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March 3, 2014

UDG Ultimate Midi Controller Backpack Large

Controllers and other types of simulated decks have a distinct advantage over traditional DJ setups.  You might think it would be their compatibility with a computer – but the real advantage here is portability.  When you are able to bring more gear into a club per trip – you are more likely to want to bring more of your gear to the club.  Before controllers were an option, hauling turntables around anywhere was a huge task.  Most clubs had turntables and CDJs ready to go, so the DJ only needed to worry about carrying heavy crates of vinyl records.  Now, that same amount of music can be store on something that than a dollar in change.

With two hands, you can likely carry two pieces of equipment in at a time – but what about using your back?  We all know DJs use their heads instead of their backs, …

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July 25, 2013

Magma Digi-Control Backpack XL Review

When a new MIDI controller is designed for DJ and producer use, there is actually more thought that goes into its form that you could even begin to imagine.  There is no hard and fast rule about what qualifies as a portable controller, but each company seems to share the same ideas about how they should be sized.  Anything that is deemed a laptop controller doesn’t seem to have a diagonal size of anything more than 15 inches.  Once you step up to a decent sized controller, perhaps an all in one unit, then the sizing of it needs to be carefully thought out.

A controller like the Numark NS7 is portable, but hardly the definition of portable that most of us are thinking of.  Sure, it is many times smaller and lighter than a coffin that houses two turntables and a mixer, but it is not something you can …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 18, 2013

Musikmesse 2013: Magma Root DJ Bags

We just talked about a new DJ back that was introduced at a local trade show on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean; of course only having one bag to show off would not be good enough.  While many objects that can be used for DJing are one size fits all, most are better off when they come in various configurations.  You shalt not be left with only one way to store your gear, especially since no two DJs have the exact same gear at any given time.  A backpack offers many advantages over a standard bag, since it fits on your back and can be carried without needing your hands.  Hell, you can even leave it on when you’re behind the decks.

Another thing that makes the backpack an ideal solution is that it has the power to expand outward, instead of upward.  Carrying turntables around in …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 18, 2013

Musikmesse 2013: Magma Riot DJ Backpack XL

There are plenty of ways to carry your gear around, and it is not a necessity to have a rugged case that goes along with every piece of gear you own.  However, many prefer to have each item boxed in a specific case whenever they travel.  It reeks of professionalism and tells the audiences that this is something you do for a living.  Hey, you might as well look the part, right?  For those of us who do not approach their gear in the same manner, there has got to be a happy medium that is one step above carrying the damn MIDI controller in your hands to your gig.

That solution is called a backpack.  Any backpack won’t do, however – unless you like having your gear sandwiched together in a tangled mess.  A good DJ backpack will offer enough ruggedness to keep gear from making contact with …

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April 16, 2013

MONO’S NEW INSTRUMENT BAGS

Protecting your gear and getting it ready to transport to an event leaves you with a few options.  One of them is to fully protect your gear with hard and heavy equipment.  This may not be very economical or friendly for many DJs, but it is among the top of the list for providing the best protection for your gear.  Sensitive gear like turntables and other analog equipment will benefit the most from this type of protection.  Step down another layer and you move to something that will protect gear from the elements, but without weighing a ton or costing you an arm and a leg either.  The only issue here is that these will provide little protection from hard or sudden impacts.  Still, if the gear is never going to leave your sight – it may represent the best option.

Speaker and keyboard bags were designed for just this …