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UniqueSquared

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July 9, 2013

Serato DJ with Numark NS7

The ability to scratch using a jogwheel controller is an ability that differs from being able to scratch on a turntable.  Coming from a turntable to a jogwheel will certainly help you get used to the difference in size and feel, but learning directly on a jogwheel will be much more difficult than you pay think.  The lack of hand space makes it difficult to perform moves that require great control – while a smaller wheel will force you to put more torque into a movement than is necessary.  This is why these types of controller usually come with a nudge and pinch setting, so that you do not actually have to bend pitches using the wheel.

The NS7 can be looked at as a turntablist friendly controller, since the discs on the surface actually move and spin.  I’ve tried them out, and these even have enough torque to …

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May 12, 2013

Serato DJ with Numark NS6

There aren’t very many controllers that can compare to the feeling of actual vinyl turntables or the feel of real CD decks that keep track in real time.  Controllers seem to replicate the look, but never the feel of the original – and most of these aren’t bad, they’re simply not the same.  Numark and Vestax have the most experience in this field, making everything from a one hundred dollar start kit to something that would cost up to a thousand dollars even on sale.  The Vestax controllers are nice and sport a good look as well as a hefty build quality, but they price is very steep.

Other options from Gemini, Pioneer, and Denon also run the range of cheap to ridiculously expensive – but there is one company who has managed to sell the idea of a low cost controller that isn’t expensive at all, and that is …

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January 25, 2013

NAMM 2013: Gemini GMX Pro Video Talkthrough

Gemini has been busy producing some impressive gear, but is even more impressive is their marketing strategy.  Instead of trying to be top dog and create expensive gear that causes anger and jealousy, they’ve become the new Numark – and have filled the spot that Behringer has yet to fill.  That is, they understand that new technology is costly, but they are also aware that it can be made at a fraction of the price that it is usually sold for.  Even their turntables are a worth replacement for popular Vestax and Stanton offerings.  By creating derivative of popular products, they offer a stepping stone for those who want a decent setup but cannot afford the big bucks.

The Gemini GMX pro safely falls into the category of beginner setup.  Unlike the Pioneer DDJ-SX, it doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles, and its layout is rather ugly …