This control surface isn't bad for a recreational use. It allows you to control 4 tracks in traktor (after mapping it). But I've had some problems: A buzz at 700 hz on the Main output and the controls age pretty bad.
Let's be clear, there are better options out there, Vestax or Denon are more reasonable choices, I think.
It's the first time I use a USB mixer. I've been using the SCS 4DJ for two months. I sent back the first one after a month because the buttons would block and there was no way to stop it. I love the fact that it can read directly from a USB key or a HDD without the need of a PC. The second one works fine, except for the decks (like the first one): Every time I try to move along the song I get an error message: "The song requires a function that hasn't been enabled," and the song disappears from my playlist. Since this is the second mixer with the same problem, I wonder whether it's a known defect or it's just me who doesn't know how to use it??? I wouldn't buy it again unless I find a solution to this issue.
How long have you been using the product?
One week which I have spent organizing my MP3s rather than mixing.
Which feature do you like the most / the least?
- Once the song is analyzed, classified, it works automatically, it's fast if you know your songs well and how you have ordered them.
- The Touch system, you place your finger on the jog and it's like playing a vinyl, it's cool!
- The jogs are heavy, it doesn't feel as plasticky as the Kontrol S2. Nice!
- No need of a PC, which is fantastic!!
- 2 Jacks, 2 RCAs, enough outputs!
- The firmware which apparently evolves
- Once analyzed, everything is saved in the memory, CUE+3 HOTCUEs, BPM, the song's spectrum data, its length. And it's really fast!
- It has USB ports, so you can connect to it an HD or a USB key
- How slow it is to load songs at first, I have approx. 3,000 MP3 not 10,000 and it takes 5 minutes to be ready.
- No physical gain buttons for the mix tracks. The latest firmware version solved that, but it requires a 2-key combination
- The organization if you have an external drive with 20000 files...Good luck! The screen is small, so imagine how much fun it is to browse your MP3 library! Personally, I ordered them alphabetically with a playlist system (M3U) supported by the SCS4
- The silk-screen printing! I thought the Enter button was dirty, so I rubbed it...But it wasn't, the paint was damaged and it just got worse with the rubbing.
- The effects, especially the Slice effect, which is a nightmare to use
Did you try any other models before buying this one?
The S2, which is all right, but you need a PC...
Compared to the S2, the Jog is much more heavy, it doesn't feel as plasticky and it can be used without a PC!
How would you rate its value for money?
I bought it for $300!
Based on your experience, would you buy this product again?
I'm not sure it has many competitors!! YES, Id' buy it again, despite its defects! If it had a bigger screen and was faster managing files, it would be the best!
I've been using it for a month now. I have previously used hercules, american audio vms4, and behringer mixers, plus Denon and Pioneer complete sets.
There is a couple of things I don't like in terms of quality, for the price, it has a plasticky look (even if the knobs and slider are great), no gain control per channel, no possibility to extend to a CD (unlike the vms4), and how long it takes to estimate a beat if you don't use the beatgrid software.
I'd surely buy it again If it cost the same I paid for it originally, because it's an all-in-one.
If you are hesitating about getting it, try it out and trust your first impression