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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
November 13, 2014

“No Wrong Notes” Is that a good thing?

I think it would be very easy to look at what a live producer does on stage without having a good idea of how it is all done.  The end result is really all that matters here, since the average person in the crowd is not here to learn and copy, but rather, to listen and enjoy.  Because of the type of dynamic that is setup between producer and listener, there is a lot of space that the producer would not otherwise have around his or her own kind.  They might be able to get away with faking a particular move with only a few people in the crowd knowing what is going on.

This entire concept was driven by the original vinyl DJs who had to employ the concept of misdirection to get someone’s attention.  Since everyone can understand what is happening when a record spins, it made sense …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 6, 2014

Livid Base Grid Controller

MIDI controllers are actually getting a lot nicer.  You can also add to the fact that many DJs are tired of buying cheap gimmick controllers; they want something that is as valuable as their headphones and mixer.  Unfortunately, even the expensive controllers are not always that great.  They might be from a great name that costs a great price however.  The idea that one out of a few hundred controllers is going to have some sort of defect is not nice, when you begin hearing the reviews come in.  Some would think that handmade and hand crafted controller would work out to be a more solid unit right?

This is not always the case either.  Livid who has been known to create some pretty fancy stuff has made one that was built to suit both the DJs and producers as well.  One thing that is very interesting about it, is …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 12, 2013

Palette Snaps Together Controls for Music, Creative Software

A modular controller or a modular MIDI system is not a new idea, nor is it something that has not been tried out yet.  Let’s just say that there are many tinkerers and hobbyists out there who are trying to make something that works just for them.  Not all of these enthusiasts have the same background or means either – some of them may be professionals who have taken on the task as a side job, while others may be brand new to the idea of hacking something apart.  When they finally created a finished product, it is not always what they had imagined.

Companies who try to mass produce these DIY kits have distinct advantages and disadvantages.  One area where they should access is costs.  Since they are only supplying the bare bones parts, it should lessen the cost for both the buyer and the company.  One place where …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 28, 2013

Reloop Jockey 3 Remix Traktor Controller

Both Serato and Traktor will benefit in the long run, even if competitor are trying to copy their hardware designs for controllers and digital decks.  You see, even if a company such as Reloop makes a better digital deck than Native Instruments, the user will ultimately be searching for a good DVS to use it on.  Traktor is likely to receive the benefit of the doubt from the novice DJ.  On the other hand, many will see the aftermarket attempts as a less skillfully built controller, made by people who do not have as much experience using the software itself.

It is a gentle push and pull dilemma which will pull potentials towards either side of the bargain wheel.  Reloop may be an even bigger problem that one might expect, since they not only create MIDI controllers and decks, they also have their own DVS program to boot.  They stand …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 21, 2012

DIY Ondes Martenot MIDI Controller

 

Midi controllers are all the rage these days and for good reason.  They are relatively cheaper than stand-alone synthesizer or drum machines, and they are easily programmable using any compatible software and a computer.  They’ve come a long way since beginning, when modders would tear apart old keyboard to create their own workable renditions.  Controllers like the Native Instruments S4 represent the pinnacle of hardware and software integration on this level.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzYTdDpLfAU

However, some folks prefer the journey rather than the destination.  A modder named Mitsushi Abe has been hard at work, crafting his own DIY midi controller using an Arduino controller, breadboard, wire clips, and a makeshift keyboard.  It goes to show you that the innovation doesn’t stop once manufacturers enter the game.…