Gemini CNTRL-7 USB DJ Controller First Impressions Video
The Gemini CNTRL-7 Digital DJ Controller has just been announced and we at djbooth.net already got our hands on the review unit. This unit boasts a crossfader curve control, effects, Full-Kill Three-Band EQ, Four outputs (including an XLR Balanced output) and two line/phono channel RCA inputs. The controller comes bundled with Virtual DJ, but it is a fully MIDI capable controller that can be mapped to any popular DJ software on the market today. We will be bringing you a full video review shortly, but check out the first impressions and unboxing video above along with the full press release below.
Edison, NJ – August 25, 2011 Gemini, a division of GCI Technologies, is now shipping the CNTRL-2 and CNTRL-7 USB DJ consoles. Building on the success of their original digital controllers, Gemini’s new CNTRL-2 and CNTRL-7 take functionality to the next level by incorporating fully mappable MIDI.
The addition of MIDI ensures that the new CNTRL series is compatible with most popular DJ software. An impressive range of intuitive features also makes them ideal for DJs just getting started in the digital realm, or even seasoned pros looking for a powerful, lightweight mobile solution.
Both the CNTRL-2 and CNTRL-7 feature two decks, each with a touch-sensitive jog wheel that allows users to search, cue and scratch. The consoles also boast loop and sampler sections, along with 3-band EQ, creative effects, a cross fader with adjustable slope and pitch control sliders. Plus, the CNTRL-7 includes a new redesigned soundcard with comprehensive input and output connections.
“As DJ software becomes more powerful and popular, the hardware needs to keep pace,” says Alan Cabasso, President of GCI Technologies. “That’s why we designed the new CNTRL series with fully mappable MIDI. Now, DJs can use the innovative features of these consoles with a variety of software platforms and without sacrificing control.”
Thanks to professional features at a truly accessible price, Gemini’s new CNTRL series offers two dynamic, easy-to-use tools for anyone looking to get involved in the digital DJ revolution. For more details on these controllers, check out www.geminidj.com.
The evolution of control.
Building on the momentum of the incredibly successful CTRL-SIX USB DJ controller, Gemini is taking functionality to the next level with the CNTRL-7. Now, you can enjoy the same innovative features and powerful command offered by the original, but with the added versatility of fully mappable MIDI. That means no matter what DJ software you use – Traktor, Virtual DJ, Algoriddim, MixVibes, etc. – it can be mapped to the CNTRL-7.
Professional features for a professional mix.
Like its predecessor, the CNTRL-7 provides two individual channels, each with a touch-sensitive jog wheel that lets you Search, Cue and Scratch. For manual beat matching, each deck also offers a Pitch Control slide that gives you fine-tune command when adjusting pitch and tempo. Or you can use the Sync button to match the tempos of your tracks, effectively taking the BPM guesswork out of beat matching.
The CNTRL-7 also boasts 3-Band EQ, Master Volume, Channel Volume and Channel Rotary Gain. Plus, a cross fader with an adjustable slope lets you toggle and mix playback between both channels, while a stereo VU Meter adds a convenient visual element for monitoring decibel levels.
Treat your creative side.
For crafting your own unique sound, the CNTRL-7 boasts a Loop Section with Loop Adjust, as well as Sampler and Effects sections. The Sampler Section features dedicated volume control, plus the included Virtual DJ software offers a variety of samples while providing space for up to twelve in your bank. You can even add your own samples for a more customized experience! Looking to get more creative? The Effects Section offers parameter controls, while Virtual DJ supplies effects like Flanger, Filter and Reverb, so you can build an imaginative, expert sounding mix that is distinctively your own.
It’s in the card…
Because flexible connections and pristine audio are a must, the CNTRL-7 features an all new, redesigned 16-bit/44.1kHz soundcard with two-channel, switchable line/phono inputs; Record, Master and Booth RCA outputs; Balanced XLR outputs; ¼-inch and 1/8-inch (3.5mm) headphone outs with volume control; and XLR and ¼-inch mic inputs with volume control.
Welcome to the revolution.
Thanks to the addition of MIDI, a platform widely used by the most popular DJ software, the CNTRL series is more versatile than ever! Whether you’re just getting started in the digital DJ revolution or you’re a seasoned pro, the CNTRL-7 provides a mobile, dynamic, cost-effective way to refine your skills and get recognized.
Full MIDI controls freely assignable for use with any software
Traditional mixer/CD player layout for quick and easy access
Large, touch-sensitive jog wheels
Adjustable channel faders w/ 3-band EQ and gain control
Cross fader with adjustable X-Y slope
Loop controls with ½ and 2x adjust
Sampler controls including sample select, play, and volume
Pitch/tempo controls including pitch adjustment, pitch slider, sync and pitch bend
Effects parameter controls
Switchable between USB bus-power or DC power
Comes with Virtual DJ LE
2-channel switchable line/phono with ground screw
Rec, Master and Booth RCA outputs
Balanced XLR output
¼” and 1/8” (3.5mm) headphone out with volume control
XLR and ¼” mic input with mic volume control
14.17” x 10.23” x 1.77” (360 x 260 x 45 mm)
Unit Weight 4 lbs. (1.8 Kg)
Kareem Julien (AKA DJ Blaze) has been a hip-hop, R&B, Reggae, and Club DJ since 1993. DJ Blaze has reviewed over 100 pieces of DJ Equipment and continues to provide the DJ community with high quality DJ gear reviews and updates related to DJ equipment and DJ culture.
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