pioneer has done in the field of controllers these days, the new Hercules DJ Control Wave is something to admire.  It looks like something that would be produced only from …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 20, 2013

Numark Mixtrack Quad DJ Controller

Each of the DVS companies who have stake in their software also has a business plan that matches their goals.  To have software without realizing how it will be used in conjunction with hardware is kind of foolish.  We can even see the benefit of a software company engineering their own matching hardware, such as what Ableton did for the Push.  Serato was created as both a software and hardware solution that worked in unison, meaning that each part could not be used without the other.  This was sort of the general idea that Traktor had used, until both companies began pairing their software with other types of hardware, like the Rane TTM-57 SL.

In the future, the ability to use an external soundcard won’t be as prevalent as it is now – and we may see the end of these hardware + software systems.  Beginner controller setups come bundled …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 19, 2013

American Audio ELMC-1: DJ fun for under a ton

If I were to go to the store right now and look for an acoustic instrument like a guitar or piano, I would definitely have an idea of the costs versus performance before even testing out a product.  It would be clear to see that a thousand dollar acoustic piano will sound better than any electronic alternative.  I would also be able to figure out that a guitar that is priced high would have much better features than one that is priced lower.  Best of all, I can actually plug these things in and try them out before I take them home.  It isn’t the same with a MIDI controller or something that takes time to play with.

Setting one up in the store the way you like it is damn near impossible, since you are using a computer that is unfamiliar to you.  You also don’t have the time …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 26, 2013

NUMARK MIXDECK QUAD

I have always looked at the four deck controllers out there and wondered why I have never liked them very much.  Perhaps it is because I personally don’t have a lot of experience mixing anything more than three channels at one time.  Mixing two songs isn’t hard once you get the hang of it – but adding that third channel makes things increasingly difficult.  Most of the time that third channel is best used for samples or one shots, since trying to actually mix a regular song can be confusing.  When I see MIDI controllers that offer linear fader control over four separate channels, it makes me wonder if people are actually using 4 channels.

I’m sure in the world of DVS and Traktor it happens all the time.  If you are spinning electronic music the job is also a bit more watered down.  Traktor can grid and autoBPM the …