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Arturia Minilab MKII vs Minilab Comparison

The reason I’m doing this review is because like you I was considering purchasing the newly released Minilab MK2. The problem for me and potentially anyone else reading this post is that I already have the previous Minilab model and I love it! When the updated controller was released I was ready to throw all my money at Arturia, but as an owner of almost all the sub $200 Arturia controllers, I had to stop and think about whether it was wise to add yet another MIDI keyboard to my already overcrowded “Studio”. After meditating on it for a [...]

The Samson Conspiracy is Shockingly…Okay

The Samson Conspiracy! Its name conjures up images of secret hideouts, sinister plots, and dastardly deeds. Its design is a cross between a Novation Launchpad and a Rii Mini, and its support framework is practically nonexistent. The conspiracy also features a design that unfortunately only a mother could love. I can’t knock it too much, though, this device is definitely the definition of “Function over Form”. I think Samson set out to design a competitive product that would appeal to a variety of individuals, and for the most part, they succeeded in this goal. There are compromises though and also [...]

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Serif Affinity Photo for Windows Review

It seems like only yesterday that I was bitten by the creative bug. I promised myself that I would do whatever it would take to become a master of the dark art of “Digital Image Manipulation”. Back then I was an up and coming player in the Hospitality industry, no-one could bus a table like I could, and I was the reigning champion of silverware wrapping! But exceptional work ethic only gets you so far. The reality was that I could not afford the software that the Major Players were using. I went on a limb and installed Linux [...]

Echo Dot 2 | Alexa On the Cheap !

Amazon Echo Dot | When I first reviewed the Original Echo I thought to myself that Amazon was definitely moving in the right direction with their initial entry into the digital assistant market. I did wonder why they would sell a Mono device to a customer base that would be mostly using the speaker to listen to music. I thought to myself that although the speaker did reproduce most of the needed frequencies for decent sounding music, the lack of proper stereo separation would hurt the overall experience of using it for any kind of media consumption. I was even [...]

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I Love the Arturia KeyStep

I’m usually pretty reserved about the products I review but the KeyStep will be the exception. When Arturia first release the controller I thought “How nice another Keyboard Controller” I already had a Minilab and other MIDI keyboards and I know a lot of other musicians or wannabes like myself 🙂 probably have a few laying around their studios. So, why the hell would I or most others need another? Well, the answer is summed up in one word, “Functionality”. The Arturia KeyStep is a very useful and practical device, in addition to that, the thing is loaded. There [...]

Lightroom Hearts the Free Nik Collection

I’ve been using Lightroom for a few years now and although the included tools are good they leave a lot to be desired. I know that some photographers are purists and believe that all modifications should be done in camera but I personally like to utilize the Graphics Horsepower in my workstation to make sure the photos I take look exactly the way I want them to. In every field, you are going to find people that prefer to do things the hard right way, for DJ’s it’s the Sync button and for Photographers it’s editing software such as [...]

Echo Dot Box

Amazon Echo Dot Review | Mini Alexa

Update: Amazon read my review (not really) and decided to slash the price of the Dot by almost 50% with their version 2 device. Get yours below: The Echo Dot I’ve finally got my hands on the elusive Amazon Echo Dot. For some reason, it’s always sold out. I ordered one a few months ago along with the Amazon Tap I reviewed recently but due to the absurdly long shipping time (something like 2-3 months) I cancelled the order, BIG MISTAKE. If you ever get the chance to order this thing, don’t hesitate. The Dot is like Big Foot or the Lochness [...]

Steam Controller Retail Box

The Steam Controller is Hot(ish)

Recently the Steam Controller went on sale for a little under $35 bucks on the Steam Store and Amazon. Even though I resisted the urge to get one in the time since it was released last November, I could not pass it up at this price. Prior to the release of the controller, there was a lot of speculation as to how the folks over at Valve were going to tailor the device to function with all the Joystick unfriendly games that are hosted on the platform. After a lot of research, the Steam Controller emerged as a  hybrid [...]

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Launch Control XL | Software does not support multiple devices simultaneously

Recently I purchased a Novation Launch Control XL to compliment the Novation Circuit I’ve had for the last few months. I needed something with a lot of knobs and a few sliders to make it a little easier to adjust the parameters of the Circuit in addition to manipulating the controls of a few of the Synths that I use with Presonus S1 which the LCXL is perfect for with its built in HUI support. As with all newly purchased gear, the first thing I checked for was to see if there were any new drivers or firmware for [...]

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Logitech Orion Spark | The Better Late than Never review

When you think “Gaming Computer”, you probably imagine a system that looks like it fell out of a Black Hole or emerged out of the studio of some fancy Italian supercar maker. The last thing that probably crosses your mind is the design of the keyboard. Some are okay with the generic keyboards that ship with most computers, but [Movie Trailer Voice] when in the heat of battle where every point counts a person will quickly realize that choosing the right input device is the difference between life and death! When shopping for a Gaming keyboard you only have [...]

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