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Matt

Matt
September 2, 2014

Pioneer DDJ-WeGO 3 Preview

The popular Pioneer DDJ-WeGO has arrived at its third iteration with the aptly dubbed DDJ-WeGO 3. This two deck DJ controller is best met with an iPad and the Algoriddim djay2 app, but it can also be used with Mac or PC to control Virtual DJ, Serato DJ, or Traktor Pro 2. Serato DJ and Virtual DJ should work out of the box, but Traktor Pro 2 will require you to download or create your own TSI mapping file. You can also connect the DDJ-WeGO 3 to your iPhone or iPod touch. You can load tracks into the app via your iTunes Library or, as Pioneer’s website notes, you can load tracks via your Spotify account. This is mostly an entry level controller and more advanced DJs might find this a bit limiting for certain gigs. This might serve better as a mobile solution for smaller gigs, but it is …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 20, 2013

Virtual Vocalist Hatsune Miku Learns English

The virtualization of human elements really knows no bounds these days.  The very tip of the iceberg here is something like autotune or the talkbox.  Both of these machines are able to generate voice-like sounds by a mix of different instruments that simulate the way vocal chords move.  It is very common for a recording artist to have work done to their voices after the track has been made, since singing is all but perfect.  Attempts to go beyond digitizing the human voice in post production have been very fruitful so far, and modern computer generated voices are very convincing to the human ears.

Holograms have also advanced in ways that make the three dimensional interpretation of a human being almost indistinguishable from the real thing.  When you add generated voices to generated images, what have you created?  You have created the next virtual popstar.  Some have though that such …

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Matt

Matt
April 16, 2013

Numark Mixtrack Pro 2 Review

There’s no denying that Numark are at the forefront of the affordable/entry-level DJ controller market. Their Mixtrack series of controllers sparked many other companies to follow suit with their own designs to reach a mass market. While the Numark Mixtrack Pro 2 may not have all the features and cachet of the more popular, expensive, and professional DJ controllers, it does have a solid build quality, all the functionality you need to hone your craft, and it’s gig ready.

There are some great features on the Numark Mixtrack Pro 2, but there are also some limiting attributes which make it best suited for a particular DJ.

Construction

The overall build quality of the Mixtrack Pro 2 is plastic. The knobs, faders, platters (except for the brushed metal Numark logo), and buttons all have the same hard plastic feel from the first generation Numark Mixtrack Pro. The one exception are the MPC

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 20, 2012

MixVibes Video Plug-In Review

Having the ability to mix videos as well as songs, live, is something I liken to owning a pair of 3d glasses.  You might be able to watch your movies in 3d or watch you video games in 3d, but at the end of the day you don’t really need it.  My reasons are my own, and may not agree with yours, which is why there are still so many VDJs out there.  Serato Video SL has been available as a plug in for Serato users, but now other companies are starting to integrate video mixing in to their DVS packages.

Virtual DJ was once of the first DVS solutions to actually dabble with video mixing.  In reality, it never worked out smoothly but the idea has since been around.  MixVibes is an alternative to other more popular DVS solutions like Serato, and has slowly been transforming into a larger …

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Matt

Matt
November 7, 2012

Pioneer DDJ-WeGO Overview

Pioneer has certainly been busy in the past few months releasing a series of controllers that fit the needs of different DJ’s from the active professional controllerist like the Pioneer DDJ-SX, to the casual, mobile, bedroom DJ with the Pioneer XDJ-Aero. The Pioneer DDJ-WeGO falls into the latter category with all of the features that you can come to expect from an affordable DJ controller, but with the build quality and attention to detail that comes from Pioneer DJ products. Some DJ’s may scoffingly wave this controller off or wonder why Pioneer, the company responsible for the most used professional DJ equipment, would release a controller like this. Others will view this as a release from a company looking to capitalize on a flourishing low priced DJ controller market. The fact of that matter is that the DDJ-WeGO is made for the beginner or mobile DJ looking to pick up …