October 28, 2014
You might find it strange that the industry leaders in the DJ gear world are often struggling, while the smaller companies who really don’t create anything new are still around. Some might look at them as bottom feeders or copycats in the gear world. Others might look at them and think that they probably chose the best strategy out there. I keep on hearing new of large companies like Technics going out of business – so why is it that Gemini is still around? Could it be that they have chosen a safer market which includes products that are cheaper to manufacturer and sell?
I think that is the key right there. They do not create things that we haven’t seen before – only, they do it cheaper and make it available for beginners to pick up at BestBuy. Gemini has just launched its new line of slate 2 and …
October 18, 2014
MIDI controller and DJ setups have come a long way since the first all in one setups hit the shelves at your local music store. In the beginning, these types of devices were only catered towards the new crowd. This was because any experienced DJ knew that such systems were quite robust enough to handle their needs. They were better of piecing together their own systems using a mixer, decks, and other necessary components for their routine. Once the technology got to where it is now, an all in one system became a feasible alternative for working DJs who were tired of carrying their gear around. Both the amateur bedroom DJ and the pro DJ could use the same piece of kit with ease.
One of these controllers that started it all was the Hercules controller. Many of us will remember this as our fond into to controllerism, others will …
August 19, 2013
If I were to go to the store right now and look for an acoustic instrument like a guitar or piano, I would definitely have an idea of the costs versus performance before even testing out a product. It would be clear to see that a thousand dollar acoustic piano will sound better than any electronic alternative. I would also be able to figure out that a guitar that is priced high would have much better features than one that is priced lower. Best of all, I can actually plug these things in and try them out before I take them home. It isn’t the same with a MIDI controller or something that takes time to play with.
Setting one up in the store the way you like it is damn near impossible, since you are using a computer that is unfamiliar to you. You also don’t have the time …
July 8, 2013
A two channel MIDI controller with jogwheels is about as simple as it gets these days. You can pick one of these bad boys up for close to a thousand dollars, or if you prefer, closer to a few hundred dollars. Looking at the front of the decks you will notice many things in common. Each device has some sort of pitch control, they each have wheels that spin, they each have faders and rotaries, and they each have a slew of buttons for song programming or cueing. Since they share all the same operations, what could be so different from product to product? The answer is simple, the quality of each part.
Not every jogwheel is the same. Some of them, like those found on the Vestax VCI series; tend to spin freely without much force applied to them. Others are more connected to the controller and give a …