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April 5, 2012

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.

Features

  • 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

Mixer Specs

  • 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

Player

  • 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

Connectivity

  • 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

General

  • 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


Layout and Layers

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!

Comments

  1. fatty fat dude says:

    when will this be released?

    1. The initial reports are this summer. We will be sure to keep you posted! Thanks for the comment!

  2. Abhi says:

    any idea about the price?

    1. We will update you as soon as we find out, it should be soon!

  3. Jurie says:

    hi
    Can some one please assist me on making a Decision i love the Numark NS6 but i haven’t worked with serato yet but i love what the tractor s4 and what it can do but the jog wheels and the size puts me off now, i have heard that numark has a controller built for tractor pro (Numark 4Track) but can it do what the s4 can in terms of live loop recording and the sample decks. And if it is possible to do the same with the NS6 and serato itch
    Please help I’m new to the Digital Djing

    1. The S4 is actually smaller than the NS6 and 4Trak, but you are able to the same loop recording and sampling on both. The SP6 in Serato Itch (and the NS) is going to be updated soon to have similar functionality to that of Traktor. How soon will you be making your decision? We would love to help!

  4. Jurie says:

    WOW thanks for the quik reply
    Look im new to all of this and i just dont want to buy one now and maby regret it later, becuase i realy like the Numarks, both of them.
    So what you are telling me is that with either one of them(Numarks) i can do every thing the s4 can even with the key point juggeling and sample decks, so i can scrach the s4 off my short list, or not?
    Last question is that which soft wear is more user friendly for a bigginer like me because that would make the choise of controller easier, if you would choose which one would it be(note that money is not realy a problem beacause i see this as an investment i want to by the right thing now that would get me on track,so i would like to make a decision quite soon)

    Thanks once again for the advice

    1. Sure thing! The 4Trak really covers all the bases on Traktor, which I think is easier learning curve wise than Serato Itch. Just remember this, you don’t have to use “beginner” gear in order to learn. It’s best to learn on the most widely used gear in the industry, whether it’s a controller, turntables, or CDJs. I think you will love the S4, 4Trak, or NS6 and I would gladly walk into any of my gigs with any of these and perform with confidence. I hope this helps, cheers!

      1. jurie says:

        hi its me agian
        i am from south africa and those items are not here yet how would it work if i had to buy them from you
        and is it posible if i buy the NS6 or 4Track to in a later stage conect turn tables or CDJs to futher my experiance
        And one more thing you said in the previus reply that the 4track cover all the basis of tracktor pro, now the tracktor soft wear on the s4 is it the same as the tracktor pro that you get on the 4track. the reason why im asking is if you look at the s4 with the default setup it has the sample decks on the two outer channels and its that, that i like so that you can create your own song or intro only using the sample decks and loop recorder, can the 4track do the same?

        Sorry for all the questions and thanks for all your time

  5. Jurie says:

    hi its me agian
    i am from south africa and those items are not here yet how would it work if i had to buy them from you
    and is it posible if i buy the NS6 or 4Track to in a later stage conect turn tables or CDJs to futher my experiance
    And one more thing you said in the previus reply that the 4track cover all the basis of tracktor pro, now the tracktor soft wear on the s4 is it the same as the tracktor pro that you get on the 4track. the reason why im asking is if you look at the s4 with the default setup it has the sample decks on the two outer channels and its that, that i like so that you can create your own song or intro only using the sample decks and loop recorder, can the 4track do the same?

    Sorry for all the questions and thanks for all your time