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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
March 26, 2014

7 of the best DJ mixers

A list of the best mixers out there sort of leaves you wondering what type of people are actually buying these things.  To me, a mixer is not something you purchase once a year, nor is it something that needs to be bought due to the degrading of materials.  In fact, any mixer will last you a very long time.  I have a mixer that is well over 10 years old, and it is still holding up quite well.  The only problems with it are those that come from carbon buildup over a period of time – which leads to static on the rotary knobs and faders.  Older faders that are not meant to take abuse can easily snap if pushed too hard as well.

Modern mixers that are above the one thousand dollar price range are built with extra features and effects, but not all of them are actually …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
February 27, 2014

Rane Sixty Four Serato DJ Mixer

At its heart, a mixer is not supposed to be a complicated machine.  It takes audio from various sources and then directs them into a machine that can either relay them to another area, or alter the sound altogether before send it off somewhere else.  The thing is, if you look into what it takes to actually build a mixer from the ground up – you’ll realize why even the most basic 2-channel mixers out there are costly.  Scoring a mixer for less than two hundred dollars is a pretty good deal – since if you were given the parts to build one your head would simply spin.

Now, when you move on to the realm of mixers that can cost upwards of a couple thousand dollars, you can really see where your money is going.  It is no longer the mechanical machine that routes sounds from point A …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 20, 2013

And finally, the new Rane Sixty Four

Now that the new Pioneer mixer has been mentioned, you can be sure that Rane is headed up the same route with their own top of the line mixer.  U would also bet that Serato has a contract with both companies that restrict them from getting a piece of the action before another.  So as it goes, when Serato sells something to Pioneer, they are also selling something to Rane.  Rane seems to have a much different philosophy than Pioneer.  Pioneer is usually looking to create something to extend their line of controller or mixer, but Rane can just as easily redesign something they have already created and call it new.

It’s called the Rane 64.  I guess it is supposed to fit right in between the 62 and the 68, but it is clearly much more like the Rane 68 that we already know.  It is scheduled to ship …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 21, 2013

Pi L Squared Synth

The shrinking of technology is actually quite an incredible thing.  Just take a look at an old cassette player or an old VCR and compare those internals to that of something real simple, like the inside of a calculator or portable CD players.  They both make use of printed circuit boards and they both have chips and other sorts of devices soldered to them.  The only difference is that in one of them those little soldier points are extremely tiny and closer together.  If you take a look at an older mixer like the Tascam XS-8 series and compare it to the internals of a Rane 62 you’ll see the same phenomenon going on here too.  They basically use the same parts, only smaller and more compact.

Synthesizers have been doing the same thing and to the same effect; they can cram more information into one little device, making it …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
March 27, 2013

How Do I Find Songs That Go Well Together?

There is a phrase that does not have an author, but it means a lot to any DJ who wants to make it big.  “Many will learn to beatmatch, few will become DJ’s.”  What this emphasizes is that the technique, while impressive and mysterious at the same time, is not what defines the DJ.  It is her or her ability to run a dance floor successfully and select the proper tunes.  A DJ can mix until the sun comes up, but simply choosing two songs from the same genre that have the same tempo doesn’t mean that it will automatically create a good mix.

Finding songs that go well together is a talent that has to be paid its dues.  It takes time to actually listen to music, to examine it and see what it is made of.  Casual listening doesn’t reveal enough about its track and whether or …