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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 11, 2013

BEHRINGER RELEASE CONTROL1USB

There is one thing about Behringer that I have always admired, it’s their price structure.  Those who have been in the market for DJ and music production gear their entire lives already know about Behringer’s stance it the market place.  They aren’t out there trying to produce the most technologically innovative gear, and their prices aren’t going to break the bank either.  Most of their products are redesigns of other manufacturer’s ideas, yet they are produced at a lower cost.  In the early years of Behringer, they received a lot of criticism about having gear that was subpar standard.  Some of this is not a lie either.

Products were known to break sooner than others and the quality of the build often suffered with the low price that we were offered.  Since then they have managed to improve upon their builds while still keeping the price down to the budget …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
June 4, 2013

Gear4Music Mix02AU 6-Channel Mini Mixer with USB

If the DJ buys a mixer with enough channel inputs, then there may be no need for a separate mixer.  Most of the top end mixers (designed for mixing and scratching), come with alternate RCA inputs for a session or FX unit.  Some even come with 2 or more auxiliary inputs for connecting multiple mixers together.  If you are lucky, you will also have the choice of XLR speaker outputs as well as a second master output with standard RCA cables.  With so many devices that can be added to a DJ booth, having only the stock amount of inputs may not be enough.  An extra mixer might be necessary.

A standard audio mixer, without no emphasis on DJing, should have every connection that you need.  That means quarter inch, RCA, and XLR inputs on both the ins and outs of your box.  It should also have line faders …

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UniqueSquared
May 23, 2013

MAYA 44 SOUNDCARD

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 …

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February 19, 2013

Steinberg UR22 USB Audio Interface Review

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; …