The Gemini FIRSTMIX is a USB controller that is great for a “first time” controller. It is great for learning and practicing with. But most users make the mistake of it feeling like a real turntable because of the two platters that are similar to vinyl. Really they are nothing like vinyl and have not feel of a real turntable at all. However, they do feel pretty good if you are not looking for that “real” vinyl feel. They are pretty durable even though they are made out of cheaper materials. This controller is very inexpensive and easy to set up and use. If someone is new to DJ equipment I would not recommend that they go out and get this controller because they will need to upgrade pretty soon. But if they do not have more than 80 bucks to spend and want to have a controller that comes with a software to start using right away than this is the way to go.
Setting this up is very easy, it connects to your computer via USB connection and the driver for it is very stable. You can use it with either a PC or a Mac and it will be very stable with both systems. Now the software that comes with it is called MixVibes Cross LE, and it is nothing that I would say will allow the user to do everything and it surely does not have all of the great features that you get with other software programs but it has the basics like iTunes integration/browsing and auto beat looping. So for the new user this could be a great starting point.
This controller is very light and portable, it is not made out of heavy materials and I didn’t expect it to last more than a few months of use if it even made it that far but it did just fine. There is just no way it could have worked for me after the early stages of my career because it didn’t have the features.