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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 9, 2014

“All The Gear, No Idea…”

I have met more than a handful of DJs who swear by their gear, and their gear alone.  Some of these might have the same Vestax mixer from the late 90’s and are doing just fine with it – while others claim to only use the latest and greatest top of the line gear.  Is one of these DJs naturally better than the other?  What does gear have to do with your ability to be a DJ?  The ultimate goal of the DJ is not to look like a DJ, but to do the job of a DJ.  Sometimes an iPod with the right music list can do a better job of any laptop DJ who does not know how to select songs.

To the defense of nice gear, having certain things in your arsenal makes DJing much easier and much more enjoyable.  A screen with waveforms gives the ears …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
June 2, 2014

Best First Set-Up For A New DJ/Producer?

One of the beautiful things about how gear is produced today is that there is no defined purpose for a controller or MIDI decks.  The people that make it assume you are going to use it a certain way, but they don’t limit your own creativity and what you can do with it personally.  This is why we see controllers that have the labels missing from the pads themselves – it is up to you to figure out what to do with it.  For DJing, I think the goal in finding gear is pretty clear.  You want to be able to mix music through a variety of methods, some costing more than others.

For producing, the task of finding gear is much more forgiving.  You can start out with nothing more than laptop and software; slowly building up your equipment as necessary.  Controllers and speakers are simply an added feature …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 10, 2013

What Extra Items Should I Take To My First Club Gig?

When most people pack for a vacation, the objects they need to find are very simply to think of.  You need pairs of clothes to change into, not to mention your shower materials and toothbrush.  You will probably to take some sort of ID and perhaps you wallet – and lastly you might pack some food with you as well.  When a DJ packs up for a gig at the club, the list of things to bring does not become as apparent.  Obviously, you will need you gear, and perhaps spare equipment if something were to go wrong.  Next you will need to pack all of the essentials that you might need, like cloths, needles, and maybe some spare control records.

Still, there are things that you won’t realize you should have brought until you arrive at the destination.  Since you don’t have an assistant to help move your gear …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 12, 2013

WHAT YOU WEARING: DAVOS

So what are the things that define a DJ and who he or she really is?  DJing itself is a branch of hip-hop, one of the original 9 elements of hip hop that existed when it began.  We see evidence of the other forms of hip-hop around us – we see graffiti art, break dancing, and of course street fashion.  As it stands right now, there is no dress code for DJs, and there is no uniform by which they can be identified.  The closest uniform we can conjure up for any DJ is really one with headphones who is staring down at their mixers during the entire set.

This doesn’t stop people from dressing the way they want to dress, and you see all the types.  You have your dapper DJs who present themselves in business attire at all times.  These are the ones who come dressed in suit …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 11, 2013

2013 Consumer Excellence Award Winners

Every great review website out there seems to have their own way of determining what products are favorable to them, and what products are not.  With all of the hidden bias that exists, it is getting harder and harder to take someone’s word for it when they mention that they like a product or not.  When you visit a review website that have a review on a product that they are also advertising on a banner on their home page, it makes you wonder if they are really being honest or if they are just trying to make a couple of dollars off of you.  Audioholics is one source that I can say I honestly trust.  These aren’t the types that will review a set of speakers or receiver based on looks alone, they will actually break out the testing tools and see how well they line up with their …