With more than 50 years of innovation behind it, Stanton has proved to be an industry leader in the design and manufacture of professional audio products. Many of the most renowned club DJs, mobile DJs and turntablists in the world turn to the company’s equipment to facilitate their craft. For a look at several artists who swear by Stanton as their go-to brand for DJ-related recording and performing, check out the profiles below. And for further information about the product line, visit www.stantondj.com.
Who: DJ Ready Red
Story: Collins "Ready Red" Leysath’s skills as a DJ and a record producer garnered him full membership in the Houston, Texas-based rap group Ghetto Boys from 1987-1991. The acclaimed group’s second album, Grip It! On That Other Level reached #19 on the Hip Hop Billboard charts and put Houston on the hip-hop map. During that time Ready Red also produced for Scarface, Willie D, and Choice.
Gear: Ready Red produces his remarkable sounds with a Stanton STR8.150 turntable. He also uses Stanton’s DJ Pro 3000 and the DJ Pro 2000 headphones.
Why he loves them: “The Stanton STR8.150s are rugged, beautiful and reliable, always there when I need the performance to be right on the money,” he says. “I prefer the straight arms on the STR8 model versus the ST.150s curved tonearm. I can get heavy handed sometimes but the tone arm stays in the groove along with my Stanton 680 [cartridges]. I'm tearing it up all night without the problems most DJ turntables will give you.” Regarding the DJ Pro headphones, Ready Red adds that “both are outstanding and easy on the ears after hours on end of jamming.”
Who: Alex Sonnenfeld
Story: German-born Alex Sonnenfeld began his DJ career at age 14 and has since worked mainly as a hip-hop DJ, though he’s also collaborated with rock and jazz artists. One of his greatest contributions to the craft is the development of S-Notation, a written notation model that covers all manual motions of a turntablist's instrument through notation symbols. His goal is to make turntable-based and mixer-based music theory an accepted musical art form.
Gear: Sonnenfeld uses the Stanton ST.150 digital turntable and the M.207 mixer to help put his theories into practice.
Why he loves it: “This turntable and mixer have some of the strongest motors I have ever played on,” he says. “It’s really awesome and unique to have these in the market of DJ equipment. The effect section on the M.207 gives me the ability to augment my musical output and use this equipment as a full-fledged instrument.”
Who: Billy Morrison
Story: A professional guitar player by trade, Morrison has toured and played with the likes of The Cult, Dave Navarro, Billy Idol and Matt Sorum. He’s also an amateur DJ, having cultivated a love of the craft through his late friend DJ AM, who taught him such basics as how to cross-fade from one song to another, beat-match and work the turntables and mixers.
Gear: Morrison started out renting Stanton turntables and mixers for DJ gigs and parties before stumbling upon the Stanton SCS.4DJ complete digital DJ system.
Why he love s it: “Once I started looking at these self-contained units, my mind was like, ‘Wow,’” he says. “It’s so much like DJing on turntables that I don’t see why I would rent equipment when I can just show up with the SCS.4DJ and be ready.” Morrison also frequently uses the SCS.4DJ USB Mixstation to mix his own custom loops for various recording projects in his home studio.
Who: DJ Skinny
Story: A native of Jamaica, Skinny combines his Caribbean musical background with the sonic styles of U.S. and European musicians, creating a sound influenced by reggae, hip-hop, R&B, rock and country. Since moving to the U.S. in 2002, he’s risen through the DJ ranks and has been a prominent presence in nightclubs and festivals across South Florida.
Gear: Key components of Skinny’s DJ setup include Stanton's SCS.3 mobile MIDI controller and Stanton's DJ PRO 3000 headphones. He also uses Stanton's Trackmaster.V3 for his sets whenever he's using turntables.
Why he loves them : “It's easier to work with the SCS.3 as opposed to most controllers because of its clear labels, large spacing and versatility, all of which lets me know what I'm doing and where I'm at,” says Skinny, who also appreciates that fact the SCS.3 is a touch-based controller. “They rarely have technical issues; you don't have to fuss with buttons or worry about losing knobs. I've also found these touched-based controllers to be quicker and more responsive, and their versatility is just insane." Regarding the DJ Pro 3000 headphones, Skinny adds: “It's the only set of headphones that I use. They produce good bass response, have built in frequency filters, and are comfortable to wear over extended periods.”
Who: DJ Lord
Story: DJ Lord knew he had big shoes to fill when he replaced Terminator X as DJ for the legendary rap group Public Enemy in 1999, but he proved more than up to the task. Before long he had his own performance segment with the Public Enemy shows, and has since established himself as a virtuoso turntablist. His career and art is documented on a DVD titled DJ Lord - The Turntablist Chronicles, released in 2004.
Gear: Lord’s setup includes Stanton’s SC System Controller Package, the STR8.150 turntable and 680 cartridges.
Why he loves them: Lord describes the STR8.150s as “rock solid.” “When I perform on ‘em it feels like two tank wheels rollin’,” he says. “Get out the way!” As regard the 680 cartridges, he adds: “For that classic, punchy, high end sound without the skipping....the Stanton 680s have always held it down since the beginning….”
Who: DJ Grandmaster Dee
Story: As a member of Whodini, legendary hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Dee was among the first turntable artists to cultivate a high-profile national following for hip hop music. Managed by Russell Simmons, the group rose to prominence with a string of gold and platinum singles, and has continued to tour extensively. Along with groups like Run DMC, Kurtis Blow and the Fat Boys, Whodini was part of the original "Fresh Fest" tour that pushed hip hop beyond the New York City borders.
Gear: Grandmaster Dee relies on Stanton’s SM V3 Scratchmaster DJ Cartridge, SA.5-2-Channel Scratch DJ Mixer, Uberstand, SCS.3d Controller and M.207 Mixer to get his sounds.
Why he loves them: “I've been using Stanton gear for years and it always works great,” he says. “I know Stanton [and] that's why I'm a Stanton DJ for life.”
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