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Gemini UMX-3

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2 stereo channels;
3 phono/line convertible 1 line and 1 mic input;
Adjustable assign switches;
Channel slide curve control switch;
Crossfader with rotary curve control;
State of the art cue section with split;
Crossfader reverse (hamster) swith;
Balanced and unbalanced master outputs;
Zone and record outputs;
Dual mode metering

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      08.03.2008 15:24
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      As summarized in the text, I can't find a better one to fit my needs.

      Allow me to be the first to review this mixer. I've been using one of these for a few years -- and although it's among the "inexpensive" variety, and have considered upgrading, I have yet to find anything suitable at ANY reasonable price to replace it with.

      Whenever I set up a system for DJ, my philosophy is the KISS method -- keep it simple stupid. The fewer controls, and the easier it's laid out, the fewer mistakes you make and the quicker you can recover from them. This is a very basic DJ mixer -- one on the left, one on the right, one cross fader, and one mike control that overrides it all. There are no tone controls, but who needs them? I've got an equalizer in the rack with my amp. As for cueing, notice there's a second, smaller crossfader to the right -- that's for the headphones. That's the whole shebang -- it's easy to use, easy to locate the controls, uncluttered, and it works well.

      There's another plus, which you don't often see in the inexpensive mixers. This unit has a control to adjust the contour of the crossfader. I hate it when one input fades out before the other starts to come in -- I prefer full volume on both in the center. The contour on this model is continually adjustable.

      But here's the part that sets this one apart from the others -- there are THREE sets of outputs. It has a master output with level control, a zone output with level control, and a third "REC" output that's simply a line level output. I never use the REC output, but I indeed use the zone, probably more often than the master.

      With the master, I set it up so I can monitor levels with the LED VU display. I set my amp levels accordingly. However, sometimes I connect this to someone else's system, sometimes by itself or sometimes in addition to mine. For other systems I use the zone outputs -- I set the level to match the other system, but the VU levels don't change -- and later when I reconnect to my own, it's set up just like before. I have also used the zone outputs for recording sound into my computer.

      In all, this unit fits my needs, no more, no less.

      Now for the bad part: I've had it for a few years, and I've begun to hear a little noise -- mainly from the "Cueing" crossfader into the headphones. Someday I'll get in there and clean it. This is probably not unique to this model or brand, but I'm mentioning it anyway. The other thing, which is why I've been looking in vain for an upgrade, is the footprint -- it's kinda big for what it is. The size is nice for operation, but a bit large when trying to stuff it with two turntables and a CD player into a casket. Ideally I would like a smaller version of the same thing -- but since it doesn't exist, I'll continue using this one.


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