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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
June 20, 2013

TRAKTOR X1 MARK 2 LEAKED – PICTURES

Leaking information is one of the most effective ways to generate new controversy and conversation on a new piece of gear that hasn’t been released yet.  Sometimes the company themselves with create a teaser video where only a few images of a new product are shown.  These sometimes work well, but they can also work against them if the product does not live up to the hype.  The better “leaks” are the ones that do not come from the company themselves, since we feel as if we are getting a sneak peak at something that is supposed to be a big secret.  Native Instruments’ ability to create new gear is showing no signs of slowing down, and I gather that there is always something in the works (or at least on the drawing board).

Their New X1 version 2 controllers certainly looks like it will be produced.  It takes …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
June 17, 2013

Traktor Kontrol X1 MK2 Leaked Images?

Native Instruments seems to be riding an unstoppable freight train that keeps producing products to level out the competition.  Make no mistake that even though some of their products are simply revisions of older gear, the intention is to keep innovation alive, rather than to find ways to unload their gear that hasn’t been selling.  The Kontrol X1 was the right controller for the right time and offered something different compared to what Denon and Novation were offering.  That was quickly followed by the Kontrol F1 for use with the new remix decks software.

The form factor of the controller has proven to be popular (at least with Native Instruments) and they even worked that same design into their newest Z1 mixer – for those DJs who really want to make use of their Traktor DJ app in a realistic setting.  The second version of their X1 controller has some …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 30, 2013

Novation Dicers still relevant?

Is the Novation Dicer still a clear player for turntablists who want better control over their vinyl emulation software?  Some would argue that having MIDI control at your fingertips, close to the vinyl record themselves is a bonus, while others might argue that placing them anywhere near the platter is a fatal mistake.  DJs who use turntables know what it is like when they accidentally press the power down button or when they bump a record too hard with their elbows.  It has the effect of shutting the entire party down with a nice slow meltdown effect.  It seems as if controller creators have gone with the one-piece design, where the controller actually sits above or next to the mixer.

This way all of the controls are centered around the mixer rather than around the decks.  Less hand movement and reaching means less chance for fatal errors to be made.  …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 29, 2013

Buying Remix Sets?

The market for music making is inexorably linked to the market for DJing.  This tends to happen with club music and electronic music, where 32 bar intros are almost perfectly predictable.  Rarely is a song produced that does not fit this format – and I think producer understand that making their songs DJ accessible can only further their music making careers.  If you want your music to be heard by masses, it must be able to be mixed right?  If that same song was created live with real musicians and drifting tempos, it would be a burden on DJs who are just trying to make a buck spinning songs.

There is also a new market for music making, but it is something fresh that has not existed before.  This is the market for remix set makers, or producer DJs who want to create music on the fly, rather than in …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 29, 2013

Understanding Looping

The ability to loop live music has existed on pretty much every CD deck, every sampler, and every FX unit that was made within about ten years ago.  The idea of looping or sampling and replaying is essentially the fundamental idea behind n FX unit in the first place.  Although looping sounds like something that would be immediately simple to learn, most of those who actually learn to take good loops know that it isn’t as perfect as they had thought.  When live music is being synced to a MIDI clock in a program like Ableton, looping is downright perfect – but when it is done in a live setting with live instruments, there is guess work.

When we see professional looping a riff on their guitar, we fail to understand just how precise they have to be to get it right.  Often, they are off by a few milliseconds …