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What is the SC System®

The SC System is a controller system designed for DJing with computer software. The SC System is compromised of a mixer and deck controller which can be used as replacements for mixer and turntables currently found in setups around the world. These controllers speak industry standard MIDI messages so they can be hooked into any DJ software that accepts MIDI.

The SCS.1m is a perfect analogy to standard 4 channel DJ mixers so it can be used to control virtual mixers and FX while the SCS.1d is a direct comparison to a turntable / cd player hybrid with motorized platter, trigger pads, encoder section and motorized pitch fader.

Both components (SCS.1m and SCS.1d) are Firewire devices so they can be chained together and added upon for even more control and performance options. Firewire provides plug and play functionality on the Mac and screaming low latency audio.

What software does the SC System control?

The SC System was designed for control of today's most popular DJ software, including Traktor DJ Studio, Mixvibes, Deckadance and others. That said, because the SC System is a versatile controller, it may be used with any current or future MIDI software, such as DAW’s or even VJ applications.

Does the SC System pass audio?

The SCS.1m includes a low latency soundcard to allow for direct audio connectivity out of the controller. In this way, the master output booth and headphones may all be connected into the mixer without any need for external mixers or audio devices. Simply plug the SCS.1m into a PA system and you're good to go.

Why would I choose the SC System versus a DVS (digital vinyl system)?

The SC System provides a much more in depth and versatile platform for interfacing with the computer. While DVS systems only allow for two controls (the 2 vinyl records) being sent into the computer, the SC system allows for hundreds of additional options to control elements in the software.

In addition to this increased control, the signals coming from DVS need to be sent as audio to the computer then run through error correction algorithms to account for record wear, needle frequency response, and rumble of the turntable. Following this process, the signal is then applied to the scratching of the audio (which means a lot of delay has been added, since the control signal is being sent through an imperfect environment). When using the vinyl on the SC System, the movements are tracked optically so there is much more resolution and no errors being introduced.

If desired, the SCS.1m is also able to work in parallel with a DVS system for users that would like play traditional vinyl and use the mixer to control on-screen elements.

What happens when I decide to change software, or when technology changes?

The SC System was intentionally designed to not age with the times. The latencies achievable today with Firewire technology are well below the speed in which a human ear can detect a delay, and with most of the intelligence taking place on the computer there is very little chance that the electronics will need to be updated in the near future. Should software advance radically, the presets for the hardware can be updated so the SC System components can change with the times.

Where can I see SC System in action?

Stanton will be conducting a tour to many local retailers and various regional events to do demonstrations and field questions about the SC System, as well as provide the opportunity for users to get a hands-on experience. Please check the news section for updates on the tour dates.

 
When I try to connect DaScratch® to the computer, it’s not recognized and/or the LEDs on the unit light in an irregular pattern.

Check that the USB cable is securely connected to both the computer and DaScratch. This can also be caused by an underpowered USB port. Make sure that DaScratch is not connected to a non-powered hub. If it’s plugged directly into the computer, try using a different USB port.

DaScratch seems to be connected properly, but it doesn’t respond the way I expect it to in a given application.

This is more than likely caused by either not having the DaRouter software running, or by having the wrong preset selected in DaRouter. First, check to make sure you’ve selected the correct preset. If it’s correct, check to make sure the aliases in the preset are correctly assigned. If your application has some kind of a MIDI setup file, make sure that is also correctly selected.

The application I’m using is not receiving any MIDI messages, but DaScratch seems to be working fine (it responds to preset changes and user input normally).

If it looks like DaScratch is running normally, but your application isn’t receiving any MIDI messages (or the wrong ones), then it’s likely that you have the wrong MIDI interface selected in your application. When using DaRouter, you should select the virtual MIDI port (Stanton DaRouter Virtual In/Out). Selecting “USB Audio Device” or “SCS3.d” in your performance application will only give you the raw output of DaScratch – not the output of DaRouter.

It is very difficult to turn the knobs on the back of the unit (when removing the rear cover).

Especially when DaScratch is new, those knobs can be hard to turn with just your fingers. On the top of each knob is a slot in which the edge of a coin can be placed to make turning them easier.

With DaScratch connected, I have a hard time opening my MIDI capable program (ie. Traktor, DaRouter, Ableton Live, etc).

Sometimes software has a hard time opening and closing MIDI ports. The easiest workaround is to simply unplug the SCS.3d and reconnect it.

DaRouter gives me errors every time I open it. I want to start fresh and get rid of everything I've done so far.

Make sure that DaRouter is closed. Navigate to the directory where DaRouter is installed. Locate a file called "DaRouter.bmts". Delete or rename that file and re-open DaRouter. Reload the preset of your choice and follow the prompts.

 
Problem: No power.

Possible Cause: Power switch not on.
Solution: Turn power switch on, either at rear of the unit or atop the strobe indicator.

Problem: Motor or platter not turning.

Possible Cause 1: Motor switch not on.
Solution: Turn motor switch on, that is atop the strobe indicator and press the start / stop switch.

Possible Cause 2: Belt not connected to motor (for belt drive unit).
Solution: Locate the belt on the underside of the platter, on the surface of the inner ring but do not remove it. Place platter on turntable and line up the rectangular opening on the platter with the brass motor spindle. Lift the belt off the platter and attach it to the motor spindle. Press the start / stop switch.

Problem: Hum in output.

Possible Cause 1: Poor ground connection.

Solution: Ensure turntable ground wire (if available) is properly connected to mixer's ground terminal (Digital turntables do not require an external ground wire).

Possible Cause 2: Loose cartridge or headshell connections.

Solution: Check cartridge connections to headshell wires, making sure that the colored wires don't have any breaks and are connected to the respective cartridge pins.

Possible Cause 3: Shorted input source RCA cables.

Solution: Isolate and replace the damaged cable.

Problem: Audio output level is very low.

Possible Cause: Incorrect output connections.

Solution: If an analog turntable is being used then make sure that it is connected to the PHONO input on the mixer or stereo system. Use a pre-amp to connect the turntable to, if no PHONO input is available.

If a digital turntable is being used then check that the PHONO / LINE switch is set to the LINE position if connected to the LINE input on the mixer or stereo system.

Problem: Audio output level is very high.

Possible Cause: Incorrect output connections.

Solution: If a digital turntable is being used then check that the PHONO / LINE switch is set to the PHONO position if connected to the PHONO input on the mixer or stereo system.

Problem: No audio output, audio cuts in and out or only audio from one side.

Possible Cause 1: Dirty stylus, worn or faulty stylus or cartridge.

Solution: Try cleaning stylus tip with a stylus cleaner (such as Stanton's SC4).

Stanton SC4

Isolate and replace the defective stylus or cartridge.

Possible Cause 2: Loose cartridge or headshell connections.

Solution: Check cartridge connections to headshell wires, making sure that the colored wires don't have any breaks and are connected to the respective cartridge pins.

Possible Cause 3: Oxidation or dirt build up on 4 pins in the toneam that make contact to the headshell.

Solution: Clean the 4 pins using a pencil head eraser and then with some rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip

Problem: Digital output not working.

Possible Cause 1: Incorrect output connections.

Solution: Make sure to connect the turntable's SPDIF digital output to a computer sound card or stand alone CD recorder that has the same single SPDIF or coaxial input.

Possible Cause 2: Digital recorder or sound card spec don't match.

Solution: Make sure the recorder or sound card specs match the specs of the turntable's digital output: 44.1kHz sampling rate, 16 bit word size, PCM format.

Possible Cause 3: Wrong digital cable used.

Solution: Only use a SPDIF or coaxial type digital cable with a 75ohm load.

Problem: Cartridge skipping.

Possible Cause 1: Incorrect tonearm and cartridge setup.

Solution: Properly setup tonearm and cartridge settings as specified in turntable owners manual or cartridge setup instructions.

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Possible Cause 2: Worn out or damaged stylus.
Solution:Replace the defective stylus with a new one.

Possible Cause 3: Dirty, worn or scratched records.

Solution: Clean records using a vinyl cleaner (such as Stanton's VC1). See

Stanton VC1

Use records with little or no wear or scratches.

Possible Cause 4: Turntable not level.

Solution: Make sure turntable is placed on a sturdy and flat level surface.

Problem: Audio feedback.

Possible Cause: Turntable to close to speakers.
Solution: Face speakers away from turntable or move turntable away from speakers signal wave path.

 
Problem: No power.

Possible Cause 1: Power switch not on.
Solution: Turn power switch on.

Possible Cause 2: AC adaptor (power supply) has no voltage output.
Solution: Replace AC adaptor with new one.

Problem: Hum when using turntable source.

Possible Cause 1: Poor ground connection.

Solution: Turn power switch on.

Possible Cause 2: Loose cartridge or headshell connections.

Solution: Ensure turntable ground wire (if available) is properly connected to mixer's ground terminal (Digital turntables do not require an external ground wire).

Possible Cause 3: Shorted input source RCA cables.

Solution: Check cartridge connections to headshell wires, making sure that the colored wires don't have any breaks and are connected to the respective cartridge pins.

Possible Cause 4: Shorted input source RCA cables.

Solution: Isolate and replace the damaged cable.

Problem: Low frequency hum with no input signal source connected.

Possible Cause 1: Faulty or incorrect AC adaptor (power supply).

Solution: Make sure correct AC adaptor is being used and replace AC adaptor with new one.

Possible Cause 2: Loose cartridge or headshell connections.

Solution: Ensure turntable ground wire (if available) is properly connected to mixer's ground terminal (Digital turntables do not require an external ground wire).

Possible Cause 3: Shorted output RCA cables.

Solution: Isolate and replace the damaged cable.

Problem: Amplifier or stereo system is turned up but there's no audio signal.

Possible Cause 1: Incorrect output connections.

Solution: Make sure mixer's MASTER outputs are connected to amplifier or stereo system LINE / CD / AUX inputs.

Possible Cause 2: Improper level adjustment.

Solution: Correctly set crossfader, channel (line) faders, gain or EQ controls, and input select switches.

Problem: Signal volume can't be adjusted with master volume control.

Possible Cause: Amplifier or stereo system connected to the RECORD output.

Solution: Connect amplifier or stereo system to MASTER output.

Problem: No curve control or volume decreases when Focus Fader V1 is used.

Possible Cause: Incorrect crossfader curve adjustment.

Solution: When using Focus Fader V1, there is no curve control adjustment that can be made. Crossfader curve adjustment must be set to the sharpest setting.

Problem: Only one side is heard in headphones.

Possible Cause 1: Improper connection.

Solution: Make sure headphone cable is fully inserted into mixer's headphone jack.

Possible Cause 2: Incorrect stereo / split setting.

Solution: Set cue stereo / split switch to the STEREO position.

Problem: No signal in headphones.

Possible Cause 1: Incorrect cue level or cue mix settings.

Solution: Adjust cue volume level and cue mix to the proper level and channel setting.

Possible Cause 2: Channel cue switch not on.

Solution: Turn channel cue switch on.

Problem: Crossfader or linefader sticking.

Possible Cause: Dirt build up or lack of lubricant on rails.

Solution: Follow cleaning process outlined in mixer owners manual, making sure to apply lubricant directly onto the rails of the fader.

Problem: Crosfader or linefader has static, bleeding or one side cuts out when used.

Possible Cause 1: Some dust inside fader.

Solution: Spray a small amount of electronic contact cleaner into the fader and slide fader back and forth a few times to spread fluid so as to clean contacts. DO NOT use a lubricant.

Possible Cause 2:Significant wear to contact surface.

Solution: Replace the faders with a new one. Contact cleaner will NOT fix problem.

Problem: Effects loop not working.

Possible Cause 1: Improper setup from mixer to external effects processing unit.

Solution: Connect mixer's two SEND jacks to the audio INPUT jacks on the effects unit. Connect the audio OUTPUT jacks on the effects unit to the two RETURN jacks on the mixer. Set the channel FX LOOP on the mixer to the ON position and adjust the levels of both the SEND and RETURN volume controls.

Possible Cause 2: Effects processing unit not on.

Solution: Power up effects unit and turn unit on.

Problem: Audio feedback.

Possible Cause:Mic level to high or to close to speakers.

Solution: Turn mic volume level down and use mic away from speakers. Best if speakers face away from system setup.

 
Problem: No Power.

Possible Cause 1: Power switch not on.

Solutions: Turn power switch on.

Possible Cause 2: Blown fuse.

Solutions: Check and replace fuse with a new one, if unit has a fuse holder located on the rear of the unit.

Problem: Controller display not working.

Possible Cause 1: Both control cables not attached.

Solutions: Make sure both control cables are fully attached to the controller section sockets and transport section sockets.

Possible Cause 2: Faulty control cables.

Solutions: Check that the control cable male pins are not bent,and replace cables with new ones where necessary.

Problem: Fader start function not working.

Possible Cause 1: Improper connections made.

Solutions: Connect one end of the fader start cable to the fader start input jacks on the CD player controller and the other end of the fader start cable to the fader start input jacks on the mixer.

Possible Cause 2: Mixer fader start on switch not activated.

Solutions: Turn on the fader start switch for each channel on the mixer. A mixer that has the fader start functions must be used.

Problem: Skipping.

Possible Cause 1: Excessive vibration to unit.

Solutions: Place unit away from any vibration or reduce volume to speaker to reduce vibration.

Possible Cause 2: CD laser pick up maybe dirty.

Solutions: Use any industry standard CD cleaner to clean the CD laser pick up.

Possible Cause 3: Scratched or incorrect format CD.

Solutions: Use either store bought or CD-R type CD's, and CD's with little or no scratches.

Problem: Hum in output.

Possible Cause: Shorted input RCA cables.

Solutions: Isolate and replace the damaged cable.

 
9V AC 1000 Ma Part #PS-SMXUS
  • SMX-201
  • SMX-211
  • M.201
  • M.202
Output 1: 15V AC 500 ma Output 2: 12V AC 700 ma Part # PS-RM19US
  • SMX-501
  • SA-8
  • RM-100
  • RM-80
  • RM-50
16.8V AC 1A Part # PS-16US
  • SSMX-401
  • SMX-301
  • M.303
  • M.304
  • M.505
  • SMX-301
  • RM.22
  • RM.402
  • RM.404
  • RM.406
  • SA.5
10V AC 1500 mA Part # PS-SA12US
  • SA-12
12V AC 1000 mA Part # PS18US
  • SK 2F
  • SK 2F ltd
  • SK 6F
  • SK 6
  • RM-3
  • RM-3S
  • SA-3