Since computers hit the DJ world, our lives seem to have got a wee bit complex. So for many, dispensing with the laptop is the logical step forward that eliminates dependency on another lump of hardware. And it seems that Gemini agree. Say hello to their brand new GMX Pro. And it’s pronounced Gee Mix just so you get it right from the start.
As ever, because the manufacturer’s own voice is vitally important, here’s the press release:
Gemini releases the ‘GMX Pro’ Compact Form Media Controller
Anaheim, CA – January 7th, 2013 Gemini, an esteemed manufacturer of DJ and Pro Audio equipment, is pleased to exhibit the GMX Pro, a full featured media controller within a compact form factor. Gemini will give NAMM attendees a chance to see their new product and take it for a test spin at Booth 5700 Hall B.
The GMX Pro is a versatile media controller for the DJ who desires portability and multi-functionality. DJ’s can playback tracks from a single USB drive or from a laptop as a versatile software controller for Virtual DJ or another host application, the newly designed touch-sensitive mechanical jog wheel and high-resolution 14-bit USB/MIDI digital signal ensure precise and intuitive control over every aspect of playback, mixing, and effects.
With all the features a working DJ regularly employs such as: variable pitch control, master tempo control, auto-beat loop, and hot cues the GMX Pro offers beginners or professionals alike the opportunity to have a single, lightweight, and compact media controller for live, studio, or home use. As a 24-bit PC/MAC audio interface with multiple high quality output options: monitoring, recording, and playback through a sound system are simultaneously available.
Aside from great sound, the high-contrast screens, adjustable waveform display, 7 step LED level monitoring, and backlit function buttons provide visual feedback of the performance and take the guesswork out of setting cues, edits, and loops.
GMX Pro includes Virtual DJ LE and VCASE music management software and is compatible with other popular DJ software applications.
Since 1974, Gemini has designed products that offer value and innovation in the DJ and Pro Audio markets. Today, their portfolio continues to develop in scope and diversity, providing gear for DJs, musicians, engineers, professional installers and general music enthusiasts around the globe. From CDJ media players and digital controllers, to high-quality mixers, monitors and loudspeakers, Gemini has built a legacy with passion for innovation and devotion to their customers.
All in ones aren’t new. But in a market drowning in controllers that are worthless unless shackled to a laptop, there are scant few that can operate without recourse to a computer. Stanton’s SCS.4DJ dared to be different and did away with laptops completely, as did other units before. But the SCS.4DJ did offer a better performance that the previous ones. And Pioneer’s DDJ-AERO seriously raised the bar in terms of functionality and price too.
So for many, the Gemini GMX Pro will be a welcome addition to the DJ world, especially as it’s a lot less faffing around. It comes with Virtual DJ LE (so it’s a MIDI controller) and VCASE which I assume is like Pioneer’s rekordbox (so you can use it with USB media). And frankly it’s likely to be as cheap or cheaper that the SCS.4DJ.
Gemini are saving details such as price for release a little closer to NAMM, but I had a few questions based on a quick scan over the release:
- Outputs are balanced XLRs and RCA for booth and master
- The screens do give MIDI feedback. Well they do in VDJ anyway, we’ll have to wait and see about other apps.
- You can run it with an iPad via the USB camera connection kit, but it will require external power.
- The GMX Pro is due in April.
I’m sure the bigger picture will become clearer in the coming days, especially after the DJWORX NAMM team have groped and fondled it at the show, so I’ll reserve the detailed analysis for when we’ve actually touched it. NAMM kicks off this Thursday and we’ve got people on the floor armed with cameras aching to bring you the latest in the DJ technology world in infinite detail.