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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
February 5, 2013

Mooer Echolizer

DJs that are looking to add some effects or increase the creativity of their sets usually opt for some time of external controller to liven things up.  Many times that need to look no further than the software that they already use.  Both Traktor and Serato both have internal features to change the way audio leaves the sound card and into their speakers.  But with only 2 hands to use at any given time, having an internal control over effects is not enough.  This is where effect units come in and change things up.  These small boxes can control audio in various ways that are not just limited to chopping and echoing audio.  They can do much more.

The Kaoss Pad 3 is capable of effecting one channel of audio, but it can also add elements like live music reproduction and sampling.  This is a great addition to your set, …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 13, 2013

LiveFX Now Available – Try It For Free!

When Korg began exploring possibilities with their x/y touch pad configurations, I bet they never imagined actual touch screen devices being used in the same manner.  If there was ever a situation where the iOS really shines form its touch screen technology it comes from a pad where expression is never exact – it comes from an x/y pad.  This is great for app developers who want to explore the use of touch gesture technology, but it is a little unfortunate for the guys over at Korg who attempted to explore the idea first.  Ribbon synthesizers have touched (no pun intended) on this idea as well but never fully explored it with an additional axis.

A neat little app for the iPad is set to be released and maybe even take over where the Kaoss Pad 3 left off.  Like the KP3, it can control multiple FX at one time …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 9, 2013

Creating An Isolator Effect Mapping In Traktor

With Traktor more so than Serato, effects can be used but they can also be altered and customized to fit whatever need you may encounter.  Regardless of how you map your effects, either through a physical mixer or through a software solution, you are bound to run into a few issues.  One of them is performance.  Anytime effects are used on a computer, it steals processing power from your computer.  Beside video effects, audio effects take a decent amount of resources to create and can put a strain on your CPU if you’re trying to use too many functions within one computer program.

The other problem has to do with pre-fader and post-fader effects.  Since you’re not routing music through an external device it’s difficult to run your effects independently from you other software; but there are some clever ways to get around it.

One way of using an effect …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 26, 2012

LiveFX For AudioBus (Teaser)

Korg’s Kaoss pad and other Korg pad type instruments are something to either be loved or hated.  The Kaoss Pad 3 is used in a professional setting all the time – for example: live bands that need their voices to be echoed occasionally will employ the use of an offstage band member to trigger BPM synced effects when the time is right, giving you the seamless appearance of singer’s echoed voice.  No pedals or buttons need to be pressed here.  One reason to dislike the Kaoss Pad is its use of the X/Y input pad.  The ability to change your effects on two different axes opens the doors for creativity, but it also makes it hard to be exact – and for that it has lost some fans.

Ironically, iPad app developers have used the same concept for their effects programs – but it will probably be greeted with more …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 20, 2012

Korg Adds Audiobus

Music gear manufacturers are forced to deal with a changing economic environment.  I’m not referring to the downsizing of the economy or the loss of jobs for the middle class, because even with less money to be made, people are still buying discretionary items like gadgets and musical instruments – they’re purchasing them in a different format.  Before a consumer even searched for a piece of hardware at the store, they’ve usually done their homework and have figured out the best alternative routes to achieve the same outcome.  That Korg Synthesizer may be pretty, but it’s also expensive when compared against the price of an emulated piece of software.  Even more, that emulated piece of software can be taken with me, even in the bathroom if I prefer – thanks to it being available on my iPhone.

Gear manufacturers must face the fact that many of their loyal fans would …