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April 18, 2012

Controllerist – Breaking the Mold – Part 2

There are a few different schools of thought that exist these days in the DJ universe when it comes to using a DJ controller.  I touched on some of these in Part 1 from my own point of view and personal experiences having made the switch just less than 2 years ago.  The debate over the use of a DJ controller versus using either turntables with vinyl, CDJs with CDs, or a DVS has provoked much thought and discussion over the past few years, but continues to gather momentum as controllers evolve and become more prominent among touring professional DJs.

To be fair, the founding father of controllerism, Moldover, is considered to be more of a pure controllerist rather than a DJ.  He created the art form, based on the need to perform and live produce as a musician, going far beyond the expectations of conventional DJing through the …

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April 12, 2012

Controllerist – Breaking the Mold – Part 1

It is amazing, but not surprising, the reaction I get when people see me using a controller.  Even with the world wide popularity of EDM and DJing, as well as the countless varieties of related products that are on the market, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding what DJs do when we play music.  However, it is not surprising because, being a DJ for over 2 decades, I have seen this same reaction before when just using turntables and a mixer.  It’s the DJ circle of life, seriously.  I am often asked which is better, turntables or controllers?

As I travel abroad in my journeys playing dance music, I find myself being an ambassador of the culture that we all know and love. I am always happy to talk about music, gigs, incredible DJs, EDM artists, mixing tricks, and techniques. Inevitably the conversation always turns to talking about …

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March 20, 2012

Numark 4Trak Review

Numark is back, this time with the release of their new dedicated Traktor 2 controller, the 4Trak.  I have always been forthcoming in admitting that I am an avid Native Instruments Traktor Scratch Pro fan, and that I am also a Kontrol S4 user.  We at Unique Squared also recognize that Traktor is one of the most widely used DJ software worldwide, hence our mapping segments with the M-Audio Torque Xponent and the ever popular Numark NS6.  We were super excited to see that Numark was releasing the 4Trak when we first saw it at Winter Namm earlier this January. Well, we finally appropriated a demo unit here at the Unique Squared studios just last week and got an opportunity to check it out.

For decades Numark has been delivering some of the best DJ products to hungry, perspective DJs as well as professional DJs worldwide.  But it has …

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July 15, 2011

5 Reasons Why You Should Use Kontrol S4 With Turntables

I recently had the pleasure of using my Kontrol S4 in tandem with Traktor Scratch Pro 2 with turntables for an awesome gig at Halo Lounge in Atlanta.  Here’s my list of why it was so awesome.

1. Easy to hook up

No need for additional gear or accessories.  You would normally require an Audio 8 or Audio 10 interface, and multi-core cables or additional RCA cables in order to use Traktor Scratch Pro.  Simply plug both turntables directly into inputs C and D and you are ready for action.  No sweat.

2. Flexible input options

You can select which decks or sample decks the turntables will control by going into Preferences, then Input Routing.  Here you can select either turntable for decks A through D, track play or sample play.  Brilliant.

3. Easy to switch back

Use the drop down tab on deck A or B to select track …