Gear Review: Stanton SCS.4DJ


Let’s face it: times have changed, and rock stars are no longer the pinnacle musical gods of our culture. Today’s social inspiration and ultimate hierarchy are being defined by DJs and electronic music producers; even your grandmother knows who Deadmau5 is. While the kids may all want to become the next superstar DJ, it isn’t always affordable for them to do that. With turntables costing over a thousand bucks, and vinyl going the way of the dinosaurs, it’s just evolution that we must focus on the digital music frontier. Coming to the rescue is Stanton, a DJ-aimed venture from the Gibson family of brands, a company that has been supporting musicians for decades.

If you have been wanting to get into DJing but are just afraid of the high level of tech that goes along with the title, this unit is just the thing for you.

Launching the SCS.4DJ last year, this unit is built specifically as a DJ controller that has no need to be paired with a laptop when you are performing. Less as a controller and more as a full-on DJ workstation, you upload your tracks to this unit via USB flash drive and onto mixing you go. The dedicated OS is built just for DJing. Everything from track analysis and pitch rescaling have been thought of so all you have to do is literally plug and play. This unit features all the stuff you would expect from costlier devices: two jog wheels, two mixer channels, a series of effects and a robust master channel. The digital display shows you a real time presentation of the tracks playing and in cue, making it easy to see what is in store for the crowd. New to mixing and can’t quite figure out the whole beat match thing yet? No worries, an instant sync button is included and will move you on to quicker mixing and less frustration, leaving you inspired for hours.

If you have been wanting to get into DJing but are just afraid of the high level of tech that goes along with the title, this unit is just the thing for you. Everything you need to pump the party is here, however a novice will also impress as the learning curve for this unit is about two mixes.

Come test the waters with this low cost and simple to operate solution. Who knows, this might be your first step to becoming the next big thing.

Gear Review: Audio Raiders Sasha Soundlab

For today’s dance music enthusiasts, great sounds and chart-topping loops are only a click away. But with this rush of data, there are a lot of weeds to sift through to get to the pay dirt, but the game is starting to change thanks to Audio Raiders. These computer wizards have teamed up with the globetrotting superstar Sasha to collaborate not just another sample pack, but a whole new sample-based instrument.

Hosted in the Native Instruments Kontakt Player environment, this uniquely crafted sample pack is not just pick and play, but rather edit and redefine. Included is a host of useable sounds in addition to just killer loops. There are 20 pad and lead synths, 69 drum and percussion kits, and 100 various loops and grooves. Each of these sounds were brilliantly produced and recorded using the top lusted hardware instruments we all stalk on those XXX gear sites.

Within each sound or loop, you have full control over pitch, envelopes, filters, effects and glitch bits, just as if you would on a proper soft-synth. After loading up a few patches and jamming with a kick drum, it’s easy to see why this pack is constantly in demand. The synth’s sheer sonic girth is amazing; the drums are hard-hitting, and the loops are not just some recycled Electronic Musician free sample CD library from 2001.

Get ready to work your way up the Beatport charts with your first release using this sample instrument, as now you have free reign ofo some of the world’s greatest machines.
Audio Raiders Sasha Soundlab (MSRP: $99)