Stanton CMP.800 Multi-Format Player with MIDI Control Review
A couple of weeks ago we received a Brand New Stanton CMP.800 Multi-Media player right on our doorstep courtesy of Stanton DJ Division for a complete review video to show the masses what this compact player is all about. After my time with the Stanton CMP.800, I was able to see a very versatile DJ device with a huge feature-set, a plethora of media playback options, and a system that was built with the active DJ in mind. There is no other $400 Multi-Media player on the market today that can do everything that the CMP.800 is capable of. Check out our full video review of the Stanton CMP.800 after the jump.
Review Video & Demo
Setup & First Impressions
The new Stanton CMP.800 Multi-Format media player with Midi control is an excellent DJ Device that has so many features and versatile functions. The CMP.800 is very compact and lightweight for easy transport and for fitting in tight spaces. The CMP.800 has many audio playback options as it can play CD’s, MP3 CD’s, USB devices, and work as a MIDI controller to work with any popular DJ software on the market today.
The jog wheels are sturdy with great one-to-one resolution when scratching and back-cueing as well as playback. There is a great on-board feature set including loops, hot cues, sample banks, and effects right at the DJ’s fingertips.
I pride myself at being able to find the smallest faults when it comes to DJ equipment, but the Stanton CMP.800 was built extremely well and it is really hard to find anything wrong with it. The only minor gripe that I could find was the fact that it is made up of mostly plastic. I’m sure there is some type of metal reinforcements throughout the unit, but the outer casing is all plastic. That doesn’t mean that it will break, but it means users should take a little more care when transporting the decks. The other minor gripe that I found was with the relatively loud CD Load and CD Eject mechanism. Other than these small issues, the CMP.800 is a high quality machine at an excellent price.
Conclusion / Recommended For
In conclusion, The Stanton CMP.800 Multi-Format Media Player with MIDI control is one of the most versatile pieces of DJ gear on the market today. There is something here for every type of DJ and it gives DJ’s the opportunity to switch between different styles and setup options. In this review alone, I have used the Stanton CMP.800 as a MIDI controller with Traktor Scratch 2, as a Digital Vinyl System CD timecode deck, and with Flashdrive media playback.
Throughout all of the testing there wasn’t one area that the CMP.800 did not perform well with. The CMP.800 is recommended for Mobile DJ’s who want a compact deck that can play CD’s, USB Media, and work with a computer as a controller. We also recommend it to beginner DJ’s who don’t want to break the bank when purchasing a quality deck with lots of features. Or, it can work as an additional device for an established analog or digital DJ Setup.
The Stanton CMP.800 = Versatility!
Pros & Cons
- Very Compact and Lightweight Design
- Versatile Playback Options: CD playback, USB Mass Storage Device playback, and fully MIDI-Mappable
- Nice High-Resolution Touch-Sensitive Jog Wheels (no shakes or wobbles)
- Good on-board Feature Set (Loops, Hot Cues, Sample Banks, Effects)
- Excellent Price (Great Value)
- Mostly Plastic Construction
- Loud CD Load/Eject Mechanism
Features & Specs
The CMP.800 builds on existing CD and CD-MP3 playback functionality by including the ability to playback MP3's stored on external USB thumb drives and hard drives. The "ChainLink" feature allows you to connect two CMP.800s via a single USB cable to share a single external USB mass storage device between the two players. This way, DJs don't have to manage multiple storage devices, and can show up to the party with only a single Mass Storage device. The included "Media Wallet" software, allows you to sort and prepare their media for playback, creating playlists and organizing their songs on your computer before a gig.
Full MIDI Control
The CMP.800 also performs as a fully-functional MIDI controller allowing you to control applications (such as Native Instrument's Traktor and Mixvibes Cross) with full assignment of virtually every button and knob on the top panel as well as Deck A/B assignment.
Auto Beat Loop
The CMP.800 includes both traditional Manually-Controlled Loops and BPM-Controlled Auto Beat Loop functionality, with 6 different loop lengths. Loop length can be adjusted during playback allowing you to create unique mixes and stutter effects.
Multi-Function Jog Wheel with Illuminated Jog Ring
The CMP.800 features a high resolution, touch-sensitive illuminated platter wheel for easy viewing of cue points and speed, with 9 different LED modes. The CMP.800 platter can even control functions such as pitch bending, loop end point, scanning, frame searching, parameter control for effects, and pitch/volume control for sampling.
3 Beat-Syncable DSP Effects
The CMP.800 provides 3 high-quality DSP effects, derived from our award-winning M.207 mixer, including ECHO, FLANGER, and FILTER with 2 control parameters per effect.
Hot Cues and Loops
The CMP.800 can store up to 4 Hot Cues per song, with an internal memory of 2048 cue points for audio CD's and MP3 CD's. Also, Hot Cues can be stored on your USB Mass-Storage device for expandable and virtually unlimited Cue and loop storage.
For even more creative remix possibilities, the CMP.800 lets DJs store four 5-second samples on the unit that can be played simultaneously with your currently playing track (CD or MP3). Sample playback is controlled from the 4 rugged rubber trigger pads on the front of the unit, and have available pitch and volume control for mixing the samples with currently playing material.
Anti-Shock playback with buffer memory
Slot-in loading mechanism
Automatic and manual tap beat counter
Sleep function for reduced power consumption
Mixer section includes:
Support for MP3 playback with text display
2 USB sockets for external USB device support
All control elements are MIDI compatible
A/B deck switchable MIDI setup
ID3 TAG support
Instant start with anti-shock buffer
Next Track pre-selection track function
Instant playback from cue point
Fader start to control playback on fader move
Relay play function
Single and Continuous play modes
Vinyl emulation with adjustable Start /Brake Speed
Cue Play function for instant main Cue Point Playback
Track and folder searching system
Search/Scan via large jog wheel
Frame search for precise searching
"Media Wallet" software for fast searching large USB devices
Onboard file and folder browsing
Cues / Loops?
Auto cue function cues track to start of music
Seamless loop function / reloop function
Loop out point real-time adjustment
Four independent hot cues/loops banks with real-time adjustment
Auto Loop function with 6 selectable bar lengths
Four hot cues/loops per track with over 2000 possible for CD and virtually unlimited for USB drive
Four independent 5-second samples with pitch and volume adjustment
Adjustable pitch range ±6%, ±10%, ±16% and ±100%
High quality 100 mm long pitch fader
Micro pitch with resolution down to 0.02%
Pitch bend up to ± 100%
Key Lock allow a track's tempo to be changed without affecting the original key of the track
Touch sensitive platter for scratching
Platter LED ring provides instantaneous visual feedback with 9 available LED styles
Multifunctional platter for frame search, pitch bend, sample adjustment and effects adjustment
Three modes for jog wheel: Normal CDJ, Scratch, Touch rewind
Three superb beat synchronized digital effects
Built-in Effects: Echo, Flanger and Filter
Effect parameters Time and Depth adjustable via Jog Wheel
Beat select/bank button
Enhanced brightness dot-matrix VFD display for all functions
Display playing address
Elapsed/remain time display
Displays text for ID3 tags and folder names for easy navigation
Text display for navigating folders on MP3 CDs and USB flash drives
Digital S/PDIF output
Headphones output with volume control
Analog RCA outputs