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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 12, 2014

What A Pioneer All-In-One Controller Might Look Like

It’s funny when you think about what it means to have an all in one unit.  The idea of having all of your audio components in one place is nothing new.  Back when turntables were heavy and hard to move – they were usually built into furniture that also house speakers and other electrical necessities.  The all in one system was the only system worth having.  Fast forward to the advent of DJing, you can see that few people had the same setup.  A unit that contained everything needed was thought of as a joke; it would be impossible to transport or upgrade.

Today, portability and ease of use is one of the most important factors when it comes to buying any type of DJ gear.  The NS7 and the DDJ_SX is a good example of keeping things in house, all while keeping it simple enough to use.  If anyone …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 23, 2013

REVIEW: Pioneer DDJ-SX Serato DJ Controller

Given the speed at which new MIDI gear and other types of digital DJing instruments are produced, the DDJ-SX is pretty old by now.  If you think about when it was released, it actually isn’t old at – there are still original stocks from the first shipment of these sitting on the shelves at music store near you.  Compare that to let’s say a Pioneer mixer; although these are produced pretty quickly as well, it’s not near as fast as the time it takes to drop a new controller.  Pioneer actually hasn’t made that many controllers compared to Numark – and really, this is a bonus for them.

Curious shoppers and online reviewers are getting a chance to actually take a deep hard look at the DDJ-SX before moving on to the next big thing, and I feel like it will be many months before Pioneer tries to trump their …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 25, 2013

NAMM 2013: Gemini GMX Pro Video Talkthrough

Gemini has been busy producing some impressive gear, but is even more impressive is their marketing strategy.  Instead of trying to be top dog and create expensive gear that causes anger and jealousy, they’ve become the new Numark – and have filled the spot that Behringer has yet to fill.  That is, they understand that new technology is costly, but they are also aware that it can be made at a fraction of the price that it is usually sold for.  Even their turntables are a worth replacement for popular Vestax and Stanton offerings.  By creating derivative of popular products, they offer a stepping stone for those who want a decent setup but cannot afford the big bucks.

The Gemini GMX pro safely falls into the category of beginner setup.  Unlike the Pioneer DDJ-SX, it doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles, and its layout is rather ugly …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 22, 2013

Gemini G4V Controller For Virtual DJ Announced

Is Pioneer the one to set the standard for which every gear manufacture must rise to?  It seems like this is what it is coming down to.  For a while, I seriously thought Rane was the one in charge of creating industry standards, but Native Instruments really threw a wrench in their plans – and neither of them really has a firm grip on the digital deck market.  To put it simply, Rane had their time dominating the DVS niche with Serato Scratch Live and their club standard scratch mixer, the TTM-57.  As Traktor grew to be its own beast for electronic music makers and DJs, their line of matching hardware also grew – taking a fair chunk of Rane’s profits from the market.

Pioneer, however, has always had the club standard DJM mixers and CDJ decks – but they’ve also exploded into the digital deck niche with some compelling …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 21, 2013

Numark’s naughty NAMM teasers

What would NAMM be without something enticing to keep readers engaged who might possible never be able to attend the show?  In just three days the next electronics show for musicians will take place where it always does, in Anaheim, and those who are attending will get to jump through the usual hoops of security checks and awkward bag checks.  It may feel like a trip to your local airport, but all will agree that it’s worth it once they discover all of the goodies that will be produced this year.  Interestingly enough, gear companies are still releasing teasers of what is to come, even though the list of attendees is virtually already closed.

Numark has unveiled some pretty pictures for what they call the “next revolution in DJing”, as if we haven’t heard this before.  They have also released short teaser videos lasting a long four seconds – yes …