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Taylor

Taylor
March 14, 2013

Native Instruments Komplete 9: Is It Worth Upgrading?

Forums, news feeds, social media networks, and email in boxes lit up Monday with the announcement from Native Instruments that their immensely popular Komplete software instrument suite will be getting an update from version 8 to the new version 9. This comes nearly two years after the Komplete 8 update which came out in the late summer of 2011. The official release of Komplete 9 is March 27th but we now know what instruments and effects will be included in the update which you can read in detail here.

The big question for most of us is: Should we bother upgrading? Are we going to be getting anything worthwhile out of this update? While reading these forums, blogs, and social media posts, I began to notice that there was a lot of disdain mixed with “yeah whatever” when it comes to this release, and rightfully so. Many of the instruments and effects that are …

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Taylor

Taylor
February 21, 2013

Dave Grohl, Sound City, and The Great Analog Debate

On January 31st 2013, the limited theatrical release of Dave Grohl’s documentary Sound City premiered to an eager public. Those who couldn’t make it to the screening got to digitally download the film on February 1st. For those of you who don’t know, Sound City tells the story of Sound City Studios, the birthplace of seminal records from bands such as Fleetwood Mac, REO Speedwagon, Tom Petty, Rick Springfield, Johnny Cash, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, and many more. The story is as much about Sound City, its staff, and the records made there, as it is a story about the famed Neve recording console, Grohl’s all star compilation record, and a much larger discussion about analog recording techniques, when compared to the introduction and proliferation of digital technology from the 80s into today. 

Despite what some critics are saying, it’s a very well done documentary, especially from someone that …

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Taylor

Taylor
January 21, 2012

Tascam DR-40 – Portable Digital Audio Recorder – NAMM

Tascam are one of those companies that manage to re-appear throughout your career as a musician. In my life they first appeared as a Portastudio. Many nights were spent with this thing, piling tracks, bouncing down, piling more, cursing the fidelity of tape and it’s lack of capacity for regeneration, playing tracks backwards and passing out listening to my crazed creations. Years later, with the magic of sequencers in my life, the Porta-DAT entered my studio. I would use it to capture sequences using multiple synths and drum machines that I would track vocals or guitar with, then bounce to MiniDisc and add more, vox, bg vox, overdubs whatever. It sounds ghetto, I know, but you guys wouldn’t believe how expensive digital multi-tracking once was.

Well, Tascam are trying to get into my process again. The new DR-40 takes square aim at the H4N and seems poised to give it …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
February 22, 2011

Numark Mixtrack Pro vs. Vestax Typhoon vs. Reloop Digital Jockey 2 : DJ Controller Comparison

Which DJ controller should I start out with?  This is a question that we are asked quite often here at Unique Squared.  There are many choices out there so we narrowed it down to three.  The Numark Mixtrack Pro, Vestax Typhoon, and Reloop’s Digital Jockey 2.  These controllers cost less than $300, have similar features and are suitable for beginner to intermediate DJs.  Controllers are becoming more prevalent in the market and it is tough to decide which one will suit you best.  Maybe we can help.  Check out our comparison video..

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Hi, what’s going on this is Scott Magno, DJ Madflip here with UniqueSquared.com. Today we’re going to talk about controllers, you guys have had a lot of questions about some of the controllers out there. We’re going to go through some of the differences and even which one we would recommend.
Today we’re going to talk about some