When we witnessed a demo of this at the Remix Hotel, we were floored. The tables have an amazing feel and the perfect layout. The real trip here is that you can throw down relentlessly with only ONE turntable. We’ll post some vids as soon as we can. Another example of evolution in progress! Enjoy this release. –DMAclub admin
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SCS Mixer and deck professional controllers herald a revolution for the digital DJ.
Stanton DJ, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of professional audio products for DJs, announces the official release of the SC System into retail locations worldwide. The SC System is an innovative set of digital controllers for the professional DJ, comprised of the SCS.1d deck and the SCS.1m mixer. Both units are advanced control surfaces that give the laptop DJ new performance abilities and functionality within the MIDI-compatible software of their choice, while preserving the familiar feel and layout of more traditional equipment. The components of the high-end system can be used standalone or together, allowing for multiple configurations and diverse functionality that goes far beyond the parameters set by traditional DJ gear.
The SC System is the result of years of research in new technologies and user interface design, and unites these elements in an ergonomic and intuitive package. “As a company, we made a commitment to invest in technology that would take DJ performances to the next level,” states Tim Dorwart, CEO of The Stanton Group. “The SCS-1 deck and mixer show our commitment to this market, to the DJ controller paradigm and to our customers, who have been instrumental in providing feedback and input into these products.”
Several new technologies are found in the SC System. Among these are HSS1394, a proprietary high-speed communications protocol developed by Stanton Magnetics and Bome’s Software for the SC System 1 family of products. This groundbreaking innovation allows MIDI messages to be translated and rapidly exchanged via FireWire. HSS1394 solves the need for extremely fast communications from control surfaces to DJ software, and ensures the fastest messaging achievable with hardware while still maintaining the appearance of a standard MIDI device.
To support the hardware’s diverse software compatibility, Stanton has developed a preset library for the System, including a preset for Traktor Proª as well as a general preset that applies to other popular software applications. The presets will be updated regularly, and are available for free download off the Stanton website.
The Dream Deck for Laptop DJs
Designed from the ground up for high-precision software control, the SCS.1d Deck is a dream-come-true for laptop DJs. Based upon the popular layout of the C.304, as well as extensive input from top DJs, this deck’s interface is both comfortable and practical — providing a host of “world’s first” features at your fingertips. Even better, it ships with a real vinyl disc to provide an extremely natural feel, right out of the box.
Specifically, the SCS.1d offers a tight grip over your music through a high-torque 10” motorized platter, transport controls, navigation keys, rotary encoders, a motorized pitch slider, and a trigger section. Unlike the SCS.1m Mix Controller, the SCS.1d Deck does not offer any direct audio connectivity; all audio I/O remains at the mixer or external soundcard. What the SCS.1d does offer is the best tracking and most intuitive ergonomics of any product in its class — by far.
High-Torque Motorized Platter
Central to the amazing SCS.1d is an enhanced version of the award-winning motorized platter from the Stanton T.120 and STR8-150 turntables. This is one of the world’s most trusted platter designs, proven through thousands of hours of use by DJs the world over. To be specific, this is a 4.5 Kgf-com, 16-pole, 3-phase brushless DC motor. What that means to you is super-fast .2 second spin up and stop speeds. The motor can also be adjusted to simulate the feel of both super high-torque motors and commonly used low-torque designs.
The SCS.1d’s high resolution (over one thousand counts per rotation) vinyl tracking system allows for super-accurate mixing and scratching. This system assures that every nuance is captured in real time, and works around the same principles as an optical mouse — so it never wears out. Unlike digital vinyl systems, the SCS.1d’s tracking is completely error-free (whereas digital vinyl systems have problems at slow speed). And because there’s no interpretation of timecode signal, there’s no delay between your movement and your software.
Encoders, Navigation, and More
Much like the SCS.1m, the SCS.1d Deck features four assignable rotary encoders with bright LED rings to control various aspects of your software. Underneath each encoder is an LCD “scribble strip” to let you know what parameter you’re tweaking without looking up from the deck. With six control presets for each knob, this is the equivalent of having 24 assignable knobs — built right into your deck! Similar flexibility is built into both the SCS.1d’s Navigation section, with its jog wheel for precise control, and Deck selection, which quickly banks between different global settings. In this way, the SCS.1d is like having many “virtual turntables” at your disposal; a single button press is all it takes to switch from one deck to the “next.”
Motorized Pitch Slider
The pitch slider on the SCS.1d is not only 100mm long for super-smooth pitch adjustments, but it’s also motorized, so your deck “remembers” its settings as you switch between decks or presets.
Directly underneath the SCS.1d’s motorized platter is its assignable Trigger section. Comprised of four velocity-sensitive pads, this section can be used to play loops and samples during performance, or for triggering any other MIDI messages to your software. Using these trigger pads in conjuction with the platter provides wild creative possibilities never before possible. While simple in operation, the expressive possibilities are almost endless.