Denon DS1: Perfect substitute for the Rane SL range?
Denon DS1 is a pioneering interface that is ideal for users of the Serato Noisemap. It can be quite tricky to find a solid interface that is clean to use in conjunction with Serato software, but iin this case the DS1 does not disappoint. We would even go as far to argue that DS1 is the only decent Serato box currently on the market. This is quite a claim, but by quickly overviewing its features, it is evident that it is a perfect substitute for the Rane SL range.
The DS1 is defined by a bi-directional audio interface with two sets of RCA stereo inputs for turntables or professional CD players. Users can manipulate the vinyl or CD NoiseMap signal and then the Serato DJ software simultaneously mirrors the control signal. The software controls the digital tracks on-screen in real-time for beatmatching, cueing, scratching, and track juggling. Audio is then played back by the DS1 to a mixer or loudspeaker system in studio-grade 24-bit quality via two sets of RCA stereo outputs. It is apparent that the model allows you to connect anything you like and the DS1 will reliably distribute a great signal, which is crystal clear and unfatiguing on the ear.
The DS1 plugs in and plays with Serato DJ. The biggest win of this feature is that it opens up the model to club DJs who prefer the tangible, timeless feel of vinyl but who still want the flexibility offered by a digital library. No extra purchase is necessary as the Serato DJ and Serato DVS expansion pack come fully included.
Sleek and Compact
It is quite remarkable that the DS1 is physically smaller than most smartphones, considering the centrality of an interface in every DJs kit. As a result, this pocket-friendly design makes an ideal companion for travelling DJs who are constantly on the go. We particularly like how the model is crafted from resilient, hard-wearing metal that will withstand the rough and tumble of transport and setting up. Power and audio are taken care of why a single USB cable, which reinforces the compact nature of this design.
Dependable and Clear
The DS1 bridges the gap between the classic feel of vinyl and the digital clarity demanded of modern DJs. This is due to reliable tracking and crystal clear audio performance.
Does it match up?
The DS1’s main competitor is naturally the earlier Rane SL which previously was the budget DVS system for Serato DJ. The DS1 is considerably cheaper and smaller than the Rane SL, which makes it immediately the more accessible and portable option. Serato DJ is now the go-to system for digital DJs as the software has been opened to a wider selection of DJ controllers. In an increasingly crowded market, the Denon DS1 offers an affordable, simple to use option which is considerably cheaper than the Rane SL. If you’re looking for an easy, reasonably priced way to turn your vinyls into a digital system, the Denon DS1 should be your first choice.