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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 17, 2012

Kontrol Z2 Innofaders: The Inside Scoop

With a lot of questions surrounding Native Instrument’s new Kontrol Z2 mixer, many DJs were concerned about the quality of the Innofaders that were ported to fit on the crossfaders and upfaders.  For those who don’t know, innofader technology rivals that of Rane’s TTM-57 crossfader, which uses capacitance technology instead of carbon contacts.

Elliot Marx from audio innovate stated that the mini Innofaders that were used in the crossfader were set loose, while the upfaders were given a bit more tension for volume control.  Both faders still retain the capacitance technology and are adjustable when nursed the right way.…

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Matt

Matt
April 11, 2012

Hercules DJ Control AIR Review

A few days ago Hercules stopped by the office to drop off a 4-MX and DJ Control AIR for us to review. The Hercules DJ Control AIR is a two deck DJ controller which stands for “Adjustment by InfraRed”. It retails for under $200, so aspiring DJs can pick one up and try it out without breaking the bank. At first, the AIR struck me as a DJ’s toy but I got to put my hands on it for a few days and dive in deep. When I came out on the other side, what I found was a controller that was actually quite delightful to play (with) and a knowledge of a DJ software that, until doing this review, I had no idea even existed.

Our resident DJ specialist, DJ MadfFlip, wrote up a summary of its performance to present to us at a pre-production meeting. Scott came with pretty …

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Matt

Matt
April 4, 2012

Hercules 4-MX Review

The Hercules 4-MX is a four deck metal DJ controller that is meant to be used by computer based DJs.  On the Hercules website they say that it is meant for mobile computer based DJs but I didn’t want to imply that only wedding DJs can buy this controller because that is not the case.  I really wanted to do the blog because this is one of the controllers I learned how to DJ on.

Long before I picked up an S4 I started on a Hercules RMX that my friend owned. I borrowed it for gigs and used it until a cooler and geographically closer friend of mine picked up a 4-MX.  I remember the way the jogs felt the first time I touched them. I was a beginner to the DJ scene at the time and this controller was the nicest I had ever seen.  In this blog …

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Matt

Matt
November 25, 2011

Holiday Buying Guide: DJ Bundle

With so many DJ controllers available on the market, it’s hard to figure out which one to select for the holidays. Deciding between 2-Deck and 4-Deck controllers is tough, then there’s the decision whether to get a controller that works with Traktor, Serato, or Virtual DJ. The options are abundant and no controller is the same as another. We’ve put together these three bundles to help make your decision easier.  They are divided into three categories, starter, bang for you buck, and our editor’s choice. Check it out.

STARTER PACKAGE – Hercules MK4 with  Dennon HP500 Headphones

For those of you just starting out in DJing, you need not look further than Hercules and their MK4 DJ controller.  Hercules is credited with creating the first DJ controller and they are absolute experts in controller creation as this controller has all the features you would need.

The Hercules MK4 controller is great for …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
September 20, 2011

Torq 2.0 Review

Avid has long been a player in the DJ software market with the introduction of the then M-Audio Torq about 7 years ago.  Torq has always been considered one of the most advanced DJ software of the major players in the market.  Torq 2.0 takes it to the next level.  Avid adds a producers approach to the new software and envisions a more creative approach to a DJ performance beyond anything we have ever used.  We gave it a spin in the studio and went deeper down the rabbit hole.

The Basics and Beyond

With Torq software, automatic beat-detection and synchronization are just the beginning. Four full-featured decks—each with EQ, level control, headphone cueing, and crossfade—give you the power to build complex mixes and experiment in brand-new ways. Use the decks to prepare tracks during your set, then drop them into the mix and create dense, layered soundscapes. Tempo Anchors …