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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 28, 2014

Ableton-Controlling Glove Project Now On Kickstarter

Motion control sensors are something that sounds like a good idea – but in reality they have problems of their own that they need to overcome.  Consider what the gamepad is to the console gamer.  It has all the buttons they need (and some that they don’t).  These people should not have to look down at their controllers during play, rather, they need only focus on the screen with confidence that their hands will know what to do.  Translate this to a music making scenario and common sense goes out the window.  Touch control sensors that detect movement of the hands are problematic, because these motions need to be centered on physical axis.

The next step is to attach the sensor to the hands, rather than trying to detect the motion of the hands through an external sensor.  At this point, you no longer need to focus on being in …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 20, 2013

Wireless MIDI Between iPad & Mac

You would think that Apple and Microsoft want nothing to do with each other – after all they are each other’s biggest competition.  However, decided to ignore the different systems and setups that are out there is the quickest way to find yourself in a hole.  Modern working professionals as well as musicians tend to use both operating systems, since they sometimes do not have a choice in the matter.  Personally, I like my PC because I play games and I am familiar with the system and how it works – but I also have an old Macbook that I use at school because it is efficient with shutting down and turning back on.

I also use my Macbook with Serato because I have never had a crash when using it.  Getting the two operating systems to play nice with each other is not always easy, but when it actually …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 21, 2013

NATIVE INSTRUMENTS GESTURE CONTROLLED DJ SYSTEM

Here is an amazing idea that has been thought of before, but was never possible until now.  Imagine that you have your regular DVS system in front of you.  For most of is it will consist of a laptop, a controller of some sort, a mixer, and even a few turntables if you still use digital vinyl.  When we get deeper into the system we realize that most of what we need to do is controlled by hand movements on your controller or key inputs into your computer.  No matter how much of the system we try to automate by using hand gestures – it still does not eliminate the fact that we need to use keyboard to type in information.

Imagine if we could just look at a song with our eyes and the computer would know to select it.  Imagine if our facial gestures like an eyebrow moving …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 3, 2013

Pioneer XDJ-R1 Tutorial Series

DJs have to sort through and organize their cables and wires; there is no question about that.  The idea of avoiding wires completely in a setup is just as foreign as not having to plug your mixer into a wall.  Even if we had wireless audio, wireless power, and devices that communicated with each other, it would not be that simple.  There would still need to be transmitters and receivers attached to each other and there would most certainly need to be protocols that were able to manage the many different devices.  Wireless audio is sort of a scary idea for a DJ, since between the receiver and transmitter; there is a lot that can go wrong.

Just running the microwave and using your home phone can be a problem when interference is introduced. Now, imagine trying to transmit data from your tablet to your mixer.  You can easily see …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
June 4, 2013

Pioneer has unveiled its latest all-in-one DJ system

Manufacturers have different ideas on what a good sales strategy is, specifically when it comes to designing the instruments.  The simple approach is not as common as we would like, and in terms of simple the most basic instrument you can get these days is a turntable.  But even the turntable has implements for MIDI control as well as all sorts of pitch locking and key locking features.  MIDI controllers are a better example of the different styles and strategies that are built into controllers.  Some, like the Behringer line of modular controllers, take a simple approach to making customized controllers for any setting.  They each come in the same form factor but with a different button layout.

Moving beyond button based controller, MIDI decks are even more sophisticated with capacitive features and easy integration with a tablet.  Newer models also have slots for USB sticks and even the outdated …