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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 …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 16, 2013

Image-Line Deckadance 2 Beta

The early days of digital DJing were quite the little experiment.  Before Serato rocked clubs and events, digital decks in the form of CD players were actually much more feasible and easier to work with.  Rarely did they have any electrical problems, and the hardware side of them was pretty efficient as well.  The worst thing that could happen is that you burned a CD that your CD player did not like.  Even with Serato was issued in its first release, the real problem was not with their technology, but the computers used to run it.  They were awfully slow.  Soundcards were not engineering specifically for one application and generic soundcards were actually more popular.  The MAYA44 ASIO soundcard was my horrible introduction to the problems of digital DJing.

Nowadays, even the worst soundcard will do you much better.  This makes a good argument for buying a DVS such as …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 16, 2013

Kickstarting Acoustic Synthesis

The blend between analog and digital is sort of what has driven the entire DVS industry.  It isn’t as if digital technology was never explored, it was – but DJ’s realized that there is stark difference between a digital platter an actual piece of vinyl.  People who know very little about turntables and records see a piece of vinyl and assume that each piece of vinyl printed is exactly the same.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  The very method that is used to press biscuits into records is purely mechanical.  This means that there will almost always be a difference in the types of materials that are used in each record, and each record may not feel like the last one produced.

Consistency can be close, but often each record will have a personality of its own – and this is something that the DJ likes.  Creating a …