Denon DJ DS1 Serato Soundcard Review - DJBooth

Denon DJ DS1 Serato Soundcard Review

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Overview

The new Denon DS1 is a Serato DJ Digital Vinyl Interface and soundcard that will allow DJ's to connect turntables and CD decks to an analog DJ mixer for full Serato DJ playback using noisemap (timecode) vinyl or CD's. The DS1 comes bundled with the full Serato DJ software and two timecode vinyl & CD's for only $300. This is great news for Serato DJ users as now there is another soundcard interface that can be purchased for less than the Rane SL offerings that tend to get really expensive really fast. Check out our full video review after the jump.

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Review Video & Demo

Unboxing Video

Setup & First Impressions

The new Denon DS1 is a Serato DJ Digital Vinyl Interface and soundcard that will allow DJ's to connect turntables and CD decks to an analog DJ mixer for full Serato DJ playback using noisemap (timecode) vinyl or CD's. The DS1 comes bundled with the full Serato DJ software and two timecode vinyl & CD's for only $300. This is great news for Serato DJ users as now there is another soundcard interface that can be purchased for less than the Rane SL offerings that tend to get really expensive really fast. The Denon DS1 is essentially a cheaper Rane SL2 that will get you well on your way to playing timecode sources with a traditional mixer.

The Denon DS1 is made of all metal and feels really durable and solid. It is also the most compact Serato DJ soundcard that you can purchase today which makes it easy to take it with you on the go. The Denon DS1 is very easy to setup. Users simply use the supplied RCA cables to connect the outputs to the mixer and the inputs to the turntables/CDJ's. Then you go to the Denon DJ website to download and install the latest drivers, while going to the Serato DJ website to download and install the latest Serato DJ software.

Check out the full detailed review video above for more on the Denon DS1!

Conclusion / Recommended For

In Conclusion, the Denon DJ DS1 Serato DJ interface is an excellent and affordable Serato DJ soundcard for any DJ who wants to have a full Digital Vinyl Solution for two turntables or CD decks and an analog mixer. The Denon DS1 is very durable since it has an all metal chassis. The DS1 also comes bundled with the full Serato DJ software, two control vinyl, two CD's, and four RCA cables. The DS1 has ultra-low latency with Noisemap Vinyl or CD control and it never skips a beat. The Denon DJ DS1 also has superb sound quality with 96khz playback options. On the downside, there is only one USB port which makes it a bit difficult for changing DJ's in a club environment and there is no additional inputs or outputs for recording or sampler playback. Overall the Denon DJ DS1 is affordable, compact, durable, and a great solution for any DJ who needs two channels of Serato DJ goodness mixed in with their analog DJ setup.

Pros

  • Excellent/Affordable Pricepoint ($299 retail)
  • Compact & Durable; Metal & Solid Build Quality
  • Comes Bundled with Serato DJ, Control Vinyl/CD's, & RCA Cables
  • Ultra-Low Latency Vinyl or CD Noisemap Control
  • Great Sound Quality

Cons

  • Only One USB Port
  • No additional Inputs/Outputs for Recording or Sampler Playback

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Serato DJ 1.7.6 Update: Denon DS1 [Videos]

Last night Serato DJ has released a new update to their flagship Software to provide additional compatibility for new products. This new Serato DJ 1.7.6 update specifically allows users to now purchase a new 24-bit Denon DS1 professional DJ soundcard for Serato Noisemap vinyl or CD control with external mixers and turntables or CD decks. The new Serato DJ 1.7.6 update also has a few other fixes for minor bugs within the software. Check out the quick videos that show the new Denon DS1 in action both with Vinyl and CD setups.