October 19, 2012
If you have followed the titans of Hip Hop and R&B for the past decade then you have probably heard the name Miles Walker. Miles has recently worked on Grammy award winning and nominated records from Beyonce to Katy Perry, but his past is littered with mega hit makers including Usher, Ginuwine, Young Jeezy, Omarion, and the list goes on. With a degree from Berklee College of Music, Miles considers music to be his ultimate passion. If he is not is actively mixing, engineering, or producing, he is speaking at events and panels where his expertise is highly regarded in the Hip Hop, R&B, and studio production community. Miles has recently been working on mixes for the production/songwriting team Stargate who are responsible for such monster tracks as Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” Katy Perry’s “Firework” and Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow.” With a few Grammies under his belt, Miles has also …
September 24, 2012
It’s no big secret: EDM producers work almost exclusively on their laptops. Anybody could get a laptop, the right software, and produce tracks just like Le Castle Vania or deadmau5, right? Well, almost. We toured the 2012 ID Festival with Le Castle Vania and had the pleasure of bringing him onto our bus. Le Castle Vania talked about some of the outboard gear he uses in this part of the exclusive interview on the UniqueSquared Mobile Studio. He’s come a long way from remixing tracks in his bedroom to headlining festivals and he shared that journey with us. You can check that out here if you missed it. Also, be on the lookout for the final part of Le Castle Vania’s interview in which he gives some guidance for any up and coming artists.
One thing that I would definitely like to have in my studio is a …
June 21, 2012
The time has come. You have been DJing your favorite tracks for a couple years now and it finally dawns on you. “Hey I can make a great track too.” Yes you can. All it takes is some motivation, patience, and the right kind of tools to craft that next club destroyer. Well I am here to tell you about the hardware and software solutions that the professionals use to make your favorite music. In this write up I will be focusing on the powerful software solutions that help to make dubstep tracks as well as the hardware that will be useful for managing your projects and opening up your creativity.
WORKFLOW IS SUBJECTIVE
If you are the audience I am trying to reach with this blog then I am just like you. I am someone who wants to start producing all kinds of electronic music from house, dubstep, and …
January 22, 2012
One of the more frightening things about integrating iPad 2 technology into one’s musical rig is that knowledge that somewhere out there, Apple is scheming their way to the release of its inevitable replacement. The beautiful technological marvel of today is the well designed brick of tomorrow. With that knowledge, our new technology becomes this commodity that we either unload into the used market at that key juncture between total loss of value and our next upgrade. That or it becomes something that we eventually retire to our gadget pastures that eventually award us a place on some reality television show about hoarding and a family intervention.
The irony of all this is that the iPad is a powerful computer; especially when compared to the processors driving our synthesizers, our FX processors and even our MPC. Start thinking about that and before too long you’ll even get around to being annoyed …
January 22, 2012
So the MPC Renaissance was definitely a hot topic this year. I know many were skeptical about the MPC being turned to a glorified MPD. Well, the unit seems to be in some final stages of development still. AKAI seem very keen to take user input right now, and were very receptive to suggestions for the unit just from people milling around the booth. That’s pretty good news. Here’s a quick vid for you on the MPC line.
The other good news is that the unit is not a glorified controller and is very much a serious piece of hardware built with some serious MPC power under the hood. Made to model great MPC’s through the years was not simply a software promise, but the function of serious mpc hardware that is built with the idea that an MPC could benefit working intuitively with a laptop based software package to …