3 way EQ with -32db cut;
3 way kill switches;
Mic with filter;
Split LED display shows out put and individual inputs;
Crossfade curve adjust;
Crossfade reverse „
I owned a pmx-140 for about two years and it served me proud in that time. Unfortunately, I took the mixer to a gig once and some git nicked it at the end of the night which was highly irritating. The word to describe this mixer is value. There are better mixers that do the same things but they cost a lot more. If you're just starting out this could be the mixer for you. Firstly the mixer has gain switches on the two channels, although this is fairly standard on all mixers. On my PMX-140 I found that the left hand channel was a little quieter than the right. Of course, the gain switches are there for the precise calibration of the levels so don't go misinterpreting the above as criticism. The pmx-140 is a two channel mixer but has four inputs, two per channel, allowing you to hook up your cd player or minidisc to ad effects or idents to your mix but again this is standard practice. (For non-djs, one channel will come from one turntable, the other channel from the other turntable <duh!>) There are equalisers on both channels, allowing you to manipulate bass, mids, and treble to improve your mix. Also on both channels are kill switches for bass, mids and treble. This allows you to remove one or more of a track's elements which can make some cool effects. eg you can use the bass of one track on the left turntable with the mids and treble of the track on the right turntable. The kills can be locked on by pushing them one way or, by pushing the other way, flicked on and off quickly which is a cool effect. If you practice you can actually play them like little piano keys! On some mixers the kill switches are small and fiddly but not here; they're just the right size. Having said this, the kill switches could 'kill' a bit better. To get rid of all traces of the bass, for example, it works better if you turn the bass equaliser down in conjunction with the bass kill switch. The crossfader ha
s a reverse switch, also known as a hamster switch. This is used for scratching effects because in hamster mode you can make more sounds when performing crabs or transforms. The crossfader also has a curve adjust switch. Please note that while you can use this mixer for scratching there are mixers with more scratch friendly crossfaders on the market. The crossfader is adequate but, like all the faders on this mixer, they don't feel solid or smooth enough to really let fly on them like a scratch freak would. I do not wish to put in doubt the quality of this mixer. I had mine for nearly two years and the only problem I encountered was a little crackle on the crossfader and, as I'm a drum and bass dj, I tend to give the crossfader a good hammering. Did I mention that it has punch buttons? It has punch buttons but if you use them you're sad. Use the fader you wimp. Overall a good buy for a beginner or a bedroom dj. NB If you're just starting out trust me when I say too many toys on a mixer. Try mixing without any of the gizmos until you've got the feel for mixing. To be any good at mixing you should be able to manage with two upfaders and that's it. Being able to use the extras when they're available is a bonus. Believe me, you'll thank me when you get your big break in a club and the mixer is a piece of crap or when you're in a pirate radio studio with a dodgy geezer looking over your shoulder you don't want to say "What no kaos pad?" Peace Laylo
Firstly I would like to make the point that I have owned this mixer however I did sell it after 9 months. First, the positive points...... After unpacking this understated piece of equipment from it box I managed to install it correctly in under 1 minute which enabled me to mess around with it without the drawback of fidling with settings. After becoming comfortable with the equilizing system I found that this system was incredibly benificial when it came to beatmatching. This was because of its rather large cutting avaliability. This can also be increased by using the ever so useful kill switches at the same time. My third point is that the sound quality from this mixer was impressive at a price of £124.99 inc VAT. Compared to competitors such from Citronic, this mixer was far greater in this depaetment. The crpossfader curve is also useful as it can cater for a multitude of different mixing styles. Be it simple beat matching techniques for the house pioneer or full on scratching and cutting for the beat juggler. When I was attempting to match beats and volume levels when I first starting using this mixer I found that it had some features to help. These features consisted of duel function flashing LED's which show volume levels and move in time with the beats. The only disadvanatge that I can note at this time was that the crossfader started to become loose after around 6 months and this problem continued to arise even when it was replaced and installed by a professional. However this problem lead me to purchase an Allen & Heath Xone 32 mixer which is quite literally the dogs little bits.... but that's another story!!! My conclusion would be that this mixer is ideal for a first setup, it has features that will enable a budding DJ to adapt to different styles of music and will not constrain them. As I noted before, just beware of the short-life crossfader. The following is the
technical specification: 2 stereo channels 2 phono/line convertible, 1 phono, 1 line and 1 mic input Crossfader curve Crossfader reverse switch (hamster switch) Cut feature for low, mid and high Three position kill switches for low, mid and high frequency (on, off & flash) Dual function LED display Talkover Separate master & record outputs Cue section with level & cue/PGM controls Mic level controls Punch in buttons for each channel Removable crossfader
After trying other people's equipment for a while, I decided to buy my own equipment. Alongside a Citronic PD-Q, I now present my opinion of the mixer I chose - the Gemini PMX-140. It is hard to fault the 140. Whilst I have had minor niggles with the decks, there is nothing that this mixer does not do, at least at a basic level. If you are nor familiar with mixers, at it's simplest, a mixer takes two or more audio inputs and allows the user to "mix" the two feeds into one. The 140 is a solid bit of equipment. Sturdy enough for any (dry!) bedroom use. It is 10 inches by 10 inches, and 3 inches deep. It comes in a silvery grey, in what I call "Tarmac Camoflage". This mixer is aimed at the bedroom DJ. I am a bedroom DJ and bearing these points in mind this review is from a bedroom-DJ perspective. The crossfader is smooth and precise. It is replaceable, and needs to be. All mechanical crossfaders will wear out over time. It is also semi-adjustable. There is a switch to change between a quick cross from one record to the next and a slower, smoother change. This is to help scratch DJs. I feel it also helps beginners learn to beat match. For the hip-hop DJ, the PMX 140 has punch buttons. These instantly play the channel which you select. They save wear and tear on the crossfader, they are designed for scratching. In addition the mixer has a crossfader reverse selector. It's not a switch, but a little lever. Once again scratch DJs will want this. The mixer has an array of knobs and switches. The most useful of these are the rotary kills and kill switches. These can really tidy up your mix. The rotary kills are true kills - they reduce the level of either the High, Mid range or Low frequencies. The kill switches do much the same, but work quicker and kill. There is a misconception that these switches remove entirely parts of the song - e.g. Mid removes the vocals, L
ow removes the bass. It does not work entirely like that, unfortunately. If the Low is set to "kill", low frequencies will be killed in all parts of the record - so the voice may sound strange. They are still useful - invaluable if you want a really clean mix. They also allow you to be more creative with your mixes with the right records. The kill switches are 3 position - on, off and flash. Flash only kills the sound when the switch is held, let goes and with pops back to the middle. The mixer has extensive gain controls. There is an overall level control for the output of the mixer, and level controls for each channel. The headphones have their own level control, and the inclusion of a separate headphone mix. This allows you to mix between the two channels in your headphones. It will only be used by some - most DJs use the "open ear" method, where one ear listens to the music playing and the other listens to the other channel through the headphone, but it's a good option to have, especially when beginners make the transition to using headphones. The mixer has a microphone input like most mixers. It has a microphone gain control, for getting the level of the microphone right - very, very important if you ever want to play live. It also has an EQ control for the microphone input. There is a talkover switch and indicator light which turns down the volume of the two mixed tracks slightly. It is this level of control which is so indicative of the value and quality of the Gemin PMX-140. The centre of the mixer is dominated by LEDs which show the level of the two channels or, alternatively, the right/left. Hint - if it's in the red, turn it down. It's probably annoying someone/breaking your speakers (delete as appropriate). At the back the mixer has 4 inputs. If you are using this with DJ turntables you plug your turntables into the phono connectors. The 4 inputs does not mean
you can mix 4 sources. You can mix 2 channels, but select each channel from two different sources, so it could be turntable/turntable, cd mixer/turntable etc. 4 inputs is enough at this lever for a 2 channel mixer. At the back is an earth grounding switch. This isn't explained that well in the manual, but connect the earth switches that you will get with your turntables to this. This should stop any humming. If it doesn't, turn off the mixer and turn the switch marked "Ground Lift" from the wire diagram to the "lift" position. Make sure the decks are off. The mixer has 2 outputs - one Master (the one you/your friends/pets/parents/neighbours listen to and a Record output. This is set at a level for recording. Handy that you can listen and record at the same time. And the downsides? It has 2 channels - great for beginners. Mixing three sources is not that common, and if you want 3 sources ask youself will you use them? If so, the Carl Coxs of this world should look to the Gemini PS626 as a better choice. In addition the vertical crossfaders are not replaceable. Crossfader degradation is not such a problem with the vertical - they don't get used much. The mixer performed well - the layout is good and won't hinder learning to beat match. It's feature packed. I've seen this mixer for around £110 in shops - £10 cheaper either way. As with all DJ purchases, if you get them in a package they should be cheaper and try to play different company's prices off each other. But you can get mixers for around £60 - why should you pay £110 for this. Well most of the features I have talked about above will simply not exist on a cheaper mixer. I feel that the Gemini will last a beginner DJ a lot longer than a Bluedog or a PMX-40. There is simply more substance to it. Having said that, if you are on a budget and it is choice of, say a PD-1 and a Gemini 140 or a PD-Q and a B
luedog, I would go for the PD-Q. It's well built, well featured, popular mixer, and little beats it at £110. Oh and one final word - the PMX 140 comes with a 3 year warranty (crossfaders excluded).
The PMX-140 IMHO is an excellent choice for the budding DJ looking to become the next Judge Jules. I have had mine for a little over a year now and still find it has enough functionality to cope with the fact that I have improved much technically as a DJ (albeit a bedroom based one) At £110 it offers functionality that other manufacturers mixers lack and I feel that you should buy a mixer that will allow your skills to grow when starting out. So for the newbie to Mixers, here's why I like it: 1. It produces a clear signal, sound quality in is good from my decks, SL1200MKII's of course, so you want to make sure the sound qaulity to your amp is crisp, it is with the PMX-140 2. It has low, mid and high frequency kills that allow you to flick a switch to kill the desired frequency range on either channel. It also has a punch feature on the kill switches that let you precisely kill frequencies in time with the output. Great for practicing a more creative mix. 3. The channel frequencies bands are fully adjustable with lovely twiddly knobs. 4. the unit gives you the choice of two LED readouts. One lets you track the stereo balance of the master signal out, the other toggle option is to look at the signal levels of the two channels simultaneously. This is a very useful feature in the early days of learning to DJ. It will help you get consistent output volume levels between tracks and will also let you track bass beats of a track being played and the track you are cueing up. 5. seperate gain controls for each channel, lets you adjust the signal strength to ensure consistent volume output, used in conjunction with the LED readouts above, VV useful. 6. It lets you use headphones to listen to the track you are cueing up (for god's sake don't buy a mixer that doesn't let you do this, believe it or not some mixers for the same money dont!) It also has a handy feature for mix
ing the balance of signal to the headphones that will let you lissten to the outgoing track and cued track at the same time. This is very handy in your early attempts to beat match, believe me. 7. It has a hamster switch! This allows you to swap the way the cross fader works!! I DONT use this feature as it is mostly aimed at DJ's who like to scratch their records up, not a skill I have found at all natural! 8. It will allow you to conect two additional devices to your mixer for mixing in. NOTE this does not mean you can have a simultaneous mix with say two TTs and a CD player, it means you could mix say from TT to TT to CD to, id ont know, tape?! 9. It has punch switches which lets you stab the output from one channel into the playing track, can be quite exciting if used sensibly and sparingly. 10. It has a groovy camoflaguey paint job! OK you get the picture. It has lots of functions that you could expect to pay alot more money for. Only down side, I think the sliders used to affect the channel faders are a bit thin feeling. It also looks like they could not be replaced easily unlike the cross fader. I like a bit of slider resistence,like the pitch control on an SL1200, there is none on the channel faders. I have had no problems with it at all over 12 months, and haven't even had to replace the cross fader after my disasterous attempts at scratching. F fffff ffff ffff Freeeeeesh! Buy enjoy, spread the DJ culture far and wide, do it with the PMX-140.