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Taylor

Taylor
July 18, 2012

Vestax VCI-400 Overview

The VCI-400 should really be something to look forward to, it’s a four deck controller from Vestax with Serato DJ Intro and Virtual DJ support.  It is designed to work as a pro mixer designed specifically with the power user in mind.  Designed to work with any standard DJ software the VCI-400 is supposed to be the end all DJ controller perfect for controllerism, power users and even the mobile DJ.  Vestax went out of their way to make mappings for all of the popular DJ softwares in house so they all should work pretty well but the proof is in the pudding and I have all of the mappings and all of the software so follow me young padawan as we explore the depths of the VCI-400’s alleged greatness.…

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Taylor

Taylor
June 19, 2012

Apogee One Review

Apogee ONE is a one channel interface that converts your analogue signal to digital so that you can record right into your computer via USB. Like the other Apogee products we have covered in the past few weeks this one is designed to work specifically with a Mac but that’s cool because it works with Core Audio Compliant. What that means is that Logic, MainStage, GarageBand, Final Cut Pro, Cubase, Pro Tools and many other software programs will recognize the Apogee One. The unit itself can record at 44.1 or 48kHz which is nice because I could really see editors using this unit as well as music producers. Come to think of it, they really should be marketing this thing to editors more, as an editor myself I would love to be able to just plug a mic in and start recording HQ sound. I couldn’t wait to get it …

MOBILE STUDIO
Taylor

Taylor
June 15, 2012

Ambassadors and the PreSonus StudioLive

This past spring we were deep in the planning stages of the MobileStudio trip to SXSW and WMC/Ultra music week.  Since we were going to be headed to SXSW anyway our marketing team suggested that we look for a band that was also headed towards Austin and see if they would be interested in recording a track with us on the way down.  The plan was to stop at the cities they were playing in and record a track from start to finish on the road.  The band we linked up with was a group out of Brooklyn, New York called Ambassadors, a four piece indie rock band that made great music and was willing to put up with our shenanigans as we recorded their track.

PreSonus powers our MobileStudio with a 24 channel StudioLive.  They provided us with a StudioLive to take with us to use in …

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Taylor

Taylor
June 13, 2012

Apogee Jam Guitar Interface Review

When the call came down the pipeline that we were going to have to review another iPad/iOS guitar interface I would be a liar if I said that I was completely and utterly excited to get started on the project.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with iOS devices and most of them are actually pretty cool but I work at a pro audio company and am constantly surrounded with gear that is absolutely mind blowing and reviewing something built for standard consumers can sometimes feel a bit pedestrian.  When I heard that the device was made by Apogee my interest was sparked.  If you don’t know about Apogee then its time for you to crawl out of the rock you’ve been living under and get with the program because they make the best A/D and D/A converters on the market.  (A/D means Analogue to Digital, D/A is the …

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Taylor

Taylor
May 25, 2012

American Audio VMS4 Traktor Controller Review

American Audio is breaking into the Traktor game and they are getting it done with their new controller the VMS4 Traktor Controller.  Drawing off of the success of its Virtual DJ cousin, the VDJ VMS4, this version has been given an updated paint scheme and comes with a specal version of Traktor that is mapped perfectly to the controller.  It’s a four-deck mid-range Traktor controller with some pretty cool features. We are going to break down the controller piece by piece to see how it stacks up against its Virtual DJ counterpart.

Construction

Construction wise this controller is a beast, it is made of solid metal and has four rubber corners that give it good traction on the DJ table.  The rubber edges elevate the controller slightly off the table which is nice because DJ tables have tendencies to become soaked with beer or other foreign liquid substances and …