Serato-Enabled Denon DJ MC6000 Mk2 Launches

Denon DJ MC6000 Mk2

The new Denon DJ MC6000 Mk2 is now Serato compatible, meaning it works with all the major DJ software programs.

Denon DJ has announced the MC6000 Mk2, an upgrade of its flagship DN-MC6000 four-channel DJ controller/standalone digital mixer. The headline feature is Serato DJ compatibility, meaning the controller now works with all major DJ software. In addition to playing nicely with Serato, the Denon DJ MC6000 Mk2 boasts a host of design improvements over the original, getting silver-coloured jogwheels (like the Traktor Mk2 controllers), better matrix switching, and a number of other tweaks including slip mode, loop roll and a censor button.

It retains the switchable video/audio crossfader, which of course now means full video mixing with Serato DJ and the Serato Video plugin (as well as with Virtual DJ's video features, as before). Denon claims the audio circuitry has been improved quality-wise, and the unit has been designed so you can play two channels from the external inputs through software (if your software allows), in order to record a complete performance straight to hard disk, whether that performance is from software or analogue inputs or a mixture of the two.

Denon DJ MC6000 Mk2

The unit gets better channel switching, roll and slip functions, and the currently de rigeur silver jogwheel look, just like the Traktor Kontrol controllers. (Click to enlarge.)

The MC6000 Mk2 comes with Serato DJ Intro, the cut-down version of Serato DJ, so you'll want to upgrade to the full version of the software for serious use (not least because Serato DJ Intro only supports two software channels). The MC6000 is natively compatible with Virtual DJ and Mixvibes Cross, and Denon DJ says it will supply Traktor mappings as well. Of course, the unit is also compatible with Serato DJ as well as the supplied Serato DJ Intro.

MC6000MK2 front

Despite being compact, the controller uses all available space to pack in features including these two 3-band EQ adjustable mic channels on the front. (Click to enlarge.)

The MC6000 has always been a popular controller with working DJs, due to its steel chassis and overall high build quality, it's standalone mixer capability, and its size: It is smaller than many similar controllers, making it more practical for those value portability. Yet despite its compact nature, it packs in two full mic channels, with three-band EQ and a mic echo function, as well as XLR & RCA master outs, TRS booth outs, stereo/mono master switching and full crossfader assignability/curve adjustment.

MC6000MK2

The rear of the unit, showing the master and booth outputs with a choice of RCA, TRS and XLR, plus a welcome stereo/mono switch for the master output. Note also the full four standalone source inputs. (Click to enlarge.)

The unit will retail at $699/€649/£569, with street date to be confirmed. You can watch a video of it here.

Do you own the original? Have you had your eye on this controller? Is this upgrade enough to make you go for the MC6000? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Comments

  1. Looks to be a solid update of the original, though I would like to know more about the sound card they will be using in this (proper 4 in/out?). They also missed out on what was my biggest complaint with the unit – the lack of individual channel VU’s. I guess my recent decision to retire my 6000 and move over to a VCI-400 was still the right one for me.

    Ironically, I knew this would happen. I got my original 6000 the week they came out and it was getting a tad beaten up, so two weeks ago I finally made the decision to retire it and buy something new. It arrived last Wednesday, and sure enough, this week Denon announces the update. Apparently Murphy and I are best friends…

    • Since I originally posted my comment, I’ve seen more about this unit, and now feel very much under-impressed. They’ve stripped out some core functionality in the name of a lower MSRP.

      If I had to guess, this is being positioned as a new mid-level controller, and something new for the high-end market will come down the pipes later.

      • What have they stripped out that you feel should have been left in?

      • The two main things left out I think are: rec out and the 3-level-EQs for the booth out. Both are not essential to me.

        The fact that the fast forward/rewind buttons are only accessible via shift is not good (but hey, for me they could get rid of the jog wheels altogether).

      • Phil, as pointed out above, they stripped out the booth eq (two way, not three way for the record) and the record line out (extra annoying when you consider Serato Intro lacks recording options). They also replaced the reasonably effective 10 segment VU with the same 7 segment VU they use on the 3000 which in my experience hasn’t been very accurate or useful. But the biggest feature stripped out is the ability to use the hardware mixer from your software – you are now forced to use software mixing. That is a ridiculous step backwards in my opinion.

        • ” the biggest feature stripped out is the ability to use the hardware mixer from your software ” – interesting, so on the old one you could set external mode in Traktor and feel the channels into the hardware mixer?

      • Todd Oddity says:

        Exactly – you switched the mode on the back of the controller from PC to Internal, switched the channel matrix knobs to USB and then you used the hardware mixer instead of the software mixer (which Denon claimed was the same hardware as their X500 mixer). The mk2 removes that option so you are forced into software mixing.

  2. I’m now hoping they make the mk1 serato dj compatible. I’m sure it can be done. This Is not much of an update I would like separate vu meters think ill be moving to a ddj-sr when I retire my mk1

  3. Chuck "DJ" van Eekelen says:

    I wonder if there will be a firmware upgrade for is original user so we can run Serato too? Mine is not beat up enough to get rid off and I am personally not all that fond of the shiny silver jog tops. And slowly breaking in and tweaking my SC2900/X1600 combo with Cross.

    All in all, I’ll keep my Mk I but would like to encourage anyone looking for a true mobile workhorse to check the Mk II out. It might not be the flashiest unit out there, but it packs a right punch and won’t let you down.

    • Looks like this will be a common question, because they have changed the sound card etc maybe that won’t be the case though.

      • Chuck "DJ Vintage" van Eekelen says:

        Was thinking the same thing after posting. Especially with Serato being picky about sound cards.

        Oh well, we’ll see soon enough I guess.

      • Kumar Mehta says:

        I wouldn’t recommend the mk2 to anyone.
        Firstly the mic was a huge issue. Would not work at the start regardless of what I done. One day plugged it in and… Presto!!! Worked!!!! Done a gig in a venue the holds 1800 people, wen it was pushed to its limits the mic became distorted to such an extent that I could not use it. Also it has no mic eq. It doesn’t feel that sturdy in the hand, there is more plastic then metal. The support from NI has been poor. The sound quality is great though. 6/10.

      • DJ Vintage says:

        Are we talking about the same thing here?

        1) There are TWO mic channels even, both with 3-band EQ!
        2) Mics work fine on it. You have to press the right buttons to get it to work though :-)
        3) When what was pressed to the limit? Where you shouting into the mic, did you have the mic volume up to max? Any mic, pre-amp and other audio device can be pushed into distortion. I doubt that the MK2 is so much different from the MK1 where mic pre-amps are concerned. And I can run the mic loud enough to blast over the loudest music.
        4) More plastic than metal? The MC6000 imho is the sturdiest piece of kit on the market right now. It’s a bloody tank.
        5) How does NI have anything to do with a Denon piece of hardware (that coincidentally is being marketed as a Serato unit!)

        Sure you are not talking about an S4? LOL

  4. Looks like ill end up plugging in my sl2 box into the mk1 in February when serato dj works with sl2 as for the 6000 being a work horse it’s built like a tank and looks like the mk2 is the same build quality :)

  5. Love my MK1, not too fond of the shiny jog wheels though. I like the purposeful look of the original last but not least it’s rock solid reliability! Maybe ill upgrade if I can swap the jogs.

    • 100% agree on the jogs – they look very cheap – even the € 250 DDJ-SB from Pioneer has nicer jogs.

      I am a happy owner of the original MC6000 – exactly for the reasons stated in the article: extremely well built steel case, full of features but still quite small and portable.

      Overall I am still waiting for a good looking, steel-quality, jog-wheel-free controller/mixer …

  6. thisisian says:

    I’m not sure what i was expecting, but i think i was expecting more than this!

    I got rid of my 6000 a couple of months ago, as I just decided shoe-horning 4 channels in to something this size was too cramped & had too many compromises.

    I’m now rocking a Vestax VCI 380, which is just laid out so much better. For the few occasions when I need more than two decks (in Traktor), they’re still there via a shift button. Plus i’ve still got the analogue mixer inputs too.

  7. I’ve always been frustrated with the lack of proper MIDI mapping from the Mk1 to Traktor Pro 2. Seems like they’re interested in getting new controllers out the door then actually supporting the controllers they have when the software gets updated. They will always be in this position. Software is much easier to update and get to market than a new piece of kit. Hardware takes time to develop, manufacture and make compatible with all the software platforms.

    Updating MIDI maps shouldn’t be that hard (and probably isn’t hard for the well trained or well experienced, but it’s time consuming for the rest of us. For example, Denon hasn’t kept up on getting the remix decks mapped to something useful out of the box. You have to build your own mapping to get everything to work (something I’m working through learning now –> hint, hint Digital DJ Tips – great training series “MIDI mapping for your controller!”).

    Why would Denon actually support this going forward either? This is what they’re missing to really make a go in the market for their controllers…unparalleled service on the controllers that are already out there to work with updated software. Serato DJ anyone for the Mk1? Yes, please! Remix decks on TP2? Yes, please!

    Chris
    Optical Collusion

  8. I cant justify getting this , ok i like the fact the pitch sliders have been moved to a more sensible place. Also like the silver platters , but it seems its all about Serato , are they going for world domination … Sorry not for me , ill stick with the MK 1 , price is a good point (saying that you dont get a full version of any software , but then again you didnt with the MK1)

  9. Reminds me of the DJM900 SRT, it’s a product rehash just for the benefit of Serato compatibility, nothing that would justify owners of the current (or older) models to “upgrade”, because it’s minor when you weigh up the cost.

  10. Yeah all I want is Serato compatability for the mk1. There isn’t enough here to get me excited about mk2.

  11. DJ Rampant says:

    Looks to me like an updated four Channel MC3000. I’m sure its great and I’ll stick with my MC3000 for the moment. As with all Denon controllers, build quality is top notch. Would also wish they had added some pads for drumming etc…

    • Chuck "DJ Vintage" van Eekelen says:

      Actually the MC3000 was/is a scaled down version of the MC6000 LOL. So yeah, any resemblance is intentional.

      I am glad it doesn’t have drumpads and stuff. It would no longer fit in the small formfactor it is in now.

      Rearranging stuff, giving a bit airier feel is good. Not enough to swap from an existing MC6000 though.

      I’ll just keep mine as I stated.

      Greetinx,
      Chuck

  12. MixMasterMark says:

    I’ve had my 6000 for 3 years. As a live improv mashp dj using TSP2 6.5, APC40, MPD32 and other toys, you can imagine moments get hairy & complicated. Although not abusive, I am hard on my kit at times. I don’t think the 6000 held up to my style of performance. Will any controller?

    Firstly, after a few months, some backliit buttons would dim and flicker (never repaired). I had to replace some momentary switches under to hood several times, albeit the ones I pound the most. The fader volume increment was perfect but the fader itself failed too quickly. I found it ironic that the pic posted by Denon shows the fader for channel 2 bent :-/ (No hope for improvement there I guess!)

    @Gary: I too would have loved to see per channel & master vu’s.

    I do enjoy electronics and would be considered proficient but I’ve been inside my unit (mk1?) too many times for repair than I’d like.

    small real estate (fits anywhere), hybrid, mic w/eq, booth out (selectable is a cherry on top), XLR & RCA. Just some of my love for my MK1. Over all I’d say I have a love/hate/love relationship with it.

    I still beat the heck out of my MK1 in live gigs and have debating what replaces it for some time now. Unfortunately I’m on the fence about the MK2 being my next centerpiece.

  13. 24 bit but “this unit only supports 44.1 kHz”. Why offer 24 bit if HIFI recordings are at 88kHz and higher? 96 kHz is a bare minimum by today’s standards. A disappointing release by Denon. I’ll have to keep looking for that ideal controller for my SACD tracks in HIFI audio.

  14. Chuck "DJ Vintage" van Eekelen says:

    96KHz a bare minimum these days? I guess I’ve been living under a rock lately.

    I was under the impression that 24-bit is standard as is 48KHz (with CD’s forever being 16-bit/44.1KHz, unless you make your own music you’ll never get antyhing better as a source but the extra bits and KHz can help when processing audio).

    Even in recording circles I know many that still “do” their thing on 24-bit 48K and not fret about it. Sure, plenty of recording environments use 96KHz now, but to say it’s the bare minimum is grossly overstating things imho. To the human ear (especially in Medium Fidelity high output PA environments) there is absolutely no difference. Anything above and beyond CD-quality is really overkill.

    I could list a few (like almost all) controllers that still have 48KHz soundcards inside. I’ll suffice to say that nr. 1 market leader Pioneer in it’s flagship CDJ-2000Nexus still uses 24-bit/48KHz soundcards and rest my case.

    And even with the ONLY 16-bit soundcard on the MC6000 mkI, it sounds just fine to anyone except the spoiled audiophile (who will probably think any PA sounds like crap anyway).

    Greetinx,
    Chuck

    • Agree, 16-bit/44.1KHz is fine, I defy anyone to show me the difference – nobody has managed to yet. They’re just bigger and bigger numbers bandied around and lapped up by a certain small sector of the community, in my humble opinion. I always judge using my ears, it’s not failed me yet.

      • As the local PA guy I totally agree.
        There are so many factors in a PA system that will make any more sound cut off anyways, especially if you have no highend line array, but a standard PA in the range of 500 to 5000 bucks.

        Of course if you somehow got your hands on studio 96kHz WAV files, you would not want to play them over any DJ equipment, but your audiophile DAC into an audiophile system. However that DAC alone will cost more than most PA systems…

      • In a word? Headroom. From what I understand and hear, 24bit is just louder without cranking up the gain. That’s reason enough for me, but then I come from production and live p.a. I want it clean, tight, and plenty o headroom. Not sure if it really matters once you take it out of the studio and into a live environment so much though, unless you play a venue with really decent specs.
        Still, I’d rather start with awesome clarity and headroom.

      • Chuck "DJ Vintage" van Eekelen says:

        It’s one of those endless discussions. Assuming you are playing pre-recorded music, the source of what you are using is at 16-bit. No matter what you do to it afterwards, it’s not gonna change the headroom (or signal-noise ratio). What IS way more important is the way the DSP (Digital Sound Processing is done). It helps when this is 24-bit, even if it is converted back to 16-bit for final playback.

        Then there is a lot of quality difference to DPS’s. So you can’t compare a to b just based on simple numbers. As Phil said, let your ears be the judge.

        As for the sample frequency, the idea is that because 96KHz has more room for the (inaudible) higher harmonics (like vinyl which shows measured frequencies up to 50KHz) it would sound better.

        Assuming the same as for bit depth, that your original material is 44.1 KHz to begin with, having a 96KHz sound card won’t bring back those harmonics, for the simple reason that they weren’t there in the source material to begin with!

        So, in recording environments: 24-bit for sure! 96KHz if you have it (and the harddisk space).

        In any live sound environment, 24-bit or even 32-bit fp processing in your digital live console? Sure, go for it.

        But for us DJ’s playing CD’s (or worse 320MP3 or 256AAC), there is just not enough of an audible difference to justify NOT chosing for any 16/44.1 soundcard (for those reasons).

        Again, some soundcards sound better than others, even with the same specs.

        Use your ears.

        Greetinx,
        Chuck

      • Better off getting a decent Oyaide Neo d+ set of cables then messing with sampling rates.

      • I have a nice collection of SACD in 88Khz+ 24bit and the difference is amazing. The depth is huge and it feels you are in the studio with the artists or even live. Depeche Mode has all of their albums in SACD, I urge you guys to hear them. Many artists now release in hifi sample rates too (Nine Inch Nails for example) and Neil Young’s music player will offer a big catalog of hifi music too. It’s the future.

        As for this controller, the manual says the driver supports 96KHz but the device only 44KHz, something that makes no sense unless it can playback at 96KHz but Denon will not help you at those sample rates.

  15. Looks like a solid upgrade and works with my favourite DJ software now.
    Only thing I really miss is they could have made the unit like half an inch wider and included one more row of buttons for a slicer mode.
    I just love Serato’s slicer and you can do so much with it for very simple and subtle effects…

  16. Interestingly enough I was moonlighting as a bartender for the family biz while in town for Christmas on the weekend and the dj for the evening was using a mk1. Being the sort of person I am I chatted to the guy for a bit about it. He really seemed to think it was quite good, and said he’d chose it over other options purely due to preference.
    As time goes on and the overall quality of our tools improves, I am apt to think it’s gotten mostly to the point that no matter your choice, it’s not going to suck.
    Still, since I use traktor, I can’t imagine smoother integration between controller and software than using hardware made by them as well.
    Maybe I sound like a fanboy, but I’m also a real big fan of ‘does what it says on the tin’, and ‘reliable’.
    So far all of my needs are being met, with super solid, predictable performance…but if I wasn’t already locked in, I’d consider it.
    I imagine that’s a very similar story around the campfire, either you are in the market for a controller, or you aren’t going to be convinced to switch too easily?

  17. /silly face
    As per my comments about headroom and such for 24 bit, I really thought it was a discussion about 16 bit vs 24 bit….lol, shows how in the past I am (blush).
    I really thought 96 would be reserved for HD content in movies/games/ and high end stuff not usually associated with playing over a most certainly mono sound system, stuffed into a less than perfect listening environment usually filled with drunks.
    Consider me shocked.

  18. Would love this if it had per-channel meters. I couldn’t care less about Serato – all these years in the game, and the keylock quality is still appalling.

  19. looks a bit odd imho with them shiny platters , and no eq’s on the booth
    out? tssss……

  20. Hmmm what to do.. As a crusty old vinyl DJ looking to get back on the mobile scene do I go all digital with this or go down the XDJ R1 / Mixdeck Quad route with the safety of CDs just in case the lappy goes pop…

    • Just go all digital and have a backup MP3 player connected to the MC6000

      • Chuck "DJ Vintage" van Eekelen says:

        Been there, done that, got the MKI and still have it.

        It’s served me well (and will so for many years to come).

        Some of us are from the generation that remembers using a mixer (Dateq LPM 7.1 anyone?) for 15 years til the last knob finally fell off … or a Denon DN-xxxx dual CD-player, sent in for maintenance once every two years, for over 20 years.

        The MC6000 breaths that quality, built to really last and with no fashion frills (but really, silver platters?) that can go out of fashion.

        In all honesty, the MC6000 never looked hip, not even when it came out. And yes it has a few things they fixed now, like some lay-out issues. But none of those changes warrant the upgrade for an existing user.

        Bit like my trusty Sennheiser HD25-IIs. I LOVE the new aluminum anniversary version (yes, they have been making this exact same headphone for over 25 years, guess why!), but I just can’t get rid of my old ones. They are nowhere near used to the point of replacement. And until I can come up with a REALLYYY good reason to own two of them (might give my son my old ones and get the new ones for me now that I think of it), I’ll be stuck with these for at least 15-20 more years.

        Don’t be a fashion buff, buy the gear that suits your needs for now and the foreseeable future and forgot about all the marketing mumbo jumbo that tries to tell you that you need new gear every two to three years!

        Greetinx,
        Chuck

  21. Gill Bates says:

    I am very disappointed. I was expecting a solid response to Pioneer DDJ-SX and Numark NS7II. Something with bigger plates, hardware filters, drumpads, native Traktor support, much more space, even at a higher price. This is just a “cosmetic” improvement of the original MC-6000.

  22. I own a MK1 since it’s Belgian release (december 2010). After about 250 sets one chanel let me down…

    I’m a traditional private party DJ, and always use the hybrid mode, two channels in the middle for the software (VDJ) and the rest is open for analog sources. Mostly that would be the line-out of a computer for a presentation, or a sub mixer for a small band. Having 2 mic inputs is a must for weddings ect. Always liked the device for it’s size and solid construction.

    After 3 years some of the paint is gone where my fingers pass all the time! My MK1 is now in repair. It seems to be hard to make the new parts operate, and the local store sent it to the Denon repair service. I am using a showroom model from the store. Thank you BEKAFUN Izegem. Meanwile I pre-ordered the MK2.

    It’s about time Denon! Why go into the market of bedroom plastic users with the 3000 and 2000 models? Stick to one 19 inch flagship and give it all the energy it deserves.

    There is however a signifigant difference guys!

    UPS:
    – New D/A interface: next generation chipsets. The technology existed in 2010 why keep it from us for so long Denon?
    – Pitch control sliders in front, yeah
    – Headphone control next to entry, perfect
    – Equalizers on the booth out are gone, no use for that

    DOWNS:
    – Silver platters are ugly
    – Led level meters were downsized for the Serato logo, pity

  23. Kumar Mehta says:

    I have the original. I love the build, and the fact that it’s 19′ rack mountable and the great thing is its switchable between line and midi. The only downside for me is the sound quality, I would not rate this highly..

    • DJ Vintage says:

      There is absolutely nothing wrong with the sound quality of the MC6000 MK1, imho.

      Just the fact that it is 44.1/16 doesn’t mean it can’t sound great. This IS after all CD-quality.

      I’ve been playing out with both the MC6000 for years and recently also with a Denon X1600 (24-bit sound) and I can safely say that if there is any audible difference, I can’t hear it over decent PA speakers (Mackie HD-series).

      Greetinx.

  24. Are there any screenfreezes with the Denon 6000 Mk 2 like in the case of the pioneer SR working with serato dj?

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