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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 20, 2014

Pioneer WeGO3

The classic DJ, or at least the definition of it, usually relies on their mixing board and their ability to change parts of a live song on the fly as to make it mix better with what is coming up next.  Having an ear and an eye for sound is sort of the fundamental part of what defines a DJ.  These days, you can lack that sort of intuition and still be able to figure a problem out.  If you have noticed the trends that gear companies are adhering to, you will have seen that gear has gotten smaller and has required more work on the pre or post production side, rather than the live improvisation.

Now were are sort of at this tipping point.  Gear can only get so small before it becomes a problem once again.  Pioneer’s DDJ-WeGO3 system seems to have touched all bases and has included …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 8, 2014

5 Things I Learned DJing In Public On An iPad For The First Time

When you make the decision to DJ with a tablet and a tablet alone, there are some unique factors that you must take into account before heading off to a gig with your iPad and few cables.  For one, hardware is still king and you must figure out how to integrate your setup into the existing hardware.  It would be nice if everything were to wireless and Bluetooth – but most venue are still setup to use plugs and cables.  Be prepared with this before you head to a gig with nothing in your gear bad, you will be sorry.

The gear you have is not as important as how accessible it is by the user.  This means that you can have a tablet and a controller in perfect tandem – but if you do not have it setup to where it is easily readable and accessible, then you do …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 3, 2014

Do You Use djay On The iPad?

I still don’t think that there are tons of DJs out there who would feel comfortable showing up to their gig with an iPad and pair of speakers.  It is not that they aren’t capable or creative of making good music using their tablet, I think it is more about presence and the crowd taking the DJ seriously.  There are symbols in life that we simply see and recognize.  Whether or not you are a fan of the BMW or Benz makes of cars, we see the symbol and we instantly think that the driver of that car is in a better social class than the rest of us.  I feel the same way when a DJ shows up with only Pioneer gear and the most expensive headphones you can find.

Does DJing without any sort of decks take away from the authenticity of the DJing experience?  Many would argue …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
February 27, 2014

The One 1.5 — MIDI Learn, coloured waveforms and more

If you are confused about the many DVS programs that are available to us, don’t worry because I’m confused too.  Besides Serato and Traktor, which easily have ridiculous names that are easy to remember – there are plenty more with names that are much duller.  Off the top of my head, there are programs like DJ Player, The One DJ, Virtual DJ, and Cross DJ.  I guess they were worried that people wouldn’t get the point unless the word DJ was actually inserted into their name.  All of these smaller DJ programs have their own appeal – but they all lack something that the big guys have.

Of the four DVS programs I just mentioned, only one of them allows you to stream your music from an online database (by which you gain access to by paying a monthly fee).  Then there is one that claims to have a completely …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
February 27, 2014

DJ Player 7.1 — better

If you use any sort of DVS out there and then move on to something else – it is actually pretty easy to see why their designs are similar.  There is no real archetype for the perfect DVS system – but if you look at the big players in the game (Serato and Traktor), you’ll find many things in common.  The most obvious of them is a visual wave form of the music that you are currently playing.  This lets DJs look ahead at music, which is something that was never done with such precision until now.  You will also have some sort of ability to map your hardware controller to your actual software itself.

Does this mean that each of these companies steals each other’s designs?  They might be influenced by what is out there and what is on the market – but the actual coding of their …