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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
May 31, 2013

Akai MPX-8 SD

Every year, new electronic are shown off at trade shows which are expected to woo the audiences into believing they have something they should save their money for.  Obviously there is nothing that we are in a dire need to get, there are only the wants and the dreams we have of owning some of the newest and technologically significant gear on the market.  Some of these devices flop on their face for being too unoriginal or too unrealistic, and some of them breathe a fresh breath into a market that seems to copy itself when it has no ideas left.  What we do get an understanding of is where this is all headed.  Completely different items by different gear creators may have nothing in common – but they can mutually see what it is the people want next.

Portability and wireless technology is where it is all headed.  If …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 29, 2013

Things to consider when buying a new laptop.

Every so often, maybe every five years or so, it comes time to dig through the market for a new laptop.  Why do we need to replace a laptop so often?  Well, the main reason here is that laptops cannot be upgraded or tweaked like their desktop brothers, so instead of being able to replace a graphics card when it goes bad, or adding some ram – you end up replacing the entire deal.  This is trade off you’d expect from being able to carry around a computer in some of the strangest locations; while managing not to break anything.  Since a laptop is still considered a static purchase, there is more to look at before you buy.

Believe it or not, but some of the newer models of laptops won’t fare well with older piece of hardware and software, and some DVS programs don’t play nice with newer …

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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.  …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
March 4, 2013

8 of the best MIDI pad controllers

Midi controllers come in different shape and forms, and it is for good reason that their styles are so varied.  The MPC was a good square design, but in modern times we have figured out that functionality and ergonomics also plays a key role in what a DJ or producer might want his or her setup to look like.  Because of this, there are many jog wheel type controllers out there that provide rotary control over specific functions, and there are also many controllers that still keep the natural keyboard layout, which is familiar to many.  But when it comes to improving upon the four by four pad layout, there is little that needs to be changed other than the touch and feel of it.

NI’s Maschine and Maschine Mikro both fall into a class of their own.  They are not quite for the producer, and not quite for the …