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 …


January 20, 2012

Vestax VCI 400 – First Look at NAMM

NAMM is not slouching on new DJ controllers. It has been a serious gatekeeping effort to make sure that  we show you the ones that really made an impression on us, if for no other reason than digging into all of them and looking for new/sellable features being a time consuming process.

This was not the case with the VCI 400. Vestax have really made a flexible, infinitely mappable surface here. I actually kind of walked into it because I noticed a girl was messing with video software and thought maybe I was looking at a new VJ controller. Then when I got to ask her what she was working with, she informed me that she was not a DJ, she was a specialist with her video software package. She was, in fact, mapping on the fly to her software with the VCI-400 to demonstrate just what a flexible surface …