SCS-3d “DaScratch” Reviewed
The DaScratch controller from Stanton is a one of a kind and truly innovative controller. We have seen a lot of new devices aimed at the digital dj recently but not many manufacturers have been willing to think outside of the box and innovate on a software and hardware level. Developing such a device seems to have paid off for Stanton, as after several months of playing around with the controller I am happy to report its a pleasure to use and surprisingly fun!
- 10 backlit touch sensitive buttons.
- 2 individual touch sensitive strips.
- 4 modestly sized replaceable buttons.
- 6 Unit Modes, some with their own sub modes.
- Over 60 LED’s, most of which are all individually controllable.
- USB powered
- 1 circular touch sensitive surface
Price: $200 +/-
Weight: 2.64 lbs
- Fader Mode – 3 touch sensitive strips
- Button Mode – 8 buttons, 1 touch sensitive strip
- Circular mode – 1 Circular touch sensitive strip, 1 touch sensitive strip
The 4 buttons on the bottom of the unit are nice and big for easy triggering. While not arcade buttons, they are a bit better than what you can find on most of the midi controllers. We should report that one of our forum moderators and writers, Moniker, has had a problem in the past with the buttons. She reports that a mixture of smoke machine residue and other fine debris that builds up over time is quite capable of making these buttons stick.
Fortunately this problem is user repairable thanks to the design of the hardware. By unscrewing the back panel and taking the buttons you can easily clean them with some rubbing alcohol. In fact the two main areas of the controller that can wear and break over time are the buttons and the USB connection. Both are totally user replaceable if you to order the replacement parts from Stanton which means cheap quick easy fixes if your unit is no longer under warranty.
The other buttons on the unit are round, recessed touch sensitive buttons. These buttons have great LED feedback in 4 different states – Off, Red, Blue Purple. Multicolored display is great for indicating whats going on in your software or what preset your in.
The center touch surface can also be used as 9 buttons, 4 on each side and one giant one in the middle. The 8 side buttons are too small for serious mashing but on most presets these buttons have actually been combined into 4 larger buttons which are more usable for cue juggling routines.
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Built in Performance
- Scratching control
- Looping control
- Cue point control, including the ability to create and delete cuepoints
- Beat Jumps
- Full Master and Cue volume control
- Pitch bending and Tempo control
- Dual deck control from a single unit
- Playlist control
- Advanced effects control
- Chained effects control