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Taylor

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January 21, 2012

Akai Max 49 Midi Keyboard Controller – NAMM 2012

It is looking like control voltage/ step sequencing is bound to experience a very healthy rebirth. Boutique synths and desktop analogs have been showing up in the market more in the past few years, but small companies with high costs have made building these systems expensive enough that it hasn’t really become a trend for the penny pinchers. However, with products like the Moog Minitaur and the Arturia MiniBrute appearing on the market, we could be on the precipice of an “analog step sequencing for the masses” kind of an era. Yes, it’s funny to be excited about bringing the old sequencing methods to the future; but even back in their day, these systems were not mass produced at a level to be considered affordable for just anyone. Modular analog CV based sequencing systems are the white whale in a lot of studios. As one of the masses I am …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

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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

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December 9, 2011

Adding Value To Your DJ Set-Up

There’s an abundance of music available at our fingertips via the internet and literally hundreds of ways to play it all as a DJ.  Whether using turntables or CD players and mixer utilizing a laptop as a traditional DJ set-up or having a digital vinyl system, or DJ controller, there are many ways to spin these days.   Almost anyone can do a little research online, frequent night clubs, raves, or house parties and decide they would like to start DJing.  This is an amazing truth that will remain as long as dancing and dance music exists.  But how can you differentiate yourself from the others?  What are ways that you can make your sound unique without having to spend thousands of dollars on a super custom rig?  Adding a unique sound to your mix can be difficult and expensive, but there are a number of great products out there under …

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Taylor

Taylor
November 25, 2011

Holiday Buying Guide: Keyboard Bundles

These days you can easily do everything from one keyboard and you have the luxury of having literally hundreds of synthesizer, drums, and acoustic and orchestral sounds to choose from.  We want to make it very easy to buy a keyboard this holiday season so we are offering our 3 choices in the keyboard range to make you or your keyboard fanatic super happy.  Check it out.

STARTER PACKAGE – M-Audio Venom with keyboard stand and Samson HP-10S headphones

This is a great virtual analog synth to get started making music.  It has a collection of amazing sounds from classic 70′s and 80′s synths and drum machines as well as modern effects and touches like USB and MIDI ports, microphone pre-amps and digital audio outputs.  It’s very easy to start creating EDM and dance oriented music right out of the box.

The M-Audio Venom 49-key synthesizer combines the character of …

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Taylor

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October 14, 2011

Electronic Drum/Sampling (Part II)

In the last blog we talked about a very brief history and overview of electronic drums and sampling. I also delved a little into what I am familiar with when it comes to using electronic drums and samples in a studio production scenario as well as my own personal experiences. In part two, we will talk about electronic drums and samples in a performance setting, my projection about the future of electronic drums and sampling, and close with my own opinion on electronic drums and sampling in the studio and on the stage.

Performance

Some of the biggest acts in the world, even those with recorded drum samples, still have a live drummer performing with them. This makes for a great concert experience and shows the musicianship involved with percussion on certain productions. Many bands use drum pads with additional electronic sounds to compliment their live acoustic setup which you …