January 21, 2013
It is no secret that Gemini is usually late to the game. Numark used to take the spot of being the manufacturer that produced affordable but repetitious gear, but Numark has since upped their image – creating newer and innovative products that have yet to be copied. This trickle up effect does have its positive side though. Because the costs of production have not gotten any higher (thanks to better materials and technology), Gemini actually has the ability to make affordable gear that also works quite well. The idea of standalone digital decks has already been explored by many, mainly Pioneer with their CDJ line and Denon with their spinning platter decks – but Gemini now has their offering to show off at NAMM.
It’s called the GMX, and it is touted to be all that you require in one piece of hardware. While aesthetics aren’t as appeasing as something …
January 17, 2013
The world of DJ controllers really opened up to new possibilites with the release of the Novation Twitch DJ Controller. Sure DJ’s were already using control surfaces that did not reflect a traditional DJ setup, but this was the first time we saw the replacement of jog wheels with touch strips, and a DJ controller that seemed designed specifically for the new breed of controllerist. This of course sparked debate amongst DJs and controllerists as to what constitutes a proper DJ setup or the proper way to DJ. But the truly creative and innovative controller connoisseurs saw this as an exciting prospect for the future of digital DJing. It was also one of the first DJ controllers to offer 8 pads on both decks which could be used to setup hot cues, launch one shots, or control FX and their parameters. With controllers like the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol F1 and the latest …