September 25, 2012
DJ equipment companies have been doing a great job of putting out teasers in order to create publicity for an upcoming product. Pioneer did a decent job of showing just enough of their “Evolution” to keep interested, but not enough to give it completely away. You see, vagueness is intriguing – and there is nothing more fun than placing bets on what’s going to happen next.
Native Instruments decided to leave a sample their new Kontrol Z2 mixer on the doorstep of the legendary DJ Craze, and Craze did what was unexpected (or expected) – show it off to the world. We can’t tell if this was a planned stunt or if Craze just spilled the beans on a hot item. Either way, the mixer looks promising and is a welcomed change from traditional NI style.…
September 20, 2012
In late August, Mackie unveiled their new line of powered loudspeakers, the DLM Series. The event was hosted in Seattle, WA and Unique Squared was there to capture the event on video. In the video, Matt Redman walks us through the features of the new line which include overviews of the DL2 Digital Mixer, their TruSource speaker technology, as well as the 2000 watt, energy efficient power source. With its compact size and portability, this is sure to make many mobile DJs and gigging musicians very happy. Check out the video and post a comment to let us know what you think about the Mackie DLM Series Powered Loudspeakers.
If you want to find out more information about the DLM Series, check out the blog we posted after the unveiling.
May 25, 2012
American Audio is breaking into the Traktor game and they are getting it done with their new controller the VMS4 Traktor Controller. Drawing off of the success of its Virtual DJ cousin, the VDJ VMS4, this version has been given an updated paint scheme and comes with a specal version of Traktor that is mapped perfectly to the controller. It’s a four-deck mid-range Traktor controller with some pretty cool features. We are going to break down the controller piece by piece to see how it stacks up against its Virtual DJ counterpart.
Construction wise this controller is a beast, it is made of solid metal and has four rubber corners that give it good traction on the DJ table. The rubber edges elevate the controller slightly off the table which is nice because DJ tables have tendencies to become soaked with beer or other foreign liquid substances and …
January 24, 2012
So, apparently the folks at Numark have met some DJs with pretty poor planning. I personally keep my set all on a hard drive alongside the rest of my library, but Numark picture DJs showing up to a show with their set spread across a series of thumb drives and iPods and CDs. This seems to have been the driving force behind the Mixdeck series and its capabilities. Now, I would take some kind of indignant stance and say “Hey, Numark, give us some credit, we put our iTunes on one drive at a time just like anyone else.” As it happens, the MixDeck has been very popular; so much for my indignation. It turns out a sizable amount of folks do have these kind of multimedia situations happening on the fly during their sets. I like to picture a DJ being fed his tunes like he/she works for a …
January 21, 2012
If anything, Namm 2012 will likely be remembered as iPad heavy. With so many iPad apps and hardware add ons on the floor it begins to all run together. With a lengthy mixing pedigree, it is no surprise that one of the standout iPad related products was from Mackie this year.
The Mackie DL1608 is a 16 channel digital mixer for the iPad. It is very impressive in terms of hardware. 16 Onyx mic preamps and Cirrus Logic A/D converters make this an impressive I/O regardless of the iPad functionality. The addition of an iPad and the Master Fader app bring a very intuitive and visually impressive functionality to these specs. EQ and compression options are plentiful; with dedicated 4-band EQ and compression for every input as well as 31-band GEQ and a compressor/limiter on the outputs. The interface on the iPad is comprehensive and impressive and makes it seem quite …