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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
December 26, 2012

What Did You Get For Christmas?

Christmas is a time for being with the family and meeting up with loved ones you haven’t seen in a while, right?  Let’s be real – Christmas is a holiday about receiving and giving.  Whatever your reason for the season is, the joy of giving gifts to others is almost as exciting as receiving a piece of gear that you’ve been wanting for the last year.  Hopefully, if you’ve been a good person this year your own person Santa has delivered something good.  Gear manufactures have been patiently waiting for the holiday season, creating new toys for us to marvel at in the process.

Native Instruments has perhaps been the most proliferate in terms of new gear being put out on the market.  Their second renditions of the Maschine and Maschine Mikro have been pleasantly interjected into the hearts and minds of hopeful owners.  The bonus of having new gear …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 16, 2012

Arkaei’s Championship Winning Setup

When one man performs on stage with an array of digital DJing gear, the performance itself may very well be the icing on the cake.  The real issues at hand are, “How am I going to get this software together with all of this hardware?”  Much like setting up a computer for the first time, there are compatibility concerns as well as issues of what program will control what piece of hardware.  A third aspect that has to be looked at is master and slave set-ups.  If you use beatgridding or tempo locking in Ableton, will Traktor be able to follow it’s every command?

Arkaei stunned audiences at this year’s IDA competition by forgoing the traditional turntablist techniques for something more confusing and modern.   His gear alone might have left people scratching their heads.  Aside from the obligatory scratch mixer (in this case a Kontrol Z2), he use two …

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UniqueSquared
December 14, 2012

REVIEW: Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2 Part 1

Of all the hardware creations that Native Instruments has produced for the DJ community, the Kontrol Z2 mixer may very well end up becoming the best selling out of the bunch.  The technological leap that’s occurring with the integration of software and hardware controllers has happened at an alarming rate.  From simple controllers, to midi decks, to all-in-one solutions – it almost seems as if having modularity and distinct control over each device has gone out the window in preference to convenience.

Luckily, the move to build the Z2 was a step in the right direction.  It takes everything we want out of an all-in-one mixer solution, and brings back the traditional hardware capabilities that a good mixer should always have.  Who wants a full sized mixer that doesn’t work without a computer anyways?  The problem the Konrol Z2 really needs to overcome is to see if it will stand …