Product Reviews

Here you can find all the reviews for a variety of tech products

Keystep Keybed Akiatech

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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Novation- This Software does not support multiple devices simultaneously-Akiatech

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 G910_DETAIL1 Akiatech

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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Amazon Tap Activity Lights

The (Amazing) Amazon Tap Review

The Tap Amazon Tap Top Down | Okay, I know the title is a little cheesy but I couldn’t help myself. Not too long ago I wrote a post about Amazon’s new Alexa enabled Tap and Echo Dot. This was prior to actually using the devices though and I could only regurgitate what Amazon posted on their product pages. Now that the pre-order period is over and the devices have shipped I finally have my hands on a Tap, I will probably get the Dot at a later time (since it’s currently out of stock) and review that also, but for [...]

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MC4000 Top down

Hands on Review of the Denon MC4000

Denon MC4000 Intro MC4000 right Jog wheel | The Denon MC4000 is the first controller to be released by the recently acquired Denon DJ. This model is completely redesigned but could possibly be considered as the spiritual successor of the now discontinued MC3000. The MC4000 is a Serato DJ compatible unit that ships with Serato Dj Intro and at the time of this review also includes a 50% discount off the regular price of the Pro version of the popular mixing software. This unit is very well built and has enough inputs and outputs to satisfy even the most demanding DJ. This controller [...]

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Apple vs FBI

What Apple vs the FBI means for the rest of us

Apple vs FBI | You may be aware of the ongoing dispute between Apple and the FBI by now. If not, here’s a quick rundown of what happened. A few months ago there was a terrible act of domestic terrorism that took place at a government funded non-profit establishment in San Bernadino. A number of people were killed and seriously injured but thankfully the Authorities were able to terminate the individuals that carried out the brutal attack. After the dust had settled the FBI started their investigation to gather more information on the attackers, but they ran into a bit of [...]

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Novation Circuit Groovebox Review

    The Novation Circuit | Novation is a company that has been around since the early 90’s, they brought us the original Bass-Station synth and most recently the Launchpad line of Ableton controllers. Through their years of innovation, they were able to create something unique. You get a Synth, Drum-Machine, and Pad Controller all in a package that’s a little bit smaller than a Launchpad Pro. Today we will be reviewing the Circuit, Novation’s interpretation of the once iconic “Groovebox“ Features At first sight, the Circuit may look like a Launchpad that’s missing a few buttons, but the only thing that the Circuit really has in [...]

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