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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 1, 2014

ASIO4ALL software updated

The biggest problem with using controllers to run music samples through a program is still a big problem today.  Latency is one of aspects of digital DJing that will not automatically switch from on to off.  It can get better in small increments, but we will never fully see it go away.  Before the first Serato SL box was introduced, there were some clever methods of getting around latency problems in Windows computers.  ASIO4ALL was basically a tweak that would allow music to pass directly through whatever program was using it, instead of allowing it to feed through the entire workflow, thus slowing it down.

After all of these years, can you believe that a new ASIO4ALL update has finally been released?  Just to be clear, ASIO4ALL is not some type of magical solution that will solve all of the DVS problems of the day.  It is simply an update …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
March 26, 2014

Building A DVS Timecode DJ Setup For $20

Getting into a DVS is more expensive than many of you will realize.  When you consider what a vinyl setup actually costs someone – there is good reason to consider a controller over the expensive, but common, 2 turntable setup.  Just buying two turntables and a mixer is costly enough.  Right there, you can easily spend a thousand dollars on something that will be useless without enough music or a full blown DVS like Serato.  When you tack on the price of a soundcard and music, you can easily break the $2000 range.  For some, going with a controller is not only easier, it is the only affordable route.

That being said, a DVS can actually cost you next to nothing if you do it the right way.  But don’t expect quality of longevity out of this system, this is merely a clever hack to get things working.  Cheap eBay …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 19, 2013

Sandboxing comes to Virtual DJ 8

The beginner DJ learns the basic mix setup before they learn anything else.  This consists of a little bit of attention theory, and how the brain processes information.  To make a blend, they key is to add and subtract elements from music underneath the ears of careful listeners.  Those who do it well are able to mix in and out of songs without being obvious – even if the fans are deliberately listening to it.  It’s called the basic 8,16, or 32 bar blend – and every DJ knows this, even hip-hop DJs.  This type of blend teaches you not only to mix songs in – but also how to mix them out, which is often the most overlooked part of the mix.

DVS and other computer systems make it easy to add effects to an outgoing track – but this in turn has kept DJs from learning the art …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 17, 2013

Use Traktor to Promote World Peace

If you want a real mixing option for your iPad setup, you choices are quite abundant.  The easiest option is to not involve any sort of hardware at all and leave it up to a simulated mixer inside of whatever app or program you are using.  Since you have less to deal with physically, you leave your connections and ports open to other gadgets, like a digital instrument or microphone.  The drawback is that the digital mixing station will suck resources from your device.  A hardware mixing option can be looked at in two different ways.  You can both go for a cheaper mixer, and leave much of the work to your software – or you can actually use a decent USB mixer which can control and monitor everything from the mixer itself.

The second option has become a much more viable option, since iPad mixers these days are quite …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 15, 2013

Open source DJ software Mixxx reaches 1.11.0

The secrets behind Serato and Traktor were not bound to be trade secrets for very long.  You can take your Audio 8 or SSL box and tear it apart right now, and see the inner workings of one – it’s not that difficult.  What is difficult is understand what actually does what, and what communicates to which piece in your system.  The other half of the process is actually reverse engineering the card’s software.  You can ask yourself, how does Traktor or Serato work?  The principle is basic: you have a control vinyl that plays a constant speed and a computer program that can read that signal when it is manipulated.  All that is left it to attach it to whatever song is playing.

Programmers and independent hackers have been working on ways to make it accessible to all DJs without the high cost of going digital.  Serato is a …