Denon DJ DS1 Serato Interface NAMM 2015 (3)

For the last… well entire existence of Scratch Live and Serato DJ, Rane has had the monopoly on Serato audio interfaces. But that has all changed, and in some style as well. Up until just recently, I would have pegged Vestax has being a logical partner in this area, but Denon DJ has announced the DS1 Serato interface, a two channel interface for Serato DJ.

Yes that’s right, it’s not Rane. So read on for the full story from Denon DJ:

FOR THE LOVE OF VINYL: DENON DJ INTRODUCES DS1 SERATO DIGITAL VINYL AUDIO INTERFACE

Compact, feature-packed device smashes price/performance barrier for professional DJs.

Ash Vale, UK (January 22, 2015)—Denon DJ (denondj.com), a leading manufacturer of premium DJ products and solutions, announces a breakthrough interface for users of Serato NoiseMap™—the system used to control a Serato-based digital music library using a turntable or compact disc player. The DS1 is plug and play with Serato DJ, extending Denon DJ’s hallmark audio quality and reliability to club DJs and turntablists who prefer the feel of vinyl, but desire the flexibility a digital music library provides.

At the core of the all-new DS1 is a bi-directional audio interface with two sets of RCA stereo inputs for turntables or professional CD players. As users manipulate the vinyl or CD NoiseMap signal, Serato DJ software mirrors the control signal—controlling digital tracks on-screen in real- time for beatmatching, cueing, scratching, and track juggling. Playback audio is distributed by the DS1 to a mixer or loudspeaker system in studio-grade 24-bit quality via two sets of RCA stereo outputs.

Denon DJ’s DS1 is smaller than most smartphones, making it an ideal companion for the travelling DJ. The rugged, all-metal construction easily survives constant transport, setup, and breakdown DJs endure. A single USB cable handles power and audio duties, greatly simplifying operation. Inputs are phono/CD selectable with a grounding post for turntable use.

“With precise, dependable tracking and remarkably clear audio, the DS1 ushers in a new wave of performance capability for the hands-on DJ,” noted Silvio Zeppieri, Denon DJ Product Manager. ”Whether using NoiseMap vinyl or optical media, the DS1 goes hard every night to bridge analog feel with digital capabilities.”

DS1 Highlights:

  • Premium Digital Vinyl System (DVS) interface for Serato DJ
  • Interfaces turntables and CD players using Serato NoiseMap with a Serato DJ-based digital music library
  • Plug and play with Serato DJ—no purchase necessary
  • (2) sets of stereo RCA inputs and outputs for left and right decks
  • Studio-grade 24-bit digital to analog conversion
  • Supports 44.1kHz, 48kHz, and 96kHz sampling rates
  • Dedicated grounding post for use with turntables
  • Single USB cable connection to a computer for power and audio
  • Includes (2) Serato NoiseMap control tone vinyl records and CDs
  • Includes USB and stereo RCA cables
  • Rugged, all-metal construction; carrying case included

The DS1 will be available in Q2 with an MSRP of £229.99. The new Serato DJ DVS interface and several other new innovations from Denon DJ will be exhibited at the 2015 Winter NAMM show, January 22-25 in Hall A, Booth 6010, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. For more information visit www.denondj.com/WNAMM2015.

This is hot, and an important release too. Obviously it shows that Serato inviting everyone to eat at their table, and that the DVS door is firmly wedged open for more people than just Rane.

About the hardware — it’s a stunningly small, and is an easier thing to carry in your bag. And it comes with everything you need to get up and running with Serato DJ as a DVS. This is effectively the complete Rane SL2 package, but built for Serato DJ and coming in at 2/3 the price. I don’t know how many SL2s Rane sell right now, and I expect that their cool factor will help them continue to sell SL boxes, but in comparison the Denon DJ DS1 is a complete steal.

I’m also told that the control vinyl that comes with it is a Z-Trip remix of a Bob Marley track, which sounds very much like this Serato pressing, which is a nice extra.

And as an added bonus, we’ve got a couple of lovely high res images that Ray took yesterday.

Denon DJ DS1 Serato Interface NAMM 2015 (1)

Denon DJ DS1 Serato Interface NAMM 2015 (2)