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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 22, 2013

Josh Wink’s favourite music software

If you’re a DJ who is just now learning the ropes behind a new pair of digital decks, it may also be prudent to get an idea of what software is out there.  I’m not saying that you should go out and try to learn four or five different programs at once, but I am saying that it is good to know about what each program does.  You  may find yourself needing help or direction when it comes to something in your set – and you might find out that another program is better suited for the job.  For basic DJing, meaning just your two turntables and a slew of music – there is none that is as concise and to the point as Serato Scratch Live.

Of course once you expand past using turntables for mixing, you might want to add production or recording elements to you mixes.  Serato …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
June 3, 2013

Traktor Or Serato After Learning On An iPad?

DJs have to start somewhere.  Some of them started with turntables and a mixer, others started out with a laptop and some type of mixing program.  Others went from a production setting to a live production setting which taught them the elements of song selection and mixing.  Regardless of where you start there is always the next level to be reached.  For producers this could mean moving away from the laptop and working with real mixing boards and physical equipment.  For DJs this could mean adding digital technology into your analog setup with the help of a DVS and some added equipment.

Where do you go if you were late to the game and started on only a tablet?  Some would say that the best option to go with would be Traktor.  Traktor’s waveform and interface is very similar to many of the iPad DVS apps that are out there …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
June 1, 2013

Last Chance To Bag Serato On The Cheap

After reading many informative articles on what Traktor can do for a DJ, it makes me wonder why anyone would want to use something else.  Traktor can sync with many other DAWs, it has a slurry of effects that can be chained together, it allows complicated mapping, and it even work with aftermarket plug-ins that allow you to broadcast your mix.  Even with all this however, I can see why the appeal of a simple DVS is still there.  Traktor is a complicated program and its interface is complicated to boot.  It is also extremely hard on the computer system, many cannot get their DVS to work the way they want it or they have issues with hardware and their slowed down computer system.

What does Serato need to do to attract your attention?  Absolutely nothing.  Serato has kept their interface clean and clear with waveforms that are easy to …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 12, 2013

Moving A DJ Library From Serato Into Traktor

Being a smart producer or DJ or even anything means that you have analyzed all of your options rather than blindly sticking to something you think you know well.  We humans are very stubborn and have a hard time changing our ways, so moving from one technique or process to another take a leap of faith and the swallowing of pride.  The move from analog to digital DJing techniques has been the biggest hurtle that long time DJs have had to make.  For those who were reluctant, it felt like we were being swept in with the tide, with little choice or say in the matter.

But we all know that those who don’t adapt get left behind, so it is safe to assume that those who have made the switch have taken a step in a promising direction.  The trouble we have now is not choosing analog or digital, …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
March 15, 2013

Brand wars – why do you care so much?

There are many new words and idioms that have sprung into existence in the last ten years or so.  Without the internet and the culture behind it, these idioms would have little meaning at all.  One that you hear tossed around is “FanBoy”.  This is one of my favorites because while it is insulting, it is also quite descriptive of the person it’s be hurled towards.  A fan boy is someone who blindingly follows a brand or idea, simply because they feel compelled to.  We all know that every manufacturer has items that can be considered flops, but the fanboy will also support them blindly.

After it has all be said and done, these fanboys will eventually become the sergeants of the brand wars and excessive zeal over a product manufacturer.  We’ve seen it with both Traktor and Serato – some will say that they use one and hate the …