ChazKeys Posted June 17, 2016 Share Posted June 17, 2016 Seemed like a good time to start a post about the Gemini - not sure how many have been sold but I'm looking to get some feedback from other users. I've had mine for over a month and gigged it a couple of times. I've spent about 4 hours a day playing and programming it and although it has some great emulations mine has some issues. 1) It's noisier than my other pro gear (Roland/Nord/Moog) - I can hear what seems like clock noise when on max volume and I get hiss as well - I've stopped using it live because it's too noisy through my DXR12 at half volume (that is very loud though). Balanced cables into balanced inputs on a mixer didn't help. 2) VA synth produces aliasing when PW mod is applied - I've turned PW mod off on all my patches 3) VA synth produces click if Input Feedback is turned up above 60 - select Preset Jumper and play single notes. As above I've turned Input Feedback off on all patches. BTW doesn't happen in mono mode 4) Occasional loud pedal noise on both Tine and Reed EPs even though pedal noise volume level is low - not a big problem but gives you a bit of a surprise if you are playing solo 5) Although you can play the organ model on 3 consecutive MIDI channels the CCs on those 3 channels are not directed/filtered to the separate manuals. CCs on channel 2 for example are received on Channel 1, 2 and 3 - so you can't use a B4D controller for example. You have to program different CCs sets for the drawbars e.g. in my case Nord E5 Ch 1 16-24, NanoKontrol Ch2 25-33 This is not how VB3 works - manuals and CCs can be on completely independent MIDI channels 6) No option to save custom MIDI maps and you need to be able to map CCs to other Midi channels not just the DSP channels - there are too many for one channel so you end up with duplicates. The good stuff Organ model as we know is probably the best, but I think the Tine and Reed models are also excellent. The trumpet model, although I would never use it, is eerily like er a.... trumpet! The effects are very very good - reverb probably the stand out, but I love the Wah (Wha?) and all the vintage stuff like the phaser and the spring reverb. The Orchestra engine is very clever - like having 9 modules in one engine. Good samples and very playable. There are 2 MIDI ins and a USB type A - so you can connect 3 keys/controllers at once and there is still a Type B USB for connection to computer or iPad - very flexible The synth sound is quite fat and warm and I can get P5/Juno type sounds out of it but could do with more development (bipolar controls for envelopes/LFOs, more modulation routings, more LFO parameters - like Fade in). Not a deal breaker but I was hoping I might be able to leave a synth at home. Built like a tank - very solid Some of the engines I haven't used enough to comment on but the Clav has a lot of character but not played it enough yet. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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