Gemini FirstMix makes digital DJing affordable

DJ controllers intended for use with a notebook and your MP3 library aren't rare, but they're generally not cheap either. Happily Gemini has spotted the obvious gap in the market, and outed the Gemini FirstMix, a USB DJ controller with a sub-$80 MRSP.

As with the more expensive models, you get a pair of touch-sensitive jog wheels, each with volume, 2-band EQ and effects, along with a cross-fader. It hooks up via USB and comes with a copy of MixVibes CROSS LE with support for M4A, AIFF, WAV, MP3, FLAC and OGG audio files.

Set to go on sale in May 2011, the Gemini FirstMix will arrive at $79.95. Probably not something that Tiesto will give up his kit for, but an affordable way for bedroom DJs to get started at least.

Press Release:

Gemini Introduces FirstMix – USB DJ Controller for Aspiring DJs

Edison, NJ – March 10, 2011 – Gemini, a division of GCI Technologies and a leading innovator of modern DJ technology, is excited to unveil the FirstMix USB DJ Controller for aspiring DJs. This easy to use, yet feature rich controller with two touch sensitive jog wheels that allow anyone to scratch like a pro.

A "Best in Show" winner at the 2011 Winter NAMM show, FirstMix connects via USB and allows users to DJ using their iTunes or other music library. FirstMix ships with Cross LE DJ software from MixVibes and is also compatible with Traktor, Virtual DJ and Algoriddim's DJAY and other popular DJ software.

"We took many of the best features from our Gemini professional DJ products and integrated them into FirstMix for anyone who is interested in a fun and easy way to get started in digital DJ," says Mark Wilder, Vice President of Marketing for GCI Technologies. "FirstMix lets you 'scratch' right out of the box and gives you the tools you need to put together a great party mix."

Other key features include the ability to seamlessly mix songs together, spice up tracks with effects, play music in reverse, adjust bass and treble output and record your set. Priced at $79.95, the FirstMix is the newest addition to Gemini's Digital DJ Controller line and will be available through musical instrument, electronics, and DJ retailers in May, 2011.

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