April 2, 2013

Stanton SC-IX v4 for SCS.4DJ controller

The name Stanton rings a bell – but mostly for hardcore turntablists and older DJs who grew up with the brand.  Before there was any such thing as Traktor and before Rane was able to produce a mixer that actually worked well, the mixer kingdom was ran by Stanton and Vestax.  Each played the bullet and armor race by creating the next big thing (or at least pretending to make something innovative).  Both had their share of flops and successes, but it was Vestax who did the better job of growing their market share.  Although Vextax mixers aren’t selling like hotcakes, their line of VCI controllers provides a stepping stone into the controllerism world.

Unbeknownst to many, Stanton has actually tried their hand in creating all-in-one DJ units with varying degrees of success.  You will likely never see one of these in a club, but the SCS.4DJ was and still is pretty innovative for its time.  They adopted waveform readouts, long before the CDJ-2000 Nexus was ever around.  Since it is a product of 2011, it has seem little love by its developers – but a recent firmware update was implemented which solved many of the navigational and layout problems from before.