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UniqueSquared
November 11, 2013

The Black Dog on designing their own DJ controller, the CS X51

When hardware is designed and created, its engineering is really a two step process.  Before any technical work is done, there has to be some thought as to how it will be use on a practical level.  This really involves some thought into how humans like to use their gear.  Having the option to have everything you could ever want and need has proven to be the worst option of them all.  It is like having a command center with a thousand buttons, but all you really need is three of them.  This is the mistake that many gear designers fall into, since they do not really know the needs of each individual; therefore, they have try to please them all.

When a band or act decides to create their own controller, you can bet that it will only have that which they need and it will ignore all the …

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UniqueSquared

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December 17, 2012

Midi Mixer For Media Players?

If you’ve already decided to buy an all-in-one controller for your DJ setup, then your options are limited in terms of how you want your devices to communicate with your software.  Without a computer and a USB cable, your VCI-300 or any other all-in-one controller is pretty useless.  Your main concern will be to find out which DVS allows you to control and map the most buttons on your deck.  If you’ve purchased a deck that can also work as a standalone device, like the Gemini CDJ-700, then you have a few more options to consider.

CD players can be used in conjunction with any DVS, as long as a control CD is used to transmit a signal that can ultimately be manipulated.  A true mid deck will allows you to, let’s say, ride your pitch with each movement being sent through MIDI rather than detecting differences in the …