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Stanton SCS.3D Rain Certified

SCS.3d, is the latest innovation in the Stanton SC System® control surface line. Revolutionary and compact, this controller is a necessity for any digital DJ looking for ultimate control over their software of choice. SCS.3d's compact and sleek profile makes it a space-friendly addition to any existing DJ gear set-up or can stand on its own as a complete controller solution. What makes this guy different from your average controller?

Stanton's StanTouch® technology allows™ you to use traditional DJ-style motions and gestures on a touch-pad style surface to take full control over music and software applications such as Traktor DJ Studio™, Traktor Scratch™, Ableton Live™, Serato Scratch Live™, or any other MIDI compatible software. Minimal moving parts ensure durability from gig to gig.

The SCS.3d system is directly supported by: djDecks, Virtual DJ, PCDJ and Mixxx.

See Me, Feel Me

The SCS.3d’s layout and portability provide DJs with an unmatched level of performance and control. The StanTouch® interface can be used for scratching, scrubbing, and navigating through digital audio. The tactile buttons, triggers, and virtual faders can also control samples, pitch, effects, cue and loop points, and other mapable functions. Multiple finger touches can even prompt quick kills on EQ's or transform effects on volume.

Hook Me Up

Magnect connection system allows multiple SC SYSTEM 3 units to securely snap together, creating a larger control surface with increased performance options. And built in wire management means that there won't be a mess of cables to deal with.

Teach Me

SCS.3d's software gives it a little brain of its own, allowing customized support for a variety of applications. DaRouter runs on Mac / PC and will automatically load presets that are tailored towards the application the SCS.3d is controlling. A generic preset is also provided for mapping to any application that supports MIDI learn. To learn more about the router and presets, click here.

Connect Me

The built in powered 4-port USB hub can be used to connect additional SCS.3 products to the SCS.3m allowing a single USB cable to be connected to the computer. With 2 ports on the rear of the unit it's possible to connect devices very quickly for fast setups in mobile environments. 2 additional ports on the inside of the back panel of the SCS.3m allow cables to be routed from additional 3 series controllers or storage devices such as flash drives. With a power connection the USB hub ensures that devices receive enough power for complete stability in any performance environment.

SCS.3's center section operates mainly in 3 different modes - Slider, Circle, and Button mode. These 3 different control layouts can be evoked by any of the mode buttons depending on how the DaRouter preset is programmed.

Slider Mode

SCS3d Slider ModeSlider mode gives the user 3 variable controls (like faders) that can be used by sliding your finger up and down the areas next to the 3 LED meter bars. This mode can be used for controlling many parameters at once, like an EQ. A slider may be changed by dragging a finger across the surface, or you can place your finger in an absolute position on the slider and its position will jump immediately to that point. Two fingers may be used to trigger from one position to the next. For instance, holding one finger on the bottom of the slider and tapping the top with a second finger will make the slider generate the higher value for as long as that finger remains on the surface. Once the second (upper) finger is removed, the slider will generate the value indicated by the first finger position. We refer to this as a "finger jump".

Circle Mode

SCS3d circle modeIn Circle mode, there is one slider at the center of the circle, and circular slider going around the perimeter of the touch surface. Just like in Slider mode, finger jumps are possible can be performed to quickly change the parameter in real time. This is the mode most likely to be used to emulate the platter of a deck. Circle mode is also the default mode of SCS.3d. That is to say that if you plug SCS.3d into your computer without using the DaRouter software, it will operate in Circle mode. But keep in mind that without DaRouter, the Mode Selector buttons (VINYL, LOOP, etc) will only send note data and will not change the operation of SCS.3d.

Button Mode

SCS3d Button ModeIn Button mode, the zones highlighted in the diagram will act as triggers to control buttons in the target application. For example, these functions could be assigned to alter loop lengths, jump to cue points, or start clips playing. Multiple buttons may be pressed at the same time in Button mode. Also, you will find some presets use a modified version of Button mode that makes the trigger areas bigger by combining 2 or more button zones.


SCS3d StantouchIn every mode of operation, you'll find that the touch sensitive areas on SCS.3d will respond to multiple simultaneous touches. This is part of its core functionality, and indeed many cool behaviors and gestures can be developed around this capability.

SCS.3D Tech Specifications Control Specifications (physical)
  • 8 Buttons
  • 2 Sliders
  • 3 Sliders (StanTouch area)
  • 5 Button (StanTouch area)
  • 1 Circular Control w/ 1 slider (StanTouch area)
Control Specifications (dual generic preset)
  • 18 Sliders
  • 64 Buttons
  • 2 Circular Controls
MIDI Specifications
  • Standard note messages for each control
  • Relative control change movement message for each slider
  • Absolute position control change messages for each slider
  • Multiple feedback modes for LED chains (single LED, sweep, boost/cut, spread)
  • Multicolor (blue, red, purple) control
USB Specifications
  • USB 1.1 and 2.0 class compliant MIDI controller
  • USB bus-powered*
Power Specifications
  • 12V DC / 1500mA
System Requirements:
  • Mac: Power PC G5 or multicore Intel® processor Mac OS X (v10.4 or later), Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz, 1 GB RAM
  • Windows XP (SP2, 32 Bit) or Vista (SP1, 32 Bit, 64 Bit) Pentium IV or Athlon 1.4 GHz (SSE1), 1 GB RAM
  • Internet connection for Traktor LE activation and DaRouter download
Form Factor:

    Dimensions for each SCS.3 component (H x W x D):

    • 8.52 in. x 4.72 in. x 1.38 in.
    • 216.5 mm x 120 mm x 35.25 mm

    Dimensions for the entire SC SYSTEM 3:

    • 8.52 in. x 14.16 in. x 1.38 in.
    • 216.5 mm x 360 mm x 35.25 mm
  • SCS.3d – 1.10 lbs / 0.499 kg
  • SCS.3m – 1.16 lbs / 0.526 kg

* USB hub / port must meet USB power specification, when internal USB hub is used additional power must be supplied to unit.

Stanton SCS.3D Support
» View Stanton SCS.3D Quick Start Guide » View Stanton SC SYSTEM 3 Manual
Stanton SCS.3D Preset Guides
» SCS.3d Generic Presets Guide » Scratch LIVE™ Dual SCS.3d Preset Guide » Scratch LIVE™ Single SCS.3d Preset Guide » Traktor Dual SCS.3d Preset Guide » Traktor Single SCS.3d Preset Guide
Stanton SC SYSTEM 3 Guides
» View Stanton SC SYSTEM 3 Function Guide » View Stanton SC SYSTEM 3 Quick Start Guide Midi Translator ®

DaRouter is “Powered by Midi Translator”, which means its uses the extremely reliable and tested real time processing engine developed by Bome Software for Midi Translator. Midi Translator is the editor (as well as the player) for preset files which run inside of DaRouter. All the presets for DaScratch are first developed in Midi Translator then tested in DaRouter, so DaRouter is simply a sibling of Midi Translator.

Midi Translator may be utilized by power users to modify and create presets to be run inside DaRouter. For more information on Midi Translator and other Bome Software products, visit:

Stanton SC SYSTEM 3 Set Ups

1 SCS.3d

scs3dOne SCS.3d is capable of controlling 2 virtual decks in your favorite DJ software through the use of Deck Switching logic built into the preset. A single unit is also the perfect compliment to any DVS (like Serato Scratch Live or Traktor Scratch).

1 SCS.3m

scs.3mThe SCS.3m can be used on it's own for basic transport and DJ mixing controls for playing songs in any mobile environment.

2 SCS.3d

2 SCS.3dThis setup gives you more flexibility, allowing for simultaneous control of 2 decks. On either side of a laptop, they deliver a compact and complete DJ software control solution for beginners and experts alike. And when connected to each other using Stanton's Magnect technology, you have a portable 2 deck control surface that fits easily on a desk or a DJ booth.

2 SCS.3m

2 SCS.3mMultiple SCS.3m's can be used to gain more channel control for applications such as Abelton Live.

SCS.3m + SCS.3d

SCS.3m + SCS.3dThe SCS.3m and SCS.3d can be used for extended control of the decks in software. A single SCS3d can be used to toggle between virtual decks or multiple SCS.3d's can be used for direct control of each deck while the SCS.3m remains fixed to controlling the software mixer functions.

2 SCS.3d + Traditional DJ Setup

SCS.3d + Traditional DJ Setup

The ultimate setup for DVS users. This allows you to bring the kind of power and control previously only available on high end mixers into your own setup. And you don't have to sacrifice mixer functionality to get it.

Stanton SCS.3D Reviews
DJ Fame

DJ FameStaring at a laptop screen, or having one block your visual of the people you are playing for, really can take the connection out of your performance. It’s been one of the tougher drawbacks to the digital DJ era in my opinion. With the Stanton SCS3D, I am able to maintain my focus on the crowd while using modern mediums such as Serato Scratch Live. I can easily keep my laptop off to the side and still have access to loading tracks, hitting cue points, looping, manipulating internal FX, and other hot key features. I turn the font sizes on my screen up a bit and keep a clear view of the club and it’s dancers...

Another thing that I really like about the SCS3D, is it’s ability to adapt to my software’s feature updates. Other midi controllers fall behind here when they run out of physical knobs, buttons, or faders while I can be as versatile as I want with this and control every new function the developers can throw at me... whether it be a new rotary FX knob, on/off button, or fader movement. If it ever really came to the point that I needed to, I could even just add a second unit to the setup and probably have more ability for controls then there are functions...