October 12, 2012

Nektar Panorama P4 Overview

The Nektar Panorama P4 is a dedicated Reason controller that can also work flexibly with other DAWs. However, the Reason integration is what sets the P4 apart from the crowd, and also what made it hotly anticipated by a dedicated following of Propellerhead users. The most surprising thing about the P4 is that Propellerhead weren’t the ones to do it first. This was the next likely move on the table after the release of the Balance audio interface. However, it looks like Nektar took it upon themselves to beat Props to the punch- and the controller released as a result is no slouch. In the end, the device is a quite attractive black and white affair with a large and lovely LCD display that seems to follow the users every move around reason with relative ease.

If there is a learning curve to the P4, the only one I …


October 4, 2012

DMX Lighting Tutorial Part 1: What is DMX?

This is the first video in a series of 5 tutorial videos on DMX lighting. This series is designed to give you a basic understanding of DMX lighting, how to set it up, and what some of the control methods are. In this first part you will be introduced to the fundamentals of DMX lighting. Be on the lookout for the rest of the tutorial videos coming out soon.

DMX Lighting Tutorial Videos:

Part 1. What is DMX?
Part 2. What is DMX Addressing?
Part 3. Dipswitches
Part 4. DMX Wiring
Part 5. Hardware and Software Setup



Hello and welcome. My name is Chris, with the help of this marker board and these turkeys I will be explaining the basics of DMX lighting in this video series. I’ll give you an introduction to DMX, explain DMX addressing, I’ll talk about dip switches, I’ll touch on DMX wiring, and

DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
January 18, 2012

Numark N4: First Look Overview

Just when you thought it was safe to make your DJ controller purchase along comes another category to throw a wrench into your consideration.  The Numark N4 is the lovechild of the popular Mixtrack Pro and the NS6.  It features 4 channels and “stand alone” mixer capability in a medium size, lightweight, great looking controller.  It is Numark’s entry into this new category of “mid-range” 4 deck controllers and can be used with Virtual DJ LE and Serato Intro (both included).  We received our advance demo in at Unique Studios last week and here’s what we discovered.

Numark N4 Overview and Review UniqueSquared

Standard Features

The Numark N4 is a medium size controller.  What does this mean?  Well, it’s physical size hovers somewhere between “looks like a toy” and “useful at a rave, but not at a club”.  It’s balanced XLR outputs, RCA booth outputs, and 2 1/4 inch microphone …

DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
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 …


September 26, 2011

Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Kit Review

Because the kit is called Pro, we brought in a pro to show us what the latest Alesis electronic kit is all about. Alex Selph is a clinician, studio drummer, and touring performance drummer who plays in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. We were fortunate enough to have him come in and demo the Alesis DM8 Pro Kit and he gave us some insight into how this kit feels and performs. Here are some specs:

  • DM8 high-definition drum module with over 750 Dynamic Articulation sounds
  • RealHead 8″, 10″, and 12″ drum pads with tension-adjustable drumheads
  • 12″ dual-zone Snare, 8″, 10″, and 12″ Toms, and 8″ Kick, which works with single and double pedals (sold separately)
  • DMPad 12″, 14″, and 16″ multi-zone cymbal pads with natural motion
  • 16″ 3-zone Ride with choke, 14″ Crash with choke, 12″ Hi-Hat with RealHat continuous pedal
  • StageRack with four-post design, integrated cymbal booms, and wingbolt-adjustable