July 12, 2013
I sometimes get bothered when a musician or hobbyist spends too much time searching for the right gear, and not enough time actually playing the gear. I think in the consumer world that we live in; we tend to blame the problems on technology – or the technology that does not yet exist. It’s like having a MIDI controller in a DJ’s rig. We get the controller because we don’t want to have to deal with out laptop keyboards, but then we need a place to set the controller down. So we find a stand and hunker it down. Now we feel limited that we can’t move it and decide that the solution here is to buy a wireless controller.
So we basically went from being lazy to becoming needy in the same process. I am delighted to see musicians using television trays and other household objects to rest their …
June 8, 2013
There is something to be said about the functional purposes of DJ and production gear. Gear is designed to be multipurpose these days, and one item can usually take the place of two previous items if used cleverly. A MIDI controller is great example of a small device that can take on many roles. One of these linked to a computer can eliminate the need for a sequencer, a drum machine, and a recording device. Older gear is not as versatile and can be stubbornly glued to its initial purpose. An old school reel to reel tape recorder is large and hard to move, yet many producers will still hang onto something that has emotional value.
Geardo producers who take pride in their excess of gear will usually have a mix of old and new gear. The new gear takes top spot in any public setting, but once you dig …