Stanton has sent CDM some product shots of the new DaScratch touch controller. What we couldn’t see before is evident here: the fit and finish looks like it has some potential, and most of all, this device is really compact. (Well, that or they just shot it using someone with very large hands.) I look forward to seeing it up close and personal.

I want to hear from you: what do you think is the competition for this device? What are you looking for in terms of expressive controllers — controllers that aren’t just mixer / control surfaces? Mixer-style layouts or simple boxes of encoders/knobs have tended to be the rule. (Coming soon, we’ll have a round-up of controllers on iPod touch and iPhone as well as DS. They’re fun, but none of those give you a whole lot of surface here.)

More photos, as you ponder:

  • http://toilville.com peter

    I guess well have to see how long it takes for someone to release a iphone clone of it in app store..

  • http://www.myspace.com/stoposcillate Marcel

    http://www.vimeo.com/1333520

    Not exactly a touch surface but definitely expressive mixer-style control. Plus the customization is endless. When I do get a Monome (rather, if I ever get a Monome haha), I'd love to try this out.

  • http://iosu.com Richie Hawtin

    you should post the video with Richard Devine hosting this product

    its fucking hilariously dorky

  • Fatlimey

    Especially the phrase "allows you to control and manipulate music, on a Mac or a PC, like a DJ". Sure, because I've always wanted to be "like a DJ".

    Even during the launch of their flagship digital product, they cannot quite bring themselves to admit that a Digital DJ is a real DJ.

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    The video is already posted in the previous story:
    http://createdigitalmusic.com/2008/09/19/stanton-

    Well, they are did get their start in the cartridge business (hence, Stanton Magnetics), so I can see their bias. Richard, though, is awesomely dorky. He is a dorkbot among men.

  • http://notas.litelate.com algarcia

    hahaha "like a DJ". I dont like it, phisically when turned off reminds me a lot to late 70s walkman. it also looks like a toy. i would use one, and have a lot of fun with them but if given away for free, but if i was about to buy DJ software/hardware i'd go for traditional serato or its m-audio alternative.

  • doodoo

    the stc 1000 is very similar to this, except it's just a big rectangle. It outputs real MIDI from the hardware itself, so it works with literally anything and you don't need to run any middleware. It has a librarian program that is used to set up how the surface acts. It holds 16 presets. A knob is used to scroll through them and a little led display says what it is. Each preset can divide the surface into as many as 16 regions and each region can act as a horizontal or vertical slider, a trigger or an x/y/z surface (it's pressure sensitive). It doesn't do the rotary thing but it wouldn't be impossible to set up this sort of behavior in pd or max/msp. It is also built like a tank.

  • http://www.batterycollection.net jmelnyk

    when are the dumb names for new products going to stop? first little phatty. then mopho. now this. ugh…

  • http://www.stackinpaper.com keeb$

    Like jmelnyk said, the name is horrible… though I am extremely excited for the device.

    As to Peter's question, I would say the competition for this depends on what you intend to use it for. Personally, I plan on using it as an addition to my current DJ setup. I bring just my laptop and a Presonus Firebox which I connect to both stereo channels of the club's DJ mixer so that I can mix using the analog mixer so I don't want have to lug a full fledged MIDI console with me to mix with. I put my laptop on one of the turntables, so I'll probably put this on the other turntable and use it as a transport control, to cue tracks (I don't think the scratching will be responsive enough… but maybe), trigger loops/cue points, tweak FX, maybe EQ tracks, etc but still use the analog mixer for crossfading . So to me, this will replace some of the functions I currently do using the analog mixer, and some of the functions that I use the keyboard for now. Competing products might be the "all in one dj MIDI controllers" that are out there (most of which seem like junk), normal MIDI controllers, and if it turns out to perform well enough for what I need, maybe it would replace the analog mixer.

    As noted, its size really makes it attractive for a DJ. If it can't fit in my backpack that I use now, then I wouldn't want it. Also, the fact that the back of it is somewhat hollow when the back panel is removed makes it extra attractive for DJ setups because the center nub of the turntable won't get in the way.

    Very well thought out design. I'm getting one as soon as possible.

  • clash

    Until someone invents an interface that can be as expressive, fluid, and instrument-like for live-mixing digital music, there will be no replacement for the turntables and mixer paired with vinyl emulation softwares like serato.

  • Fatlimey

    @Clash:

    As a purely digital DJ I have absolutely no desire to emulate vinyl. There' a perfectly good way to do that already available and it's called Actually Using Vinyl. It just seems to me that if you're going to go fully digital, having devices that allow new ways of interacting with music would be your goal, not yet another interface that does the same old thing in a slightly less efficient manner than actually using the same old thing. Where are the new paradigms? Why aren't the big name Ableton DJs sharing more of their ideas?

  • Rinko

    it may sound shallow but my biggest problem with this piece of equipment is the name. 'DaScratch'? please…i'd love to meet the marketing minds behind that one.

  • Les

    and now for more touch sensitive goodness….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyX81N02V0E

  • http://www.cooptrol.com cooptrol

    I've been using the korg miniKaoss pad for something "like" scratching (besides the traditional scratching which I'm fond of). I play a pad-like loop (with Virtual DJ, my app of choice) and select the program #21 (pitch shifter+filter) and thats it, sounds almost like a scratch.

    You can also play a sound with short attack, placing a cue at the beggining, and triggering it with the laptop button while shifting it with the other hand on the miniKP, to get a stab scratch effect.

    I'm not too fond of controllers, so I prefer audio units that do the job, digitally or analogically. The main thing I do with the miniKP is using it as cut crossfader for scratching. You can get waaay faster with the fingers than with a normal crossfader, and it sounds exactly the same (and you can add effects!).

    I have found millions of interesting stuff to do with the miniKP. I will post a video soon.

  • http://www.cooptrol.com cooptrol

    PS: when are they going to build a small, portable device that loads mp3s in a flash memory and lets you scratch them with no latency, a proper-weighted jog wheel, and a nice sounding algorithm?

    That I would buy!!