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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 10, 2013

Why iPhone Accessory Makers Love Bluetooth

I have a hard time believing that anybody with a smartphone would use it for serious DJing purpose.  At most I can see them as one shot use additions to a DJ booth; perhaps the phone is good for playing a needed beat here and there, or perhaps it can be use to trigger some type of effect down the chain of music.  But I don’t see DJs heading off to the club with Traktor DJ any time soon.  It just doesn’t make sense.  One of the biggest issues that all phones have, not just iPhones, is the ability to dock and communicate.

Docking seems easy enough, but often it isn’t.  Bluetooth was created to simplify the process and ease the amount of frustration we endure when trying to have two devices communicate – but there are even more protocols that are being born and adapted.  Apple has a disadvantage, …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 6, 2013

Otterbox Armor Series Case for iPhone

As popular as tablets are becoming, many of them are just not powerful enough to handle the types of problems a DJ or producer throws at them.  Only a high end PC can handle the types of graphics that modern games produce, while doing it at a low cost.  The same analogy applies to operating systems that need to handle music and other audio manipulation.  It simply won’t work on a low end system.  That tablet that you bought for only a few hundred dollars will not have the capability or power to run a complex DVS, and if you manage to get it to work – you’ll be treading on thin ice.

This won’t stop people from trying.  For those who aren’t willing to buy a tablet, their smartphone might be the next best choice – but there is much to be wary about.  A tablet had more surface …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
February 11, 2013

Multi-Charging Dok Station

The iPad was designed to be “designed”, if you know what I mean.  Even though the iOS comes with a slew of self endorsed programs, many users ignore them and simply download their own apps to use with the device.  It is no different than the bloatware that comes on a PC with a preinstalled version of Windows 8.  iPod users understand this and it does not affect then, as much as it used to – as these programs are easy to remove and ignore altogether.  It is the app designers who make the platform such a magical one – not Apple itself.  There is also another side to the iPad that can be explored by creators and designers, the hardware.

Since the iPad is such a sleek device, it lends itself to being built into other objects.  You can think of it as something similar to an SD card, …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 30, 2013

Behringer iX16 iPad mixer dock

For all of the possibilities the iPad opens up for you, it isn’t the most proactive device when it comes to tying components together.  Either Apple has failed to see the underlying need to have peripherals connected to their device, or they do, and they want to look at other ways of approaching the problem.  Only have a 30 pin connector (or lightening connector) and a standard audio jack outlet, has been a severely limiting problem with the iPad.  But then again, it was never meant to be used as an active device with inputs, rather, it was meant to be a passive device to looking and listening.

Accessory makers like IK Multimedia have honed in on these issues, creating an accessory for just about any need you may encounter.  One such product is the audio dock, which turns the iPad into a physical mixing board, not just a virtual …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 12, 2013

iHome iDL100 Clock Radio

If you actually spend time producing music or recording music on your tablet device, mainly the iPad, shouldn’t there be an easier way to transmit and receive audio from it?  I know this sound like I’m a lazy person, but it would be nice to hear the audio (and decent audio at that) directly from the iPad without having to plug wires into a headphone to RCA jack.  Wireless audio is a good remedy to this, but it comes with its own problems as well, like the iPad’s battery running out and needing to charge it simultaneously.

Radio and clock combos that also offer a charging station are nothing new for apple devices.  Ever since the first iPod was released, peripherals have been created to satisfy the demand for a docking solution.  Some of them have been poorly executed and have had problems like subpar speaker, or poor communication …