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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 18, 2014

Serato DJ 1.7 Released with Flip and Other Features

Do you remember when Serato really dominated the DJ industry?  If you think back to maybe only five or six years ago – Serato was King.  Traktor had their growing fan base in the works – but it was nothing like the way Serato had dominated the working DJ’s market.  Then we slowly watched as more DJs embraced controllers and made Traktor something worth having when compared to what little Serato offered.  This eventually came to a head when Traktor began releasing hardware specifically designed for Traktor, like the Z2 mixer.  The next blow in this battle was Serato announcing that it would only support hardware directly, rather than trying to support their older external soundcards.

So where are we today?  It seems like Serato seems to be making all of the big moves these days – and their support for aftermarket gear is growing in the process.  Their newest …

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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, …