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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 21, 2013

Turns Your iPad Into A Realtime Vocal Effects Processor

An effects processor is not something a lot of DJs will have in their arsenal, at least not in the same form that would exist in the studio.  A DJ would rather make use of a smaller FX unit, like the kp3 – or perhaps they might find a guitar FX pedal more suited to their needs.  In the studio and live word, effect processors need to be powerful enough to handle a lot of audio, and therefore they are also larger than what we would see in a DJ’s booth.  Most of the time, these come in rack form, which are meant to be mounted to something.

There is also another use for FX processors, which are sometimes used by singers.  They may use it to take a microphone signal and convert that in real time to another voice.  When doing this they are essentially creating a two voice …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 16, 2013

Line 6 Introduces POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor

There are basically only two external FX units that are currently marketed at DJs.  One of them is the obvious KP3, which has become a staple for live performers and producers around the world.  If you want to get fancy and have more control, the Pioneer EFX series offers physical controllers that are meant to require as little input from a DJ’s hands as possible.  Both of these are workable tools for live DJs, and both have other uses that can be found and had in a production setting.  While these tools are meant to make a DJ’s life easier, they both require the use of your hands – which can hamper your DJing skills.

A foot based FX unit seems like an odd thing for a DJ to have, but they are actually quite useful once you get the hang of how they all work.  Instead of needing to …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 29, 2013

Traktor Remix Decks – The Basics

Any type of FX unit, remix decks, or sampler unit will have some similarities in the way certain functions are triggered.  Whether it is a Kontrol F1 or a Korg Kaoss Pad 3, there needs to be some uniformity between all platforms, and there is.  This is what makes it easy for one DJ to jump on another DJ’s equipment without having to learn an entire new set of commands.  A common setting between them all is the ability to trigger a sample as a one shot sound, or a looping sample.  A straight arrow or a curve line is familiar on many units that have this feature.

Newer units often have a sync feature, which tends to be specific to Native Instruments gear.  This is there for the times when you want a one shot sample to play without any sort of rhythm or pattern.  As you dig deeper …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 8, 2013

Hacking The iKaossilator

If you’ve ever played a guitar, you’ll notice that most of them come with dots and frets to let you know the span of a single note.  This is not a crutch to make a weak player a better one, but rather a way to indicate where one note beings and the other ends.  Imagine how difficult it would be for a pianist to play piano without knowing where the half steps and whole steps are drawn.  It would not be impossible, but having a piano with no keys would not necessarily show that the pianist is any more skilled then the rest.

Be that as it may, it is not uncommon to see a bass guitar or a violin without the frets marked in perfect lines.  The guys who play these already have a common understanding of where each note begins and ends – but take something like a …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 24, 2013

Pioneer DJM-2000nexus New Feature Walkthrough

Touch screen effects have been a real hit and miss subject for controller, mixer, and deck makers.  On one hand, we like the idea of having the effects panel so close to our fingers.  The difference between having an effect button at your fingertips and an effect panel a foot away from your hand is phenomenal.  Some effects are trigger so quickly that it might even be better to use a footswitch instead of a much needed finger.  The problem with making a touch screen panel is judging how sensitive it should be and how much abuse it will take.  Those two qualities have their own little inversely proportional relationship to overcome.

I think Pioneer may have gotten it right, and stepped it up from the days of the Pioneer DJM-909.  The lighting in these screens are much better than the sad matrix lighting of the old days, and …