May 23, 2013
Here is a little known story about the entire DVS industry. It didn’t start up as a hardware-based system; it actually started inside existing software, ProTools. Serato was the first company to realize that vinyl emulation could work, but they never expected it to be hardware based. They wanted it to run as a plug-in inside a DAW, and even when they decided to make a hardware based version of it that could be used by anyone with a computer, their first attempt wasn’t exactly that great. The original hardware was pretty crappy, and only three known DJs ever had the chance to use it.
The Maya 44 USB was one of the original stand alone USB devices that would take a control vinyl signal and convert it into something that software could read. But even this had its problems too. Latency was still unacceptable and the software that could …
February 19, 2013
Recording audio at home or in the studio isn’t simpler than it used to be, it is actually much more difficult. But that is not because there isn’t any gear available for a novice to get started in recording – it has to do with the many ways that one can record audio and convert it into a digital signal. Just a short while ago, the only real way to record audio, was directly. It was usually through some sort of analog cable and the result was an uncompressed mass of audio that was difficult to store and manipulate. Now that recording to digital has gotten easier, there are options that range from beginner to expert depending on how much you want to pay.
The ASIO4ALL driver has been around since the first cheap USB soundcard were created. It used a system that bypassed most of the computer’s internal routing; …