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Taylor

Taylor
January 23, 2013

NAMM 2013 – Media Preview Day

Another year, another NAMM, and we’re back at it. Today was the Media Preview Day. If you don’t know what that means- today is the day to get the first scoop on products at the show, and also a great day to go ahead and get through the whole “hey, bro, where’s my badge at?” situation. Currently, my badge is secured,  and I have been and seen a few things worth mentioning.

My first stop was to meet up with Ben from Dubreq, who announced their new Stylophone S2 with a cool video from Brett Domino recently. We got to talk to Ben a bit about how he and his father (who designed the original) came to realize they needed to release this all analog, British powerhouse into the world. Having gotten my hands on one, I can self-assuredly say I am getting the hell out of one ASAP.

Meanwhile, …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
January 3, 2012

Torq Xponent with Traktor Pro 2

This mapping may not work with the latest version of Traktor.

The Torq Xponent was designed specifically for use with Torq DJ software (included) and we had the opportunity to get funky with Torq a few months ago and found it to be very cool and quite intuitive.  The Xponent controller translates the software flawlessly, has massive touch sensitive jog wheels, and a super clean layout with LED backlit, rubberized pads and buttons.  It is a medium sized compared to other controllers, and very lightweight with a durable plastic construction.  It is DC powered, with RCA main and booth outputs, MIDI in/out, with foot switch and expression pedal inputs.  It’s definitely a good looking controller that works well with both Torq and many other DJ software.

With great controllerism comes great responsibility…with your money.  That’s why we put together a blazing hot bundle for those of you who want to …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
November 25, 2011

Holiday Buying Guide: Home Recording Studio Bundle

Home recording studios allow you to have the freedom to write and record your music whenever you want, without having to travel to a studio. With the amount of choices and almost endless combinations, we decided to put together these home recording studio bundles. Each bundle includes an interface, microphone with accessories, and a way to monitor your recordings. Check it out.

STARTER PACKAGE – M-Audio Fast Track, CAD GXL3000 condenser mic with mic stand, pop filter, and Samson HP-10 headphones

The Fast Track Pro delivers all the mobile recording flexibility of the Fast Track USB, plus even more professional features.  You get 2 front-panel mic/line inputs complete with phantom power for condenser microphones, inserts for outboard effects balanced and unbalanced analog outputs, S/PDIF digital I/O, MIDI I/O, and more.  Fast Track Pro also features near-zero latency direct hardware monitoring and low-latency ASIO software monitoring, plus an A/B source switch …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
October 12, 2011

AVID Fast Track C400 Review

M-Audio has long been a leading manufacturer of pro audio recording equipment.  One of their most popular interfaces, the Fast Track, was  considered the industry standard for home recording since it’s introduction in 2004.  It was a high quality USB interface that was very simple to use at home or on the road.

 

The Features

The Avid M-Audio Fast Track C400 is a compact and ergonomic USB audio interface with the capability to record up to 24bit/96kHz audio with up to 4 simultaneous channels at a time with the help of a digital S/PDIF input.  When it comes to playback and mixing, the 6 outputs of the Fast Track C400 will come in handy to give you separate feeds for, say, a headphone amp or outboard gear.

The Look

The Fast Track C400 departs from the traditional look of a USB audio interface and comes in an ergonomic form ideal for the home …

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The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
September 7, 2011

Examining Mobile Studios: Idea or Reality

There was a lofty dream sold ages ago to musicians. As early as ten years ago you started to see the prospect of putting the music studio in your backpack. We began seeing images of people sitting in the subway stations making beats and countless hippies frolicking in the woods with their acoustic guitars and recording their inspiration instantaneously. If you were quick to jump on this train, like me, and gave up that dream after numerous issues – give it a try again. It’s like “plug-n-play.” That term originated during Windows 95 days. Us clever geeks snickered amongst ourselves because we came up with the term “plug-n-pray.” Is there nothing funnier than computer humor? LOL. Plug-n-play never became a reality until the past few years. You can actually plug in many devices and just use them as they have their drivers sitting on the USB chipset itself, for instance. …