NAMM 2008: Stanton introduces next-gen digital DJ hardware

SC System features MIDI controller and laptop-friendly deck

Having helped to popularise computer-based DJing with the revolutionary FinalScratch, Stanton is aiming to shake the market up once again with the launch of its SC System. This comprises two new products: the SCS.1m Mix Controller and the SCS.1d Deck.

The SCS.1m is a MIDI controller that connects to your Mac or PC over FireWire. Designed to work with the likes of Native Instruments Traktor, Ableton Live, MixVibes and Image-Line Deckadance, it supports 4-channel mixing and sports an assignable encoder section.

Doubling as a 24-bit/96kHz audio interface, the SCS.1m offers phono/line and mic inputs and 1/4-inch balanced, phono and headphone outputs.

The SCS.1d Deck is designed for DJs who also want to add the feel of vinyl to their digital mixing setup. Featuring a 10-inch motorised platter, it's powered by a high-resolution tracking system that's said to make over 1000 'counts' per rotation for super-accurate mixing and scratching.

Unlike many other digital vinyl systems (including FinalScratch), the SCS.1d doesn't send a timecode signal. Stanton says that this ensures that movements on the deck are instantly reflected in your software.

Also onboard are four assignable encoders, preset, navigation and transport buttons and four velocity-sensitive pads.

The SC System is expected to start shipping in May. Projected prices are $999 for the SCS.1m and $1499 for the SCS.1d. You can find out more at the dedicated SC System and Stanton websites.

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