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A little pre-NAMM taster from Stanton
A little pre-NAMM taster from Stanton
Posted by Gizmo on January 16, 2008 :

Stanton c.324 Slot loading CD deck

While you all patiently wait for the deluge of NAMM hotness to hit your screen, Stanton are slipping out some PR so that it won't be lost in the rest of the Stanton news (trust me, it would be). Stanton have given the C.314 a small reworking and improved a few things that needed work.

Official words:
NAMM 2008:  Stanton DJ Releases New Slot Loading Tabletop CD Player
New C.324 features real-time sample and loop sequencing, beat synchronized samples and loops, and slot loading CD mechanism with LED for quick loading in low light situations

HOLLYWOOD, FL – January 15th, 2007 – Stanton DJ, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of professional audio products for DJs, has announced the release of the C.324, the company’s newest slot loading tabletop CD player for the professional DJ.  The product will be on display for the first time at this week’s NAMM Show in Anaheim.
The Stanton C.324 is designed for digital DJs who want to scratch CDs like vinyl, and has all the latest components needed for ultimate performance.  It features MP3 and CD audio playback with onboard file and folder browsing, onboard pattern and real-time sequencer for drum machine style performances, seven on board digital effects, and a sleek slot loading CD mechanism with LED for quick loading of CDs into the unit in low light situations. 
The C.324 has added responsive trigger pads that offer real-time sample / loop sequencing.  This means that trigger patterns can now be recorded in real time and looped instantaneously.  Drum patterns and loops can be manually re-sequenced and then looped to bring a completely new twist to live DJ remixing.  Using the C.324, sequences can be created in seconds compared to minutes using drum machines.
The C.324 can record loops and samples, with the length determined by the time setting.  This new feature makes it easy to set up seamless loops.  The C.324 also allowed for the creation of beat synchronized loops based off of the current song’s BPM.  This means that a perfectly timed seamless loop can be set on-the-fly with one press of a button.  Once a beat synchronized loop has been set, it can be trimmed or expanded in real time by beat increment.  By trimming the beat, a one bar loop can be turned into a 1/2 bar loop, 1/4 note or 1/8th note.  Smaller loops can be expanded in the same fashion.
Jim Mazur, Director of Product Development for Stanton DJ said, “The C.324 expands on the functionality of our popular C.314, and is a great all-around player for every type of DJ. It offers new and exciting creative tools, such as the first real time sequencer in a DJ CD player, an automatic looper, and great ergonomics so that DJs can perform more exciting and creative mixes.”
Highlights of the Stanton C.324 include…
  • Tabletop CD player with touch sensitive jog wheel for scratching and beat juggling
  • CD slot drive mechanism
  • MP3 playback with text display and onboard file and folder browsing
  • Onboard pattern and real time sequencer for the on-the-fly drum machine style performances
  • 7 high-quality beat synchronized digital effects:  Filter, Auto Filter, Echo, Phaser, Flanger, Transform, Pan
  • Beat synchronized sampling and looping with four trigger pads and cue memory
  • Auto and manual BPM control
  • Vinyl emulation with adjustable platter start / brake speed
  • Adjustable pitch (+/- 8%, 16%, 25%, 100%) with pitch blend
  • Key lock allows a song’s tempo to be changed without affecting the original key of the song
  • Reliable anti-shock playback with auto cue
  • Blue LCD display with visual marketing
  • S/PDIF digital output

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23 comments to this story

On January 16, 2008, Wil said this:
Whoop-de-doo! Swing and a miss. Great job Stanton, welcome to 2000. Still OEM technlogy and absolutely nothing special. I hope they have something else planned.

On January 16, 2008, Gyro said this:
I was always intrigued by this line of CDJs. While for now Stanton is not on the top-of-my-list of dj gear manufacturers, I wonder if those would be useful with a DVS, like; how well would it perform compared to a CDJ-800 USING A DVS. If you leave reliability away, would they be equivalent?

P.S.: Oh yeah, this new one looks neat hehe

On January 16, 2008, SpAzZ said this:
I hope they resolved the scratch emulation on this newer deck. It sounds like a$$ on the C.314. That was the only thing keeping it from being taken serious.

On January 16, 2008, nem0nic said this:


On January 16, 2008, Dizzy said this:
This isn't their big news, it's just a morsel.

On January 16, 2008, ndazzle said this:
I really like the new color and the slot loading mechanism. Allot better than the older model.

On January 16, 2008, nem0nic said this:
"This isn't their big news, it's just a morsel."

Say it isn't so! What on earth could be better than this?!

(apparently my sarcasm doesn't go over here at all...)

On January 16, 2008, Rogan said this:
you guys are looking at this in terms of scratching and not mix djing. CDs will NEVER EVER EVER be widely accepted for scratch, hip hop stuff. This is intended for the mix crowd who still like that tactile turntable feel. Overall i think it looks like a nice improvement over the earlier model. They just need to lighten the weight of the platter. The old platter was terrible because it was very heavy and was also to smooth on the top so your fingers couldnt get a grip.

On January 16, 2008, Solo said this:
Even for mixing these CD players can be a pain. The Pitch slider just feels really flimsy, like it'll snap if you put too much pressure on it. Pitch resolution is only .1% even at its most incremental range. The trigger buttons always get stuck, which made drumming on the pads more cautious then creative- it is very easy to get stuck in a cue-point and completely throw off your mix, before you realize button number 3 is stuck in the chassis. Effects implementation is a little messy, its not so much fun messing with those tiny knobs to get the parameters right. Effects also don't seem to have any limiting on them- you have to be careful. The platter seems designed for the occasional backspin more then intense scratching so I can't really criticize it- it serves its purpose.

On January 16, 2008, SpAzZ said this:
" guys are looking at this in terms of scratching and not mix djing...."

I'm sorry, I thought was a site for scratchers. embarrest.gif

On January 16, 2008, Carrots said this:
I thought skratchworx was a site for all DJs. That's like saying serato scratch live is just for scratchers.

On January 16, 2008, Rosta said this:
Pioneer ripp off crap decks really !!!!! LOL to any cheap bastard that bought them ( or is thinking about it )

On January 16, 2008, weaksauce said this:
god i hate cd's so much. it makes me so mad i can't even begin to express it coherently. gkghkhg khgk hghk hkg hg.

On January 16, 2008, Gizmo said this:
Death to CDs

On January 16, 2008, l0ckd0wn said this:
Gotta love Stanton haters... Pioneer rip off? Isn't that kind of a moronic statement considering all CDJs are basicly the same in design? (minus that of the Denon and Technics models with the spinning platter)

I think it is another step. Not a big one, but a needed upgrade to a product that serves its purpose. It also is much cheaper than the Pioneer line making it a great mid level CD player.

On January 17, 2008, eh said this:
would match my ttx well

On January 17, 2008, Rosta said this:
@ L0ckd0wn I do not think that was a moronic statement at all pioneer lets say pioneered the cdj design an that was a BLATENT copy of what they PIONEERED

I had the misfortune of using one of the earlier ones and the jog DID NOT come any were near my old CDJ1000s

oh yeah and it had a tray drive wtf!!!!

Im sticking with my Technics and a laptop thanks

On January 17, 2008, nem0nic said this:
"I had the misfortune of using one of the earlier ones and the jog DID NOT come any were near my old CDJ1000s"

Did you just compare a $1200 device with a $300 one? Just checking.

On January 17, 2008, Rosta said this:
yeah its called you get what you pay for smile.gif

On January 17, 2008, nem0nic said this:
And some people don't want to pay $1200 for a CD player. They might just be starting out, or a CDJ might be a "throwaway" source while they primarily rely on something else (like turntables and/or DVS). It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that all kinds of people DJ.

While I'll admit that the last time I researched it was a year ago, when I checked the 300 series decks compared VERY favorably to other offerings in that price range.

On January 17, 2008, Rosta said this:
Fair dues you are right but its like when I first bought decks they were some crap gemini things I soon moved on to the Industry standard 1200s

Pioneer are the Cdj Industry standards

spose every ones gota start somewhere though ( sorry but I am a pioneer fan )

Thats my opinion

NOT hating stanton I have a stanton SA5 ( that I love ) and their carts ( 500s ) have served me well

before I found Ortofon

It does not take a Rocket scientist to know what Quality gear is though and this line of cdjs are NOT

but for the Budget dudes go ahead

On April 4, 2008, reagan said this:
just tried these out in a local store and they are a lot of cd player for the money. they have a few dsp improvements over the old model

My thoughts on industry standard comments is that they are often just that "standard". That's not me saying I think the pioneers cdj's are not good. I think they are, but they are not always the right solution for everyone even disregarding the price issue.
There are plenty of other brands and pieces of kit that can add creativity and that's surely what music is about. Being creative and not sounding like everyone else. Why do guitarists use different guitars? PC's for some software and Macs for others?

On December 21, 2010, Dj Aravin said this:
Hey Guys, i have Stanton C 324, but the cd's not reading. pls let me kn where i can find a Slot cd drive unit for it. pls help . my mail is Thank you

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