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Taylor

Taylor
November 6, 2014

Pioneer DDJ-SZ Review

The Pioneer DDJ line has evolved tremendously over the years. Starting with Pioneer’s first foray into the digital DJ controller market, the Pioneer DDJ-T1 and DDJ-S1 were among the first professional quality DJ controllers to control both Traktor and Serato respectively. Since then Pioneer have been consistent in releasing new DJ controllers every year which run the gamut in terms of price and functionality. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced DJ, Pioneer now have plenty of options for you to choose from.

This year Pioneer released four controllers in their DDJ line which were designed to work with Serato DJ. The line includes controllers like the Pioneer DDJ-SB, DDJ-SR, DDJ-SX, and the behemoth Pioneer DDJ-SZ. We have done a review of the Pioneer DDJ-SR previously but felt that the DDJ-SZ deserves the same treatment considering the incredible amount of function and control you have on this very large …

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Taylor

Taylor
July 30, 2014

Pioneer DDJ-SR Review

Released in the Fall of last year, the Pioneer DDJ-SR is the more portable and compact answer to the behemoth flagship digital DJ controller the DDJ-SX. Pioneer has made this version much smaller and more affordable for those DJs that want a quality controller but are on a budget. There are some features that have gone missing when you compare the DDJ-SX to the DDJ-SR. These include the absence of strip search and dual deck mode amongst others but Pioneer has included a feature specific to the DDJ-SR with the Pad Plus mode.

We decided to take a look at the layout and features of the DDJ-SR and give our impressions of how this controller performs.

Layout

The general construction of the DDJ-SR is a combination of metal and plastic throughout. The jog wheels feel great and are built out of a sturdy and lightweight aluminum. The majority of the …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
June 14, 2013

Tama Iron Cobra 600 Series pedal

I like the idea of an electronic drum kit and for the most part I can find a use for it besides having it as a live drum set for a rock band.  Every electronic drum kit has a brain, or a module that plays a specific type of sound whenever a hit is registered on a drum.  Although sticks need to be used to have any effect, this is really not far from what beat makers do when they are pounding away on their Akai MPC’s or NI Maschines.  The difference between the two of them is what I like most.  Although you have an electronic drum set that doesn’t produce its own acoustics, you are still allowed to use actually drum sticks and actual drum pedals.  So while you eliminate the method in which sound is produced, you are still engaged in the process physically.

This is akin …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 12, 2013

Syncing My Controller With An Ableton DJ

Simply using Serato or Traktor to make a performance piece has its up and its downs.  What IS good about just using the lightweight DVS on its own is that it doesn’t eat up very much processor or memory.  You can feel a bit secure when you notice that your laptop doesn’t lag too much when many tasks are thrown at it.  The downside it is that it is difficult to compose a song or a performance with just Serato alone.  Allowing only six different cue points per each song has its inherent limitations; many of them simply cannot be worked around.

Using Ableton as your main source music and sound is a better option here, but it lacks the inherent control and familiarity of using two decks (turntables or CDs) with a virtual display of everything that is going on in front of you.  The bridge was meant to …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 8, 2013

Machine Love: tobias

Every couple years or so, a new operating system is born that is supposed to reinvent the OS, while make it easier for designers, musicians, and artists to get their work done.  Some of us blindly upgrade to the next big thing without realizing how much it will change our current setup – and we are known to be stubborn creatures when it comes to change.  Many music producers hang on to their old gear, and not just because the value of some of their toys is priceless, it is because they have an intrinsic value that cannot be readily found today.

Synthesizers are good example of what has been had, and cannot be had again.  These analog machines are not only the real deal, they are built like cars were built in the 60’s.  They are slow and difficult to move around, so they remain in one spot.  These …