February 3, 2005
../ 2005 NAMM Report: Gemini
"Where's the Bimbos?" This was the first thing we asked when entering Gemini's very modern-looking
display. A very enthusiastic rep, Louis Dorio, informed us that Gemini is in the midst of rebranding their company as
a sophisticated DJ product manufacturer. They certainly have their work cut out for them.
For years, Gemini have been known to NAMM show attendees as having the most dime store hooker-esque, LitBim's in
the industry. (LitBim's, short for Literature Bimbos, are female "models" hired to hand out product literature and attract horny, married Midwesterners to the booth -Ed.)
Considering some of the girls at the guitar manufacturer's booths, that was quite a feat. However, this year was
Louis Dorio proudly displaying Gemini's yet to be named DVD player and the CDT-05
Gone were the scantily clad females and the Long Island Guido vibe. Their former display was completely
replaced by a brightly lit, white booth with a very clean design aesthetic showcasing their new products.
Louis was most proud of their "vaporware" (vaporware: non-working prototypes -Ed.):
A combination turntable and CD player, dubbed the CDT-05, and a non-scratchable DVD player. The combo unit
is a good idea and exactly what the Numark CDX should have been. The non-scratching
DVD player is less interesting except for the fact that Gemini wants to bring it to market for under $500 dollars.
Two of Gemini's other products caught our eye. The iCDJ looks like the bastard child of a CD turntable and an iPod.
Cast in all white with an amber LCD display the deck is great looking and should be very attractive to the female DJ crowd.
The new 2 channel PMX series mixer has a kick-ass DSP controlled resonant filter that can be synced to tempo and has
three user-defined preset storage locations. Unlike other mixers with filter effects, there are two independent filters - one
for each channel. This allows for some truly creative filter mixing; something the French should go fondue over...
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