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The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
June 1, 2011

ReMess Up Your Audio

Are you like millions of other Americans? Do you have a guitar effects processor and would like to spruce up your love life/guitar tracks? Do you find it hard to concentrate at work because your synth parts aren’t “sick?” Well if this sounds like you then stay tuned for the next 30 minutes to learn how you can bring that spark back to your love life and audio tracks. [Note: this won’t take 30 minutes and “millions” of Americans is probably an exaggeration.]

 

Why are you chasing around more plug-ins? Well, for one they are cool and keep sounding better with each passing year. But, if you already own an external effects processor/sound mangler then it’s time to start using that, too, in your arsenal of effects for a mix.

There is a reason why we have interfaces with so many outs. You have 8 outs, say, because you …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
January 21, 2011

Steinberg CI Series at Winter NAMM 2011

Steinberg’s got the goods!  They always have, always will. The Steinberg CI Series interfaces boast great sounding inputs in a smart compact package. They each come bundled with Steinberg software that covers a broad range of applications. DJ/Producer/Remix types will be amazed at the capabilities these little beasts possess. We caught up with my friend of many years Lacy Privette at Steinberg and he showed us the range.

Transcript:…

Scott: Hi, this is Scott Magno DJ Madflip here with UniqueSquared.com. We’re here still at Winter NAMM 2011. I’m here with one of my great old friends, Lacy from Steinberg and he is going to tell us about some of the awesome interfaces.
Lacy: How’re you doing, basically we have a line of USB interfaces for the computer, the CI series, the CI-1, the CI-2, and the CI-2+. Price points on the marked $99, $199, and $299, very simply laid out.

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The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
November 8, 2010

Vanishing MIDI

Vanishing MIDI

Once in a while I’ll be talking to someone and they mention, “do you know I needed a MIDI cable the other day; do you remember those?” As a recovering MIDI fiend, it is nice not fighting with some MIDI setting each time I turn on the computer to work on music. I can’t blame it all on MIDI, but countless times I would beg my wife’s pardon for the night as I needed to work on something musically. Three hours later I would emerge frustrated and looking for the nearest dog to kick.

Some of that frustration at not getting anything done could be laid at the feet of SCSI, parallel ports, IRQ conflicts or something gone wrong in OMF. If you went “verily, my good man” to any of these items you are either from Victorian England or you identify with those past frustrations – or …

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The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
October 27, 2010

Audio Interfaces 101 (Part II)

Topics we’ll touch on:

  • USB vs. Firewire vs. PCIe
  • Latency
  • Sound Quality

Myths abound in the audio world and it makes perfect sense as to why. If you’ve ever seen a demonstration by a speaker engineer or talked to one it makes your head hurt. You’d think something so common as a speaker is pretty much known inside out by now and there are no more mysteries. But, these engineers, like many engineers, are walking around with math equations bouncing around their heads to help solve simple problems – like, pushing air to sound just like (or better than) what’s coming out of a computer or MP3 player.

What I should say more succinctly is that the components in a recording studio are so complex it’s no wonder there is so much misinformation out there. Let’s start with one of the biggest in terms of an audio interface.

USB vs.