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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 20, 2012

Bitwig Studio Controlled By Maschine

While Native Instruments leads the way with innovative MIDI controllers such as the Kontrol F1, they’ve also moved passed the realm of add-on controllers and pure software based solutions altogether.  Their introduction of the Maschine might have thrown people off in the beginning, but it’s clear now that it was the proper step to take if they were ever going to release a two channel mixer that didn’t need a computer attached to it.  For what it’s worth, the Maschine lives in two distinct worlds with the capability to be added to a third.

As far as its use alongside a DVS, it seems like overkill.  Its large footprint and velocity sensitive buttons are something most digital DJs will see as intrusive.  When loading up samples or cues, pressure sensitivity is a nice add-on, but useless in terms of performance.  Producers will find it advantageous to have sensitive buttons, …

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Taylor

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December 3, 2012

Drumcell Interview: Thoughts on Traktor

With the release of Traktor Pro 2.6 earlier this year, many DJ’s are beginning to take advantage of the new remix deck functionality, better BPM detection, and the new flux mode and macro FX selections. In addition the new hardware  from Native Instruments like the Traktor Kontrol F1 and their first forray into mixers with the Traktor Kontrol Z2, help to make these new features in the Traktor update even more useful. The techno DJ and Traktor specialist Drumcell is not just a former spokesman for the DJ software, but he is an active user of the software and uses it at every gig.

When we interviewed Drumcell he was performing with two laptops: one to use with Traktor and utilizing 4 decks, and the other with Ableton where he was launching clips with Native Instruments Maschine. He noted that in the very near future he will be integrating …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
November 21, 2012

Will Commercially Available Remix Sets Take Off?

If you were spinning vinyl records before Serato was taken seriously by DJs, you have a few options for remixing songs at your disposal.  A lot of times, a “single” would contain the explicit, edited, and radio edits of a song on one side, and if you were lucky – the other side would contain just the instrumental and acapella versions.  The ability to remix vocals on one track with the instrumental from another is what made the hiphop DJ so versatile, and it was something that really couldn’t be done with electronic music at the time.  DJ tools were also being produced: edited versions of songs with long intros for easy mixing.

With most of our music being sourced digitally, it’s easy to come by remixed versions of song nowadays, in fact, too easy.  Sometimes the only version of a song you can find is the remixed version, with …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 17, 2012

Kontrol Z2 Innofaders: The Inside Scoop

With a lot of questions surrounding Native Instrument’s new Kontrol Z2 mixer, many DJs were concerned about the quality of the Innofaders that were ported to fit on the crossfaders and upfaders.  For those who don’t know, innofader technology rivals that of Rane’s TTM-57 crossfader, which uses capacitance technology instead of carbon contacts.

Elliot Marx from audio innovate stated that the mini Innofaders that were used in the crossfader were set loose, while the upfaders were given a bit more tension for volume control.  Both faders still retain the capacitance technology and are adjustable when nursed the right way.…

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 11, 2012

Native Instruments Action Strings Puts ‘Blockbuster Sound’ Into A Virtual Instrument

While Native Instruments already has a name for itself in the DJ’s DVS and controller world, few might realize that their humble beginnings actually began in software creation that had little to do with DJ.  In fact, they began as a software synthesizer company before they expanded.  NI now shows off their versatility with the introduction of new software, “Action Strings”.

Although the name suggests some sort of stringed instrument emulation program – the program itself focuses more on phrasing of large music ensembles.  In this demo, you can see how groups of stringed instruments can be triggered and controlled via a keyboard.