Monday, April 19, 2010

Gemini CD3600 DJ Workstation

Gemini CD3600 Dual CD DJ Workstation is a rack-table mount powerhouse for DJs and KJs!

One of the most important pieces of gear for the aspiring DJ and or KJ is a workstation mixer such as the one pictured above. The Gemini CD3600 can be used as a rack mounted or table top unit within its special flight case. Dual CD channels also offer addition inputs for outside CD or Mp3 players to interface with the CD36oo.

Cuing up your set list is very simple and fade ins are virtually a snap. We especially like the amply bright backlit LCD screens and direct track access buttons. All of these features really make a difference when you have to get your songs up in a hurry. The jog wheel is only for finding the spot in your CD, not scratching but you can plug in a real turntable for that if you like. For that we highly recommend the Audio-Technica AT-PL120 Professional Turntable pictured below.

Audio-Technica AT-PL120
is a Direct Drive Stereo Turntable System with selectable 33/45/78 RPM speeds.
Selectable internal stereo phono pre-amplifier;
S-shaped tone arm assembly with adjustable counterweight, anti-skate adjustment, tone arm height adjustment and lock, tone arm lift with hydraulic action and lift lever, tone arm rest with locking mechanism;
Stroboscopic platter speed indicator;
Forward and reverse play;
Cast aluminum record platter with slip mat;
Start/stop button with remote start/stop input;
Pop-up stylus target light;
45-RPM adapter with storage receptacle;
Receptacle for extra headshell;
Adjustable feet for leveling;
Includes professional cartridge ATP-2

Gemini CD3600 DJ Workstation Features
(Pictured above in its optional padded flight case)

  • Audio CD and CD-R compatible
  • Anti-shock using RAM buffer memory
  • 2 Selectable Jog modes Pitch Bend/Search
  • Instant-start & cue with preview
  • Fader-Start capability
  • Single /continuous play modes
  • One seamless loop per side with reloop
  • Pitch bend via jog wheel or buttons +/- 16%
  • Three-mode time selection
  • Frame accurate search
  • Large blue backlit LCD display
  • Rubber jog wheels with finger grips
  • Variable pitch control with a +/- 12% range
  • Direct track access buttons
  • Fully programmable with repeat function
  • +10 track button for quick navigation
  • Mixer Section:
  • 3-band EQ w/ Gain Control
  • 1/4" headphone output
  • XLR and 1/4" mic input
  • Auxiliary Inputs for Phono or Line devices
  • Balanced XLR Outputs
  • Dimensions: 4.3" H x 19" W x 10.2" D
  • Weight: 12.1 lb.
  • Shipping weight: 15.6 lb.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

NEW Voicetone Create XT Unboxed

Back in the studio with some new gear, namely T.C. Helicon's Voicetone Create XT vocal effects processor! This is the new generation of signal processor which adds recording studio quality effects such as hardtune and reverb. Plans are to record some newly written R&B flavored tracks with the Create XT! The Voicetone Harmony G vocal processor / harmonizer joins our rig for live performances.

The Create XT offers 100 factory styles, new reverb, tone and pedal imput. The NEW Hardtune effect give you that auto-tuned sound heard on many current pop and R & B tracks. New for this line is the USB connection and Pedal Imput to connect an optional Switch 3 footswitch for individual effect block on/off. Phantom powered for use with our Audio-Technica studio conderser mics.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Flightcase: Traveling with Your Guitar

Traveling by train down the east coast with our band instruments - Little Martin LX1E guitar & Oscar Schmidt Centurion Autoharp

This is the time of year musicians hit the road to perform at festivals, concerts and jams. It is also the time you should make traveling arrangements for the safe transport of your band instruments.

Be sure to check the airport or rail station ahead of time for their specific rules regarding carry on luggage. Based on security issues, some airlines may have varying degrees of requirements for on board bag sizes. I have found that a smaller guitar such as the 3/4 size Little Martin can easily fit in the seat with you or be safely stowed in the overhead flight compartment or rack, (see photo above). This means you will not have to check your guitar and waste time, perhaps even missing your connection, trying to retrieve it. I have found that if it is at all possible, especially when flying, to keep your musical gear in your possession at all times. You are the best person to see that it is handled safely and carefully.

Most airlines require that onboard luggage fit in a certain size container which generally means accommodating a bag measuring about 15" x 25" inches. The Little Martin guitar would qualify as a carry on item. In the above photo I am transporting this guitar by train in it's C.F. Martin logo padded gig bag but you can purchase a hardshell case for extra protection. This might factor in as a preferred choice of an instrument for the road. The onboard Fishman Mini-Q pickup will compensate for the small instrument size once you arrive at your venue. Just have the sound tech voice the amp/PA to your specific instrument during the sound check and you're good!

Audio-Technica's Wireless Guitar System ATW-701/G MSRP $399.95

When you are traveling, you'll find ways to stow extra items in your gig bag which generally will offer more storage space than a hardshell case. One item you do not want to leave behind or pack carelessly is your wireless guitar system. This is my whole wireless guitar system packed and ready to go in a specially padded Audio-Technica case. The transmitter, receiver and cables all fit neatly and securely inside. This can also be taken along as onboard luggage or fit into a messenger bag. The way that the case opens makes it easy for airport security inspections so you should be in and out of line in no time.

Little Martin LX1E - MSRP $499.95

I've found the Little Martin LX1E with its solid spruce top and onboard EQ & pickup to be the perfect traveling guitar. For its 3/4 size, it offers quite a bit of volume acoustically however, you don't have to settle with that alone. Hook it up with a solid wireless guitar system such as the ATW-701/G, to a warm guitar amp and you won't notice the size.

One of the many benefits of taking along a Little Martin is that the laminated back and sizes do not react as readily to heat, cold and humidity changes. You can't get away with that using a solid wood guitar. You'll find the Little Martins to be quite road worthy indeed. In fact, I prefer traveling with this little powerhouse while reserving my Martin D-16GT and Martin HD-28 for local concerts.

Coming Up Next..... DJ's & KJ's check THIS out! Gemini's 3600 Dual CD Mixer / DJ Workstation. We'll show you how to rock it for your next party or event along with other tools you will drool over! Our Guitar Gear Give-Away Winner will be chosen May 1st so ENTER HERE NOW!