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Stanton SCS.3d test checklist

Basically verify that everything in the User Guide works as advertised.

Core functionality

Common to all modes:

(except where noted)

  • Gain slider (S1) adjusts deck volume
  • Pitch slider (S2) adjusts deck pitch control
  • B11 toggles headphone cue
  • B12 toggles pitch range (black=8%, blue=12%, purple=50%, red=100%)
  • B13 Rewind (REW)
  • B14 Fast Forward (FFWD)

While holding down the current mode button:

  • Gain slider (S1) adjusts pre-fader gain
  • Pitch slider (S2) finely adjusts pitch control
  • B11 resets pre-fader gain to center
  • B12 resets pitch to center 0%

So test these in all the below modes!

FX Mode

  • Left slider (S3) adjusts flanger depth
  • Center slider (S4) adjusts flanger delay
  • Right slider (S5) adjusts flanger period (Low Frequency Oscillator)
  • B11 plays track in reverse while held down
  • B12 toggles flanger effect

Hold the FX button down and touch any slider to reset it to center.

EQ Mode

  • Left slider (S3) adjusts low frequency equalizer
  • Center slider (S4) adjusts mid frequency equalizer
  • Right slider (S5) adjusts high frequency equalizer

Hold the EQ button down and touch any slider to reset it to center.

Loop Mode:

The surface is configured as three giant buttons:

  • Left: Loop In
  • Middle: Reloop/Exit
  • Right: Loop Out

Instant-pitch change modes (Loop2 & 3):

Key change (purple) - Center buttons are one semitone away from their vertical neighbors and the outside ones are three semitones away (for harmonic key changes.)

Notes (black) - Buttons correspond to major scale notes (ala Vestax Controller One.) This is most useful with a constant-pitch sound or chord. (You can generate one in Audacity.)

Return to the original pitch (tonic) by pressing B12 (under the pitch slider.)

(Note that when you use one of these buttons, the pitch range is automatically set to 100% in order for the values to be set correctly.)

Trig/Hot cue banks

These modes configure the surface as three separate banks of 12 buttons (lit up dim red for visibility.) The TRIG button will be red in bank 1, purple in bank 2, and black in bank 3.

The red LEDs flash when you press the corresponding button. The outer blue LEDs light when a cue point is set on that button. (Changeable with the markHotCues option mentioned at the top of this page.)

  • To set a cue, just press a free button at the desired time.
  • To recall a cue, just press a button that has a cue point set
  • To erase a cue, hold TRIG while pressing the button(s) you want to erase

(Mixxx 1.8 internally supports 31 hot cues and the SCS.3d mapping has been adjusted to match. That means the center 4 buttons and the lower right one in the third bank (black) are inoperative.)

Vinyl Modes

Vinyl mode (red)

  • Outer circle (C1) allows you to bend the song's pitch, akin to dragging your finger on the record
  • Center slider (S4) allows you to “scratch” the song

Vinyl2 Mode (purple)

  • Outer circle (C1) allows you to “scratch” the song and perform juggles
  • Center slider (S4) allows you to “scratch” the song
  • Scratch & cue toogle: Hold the VINYL button and press CUE when in Vinyl2 mode to toggle recalling the cue point when you touch either C1 or S4. This makes juggling really easy since you don't have to back-cue.

Track Select Mode (black)

  • Outer circle (C1) allows you to scroll through your Library
  • Center button (anywhere on S4) loads the currently highlighted song into the current deck, as long as it's not live (playing to the master output.)
  • B11 selects backward between Library, Playlist, and Browse views
  • B12 selects forward between Library, Playlist, and Browse views
  • B13 moves the highlight up one item
  • B14 moves the highlight down one item

Deck Mode

You are in this mode only while holding down the Deck button, unless the controller is in single-deck mode:

  • Gain slider (S1) adjusts master volume
  • Pitch slider (S2) adjusts master balance (pan)
  • B11 resets master volume knob to the middle
  • B12 resets master balance to center
  • Left slider (S3) adjusts the cue/main headphone mix
  • Center slider (S4) adjusts the cross-fader
  • Right slider (S5) adjusts the headphone volume
  • TAP resets cross-fader to center position (only in multi-deck mode)
  • Press Deck + Sync together to toggle between multi- and single-deck modes
  • In single-deck mode:
    • Hold the Deck button down and touch any slider to reset it to its default value
    • Press Deck + Play together to change the active deck


Make sure changing the customization variables has the described effect.

  • pitchRanges - Set the pitch slider range when the Pitch LED is off, blue, purple and red (in decimal values. E.g. 0.08 = 8%, 0.5 = 50%)
  • fastDeckChange - If set to true, changes decks instantly by skipping the flashing lights. Useful for beat juggling on one unit.
  • spinningPlatter - If set to true, uses the circle LEDs to accurately (no sticker drift!) show the track position in record revolutions, also useful for juggling.
  • spinningPlatterOnlyVinyl - If set to true, only shows the spinning platter LED in vinyl modes. Otherwise shows in all modes except Instant Pitch Change and TRIG (because they're used for other things in those modes.)
  • VUMeters - If set to true, shows a VU meter in the circular area for the currently selected deck when in vinyl mode. (Left for deck 1, right for deck 2.)
  • markHotCues - Set to “blue” or “red” (with quotes) to choose which LEDs mark the stored positions in TRIG & LOOP modes
  • jogOnLoad - If true, the unit will automatically change to Vinyl (jog) mode after loading a track (from Track Select mode)
  • globalMode - If true, the unit will stay in the current mode on deck changes (instead of switching to the mode you were in the last time you controlled that deck.)
  • deckChangeWait - Time in milliseconds to hold the DECK button down to avoid changing decks
  • scratching: All of these values are heavily dependent on your latency setting. Adjust as needed.
    1. slippage - Slipperiness of the virtual slipmat when scratching with the circle and slider in Vinyl2 mode. Set this to a number between 0.2 (perfect turntable) and 0.99 (bent record.)
    2. sensitivity - How much the audio moves for a given circle arc. Set this to a number between 0.01 (slow) to 0.99 (fast)
    3. stoppedMultiplier - Correction to get the same circle sensitivity when the deck is stopped (set higher for higher latencies, e.g. 10ms = 1.7, 2ms = 1.5.)
  • singleDeck - If you've got more than one MIDI controller, set this to true to have the SCS.3d stay on one deck and make Deck mode non-temporary. More on this here.
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qa_scs3.txt · Last modified: 2010/09/11 18:05 by pegasus