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Taylor

Taylor
February 4, 2013

NAMM 2013: DJ Controller Review

NAMM 2011 and 2012 saw the unveiling of a whole host of DJ controllers from some of the top manufacturers including Pioneer, Numark, Denon, Vestax, and even the illusive Native Instruments unveiled their Kontrol F1 at an off site location in 2012. NAMM is also the place where a lot of companies allow the public to play on their new designs in an almost faux test market to see how people react and then subsequently make a few last minute adjustments. NAMM 2013 was no exception in this regard but Numark was really the only company unveiling a high performance controller with the Numark NS7 2. Nearly every other DJ controller manufacturer was unveiling low cost, portable, and lets face it, entry level controllers this year. This may have come as a surprise to most of you expecting to see the latest and greatest improvements to the DJ …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 22, 2012

Stanton Adds Hot Cues & Other Improvements To SCS.4DJ

Stanton has its place in the DJ market, but controllers were never one of its strongest points.  A decade ago, Stanton was creating some pretty relevant items like the SA-8 mixer, which came with the focus cross fader – a fader that can still hold its own against offerings from Audio Innovate, Ecler, and Rane.  Stanton’s s top end turntables also have their own place in the market, and still rival that of Technics and Vestax – but their production of effects units, controllers, and late model mixers never fared as well.

It’s good to see that Stanton is still working on backend tweaks, and improving upon older controllers that are no longer cutting edge.  The SCS.4 DJ 2-channel jog wheel controller was one of those decent buys at a decent price, touting itself to be a software/computer free solution to controlling and manipulating mp3’s.  However, there were immediate problems …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
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. …

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Taylor

Taylor
March 30, 2012

Musikmesse – Top 5 Product Announcements

Once a year, around this very time, all eyes in the pro audio / music world find themselves drawn to Frankfurt. You’re thinking it’s some kind of sausage thing, and why not? However, I am actually talking about the European equivalent of NAMM known as Musikmesse. In addition to having a rad Euro name that makes me think of the average synth goon’s noodle infested studio, Musikmesse is often regarded by those in certain quarters as the trade show where vapors become real and all the coolies trot out the next enviable piece of tech candy.

I always dream of attending it myself, but there seems to be some reason I can’t go every year. Last year, I believe I was in Germany not too long before, not too long after, but not at all during. This year, I was in Miami, watching the culmination of years of EDM erupt …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
May 18, 2011

Stanton SC System 1 Review

Stanton Magnetics introduced the SC System in 2008 and they were one of the first to introduce a universal controller for virtually your choice of DJ software.  Since then they have made leaps and bounds in the controller market by revamping and perfecting their flagship SC System 1 which we previewed at Winter NAMM this past January.  Stanton sent us the complete system which consists of the SCS1.d deck and the SCS1.m mixer.

Both the SCS.1D and the SCS.1M are fully customizable midi controllers that allow for control of DJ and Production software such as Traktor and Ableton Live.  They integrate together as a system for a traditional DJ set-up of 2 decks and a mixer, or can be used separately for complete control due to the ability to map every function to the various pads, sliders, and encoders on each perspective controller.  There are also dual colored LCD “scribble …