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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
June 8, 2013

Traktor Kontrol Z2 mixer slashed. But why?

Few mixers have been produced in the last couple of years that have gained as much notoriety as the Traktor Z2 mixers, by Native Instruments.  That’s not to say that other technological marvels haven’t been created simultaneously, because they have.  Pioneer, in usual fashion, has been pushing the limits of innovation, even going as far as adding wireless and cloud capabilities to their mixers.  Why hasn’t this become the pinnacle of mixing equipment?  The reason comes down to the price and scales of production.  I believe Pioneer knows that they can set their prices to be whatever they want – they are the Mercedes-Benz of DJ gear.  They cater to a specific audience, but that audience is not the broadest of them all.

The majority of DJs want a mixer that can do everything – but they don’t want to pay two thousand dollars for one.  Many would rather …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 21, 2013

Traktor DJ Blurs the Line Between the Pros and the Rest of Us

You know a DJ product has had mass appeal when it makes it into the eyes of those who have never been DJs in their life.  Accessibility is key here, since many who are interested in the hobby are turned off by the amount of gear and knowledge that needs to be acquired beforehand.  It is too easy to be sold on a product that simply is wrong for a person’s needs.  If you head over to your local music shop you may be enticed by the low price of a crappy DJ system, only to have to double back with newer gear in the future.  It is something that any conscious buyer needs to be aware of before they can every begin checking off items on their shopping list.

When a program or tool makes it to a widely used medium, then you’ve struck gold.  This is part of …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 24, 2013

Tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2013)

Music Radar is a unique website in that they post reviews, guides, and tips regarding all sorts of music equipment.  While most websites will keep their focus on something narrowing, like DJ gear only – Music Radar actually compiles data from more traditional music as well as newer tech and computer related items.  Every month or so they do a small roundup of the gear they think has made an impression on them, and DJ gear usually makes it in that roundup.  I would guess to say that music and DJ gear specifically is produced at a higher rate that almost any other type of gear used in production, except for software which is constantly being updated.

The Traktor Z2 got an honorable mention, and it deserves to be noted again.  Native Instruments was actually able to make a mixer that catered to every sort of DJ crowd, rather than …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
February 11, 2013

The microGranny – A Pocket-Sized DIY Granular Sampler

Why are electronic sampling units and sequencers so darn big?  I have asked this question to myself on many occasions; I can understand why older units have such a large footprint, but it doesn’t make sense why newer units have to retain such a large size.  The same can be said about DJ mixer in general.  Some of them, even the simple two channel mixers, require up to a foot of space in order to have everything housed inside of it – but if you crack on open you’ll see that most of the box contains nothing but empty space.  One explanation for such a large box is the need to house a large power supply.  Without a decent power supply, the mixer is useless.  The internal amp needs enough power, and although circuit boards can be printed smaller, the power supply cannot be shrunk down to fit (at least …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 21, 2013

DJ Tech DIF-1S Scratch Mixer promo

While DJ gear continues to get more and more expensive as technology progresses with it, we have to ask ourselves if the money that we spend is really worth what we are getting.  Backtrack twenty years ago; DJs seem to have been able to create more with much less technology.  In fact, there weren’t even drop in aftermarket faders like the Traktor Z2 uses – most scratch DJs had to deal with cheap carbon faders that collected dust and broke down often.  Now that we have the ability to basically stick a decent cross fader into any type of mixer that we want, why should we have to pay the thousands of dollars for everything else?

DJ Tech might revolutionize the industry by producing what looks to be the cheapest most affordable scratch mixer on the market.  The price of under $200 is very questionable, and it is hard to …