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A real Scratch Live controller for once
A real Scratch Live controller for once
Posted by Gizmo on August 11, 2009 :

Denon DN-HC1000s Serato Scratch Live controller

When I skimmed over an accidental press release last week, I pretty much missed the significance of the new DN-HC1000S. My mind has become dulled to the former excitement elicited by the words MIDI and controller. But on closer inspection, this is an idea I (and probably many others) had years ago - a very specific controller for Serato Scratch Live that frees you up from constant keyboard action. Good work Denon.

Designed with v1.9 in mind, you get to control loops, cues and samples, as well as scrolling and loading in tracks - all the things you might use your laptop for. And being 10" wide, it sits very neatly above or below your 2 channel mixer. Interesting to note that Denon stress that it is mappable to other systems, and does lack Scratch Live livery in any way.

Words from Denon:
Controlling essential features via mouse or laptop keyboard can be a challenge. Especially considering the focused work environment. This is your moment to keep the dance floor moving and music pumping without room for error.

Enter the DN-HC1000S from Denon DJ. Designed to interface and aid DVS systems (turntables / CD players) with today’s most popular DJ software program, Scratch Live, the DN-HC1000S provides DJs a comfortable plug and play, reliable hardware controller for all major features and commands of the Scratch Live software system.

Key Features:

• MIDI Sub Controller for SeratoTM Scratch Live
• Simple USB Plug & Play Connection (USB MIDI / Bus power)
• Dedicated Tactile Controls to Replace Computer Keyboard Shortcuts
• High Quality Steel Cabinet with Rugged Rubber Keys
• Serato Approved USB Controller
• File Select Knob & buttons w/Back-Forward Action Keys
• Track Select and Fast Search Buttons
• SHIFT/CLR Button
• 5 Cue Point and 3 Sampler Player Buttons
• Auto Loop Button w/ Loop Cut Knob & Roll
• Loop IN/OUT Button w/ Exit/Reloop
• File, Browse, History, Prepare Keys
• Tap Button
• MIDI Mappable for other DJ Software Systems
• 9.8” width X 3.4” depth
• Under 3 lbs.

What is Scratch Live?

SeratoTM Scratch Live lightened the load for the professional traveling DJ. Heavy crates of records can be exchanged into a huge library of music that can be easily transported on a computer hard drive.

Scratch Live software has an array of unique tools and performance features:
• Beat Extraction
• Real Time Tempo Metering
• Unique color waveforms for easy identification of sound
• Multiple Cue and Loop Points per track
• Record Directly from a Microphone
• Record and Archive your precious Music Collection
• Fast Access to your Music Library and iTunes™ library integration
• Exclusive Access to Fresh Promotional Music with
• No Charge Upgrades that constantly add new features and improvements

More to Come...
Available October 2009

NOTE: No further comments are being accepted.
26 comments to this story

On August 11, 2009, Djxtrodinaire said this:
Ohh! Im getting one!

On August 11, 2009, Djxtrodinaire said this:
Ohh! Im getting one!

On August 11, 2009, Gobbinboy said this:
The drinks will be on Denon come October.
That's going to make them a fortune.

On August 11, 2009, Gizmo said this:
@Gobbinboy: I'm with you. I think the main reason why I didn't do any more than just scribble some sketches and outline design brief is because I figured that Rane would have one of these coming out as soon as I saw the 57. Not quite a missed opportunity, as we know full well that one of these with a Rane logo would sell without a single bit of PR.

On August 11, 2009, Alfonse said this:
Looks good. Interesting they went for a wide rather than tall design though. The Xone is great as you can sit it alongside a mixer. I am guessing this is designed to sit in front of a laptop? Cue Native Instruments to bring out a Traktor controller...

On August 11, 2009, aRKei said this:
I will keep using my MPD24 for what I do on my TTM57, until Rane releases their own model (which will be better built anyways), if ever they release one. But one thing is for sure, I'll never buy a Denon product again (was too pissed by the DNX-300 and the feedback from Denon, that I didn't got)...Oh and this is not a Scratch-DJ-based response weird.gif

On August 11, 2009, ToS said this:
Interesting, it is midi and therefore compatible with more apps than just serato. Too bad jog dial is not "shiftable".
Hopefully, the price will be correct.

On August 11, 2009, dj madness said this:
this looks alrite. i see theyve changed it already since the black and white render that was posted on dj forums earlier today.

On August 11, 2009, Prime-X said this:
Wow, I loved this unit I think I will get this if nothing else comes out for scratchlive. Does any one know how much would this be?

On August 11, 2009, Gizmo said this:
@Prime-X: The question is how much would you be prepared to pay? What's it worth to you?

On August 11, 2009, dj_spark said this:
No need to learn shorcuts and keyboard layout when using other laptops/computers : great !

So I just bring my external drive and this...

On August 11, 2009, said this:
It only took 4 years for a manufacture to make this. LOL

By waiting, at least we get Auto Loop, Loop Roll, Sample, Key Lock etc. to control. I wish it controlled the effects coming with SSL 2.0

Missing in Action on this controller:
• Temp Reverse
• Instant Doubles
• Loop Lock/Unlock
• Option to save a loop?
• Instant Pre-Assigned Auto-Loop (Alt + Cue-1 = 1 Bar Loop)
• Copy Playing Deck to Sampler
• Effects Control
• Video Control

I would rather have a mixer with this already on it. The DN-HC1000S is much needed for Serato DJ's. So many Scratch Live users have been getting cheap USB pads that break and can be difficult to setup. Some have purchased USB 16-Keys and illuminated keyboards but still have a tough time selecting a simple Loop or Hot Start.

I have purchased all of these things. My latest mod consisted of mounting my DN-HC4500 controller onto my coffin to control Serato Scratch Live. I have a custom map for all the keys and pitch slider.

On August 11, 2009, djeverlast said this:
i would pay about 50 buckz 4 it!

On August 12, 2009, DjSpnz said this:
I would pay $300-$350US for something like this. Knowing Denon it'll probably cost $500

On August 12, 2009, Lego said this:
The hc 4500 aleeady costs 500$ so i can t see this costing any more than 200$

On August 12, 2009, said this:
The magic number is $150. It will probably MAP for $249 and dealers will sell it between $180 - $240. My main man Ty will hook it up though.

On August 12, 2009, djeverlast said this:
damn you guys know we are in times of crisis? ok i΄ll pay $100 ΄cause it΄s denon and not american audio!

On August 12, 2009, DJ Dawn said this:
Yeah! Instant doubles is a must have and what about effects that will come sooner or later? I will buy one!

On August 13, 2009, Smash said this:
Feature creep anyone? This thing will be obsolete within 6 months of release, that is unless denon plan to sell buttons in ones or pairs. I'll stick to my nanos way more flexible than this junk.

On August 13, 2009, said this:
Smash, it will not be obsolete. Because you can now reassign any MIDI button that has Native Support like my DN-HC4500. For instance, I will never use the Key button because I will always have it on. So I remapped that button to a 8-Bar Auto Loop.

Plus, I have not seen 1 controller that is this ergonomically simple and advanced for SSL like the DN-HC1000S. You don't need to read a manual to figure it out because it's customized for Serato Scratch Live. Plus one simple Parameter Knob can be used for a multitude of things:
• Scrolling and selecting all 9 loops and temporally loops
• Auto Loop Cut X ½ or Multiply X 2.
• Loop Roll. Create your own Trancifier! Very cool effect that you have complete control over.
• Assign it to a Dry/Wet Knob for future SSL effects
• Volume knob for Sampler

On August 13, 2009, smash said this:
i stand by my original comment, i run ssl with my nanos and have plenty of flexibility via 4 x bank select on both the nanokontrol and the nanopad with plenty to spare, this piece of kit however has only a limited number of controls plus a shift button which gives less controls as a result as not all the controls have a dual function, meaning that your average joe who doesn't have the setup you do will run out of out of assignable or reassignable controls pretty damn fast as the ssl feature set increases.. hence the comment..

On August 13, 2009, sweepee said this:
everlast i only want it for free,you must must pretty wealthy for even offering $100 for a circus of lights designed for mobile jocks playing ABBA,Lil Wayne,The Pussycat Dolls & an occasional Spice girls classic at your local wedding afterparty.

On August 13, 2009, Treo730 said this:
I've never really used Denon but the unit looks easy to use and understand. The unit seems to have the features that your typical DJ needs.

I've had the 57 for years now, so I've never really needed to touch the laptop, but I did get a nano as a backup and it works fine, but I think this concept is something Rane should have done a long time ago. If priced right I think it will sell well. Probably around $150... Hopefully it's thin.

On August 18, 2009, DENON said this:
Thanks for the feedback guys.
The final image and functions may change a little from that early rendering blink1.gif (more stuff added)

On August 31, 2009, Spox said this:
And why oh why there is no play/stop and pitch sliders?

On August 31, 2009, Gizmo said this:
@Spox - because this is a keyboard replacement and not a full MIDI controller. The whole point of DVS systems is that you use regular turntables that already have those functions.

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