What Is It?
Next the DN-X600 mixer. At its heart is a 24-bit 96 kHz 4 in / 4 out USB 2.0 Audio Interface, coupled with internal 32-bit Processing and 32-bit DAC Output and you have an extremely versatile digital DJ mixer that sounds incredible. Oh, and I almost forgot the best part… MIDI! Yep, and not just a couple buttons, every fader, button and rotary control on the mixer can send MIDI. All of that is housed within a steel chassis.
The master volume follows the trend of using a hefty rotary and its positioned snuggly between the two channel selectors. The booth/send level is to the right. Monitoring is assisted with a 10 segment meter that can alternate between Cue/PGM or Master and the headphone section is simple with Cue/Master panning or split cue. Special attention has to be paid to the sick crossfader on the X600 with its unique 32-point contour and tension adjustment to really add a slick edge to the entire package.
Another worthy mention for the crossfader is its “Thru” function which can be MIDI-mapped for video transitions using apps such as Serato Video Scratch Live or Virtual DJ, while the channel faders continue to control and output audio.
Who Should Own One / Both?
Ah, why both would you ask? Well, both of the devices we’re reviewing today are MIDI compatible so you could combine a DNSC2000 to control the CDJ, Effects and Looping sections of Traktor while you map the audio and MIDI functions through the X600 to give you a totally digital DJ system with all the controls and lights you could want.
Plus you could still add decks, CDJ’s, effects send/return to the Aux 1 channel and further route it all back into the EFX section. The mind boggles.
In stand-alone terms the SC2000 would be suited to a PC/Mac-only DJ who wants a decent MIDI control interface, or someone playing on the Traktor Scratch system who is looking for a separate controller for loops and effects.
The X600 is a superb DJ mixer for anyone looking at pro quality kit, add the audio interface and MIDI and it becomes an entirely different beast altogether. A scratch DJ would feel very happy with this purchase after giving the fader a couple flicks and, after doing a final check I found out that you can be really clever and fit an Innofader-Pro crossfader too.
Straight out the box the DN-SC2000 is going to impress the hell out of you. The reassuring touch of cold steel is one of the first sensations to entice you as you heft its impressive 1.3 Kg out of the box. Plugging it in yields similar results as you watch the drivers install and the backlit rubberized buttons start lighting up. Using it was quick and easy with great results.
The same compliment can be paid to the X600. It sounds brilliant, has a great effects section, and the faders and in particular the cross-fader move around succinctly. The MIDI was dead easy to set-up and the Matrix Interface system makes sure that you wouldn’t be afraid to use all the functions and channels. In fact the only real kink I could find in the armour was a lack of a fader on the SC2000, but you could always just reassign rotary parameter 2 and 3 from the EFX section to line fader control and the mouse gets the cheese!
Now put these two pieces of the kit together and it’s like two Transformers joining together to make a Mega-former.
The DN-SC200 and DN-X600 complement each other like… well, like a mixer and CDJ. Everything you would need to control is accounted for elegantly, and backlit for good measure.
There was no issue getting it all running together with a couple pieces of software and once again Denon products promise an inherent build quality with no compromises on the buttons and faders.
You wouldn’t go wrong with either piece of gear if you were looking for a DJ MIDI controller or Digital DJ mixer but together they present an altogether graceful way of DJing using your computer, add another SC2000 to add two extra channel controls and you can really start pushing the envelope.
Written By : Dave Skinz