February 3, 2005
../ 2005 NAMM Report: Stanton
Stanton surprised everyone with a complete design overhaul
of their entire line and corporate image. They solicited the help of design firm
The Brewery (London, UK) to take their aesthetic into the future.
Peter Phillips, Manager Partner, came up with a clean industrial look
for the company. "We want Stanton to be perceived in a manner that reflects the cutting-edge nature of its new products," Phillips discloses. "DJs, musicians and producers who use Stanton gear are those who
expect sophisticated technology combined with strength, reliability and ease
Pablo La Rosa, Marketing Manager, elaborates, "Stanton had been building quality products on the inside-like our SST mixers and
award-winning STR8-150 turntable-but this was not always reflected on the outside of the product. So we decided to
make design our primary focus for our 2005 product line and we're very pleased at the response we have received thus far." Stanton's new
logo now has the universal computer on/off switch as the letter "o" - an interesting choice. "We wanted to create a logo that
reflects the excitement of the company's direction and recent product introductions and the passion the team feel for the brand and DJing. So we highlighted
the word 'on' within the name Stanton, and turned the 'o' into the international '1/0' symbol for powering electronics devices to communicate Stanton's energy and that
they are quite literally, switched on," Phillips reveals.
Stanton introduced three new mixers at the show, the RM.406, the RM.404 and the RM.402. "The RM Series represents the culmination of
Stanton's decades of experience designing DJ mixers," says Henri Cohen, Stanton's Vice-President of Sales and Marketing. "The
RM.406 is the choice for club and mobile DJs who want it all, while the RM.404 and RM.402 combine terrific features and great quality at
affordable prices." The RM.406 is a 4-channel, rackmounted mixer that features Stanton's SST technology for pristine audio quality. Its
extensive routing, including 10 line/CD inputs and 4 Phono inputs, can accommodate even the most complex DJ setups. The RM.406 provides
three mic inputs (2 XLR and 1/4"), with 3-band EQ and a Talkover function, as well as FX Send and Return connectors. A
minijack input allows easy connection of an iPod or similar portable HD player. The RM.406's stunning industrial design features touches like
diffused LEDs, and its innovative Illumiknobs which use colored backlight to show knob position in dark environments. Each channel on the
RM.406 hosts separate Gain and 3-band EQ with complete kills. A fully-assignable crossfader with curve control and Fader Start function
complements its versatile Cue section, which features stereo/split function, cue pan and level control. A variety of outputs are provided, including Master (XLR balanced and 1/4"), Zone (1/4" balanced and RCA),
Booth (RCA), Record (RCA) and Headphone (1/4" and 1/8"). Designed for today's music, the RM.406 features an XLR Subwoofer output with sweepable
crossover (80Hz to 320Hz).
The new RM.404 is a 4-channel mixer with the same great audio quality and flexible features as the RM.406, minus its dedicated booth outputs
and subwoofer output. It also offers two mic inputs instead the RM.406's three. Stanton's new RM.402 is a 4-channel mixer designed for mobile DJs.
Employing SST audio technology for superb audio quality, the RM.402 raises the bar for affordable mixers, offering 3 Phono, 9 Line and 3 Mic inputs. A fully assignable crossfader with Fader Start function is included,
as is gain control with clip LED on each channel. The RM.402's mic inputs feature 2-band EQ and Talkover function, and its dual 7-band master EQ
with On/Off switch is perfect for mobile DJ needs. The RM.402 includes a balanced Master output, plus Zone and Booth outputs.
Stanton also unveiled their new T-Series turntables featuring the all-new, top of the line
T.120 and T.120C, as well as the new T.80, T.60 and T.50. "The T.120 is the most beautiful and well-thought out turntable
Stanton has ever produced," Pablo La Rosa, proudly stated. "It has the industry's strongest
direct drive motor, along with the features that pro DJs have always wanted."
Each of the five new Stanton turntables offers specific features that appeal to different DJ applications and levels of experience. Designed
for professional DJs, the T.120 (straight arm) and T.120C (curve arm) offer a strong
direct drive motor with 4.5 Kgf-cm of torque. Features of the T.120 and T.120C include
dual Start/Stop buttons and Reverse button, Start/Brake speed adjust controls, Motor Off feature, selectable pitch control with quartz lock,
and more. The Stanton T.80 brings futuristic looks and the latest digital technology together in a world-class turntable with a powerful direct-drive motor. Several features of the T.80 are unique, like its
built-in Key Lock that allows DJs to adjust the tempo of a record without affecting pitch. The turntable's
S/PDIF digital output makes the T.80 great for archiving vinyl or for use
with a digital mixer.
The T.60 is Stanton's most affordable direct drive turntable. It features
a powerful motor, a straight tone arm ideal for scratching, plus two Start/Stop switches, a pitch control slider and removable target light. The
T.50 is an entry-level turntable that offers excellent performance for its affordable price. The T.50 is a belt drive model that boasts professional features like a skip-resistant straight tone arm, two Start/Stop
switches, a pitch control slider and removable target light.
But wait, there's more!
Stanton also announced the C.304 and C.303, two new tabletop CD players. "The C.304 and C.303 are excellent self-contained solutions for
DJs who want to scratch discs like vinyl," says Henri Cohen. "They allow DJs all the creativity of turntables-along with
effects, looping and sampling - to give even more creative license to serious DJs."
The Stanton C.304 is the company's flagship tabletop CD player. Its cutting-edge design is centered around a
large, touch-sensitive jog wheel that provides the control DJs require for excellent turntablist performances. Eight
high-quality DSP effects in the C.304 (Filter, Echo, Phase, Flanger, Transform, Pan, Scratch, Skid) with
auto beat-sync allow for performance-oriented mixing, while adjustable pitch with
Key Lock and Pitch Bend make smooth transitions easy. The C.304 has
onboard sampling with four trigger buttons and cue memory. Its reliable, anti-shock playback, easy-to-read LCD display with visual
marker for track position, and S/PDIF digital output works for a wide variety of DJ applications.
Another new Stanton tabletop CD player, the C.303, offers many of the C.304's powerful features in a slightly scaled-back and affordable package. Designed as a "workhorse" CD player, it includes a large jog wheel, a
10-second anti-shock buffer, and digital features like Key Lock, seamless looping and four sample trigger buttons.
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In addition, Stanton introduced two new models of professional rack-mountable dual CD players for DJs, the C.504 and C.503.
"We can confidently call it the most advanced dual CD player ever made. With larger jogwheels for more natural scratching, playback of MP3 discs,
ten seconds of sampling, and powerful creative controls, no other CD player for DJs comes close," Henri Cohen, Stanton's Vice-President of
Sales & Marketing boasts.
The new C.504 is Stanton's flagship dual CD player. It consists of a two-space CD player and a compact 3U rackmount controller with
large jogwheels that provide turntable-style control. The CD player's features include
seamless looping, reverse playback, 10 seconds of sampling per deck, and
independent pitch and tempo control via Key Lock and Key Shift functions. Three hot start/cue points are offered for quick cueing and
instant playback, and beat synced effects like filter, flange and delay are also integrated. A
S/PDIF digital output is standard.
The new C.503 is a professional dual CD player designed for mobile and club DJs. It presents a more affordable solution for DJs who still
require features like scratching, seamless looping, hot cue points, Key Lock (Master Tempo) and anti-shock memory. The C.503 offers an even
smaller controller area than the C.504 (only two rackspaces) for compact installations. Even at its lower price point, the C.503 still provides
anti-shock memory, independent pitch/tempo control, effects, and a digital output.
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