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July 30, 2014

Pioneer DDJ-SR Review

Released in the Fall of last year, the Pioneer DDJ-SR is the more portable and compact answer to the behemoth flagship digital DJ controller the DDJ-SX. Pioneer has made this version much smaller and more affordable for those DJs that want a quality controller but are on a budget. There are some features that have gone missing when you compare the DDJ-SX to the DDJ-SR. These include the absence of strip search and dual deck mode amongst others but Pioneer has included a feature specific to the DDJ-SR with the Pad Plus mode.

We decided to take a look at the layout and features of the DDJ-SR and give our impressions of how this controller performs.

Layout

The general construction of the DDJ-SR is a combination of metal and plastic throughout. The jog wheels feel great and are built out of a sturdy and lightweight aluminum. The majority of the …

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July 3, 2014

Novation Launchpad S & Novation Launch Control Review

Before Ableton Push and Livid’s line of controllers, the APC 40 and the Launchpad were the go to controller solutions for performers using Ableton Live on the stage. They are arguably still the best controllers for the job when you consider how Push is built best for crafting and arranging your productions before hitting the stage. At NAMM 2014 Novation brought us two new solutions for performers using Ableton Live with the Launchpad S and the Launch Control. These devices work great for controlling Ableton Live but they are also able to connect to your iPad with the Apple Camera Connection Kit which will also power the Novation controller.

These are all redundant talking points if you have been watching these Novation controllers from afar, so it should be noted that there is some pretty fantastic integration between the controller and Ableton Live. Let’s take a look at how …

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Taylor

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December 20, 2013

Mackie SRM550 Powered Loudspeaker Review

Mackie’s latest foray into the powered loudspeaker market is with their SRM Series which includes the SRM650, the SRM1850 Sub, and the focus of this review, the SRM550. Mackie says they are “built like a tank,” and I can tell you with certainty that these speakers are definitely built for the road. While they carry all the power to withstand even the most abusive touring artist, they are quite light at 37 lbs., which makes them an easy carry for even the laziest member of your crew. Mackie has got the build quality to compete with other speakers in it’s price range, but how does it sound and what feature sets make it worth your hard earned cash?

First lets talk about the sound quality. On board you have a 12” high-output LF driver and a 1.4” titanium dome compression driver. Titanium compression drivers have become the standard for a lot …

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Taylor

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October 9, 2013

Behringer CMD LC-1 and Traktor Remix Decks w/ Andrew Luck

Behringer product specialist Andrew Luck has run us through nearly all of the CMD modular MIDI controllers. We have been showing you these controllers with Deckadance and Ableton but have spent less time with Native Instruments Traktor Pro DJ software. If you are a Digital Vinyl System (DVS) DJ, then you should check out our video overview of the CMD DV-1 and Traktor Pro. The beauty of these controllers is their ability to work with any software that communicates with MIDI, opening the door to an immense world of possibilities for live performance applications. So while these controllers can work with Searto DJ and Virtual DJ, Behringer have provided the public with some very useful .TSI mapping files for Traktor Pro users. One of the CMD controller that works great with the Remix Decks in Traktor is the Behringer CMD LC-1.

With the CMD LC-1 and the mapping provided by

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October 4, 2013

Behringer CMD DV-1 Overview with Andrew Luck

The Behringer CMD DV-1 is a modular MIDI controller designed to be used with digital vinyl systems (DVS). There are controls to select between 1 of 4 decks with the A-D buttons, making it easy to load tracks and switch between control of each deck. There are controls for looping, FX control, hot cue assignment, and deck focus among others. DVS DJs will find this to be a nice low profile and low cost solution for extended control over software functions that may not be available on a CDJ or turntable.

As with all the Behringer CMD modular controllers, every function on the CMD DV-1 is MIDI mappable meaning you can assign any of your software’s functions to whatever physical control you desire. While the CMD DV-1 ships with Image-Line’s Deckadance DJ software, the DV-1 and all the other CMD controllers can be mapped with the software of your choice. …