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UniqueSquared

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August 19, 2014

Marc Houle How I Play Interview + Livid Prototype Controller

The term “DJ” is something that has changed in definition over the years, similar to the way the word “producer” has also changed.  Many DJs go on to become producers, while few producers actually go back to the world of DJing.  There is a third type of performer who sits in between those two categories, and has a hard time calling him or herself by either name.  Being able to beatmatch and mix music in a club is not a prerequisite of being a good music maker.  Performance does not have to rely on a balancing act of risk and skill either, only the end result is what matters here.

Today, performers will come on stage with all sorts of instruments.  Many do not need more than a laptop, a microphone, and a way to control sounds and beats.  Marc Houle is one of these performers.  He is armed with …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 1, 2014

Ander’s Incredible Homemade Live Controller

There are many MIDI controllers out there that I love to look at.  The trouble is that I would have no idea how to make use of what I have.  The traditionally process of finding gear works when a musician is trying to create a song and runs into trouble with what they need.  It is only then that they decide to branch out and look for solutions to their problems.  The modern MIDI controllerist expects to buy something that has more than what they need.  Basically, they do not know what to do with more than half of the controller until the problem shows itself.

I would probably fall into the second camp, since I never have time to actually figure out what I’m doing.  If you are impulsive, it is easier to spend time just jumping right in, rather than trying to figure out what each button and …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 12, 2013

umidi custom controller hits Kickstarter

It seems as if there are plenty of companies out there that are looking to grab part of the market share for MIDI controllers.  There are currently controllers of all types, and the average person will be more overwhelmed with trying to find a single controller out of the hundreds that are available for them.  Some of them are built for the budget conscious person, and only a select handful of controllers are around the range of a thousand dollars – so it is safe to say that buying one is not out of reach for anyone.  The trouble is once again, finding the right one.

With any purchase you are going to have to sacrifice something.  You might pay a little more for a brand name or even pay a little less to obtain a cheaper quality unit with more functionality.  Behringer has stepped up to produce a line …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
November 11, 2013

The Black Dog on designing their own DJ controller, the CS X51

When hardware is designed and created, its engineering is really a two step process.  Before any technical work is done, there has to be some thought as to how it will be use on a practical level.  This really involves some thought into how humans like to use their gear.  Having the option to have everything you could ever want and need has proven to be the worst option of them all.  It is like having a command center with a thousand buttons, but all you really need is three of them.  This is the mistake that many gear designers fall into, since they do not really know the needs of each individual; therefore, they have try to please them all.

When a band or act decides to create their own controller, you can bet that it will only have that which they need and it will ignore all the …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 2, 2013

umidi custom controller: 6X6 format of your choice

With so many MIDI controllers out there to choose from, you would think that few people have a problem finding the one they like.  How can we complain when we have everything from deck emulators to remix decks available to us by virtually every single manufacturer?  Having too much of a choice can actually get in the way of making an informed decision.  Imagine that there are 20 different MIDI controllers in the same price range, each with a slightly different variation – you might opt to get one of these, but neglect to realize that this brand doesn’t have the USB port option you wanted with another option.

You can just as easily lose out on something by focusing on the wrong specifics.  Some controller companies like Behringer have actually created entire lines of modular controllers – while others, like uMIDI, have allowed their customers to tell them exactly …