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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 9, 2014

MixEmergency 2.7 adds sample player and Hap video

Nothing seems to embody the idea of the one man band more than the DJ at the party.  They are much like the pitcher in a baseball game, except that there are no fielders to cover your ass if you make mistakes.  The DJ sort of controls the speed of the party as well as the vibe of it.  They understand this unsaid responsibility to read a crowd and figure out what is and what isn’t working.  There is another side to this story that is not as pretty.  There is that saying that one man cannot do everything, and this is also true when DJing.

A DJ cannot attempt to socialize and run security while DJing at the same time.  A DJ also has a hard time mixing video while mixing music – at least in a nonlinear way.  Now, there have been many DVS attempts to make this …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
February 28, 2014

Visual Turntablism: DJ Woody Interview

There is a very good reason why we don’t see too many turntablists who are actually memorable anymore.  We are long past the days when being able to mix beats with records was something amazing.  This is sort of a “given” skill among DJs now – and see it, even by a bystander, really does not mean much with respect to what is actually out there.  Turntablism relied on the idea that DJs were doing the impossible, or what seemed impossible.  The secret is out and regular techniques do not fly.  The one thing that makes a DJs set spectacular is the ability to make it musical.

Turning noises and scratches is actually pretty damn hard when it comes down to it.  On the person who has been at it for years has a good understanding of where to go when making a set.  Of the DMC contenders in the …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 6, 2014

SIM2 Crystal Cube Coffee Table Projector Preview

As flat panels and touchable displays become more common in the computing world, you would think that DJs would make better use of the tools we have around us.  This is true to some extent, as we see many computers and tablets being integrated into the current DJ setup.  The one thing we have not seen very much of is a shift in how clubs and venues use projectors wisely.  Most DJs will have to rely on their laptop or whatever it is they bring with them to get them through the night.  This is the norm since most DJs are used to using their own gear in a random setting.

What if the club was able to project what a DJ sees onto a wall rather than leaving it up to them get their laptop screen at the right angle?  So far, clubs seem to cater to what the …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 2, 2013

Optoma HD25 and HD25-LV Projectors Review

Do you remember what kind of projectors most of us had to use back in the day?  These were really projectors; they were screens of glass that could be emitted onto another blank screen.  These were mostly used for teachers who wanted to explain a math problem on the board without having to erase what was on the chalkboard.  Today, you might see these in a classroom, but closer to the back of the room with all of the stored relics that are no longer used.  Most modern classroom have a digital projector which is safely mounted above the classroom.  These don’t need to have clear transparency to work, they can do just as well as a video camera that monitors the page turning of a hardcopy textbook.

Since they are expensive and sensitive, they are usually locked up and kept away from students.  But that doesn’t mean that projectors …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
June 16, 2013

4K Displays

Night clubs and other types of entertainment establishments have figured out that adding more tech to their logistics only improves the workflow and adds to the enjoyment of others.  ID scanners are quite common these days, and I’ve even seen some bars and small joints using them in conjunction with an iPad.  For a DJ who gigs nightly at a club, having technology already integrated into the scene makes things much easier.  It’s a frustrating thing to try and search for a power strip in the darkness of a club, just so you can plug your laptop in.  It is even more frustrating when you have no place to put that laptop.

I think clubs would do well by introducing their own forms of monitors and screens.  Some of them already projectors in use which broadcast light shows and other images, but having a screen in the back of …