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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 2, 2013

Reloop announces Keypad and Keyfadr Ableton Live controllers

What is your experience using a mini keyboard?  These days, keyboards come in all sizes – from half sized to ultra comical sized.  There is no such thing as too big or too small, and it is likely that the extreme ends of the spectrum will appeal to the most people.  A full sized synthesizer is something you won’t see at gigs very often, but you can expect to find portables at each and every show.  For what it is worth, a piano keyboard of any size can offer you what buttons, pads, and knobs cannot – familiarity.  The drawbacks of using them should be pretty obvious, which include the fact that you do not have a layer of octaves that are easily accessible without switching scenes.

Many controller companies such as Akai, Korg, and now, Reloop are offering some sort of small laptop sized keyboard and pad configuration.  Each …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 20, 2013

2013 DJ Expo Exclusive: Numark Mixtrack Edge Walkthrough

If you’ve browsed the store for new laptops, you might have noticed something strange going on with their pricing.  Regular sized laptops come in at a price where the best one can rock you just under a thousand dollars.  A small sized net book that is meant for light tasks may cost no more than half of what that regular sized laptop will – minus the extra performance and size.  Now, when you get into the ultra-books that come in a net-book size, but with full-sized power, the prices rocket skywards.  Expect that same laptop to be selling at almost two thousand dollars for one.

What this says to me is that people want small sized gear, but if they want small and well performing gear at the same time, there is a price to be paid.  Personally, I can see where this is all coming from.  To have power …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 9, 2013

Arturia MiniLab Review

Every synthesizer, or at least keyboard shaped synthesizers, are judge by the same standard.  One of them has to do with how it looks and feels during performances – the other has to do with the way it sounds.  For the most part, you’ll be very lucky if you can “have it all” since most of these keyboards will lack one of two things that keep it from being perfect.  A large synthesizer has room to house more electronics (and sometimes larger components are better), but the sheer size and weight of these units make them impossible to move around with you.  Medium sized keyboard rigs will have to work with less keys than a normal piano, and the physical action by how they work might also be changed to suit the design.

Finally, you have your smaller synthesizers like the MicroKorg – and these are complete units meaning …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 10, 2013

Electrix Tweaker Controller

There are plenty of controllers that look like cookie cutter designs of each other.  Each manufacturing company wants to create the latest and greatest, but they live in fear of overextending their creativity.  This happens all the time.  Numark has been adept that trying new things, only to discover that they didn’t catch on the way they thought it would.  Sony, who only has a little part of the DJ industry, knows what it is like to create something revolutionary (like the Minidisc) only to see it flop in real time.  It’s risky when you want to decide on a new direction for your company, which is why we see controllers playing it safe.

The laptop controller, like the LPD8, is about is simple as it gets.  There are more than a handful of these with the same layout and feel; there will not be a shortage any time soon.  …