Gemini CNTRL-7 USB Midi DJ Controller with Souncard
When the Digital DJ market exploded, everyone jumped at the possibilities of creating the best DJ Controller. But there was one small problem: they were mostly 4-channel controllers. And the simple fact is DJ’s don’t really rock 4 turntables and/or 4 decks using your favorite DJ software. Manufacturers realized you can’t be in this game without having a solid, well-built, dedicated 2-channel DJ Controller. The Gemini CNTRL-7 DJ Controller is just that, a solid, well-built, dedicated 2-channel DJ Controller which ships with VirtualDJ LE.
So let’s get started. The Gemini CNTRL-7 really consist of 3 units…2 CDJ’s and 1 Mixer. Let’s take a look at the CDJ’s first.
The CDJ units on the Gemini CNTRL-7 comes equipped with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a dedicated VirtualDJ controller. Play, pause and cue buttons, along with 3 Hot Cues for live remixes or enticing your party goers. The jog wheels are touch-sensitive and you can control Search, Cue and Scratch using them. It also has a Pitch Control for adjusting tempo and of course the infamous Sync button for perfect beat matching. You can control Virtual DJ’s effects, which has 2 parameter controls and up to 12 banks on the Sampler Section. The Loop Section is tricky and will take some getting use to, but overall it’s pretty tight and boast a Loop Adjust.
The Mixer serves two functions; as an internal Midi Controller and as a standalone analog DJ Mixer. Here you have you basic DJ mixer setup. Gain controls, 3-band EQ, VU Meters, Faders and Crate Search. You also have your USB/Line buttons which switch between Midi and Analog. The mixer section is pretty straight forward. My only gripe is how the VU Meters work independently per deck and not on the master.