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paul

paul
November 22, 2011

Sound Design 101: Synthesizer Basics – Part 1

Having once been the exclusive province of those with the money to afford the latest greatest technological tools of the day, synthesizers are arguably experiencing a golden age of ubiquity. Most DAWs, if not based completely around their included virtual instruments, at the very least include some kind of sampler or subtractive synthesizer plugin. Similarly, thanks to the cost effective evolution of modeling technology, hardware is also plentiful these days. Somehow, despite all this, a lot of electronic musicians seem to be perpetually integrating some new grail plug in into their studio or shopping for the next one when they should be recording. What’s going on here?

Something about the immediacy of the modern DAW has really lent itself to the preset users of the world. It is, in fact, quite easy to confidently saunter through a three chord house music trick with a wobble bass preset and some blistering …

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Taylor

Taylor
June 6, 2011

Ryan Noise and the APC40

Before I begin please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Zack Røcket Timms or just Røcket for short and I work on the video production team as a producer, editor and all around media production specialist. I have been editing films for over a decade now and recently crossed the line from hobbyist to working DJ here in Atlanta. I’ve been with Unique Squared for about three months now behind the camera editing and shooting and am going to take a more public role with the company so look forward to more blog posts and video appearances from me in the near future.

Ryan Noise is the only guy I know using Ableton and the APC40 in this way. It’s amazing watching how he pipes in live video to be mixed down and edited during shows. It demonstrates the APC40′s potential to do whatever you want, through the …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
February 17, 2011

I Wanna Be A DJ, How Do I Get Started? Part 2

Do you remember the first time you heard a DJ mix?  Can you recall that perfect blend of two songs that stayed right on beat, transitioned beautifully, and kept the energy going?  When was the first time you saw a DJ mix live or in person?  For some of you these occurrences were witnessed all in the same moment.  For others they may have happened at different times at different places.  Either way, it probably inspired you to become or want to become a DJ.  So you bought some music, DJ equipment, and you practiced day and night to perfection until BOOM!  You are a DJ.  You even have a DJ name, too.  DJ SOMETHING COOL.  Now it’s time to make a mix, record it, upload it, take pictures, promote yourself, get gigs, rock the house, drink champagne, do a remix, go on tour and get paid, right?  Maybe so …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
February 8, 2011

I Wanna Be A DJ, How Do I Get Started? Part 1

I get asked all the time “How do I become a DJ?”  I love having this conversation because I love being one.  Sometimes it happens when I’m in between mixes in a loud environment, and sometimes it happens on this blog or on our You Tube Channel.  Either way the answer is quite simple.  “Become What You Already Are”.  You are already a DJ to some degree.    It might sound Zen-like or Utopian but it is true.  You probably have a favorite song or you’ve compiled a play list to listen to or even to share with a friend.  If you have ever made a mix tape for a special occasion or for a significant other or for yourself then you’re already closer to being a DJ than you think.  Here are the first things to consider when your journey begins.

MUSIC

Decide what you want to play and start …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 4, 2010

Presonus StudioLive 24.4.2 Review

We are happy to present to you our overview of the Presonus StudioLive 24.4.2 and it’s bundled software.  There’s a reason why the Presonus Studio Live 24.4.2 Digital and Live Sound Mixer touts one of the longest product descriptions on our website.  And there’s also a reason why it continues to win awards at trade shows time and time again.   This is not only a digital console that you can use live, but it is also a computer interface that you can use in the studio to record and get your tracks perfect.  Then you take those presets and move them to a performance in a jiffy.  All you need to do a gig is this console, a computer, and some nice microphones and you are set.

In a word, this thing is “everything” you need.  Or should I say two words “Studio” and “Live”?  Hmmm…

Just read how …