When Stanton’s SCS.4DJ hit the scene, the industry applauded the complete standalone nature of the unit. Having a Linux brain inside, no computer is necessary, but only having a limited number of controls and a small screen to peer into the belly of the diminutive beat left it a tad lacking in features. But Stanton have been working hard to make the SCS.4DJ work hard for you and present the SC-IX v4 system for your upgrading pleasure.
The official what’s what words from Stanton:
STANTON Releases VERSION 4.0 firmware update For the GROUNDBREAKING SCS.4DJ
Stanton®, part of the Gibson Pro Audio division and an industry leader in the design and manufacture of professional audio products for DJs, is pleased to announce Version 4.0 of the SC-IX operating system for its groundbreaking SCS.4DJ Complete Digital DJ System.
Stanton broke new ground with the SCS.4DJ, making it the first fully integrated solution capable of providing the functionality and performance demanded by today’s DJs and performers. The SCS.4DJ’s state-of-the-art processors remove the need for an external computer when performing, making it a complete digital DJ system. This fresh approach means a DJ can simply plug in a storage device and start mixing using the built-in decks, mixer and high-resolution color display.
“SC-IX Version 4.0 looks to bring even more customizable capabilities to the SCS.4DJ,” says Douglas Landfield, Global Marketing Manager of Gibson Pro Audio, a division of the Gibson Guitar Corporation. “The new features, such as the ability to preview songs along with gain control, help provide SCS.4DJ users with all the tools they require to focus on their creative work, rather than the technology.”
- Song Preview Path – The update has added the ability to preview a song directly from the song browser.
- Gain Functionality for Each Deck – This allows for user-adjustable gain control, which is stored with each track.
- VU Meter Source – This gives users a visual representation of Master Output or Decks A & B.
- Artist Column Added – Now artists are included in playlist information.
- Resort Active Playlist Capability – Now the active playlist can be sorted by artist, BPM and time.
- Increased Pitch Range Options – Adds +/- 8% and +/- 15% to existing options.
- BeatGrid Editing – Users have the ability to edit a track’s beatgrid in realtime, with both “Tap Tempo” and “Dial-In-BPM” functionality, for increased Sync and Loop accuracy and stability.
The new SC-IX Version 4.0 release and both Mac and PC versions of the QuickGrid high-speed analyzer are now available for download from the Stanton website. www.stantondj.com
Had I been organised, I’d have realised that despite having all manner of DJ and camera gear at the worxlab, I’d left all the USB keys at home, making it impossible to upgrade the SCS.4DJ that I have here. I’ll rectify that next week and update the review accordingly. It certainly looks worthy of revisiting given the extensive list of updates since the v1 I reviewed. In the meantime, if you have an SCS.4DJ of your own, why not upgrade and let us know what you think.