Wherever there's a teaser video, full product info is sure to follow. Denon's decided to stop being so coy, and got its new SC2900 DJ media player fully out in the open. We pretty much got to see most of what's on offer, including that 7-inch non-motorized platter, and slew of format-playing options (mp3 / audio CD, USB drives, direct from laptop,) but we didn't know when, and how much. The answers to those questions? For Europeans, July, and €800 plus tax. That's about $997 by conversion, but the actual US price will come as and when availability here's confirmed.
Denon DJ SC2900
Category: Digital Controller and Media Player In-Store Release Date: July 2012 (EU) Price: Suggested Retail circa €800 + Tax
• 7-inch Touch Sensitive 'Eclipse' Platter with LED Cue & Position Marker • Natively supported by Traktor 2 software, Traktor LE 2 included • Media Server for "Engine" Software* • Player Link Network - File Share between Networked SC2900/3900
• Playback Direct from USB / PC / MAC / CD *Engine software included
Denon DJ SC2900 marks a revolution for Professional, Club and Studio DJs by bringing Denon DJs first ever static-platter controller and media player combining the ultimate in ground-breaking design and the highest in industry-standard quality.
Designed with both Professional and Club DJs in mind, the Denon DJ SC2900 steps-up to the booth with a fresh take on true digital-media versatility. No longer is there a need to struggle dragging a mass of CDs to the club or through the studio doors – the SC2900 includes playback from USB drives and offers the ability to share one USB stick over (up to) four networked Denon DJ SC2900 or SC3900s. However, traditional CD DJs and producers can still make the most of the front mounted CD slot, and pure software DJs can utilise the Traktor 2 compatibility* to mix and produce.
'ENGINE inside' ensures compatibility with ENGINE software – a unique combination of software and hardware that empowers todays DJs with high speed access and control over their extensive digital music libraries. Leaving the ENGINE software to manage the set from a USB connected, or networked, PC or MAC and the hard work down to the player itself – reducing the need for a super- powerful computer to manage the DJs performance.
What set's the Denon DJ SC2900 apart from the conventional "club CDJ" is its leap forward in display technologies with the introduction of the 'Eclipse' platter with glowing LED markers that surround the circumference; enabling a very clear and elegant method of accurately displaying 'Cue Point' and 'Playback' markers. Combined with the ENGINE for iPad® App means that a networked iPad becomes the biggest and most versatile media navigation screen in the industry, giving every DJ a powerful way to manage tracks and playlists, ready to perform, all through the iPad touchscreen.
The button layout reflects that of the popular SC3900 with a bank of Loops and Cues top left of the platter for throwing down samples and top right are the navigation controls ensuring the fastest access to the DJing essentials. Similarly reflecting the same newly redesigned 'Hard' Cue and Play buttons with the only significant layout change to be the 'SLIP' button which replaces the SC3900s 'DUMP' button: for reverse, loop, and scratch whilst continuing playback at the same rhythm and point that would have been reached prior to pushing 'slip' – an essential editing feature in the studio and the booth for dropping out inappropriate lyrics without disturbing the flow of music.
Denon DJs heritage in Professional DJ Equipment married with new developments in software leaves the SC2900 as a true consideration in the Professional, Studio and Club DJ market. From the more traditional CD DJs, through portable USB media and connectivity to the latest in software or even network sharing makes the Denon DJ SC2900 the choice, whatever the style of DJ and whatever the occasion.
It's time for change. *Traktor 2 LE included