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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
November 25, 2011

Holiday Buying Guide: Home Recording Studio Bundle

Home recording studios allow you to have the freedom to write and record your music whenever you want, without having to travel to a studio. With the amount of choices and almost endless combinations, we decided to put together these home recording studio bundles. Each bundle includes an interface, microphone with accessories, and a way to monitor your recordings. Check it out.

STARTER PACKAGE – M-Audio Fast Track, CAD GXL3000 condenser mic with mic stand, pop filter, and Samson HP-10 headphones

The Fast Track Pro delivers all the mobile recording flexibility of the Fast Track USB, plus even more professional features.  You get 2 front-panel mic/line inputs complete with phantom power for condenser microphones, inserts for outboard effects balanced and unbalanced analog outputs, S/PDIF digital I/O, MIDI I/O, and more.  Fast Track Pro also features near-zero latency direct hardware monitoring and low-latency ASIO software monitoring, plus an A/B source switch …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
October 12, 2011

AVID Fast Track C400 Review

M-Audio has long been a leading manufacturer of pro audio recording equipment.  One of their most popular interfaces, the Fast Track, was  considered the industry standard for home recording since it’s introduction in 2004.  It was a high quality USB interface that was very simple to use at home or on the road.

 

The Features

The Avid M-Audio Fast Track C400 is a compact and ergonomic USB audio interface with the capability to record up to 24bit/96kHz audio with up to 4 simultaneous channels at a time with the help of a digital S/PDIF input.  When it comes to playback and mixing, the 6 outputs of the Fast Track C400 will come in handy to give you separate feeds for, say, a headphone amp or outboard gear.

The Look

The Fast Track C400 departs from the traditional look of a USB audio interface and comes in an ergonomic form ideal for the home …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
October 5, 2011

NI Traktor Kontrol S2 Review

Oh, my what a difference a year makes for Native Instruments.  Almost a year ago we were all introduced to arguably the most anticipated Traktor dj controller to date, the Kontrol S4.  It combined Traktor Scratch, the X1, and dare I say Maschine (construction wise) into one complete package and made many djs, including myself, cheat on their turntables.  I officially made the switch by Thanksgiving after reconciling with my turntables.  Native Instruments will further tempt the purists by releasing it’s latest offering, the Kontrol S2.  We dropped some quick Hors d’oeuvres on you last month about the S2, and now we are lucky enough to have received an advance unit sent to our studios for a test drive.

Set Up

The Kontrol S2 comes will be shipping with the a newly updated Traktor Pro 2 which is convenient if you want to upgrade the the S4 in the …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
January 19, 2011

Akai EIE (Electromusic Interface Expander) at Winter NAMM 2011

Akai Professional has a knack for putting out amazing products that have substance as well as a sense of style.  The MPC-2000 is an icon and it’s very image and/or outline represents Remix culture.  We discovered another eye catching Akai interface called the Akai EIE or Electromusic Interface Expander at the NAMM show in Anaheim.  It blends beautifully futuristic capabilities with 2 juicy analog VU meters that light up when you power on.  We think this is perfect for live remixers and DJ’s that need more from their interface.  Check out the vid for the details and I’ll shop for sunglasses to match.

Transcript:…

Scott: Scott Magno DJ Madflip here with UniqueSquared.com. We’re back at Akai with Dan. We’re going to talk about this unique interface here the Electromusic Interface Expander (EIE) lets talk about that, look at this piece.
Dan: Ok. What you’ve got here this is the EIE.

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The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
October 6, 2010

Audio Interfaces 101

Topics we’ll touch on:

  • Why this is the most important purchase you can make for your studio
  • What the specs mean

I am a hopeless nerd for computer recording. In fact, it’s kinda funny we use the term “computer recording” any more. As opposed to…what? I still remember the endless debates in the 90s about tape versus hard disk recording. I am happy to report that the purists lost. They usually do.

But, hey, maybe you are that guy and still believe that tape is the ideal medium for recording. That’s fine. You’d be right in many ways in terms of the sonic qualities of tape.  However, I’ll tell you, essentially, what I told the countless freeks for piano samples standing on the retail sales floor. These folks continually pointed out how a workstation or stage piano doesn’t sound like the real thing. I’d tell them, “Then go buy the …