Evolved: Denon DJ MC6000MK2 — Serato ready

More evidence of the predicted controller revolution slowdown has been announced today. Denon has taken the wraps off the updated Denon DJ MC6000MK2, which rather than redesigning from the ground up, simply does a Kontrol S4 MKII and revises the unit to be… well better, but also to play very nicely with Serato DJ and DJ Intro.

Here’s the press release. Read and digest:

December 9th 2013
Denon DJ MC6000MK2 Digital Mixer & Controller Announcement

Building on its already established, flagship controller and digital mixer, Denon DJ are pleased to announce the new generation, MC6000MK2. Changed, improved and now supplied with Serato DJ Intro software, the MC6000MK2 combines impeccable, steel chassis build quality and rock solid reliability with total, uncompromising Serato compatibility (supports other software with mapping).

Crafted for professional and discerning club, mobile and house party DJ’s, the MC6000MK2’s control surface is structured to enable plug and play communication, directly with the bundled Serato DJ Intro software. DJ’s wishing to add alternative software functionality and video mixing features can buy upgrades for Serato DJ software and Serato Video plug in if desired.

Features & Improvements:

  • Supplied with Serato DJ Intro, with unit’s hardware offering full Plug and Play software control, straight out of the box.
  • Natively supported by Serato DJ Intro  & Serato DJ (full upgrade version)*, Virtual DJ* and Mixvibes Cross*. Denon DJ supplied mappings ensure compatibility with Native Instruments Traktor software.
  • Fully professional video mixing integration is now possible with the MC6000’s video capability. Using the revolutionary Serato Video plugin, DJ’s can programme, mix, add transition FX and scratch video just as they do with audio – So now, “What you hear, is also what you see!” A paid upgrade to Serato DJ is required for Serato Video support.
  • Reliable, realtime channel matrix operation enabling fast and efficient DJ changeovers, plus flexibility to add record decks, table top CD players, USB audio and other auxiliary input devices.
  • Ability to now utilise ‘on trend’ DJ performance factors ‘ Roll’ (Loop whilst track stays in real time), ‘Sensor’ (Serato’s Reverse mode) plus ‘Slip Mode’ (Real time track play under a scratch/loop etc)
  • Line 1/2 Thru to PC Mode Enabling digital recording of a full DJ performance, whether club, radio or house party to a PC or Mac computer.
  • Replacing the previous model’s two toggle switches, the MC6000MK2 now features Four independent deck layer keys offering error free, live performance deck/track selection
  • Fast and efficient Serato DJ screen navigation with ‘Panel’, ‘View’, ‘Area’, and ‘List’ keys
  • Independent ‘Vinyl’ button (emulating true vinyl operation), Beats Parameter knob (dedicated for controlling beat attributes), FX Tap Button (to add BPM data), FX Mode Change and now 8 Assign keys for fluid and comprehensive effects control
  • Improved look, finish and feel to twin-deck, silver platters Class-leading sonic improvements for professional sound playback

Denon DJ MC6000MK2 in-store January 2014

Denon DJ MC6000mk2 Serato DJ controller (1)

So what’s new with the MC6000mk2?

The biggest news is that the unit is decidedly Serato friendly now. Coming with Serato DJ Intro, and having a natural upgrade path to the full Serato DJ package, the MC6000MK2 is also Serato Video friendly too, right down to having video controls on the hardware. The whole layout has been de-Denonised and given what I once would have said is a Numarkification, but I’m now beginning to think is an emerging Serato-led ID, which permeates Numark and Pioneer designs, and one can only expect that future Vestax products will too.

Because of this Serato DNA, the layout has massively improved too. It’s all still a little cramped, but it does have some logical changes, such as putting the pitch controls in a better place, and making improvements to the effects, loops and cues to make sense with the way Serato works.

To make the faceplate layout work, the monitor controls have been moved to the front, whereas the rear has been simplified a little. Notably, the REC OUT has gone. I hope this has been done in the name of rationalisation, and not in a cynical bid to force the Serato DJ upgrade just to allow internal recording. No, I’m not over it yet.

Denon DJ MC6000mk2 Serato DJ controller (6)

More Evolution

So yet more evidence presents itself that the controller revolution is over, and we’re now in the post-revolution period, where manufacturers can take stock and see where things can be done better, hence the tweaks and changes rather than whole scale reworking. I still cannot work out why this is such an issue for people. Do people really feel that their creativity has levelled out and that even the latest controllers offer nothing?

This is a nice upgrade that offers much to people who don’t already own one. I hope to see iOS devices supported, although nothing has been mentioned by Denon.

To recap — the Denon DJ MC6000MK2 is in store January 2014 with a price of $699/€649/ £569.


  • This can’t be considered flag ship with serato dj intro ? I sure hope the price reflects the 200 dollars that serato dj upgrade cost

    • The price is in the story. Follow the link.

    • With the $200 upgrade it’s the same price as the S4. I think that is an interesting decision, especially for people who already have Serato DJ and want the controller.

    • A good point well made.

    • Upgrade is $129, not $200 and $99 if they run a special.

  • Oh wow, so it’s less money than the current model (which sells for £630ish) and it looks as if it now has four channels of USB audio rather than the previous two – unless Denon have just changed the nomenclature and it’s only software mixing.

    • acemc

      Can someone please explain what special hardware is required for video mixing. From what I understand, most software that offer video gives the option to link the audio & video crossfader & up faders. This is all controlled via midi, so in theory you can mix video with a single rotary if you wanted to. What makes this or even the the 6000 Mk1 that has a “video switch” any different /better?

  • Fredrik Yngström

    It would be nice with a side by side comparison shot. Perhaps a split image.

  • Jared Helfer

    That is a really attractive price. I mean, if you don’t have Serato DJ already it’s really almost $900 to take advantage of all of the functionality, which I have to say is kind of disappointing, but that is the same price as an S4, so it really does leave a comparable choice to the consumer.

    It’s interesting they left out RGB, with so much other gear going in that direction, but at the same time I can’t say I’m particularly surprised. How much do we REALLY need it?

    • Mark Stewart

      I couldn’t have said it better.

  • Mael de Ncy

    DVS support?

    • You’re trolling surely? Why would you buy a controller if you’re a digital vinyl user?

      • Mael de Ncy

        4 tracks: 2 digital vinyl + 2 controller… and a nice mixer at 700eur when Rane sixty a Pioneer djm srt are more expensive (and pioneer ssx dont support DVS) …. i think this is a good alternative (for me).

    • I think we should be clear about Serato DJ right now. If it’s a mixer, it gets DVS support. If it’s a controller, it doesn’t.

      By definition, a mixer is designed to be used with turntables and media players, thus DVS is logical. A controller however simply makes concessions to allowing external devices to be plugged in, but shouldn’t be expected to include DVS, as this is likely to be a minority requirement for controller users.

    • Yes, but not with Serato DJ.

  • dj ‘Todd’ Oddity

    My first impression is that I’m not all that impressed. Visually, I don’t like it – the jogs look out of place (why make the jogs silver, but then drop the silver trimmed side plates?) and I strongly dislike the new “blacked out” buttons they are using. I’d be curious to know if the play / cue buttons are still Denon’s soft click buttons or if they’ve gone to the hard click like the 2900/3900.

    It appears the master VU has lost segments (mk1 had 10 segment VU, this appears to be same 7 segment meter as used in the 3000 which I find useless) and it still lacks an easy way to see individual channel VU’s.

    Overall, I’m happy they are releasing an update, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.

    As a side note, I noticed MSRP on this is $699, which makes me wonder if this is being repositioned as a mid-tier product and we might see a new top shelf unit come out soon…

    • Jared Helfer

      That’s a good point, too. Granted, not every manufacturer needs a $1000+ controller, and if they can market and sell this correctly, maybe we could see flagships come down in price?

      A guy can dream, right?

    • Todd, thanks for the feedback, appreciated.
      The jogs are in the same place as the MK1 which pleased 10’s of thousands of current MK1 owners. Top of Jogs are unpainted raw aluminum, that’s how the MK1 would look if we didn’t paint them black. In fact the entire jog is made of aluminum (not plastic like most)

      Side panels were silver on the MK1 and now they are painted black, but still there and can be removed for rack mounting.

      Cue/Play button switches can go bad on any brand depending on parts, mounting design and how they are treated or mistreated, like the common drink spillage or very strong hammer fingers. But we modified this design to accommodate for longevity. They are rubber type, but have very little travel to trigger as if they were hard type.

      Yep 10 VUs became 7 to reach $699
      No RCA Rec out to reach $699
      No booth EQ to reach $699 (which is rare on a controller anyways, (denon was the first to add)

      Serato DJ Intro to reach $699
      If we added Serato DJ it would have been $799, which is close to what you can buy upgrade for, but this is a multi-app controller for Traktor Pro2, VDJ, MixVibes. Those folks would be paying +$100 for something they wont use.This kept the price down and app options wide open.

      Nope, this is considered our flagship.

      • dj ‘Todd’ Oddity

        Hey Silvio,
        I know all the silver/black stuff is just cosmetic. I love the “look” of my mk1 – but I know there were many who didn’t like the look at all. To each their own on that one – it’s personal and there will never be a design that works for everyone.
        As for the features – I understand the logic of cutting some things out to bring down the price – I just don’t agree with it. As a pro user, I’ll pay what it costs to get what I want. That said, you have to go where the money is so like I said, I understand the logic.
        The one exception is software – I agree fully with only including the intro version. If someone wants the full version, they can opt in. If they don’t want it or if they already have it, they don’t get double billed. So ya, I totally get that.
        Happy to hear you’ve addressed the tac-switches on the buttons and accessibility to the inside of the unit. My only two major beefs with my mk1 over the past three years have been with the switches giving out and the amount of labour involved to change a $2 part!

      • stefanhapper

        Just to say that I find it impressive when people from the manufacturer side get involved with lots of details into such a forum. Absolutely great.

  • Now it’s becoming clearer why it’s cheaper.

    Seems they’ve dropped a few features. Now it’s only possible to mix in software mode, as there are still only two stereo USB channels from the computer and they’ve removed the option to choose USB or MIDI and hidden the fact by renaming the inputs to “PC”.

    Also missing is the booth EQ.

    • Correct

      • In most cases, the mark two version of a product is better than the mark one version. Denon (again) seem to be going backwards.

        • Sorry you feel that way.

          • Not just me. Check out the comments on the VDJ forum. Lots of people surprised that a MKII product is worse than the original. The flag on the “flagship” has been lowered.

  • Darren E Cowley

    Sorry i missed something then… Serato DJ doesn’t have a record function??

    • DJ Intro doesn’t, but DJ does. It annoys me greatly.

      • Darren E Cowley

        Ahhh, that makes sense of the conversation i had with a mate that’s on Intro then… whoops thought he was being technologically illiterate, i must apologise to him!

      • stefanhapper

        With the MC6000 (mk2, but also original model) this is really easy. Because the audio via USB is two-way: the master signal is sent back to the computer via USB. So you can simply record that with Audacity.

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  • mixfiend

    There goes the pitch…. Swing & a miss. $700 with Intro software. SMH. Why would I get this when I could buy a Pioneer DDJ-SX for a lil over $800 with the full version of Serato DJ? Or even a DDJ-SR for $599 with the full Serato DJ.

    • Jerr1233

      Actually…its a swing and a triple…not quite a home run..but very impressive. Packaging it with Serato DJ Intro is a smart choice IMO. The reason is because it is aimed to be one of the most software versatile controllers on the market. Its natively supported by VDJ, MixVibes and of Serato DJ with mappings for Traktor. If you already own one of those programs and are happy with it and just want a hardware upgrade, then why would you want to be forced to pay an extra $100 for it to come with a full Serato DJ license? This way, for people that want full Serato DJ, the full package comes in at a competitive $800 and for those who already have a program they like, they can get it for an extremely competitive $700. A win for everyone.

    • Good question. The SR is a 2 ch, 4 deck MIDI controller, the 6000MK2 is a 4 ch, 4 deck controller & real mixer. You cant plug 2 mics, 2 turntables, 2 media players nor have a booth output with the $599 SR/Serato DJ. Is that (+more) all worth $100 over the SR, we think so.

      • I notice you didn’t try comparing it to the SX!

        I’d rather pay slightly more (the same if you factor in the software upgrade cost) and get an SX. The VU metering is far better, the layout is less cramped, the pitch faders are bigger, platters are bigger, it has the 16 pads.

        The only win for Denon over the SX is the dedicated mic inputs with EQ, which so many controllers lack.

        • Jerr1233

          There is no doubt the SX is an awesome piece of kit and I think Pioneer has learned its lesson about controller pricing. Everything you said about the SX is true. The platters, the faders, the VU etc…but you forget to mention that the SX’s footprint is probably 30 – 50% bigger than the MC6000. Of course everything is going to have more space. But try throwing an SX in a backpack…it doesn’t work. Now hopefully, Denon will come out with something a little bigger and more performanced based in the near future…hopefully this is the beginning of a new product cycle from Denon.

        • Yes Groovin, was too late to answer all of it last night.
          We can add everything you want to these controllers, even a dedicated VU meter for the Booth output, but each item adds to the final price. If we were to make the MK6000MK2 more like the SX or better, it would no longer be a MC6000MK2 anymore, and the price with Serato DJ (full) larger jogs, larger body, Pads, RGB…etc would end up being about the same $999 US price.

          • There’s nothing wrong with a product costing more if it’s got the features people want! Not all DJs buy their kit based on how cheap it is. Some want the best, regardless of price.

            • The MC6000 at $799 came out 3-years ago and set new
              standards for many controllers available today.

              Design and features of MIDI controllers have plateaued to
              the point of price erosion. We took the best of what we had and removed things that not too many ppl used to stay competitive not only for “today”, but for years
              to come. During the MK1 period, we received an overwhelming amount of requests to work with Serato, so we made that happen without forgetting about our other core VDJ, Traktor customers.

              The MK2 was never intended to compete with the SX with a body of features that cost +$300 more. The MK2 lives up to its name with subtle design changes and expands itself to the Serato world while keeping its core features in check. If its not for you, there’s certainly a plethora of other choices available.

              Our size, features, build quality, software versatility, portability and price should make it a good option for many.

            • Rsvpdjs

              I own a ddj sx which I love, but sometimes if I have a simple job I don’t need something with such a large footprint. I just picked up the denonmc6000mkii and it is like the little engine that could. Yes the controls are a little cramped, but they fit so mNy great features into such a little controller without sacrificing quality construction or sound quality. Plus the dedicated mic section is something no other controller has. Both the ddj sx and this controller are great. I wouldn’t compare the two. For me, the denon unit is great as a backup, small easy jobs, or just plain old lazy days wen you want to go to your gig riding a bicycle with a basket while wearing a backpack.

  • John Shersby

    God help you if you ever need to replace a fader. One of the most complicated strip-down jobs in the history of mixers…

    • John Shersby

      • They could have shown a DNX1600 or DNX1700 mixer at the end with the same simple 4 screws to replace the faders.

    • We know and made much easier in the MK2,

      • John Shersby

        Good news! Glad to hear the manufacturers can spare a thought for us poor engineers who have to repair this stuff! 🙂

  • Paul

    I’m currently using the mc6000 mk1 with Traktor. Is there much point me upgrading to a MK2? I like the look of it but want to know if I’ll get full features with the serato based controller. I know you can map it but is there anything missing as compared to the mk1?

    • Dj Flip D’skript

      I’m assuming that the jogs are functional with serato dj, whereas the MK1 was not mappable with SL1.

      • Correct, full native support from Serato Intro & Serato DJ.
        MK1 Jogs are not mapped because Scratch Live does not allow it.

    • Paul, I dont think so, but check the MK2 tsi mapping guide that will be released around the 21st on our website. thanks

  • Dj Flip D’skript

    Does this controller interface with Denon Engine?

  • TommyB

    I have a MK1 for my mobile setup, great piece of quality kit, rock solid.
    Will the DN-SC2000s be getting the same upgrade treatment as the MC 600 did??

  • DjQQp

    So how many in/outputs it has. just wondering could this be used with dvs and still have 4 deck controll

    At the moment i’m using american audio vms4.1 and only anoying thing with it is that it’s audio interface is 8out or 4out/4in so when i use dvs with it i can only use 2 decks

  • Cassandra Widdison

    Don’t forget ppl that the latency is lower with this controller & the mic input circuitry has been improved. Try it before you knock it

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