Stanton DJC.4 Virtual DJ Controller Announced
Stanton recently announced the new DJC.4 Virtual DJ controller to add to their arsenal of impeccable DJ products. This controller joins a plethora of solid Virtual DJ controllers in the market, mostly due in part to the software’s growing popularity among beginner and part time DJs. The DJC.4 provides a solid foundation not only to learn the craft, but also become a professional DJ, due to it’s additional features not found on entry level controllers.
It comes equipped with an LE version of Virtual DJ, specific to the DJC.4, that allows for 4 deck control and all of the basic features. Keep in mind that drivers are included to make it compatible with the latest, full version of Virtual DJ as well. The DJC.4 does have some really unique features along with a truly clean and functional layout that separate it from some of the other major players out there. We’ll get to those goods in just a second, for now here are the basics.
- 4 channel (Dual-Stereo) 16bit/48kHz audio interface allowing comprehensive connection to your sound system
- Included Virtual DJ LE software allows for 4-deck control, video mixing, effects, with plug and play functionality
- 2 or 4 channel control with deck shift functionality and browser loading, giving direct access to the controls you need fast
- Long-life replaceable Cross fader with hardware fader curve knob allowing your custom cutting preference to be dialed in
- Rugged metal chassis, designed to withstand years of use in the most rigorous environments
- 95 assignable MIDI controllers (63 buttons, 5 faders, 12 push encoders, 22 control dials, 2 touch-sensitive jog wheels) & shift function
- Analog inputs for turntables or CD players, with direct pass-through to software for DVS control
- Each channel can be assigned to either 2 MIDI decks (A/C, B/D) or an analog input via toggle switch
- User replaceable 100K cycle 45mm cross fader with adjustable curve
- 3-band EQ control w/ complete KILL plus gain per channel
- VU meter LED for level monitoring
- 1-Balanced (1/4″ TRS) Microphone Input w/ volume & tone control
- 2 touch-sensitive platters with adjustable sensitivity
- Two long, high-resolution pitch faders for precise matching
- Two pitch bend buttons
- Extensive loop & sample section includes 4 large CUE/LOOP trigger buttons on 2 banks
- Full effect control with 4 encoders and buttons for instant control
- Master Out: 1-pair TRS (1/4″ Balanced), 1-pair RCA (unbalanced)
- Headphone Out: 1-TRS (1/4″ Stereo Balanced) 1-Mini Jack (1/8″ Stereo Balanced)
- Input 1: 1-pair RCA (unbalanced) – phono/line switchable
- Input 2: 1-pair RCA (unbalanced) – phono/line switchable
- Aux Input: 1- 1/8″ Stereo Balanced
- Mic: 1-TRS (1/4″ Balanced)
- USB: Type B
- Power: 12V / 2.0A DC Input
- Dimensions: 44 x 410 x 275 mm (H x W x D)
- Weight: 7.0 kg
- Includes Virtual DJ LE 4-Deck Edition CD with license, and discounted Virtual DJ Pro Upgrade
- Custom Skin (GUI) that matches one to one with the controller
At first glance the DJC.4 looks pretty standard from what you expect from current DJ controllers. From bottom to top on either platter side you have nice sized transport buttons (Tap, Cue, Play), shift buttons on the lower outside of very nice sized platters, key lock/deck select/sync area, followed by the standard sample, hot cue, loop, and FX control select/rotaries at the top. A very nice touch in the looping section is to have The pitch adjust is on the upper outer edges of either side of the controller. Pretty standard.
The mixer section is quite nice with standard 45mm line faders and replaceable crossfader, LED level indicators, EQ/Gain section that also doubles as an FX section (when layer-shifted), and an easy to use browse section for loading tracks into each deck, 2 analog, 2 virtual. You also have the option of using the mixer in a stand-alone mode for analog mixing of 2 RCA input sources, or channel control of Aux or Mic input selected just above the gain knobs. Very versatile and useful if you want to mix laptop free.
On the front of the controller you have 1/4 inch inputs for microphone with a level knob, sensitivity control for the platters, curve adjust for the cross-fader, knobs for headphone mix and level adjust, as well as headphone outputs for both 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch. On the left and right of the cross-fader are the smart-fade and x-fader link buttons for use when mixing video in Virtual DJ as well. Overall, the layout looks very clean, and workable, but we can make a better assessment when we are able to get our hands on a unit and use it in performance.
FX: The Choice Is Yours
The DJC.4 adds value to your DJing by giving you expanded options for applying your effects. The FX section above the cue and looping section has 3 extra rotary knobs apart from the FX select and Beat-Multiplier to control parameters for 3 advanced effects very similar to the S4 with Traktor Pro 2. Additionally, you are able to use the low and mid rotaries in the EQ section to control filter and key/pitch effects when layer-shifting.
Perhaps the coolest addition to the FX matrix is the Fader FX button. This gives you the ability to control the effects with the line faders on an X/Y axis versus the rotaries for a more dynamic effect. We first saw similar use of the line faders for effects on the Novation Twitch, but it appears to be a little different on the DJC.4 because you can use both line faders on the same track. Super cool.
New Style, Same Quality
It might be safe to assume that this DJC range from Stanton is most likely a vision of what is on the horizon for them. They have brought us innovative control surfaces with the SC System and lap-topless SCS.4DJ, and they have done well to keep them in the game. With the success of other manufacturer’s more traditional 2 and 4 deck controllers with Virtual DJ and other software, it is great to see Stanton get in the game with a seemingly well-built, good looking controller.
They have a reputation of having good quality, versatile, easy to use controllers at very competitive prices, and this controller looks to carry on that tradition. We know this was just recently announced at Musikmesse this year, but as soon as this is available and we can get our hands on one in the studio we will certainly run it through our obstacle course and share our findings with you all. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions and we will be sure to answer them as best we can. Until next time, happy gigs!