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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 7, 2014

The Pioneer SG-1

While most of us are very happy to have updated gear with newfound technology – there is always a part of us that remembers how it used to be in the good old days.  Just a decade ago we were wasting time with things that come second nature to us now.  Consider how we made mixes when we only had cassette tape.  If you were smart, you could take two tape decks and overdub on onto the other.  If you were even cleverer, you would physically cut the tapes and then glue them together.  Of course this looks really silly today when you compare it to the simple drag and drop editing that can be done in any simple music editing program.

Although music production will likely never come back around in its original form, there are still a few things that can be done here or there to give …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 12, 2014

What A Pioneer All-In-One Controller Might Look Like

It’s funny when you think about what it means to have an all in one unit.  The idea of having all of your audio components in one place is nothing new.  Back when turntables were heavy and hard to move – they were usually built into furniture that also house speakers and other electrical necessities.  The all in one system was the only system worth having.  Fast forward to the advent of DJing, you can see that few people had the same setup.  A unit that contained everything needed was thought of as a joke; it would be impossible to transport or upgrade.

Today, portability and ease of use is one of the most important factors when it comes to buying any type of DJ gear.  The NS7 and the DDJ_SX is a good example of keeping things in house, all while keeping it simple enough to use.  If anyone …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
March 11, 2014

Technics SL-DZ1200 MKII Mod: Fixing A Flawed Design

Everybody seems to think that these dual deck digital DJ controllers are the bees’ knees, when in fact they had to go through some humble growing pains before they were ever to be taken seriously.  Think about the time when there were only CD players – it is kind of hard to imagine right?  DJs were actually in love with the idea that they could easily access and store music in something that was less than quarter of the size and weight of a regular vinyl record.  Of course, there were problems with it.  Cueing without record needle dropping was difficult, and each CD had to be thought out in a way that made it easy to use.

One of the strange baby steps we took was the Technics SL-DZ12100 CD player.  On look alone, there is nothing quite like it out there.  The problem was performance.  It was nothing …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
February 10, 2014

My brief play with the Pioneer DDJ-SZ

When Pioneer releases something new and ultra-expensive.  It’s rather hard to look at it objectively for what it is.  You have the fan boys who think that Pioneer can do nothing wrong, and then you have the other side who thinks that what they have created is merely a ploy to get some of your hard earned cash in their pockets.  Let’s just say that those who actually buy it when it comes out get to feel a sense of satisfaction – that is until the next things comes around the corner.  Personally, I haven’t seen much from them that stands off as revolutionary or even worth the large chunk of change.

Money aside, everything that Pioneer seems to produce reeks of high class gear.  I would easily assume that the guy who is buying the new DDJ-SZ does not have any concerns over getting their money’s worth.  They are …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
February 8, 2014

Pioneer DDJ-SZ Talkthrough Video

I think that it is hard to separate the idea of a controller and something that is durable.  Controllers are easy to make when you are making millions of them.  They require very little actual hands on work to get one together, at least not when compared to an actual analog synthesizer that has to be built and wired by hand.  MIDI controllers are actually becoming more sophisticated by the day – and some of them are doing things that makes a synthesizer look old fashioned.  Touch sensors and control voltage are also pretty nice since they avoid the problem of the DJ pounding away at his new controller.

The next step in any controller is really to become something worth the high cost.  Controllers are pretty cheap, and only the costly ones are actually built with care in mind.  If you begin adding non-computer components to a controller, making …