talking about Surround Sound. Go to the movies, the marquee boasts
"Dolby Digital Sound" . . . . you never heard it so good,
see it here!
Go shopping at any
electronics store, and when you walk by the TV's, you can't help
stopping to watch and listen to the dinosaurs moving through Jurassic Park.
in the middle of a sound field gives a greater realism to music and
movies! It takes a jazz recording and puts you in front of your
favorite artist at your favorite jazz club. It gives you the
sensation of sitting 5th row center at a live rock concert, and you
don't have to put up with teenage girls screaming.
What if you could
spark this type of excitement with a DJ's sound system?
Actually you can . . . . the new Gemini SP-1 Circle Surround
Processor can take any stereo signal and make "surround
sound" out of it.
Utilizing the SRS
Labs (Santa Ana, California) 5.1 chip, the engineering team at Gemini
have created a revolutionary new box for DJ's and DJ sound systems.
This one rack
space wonder (see picture) is balanced in and out (XLR).
Connected after the mixer and before the power amplifers in your
sound system, this "state of the art" processor will take
any prerecorded information and create surround sound out of it.
dancing in the center of the mix. Synths are whirling around
your head, yet the
vocals are coming only from the front speakers. The sound
spectacular. The other interesting thing is that the sound pressure
(SPL) on the dance floor is really loud, yet when you walk to the
sides of the room you can converse at normal levels.
So what do you
need to get started? Well you need a second set of speakers and a
second amplifier. If you want to go full hog, you can add a subwoofer.
The SP-1 gives you
independent signals for front (left and right), rear (left and right)
and even a crossed over subwoofer feed. The rear speakers don't have
to be of the same quality as the front speakers. For mobiles jocks,
powered speakers such as JBL or Mackie work great for rear channels
and their balanced inputs make connections a whiz. Clubs usually
require a quick repatch/rewire job since they usually have at least 4
speakers flying over the dancefloor. A built in noise generator makes
set up calibration a snap.
For mobiles, the
SP-1 can be switched from "surround" to "2
channel" for small jobs where 4 speakers wouldn't fit. For Clubs
(Dance, Gentleman's, Disco's etc.) surround sound makes a great
difference . . . the floor is hot, the perimeter is cooooool!
I have now used a
SP-1 on 3 V.I.P. wedding jobs in Chicago and Gemini ain't getting it
back. I'm a believer. You got to try one. As the theatre people would
say . . . "You never heard it so good!"
Bernie Howard Fryman