A DJ Mixer is an small mix panel used especially for live performances.
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What is a DJ Mixer?

Technology is a big part of the entertainment industry today. A disc jockey no longer just plays records. A DJ now uses an entire advanced sound system. The centerpiece of which is the mixer. What is a DJ mixer? A DJ mixer is an important piece of electronic equipment used by disc jockeys to mix sound effects and audio sources during live events such as dances. It also allows the disc jockey to make his own audio using other sources and makes it easy to play continuous music without downtime. [Read more …]

Pocket Operator - The mini synths that fit in your hand.
Synthesizers

Pocket Operator PO-35 Vocal Synthesizer Review

Let’s take a close-up look at the Pocket Operator PO-35 Vocal Synthesizer – from Teenage Engineering. The PO-35 is small. How small? Smaller than an iPhone. Here it is out of the package – you can see it is a very minimalistic product. It is a bare bones product , but that is part of the appeal – to make it fun and easy to make electronic music. It has a folding wire stand. It is a very compact footprint when the wire stand is folded, but when it is [Read more …]

Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is software used for creating music on a general purpose computer, like Mac or Windows
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What is a Digital Audio Workstation?

A digital audio workstation (DAW) is an umbrella term referring to any digital audio recording and editing device or software. This is a broad definition that, taken literally, can mean everything from a smart-phone with a music-recording app to the most expensive, high-tech professional recording studios. In most cases, the term refers to any digital audio recording software platforms. There are many such programs on the market, varying in capabilities, features, and of course, price. There are also some free-ware audio recording programs. While these may not have the bells [Read more …]

Synthesizers

Synthesizers in Electronic Music

What is a Synthesizer? A synthesizer, or synth, is an electronic instrument. It usually has a key layout like that of a piano, although the exact layouts of the keys vary depending on the model. Each key produces a different tone and many synths can have multiple programs which means that the keys can produce a variety of different tones. The sounds created by a synth can vary widely, as they can imitate real instruments, create drum noises, ocean noises or even generic electronica noises. Synths can be controlled with [Read more …]

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All About MIDI Keyboards

MIDI keyboards let a musician communicate directly with their computer or another electronic instrument. These versatile controllers are an essential part of the musician’s toolkit. MIDI technology has only been around since the 1980s, but it works so well that it’s become a standard of the music industry. What Is a MIDI Keyboard? A MIDI keyboard is a device that can send MIDI data. Both MIDI controllers and electronic keyboards might be referred to as MIDI keyboards; they look quite similar, but they’re actually different items. An electronic keyboard is [Read more …]