NAMM 2014: Exclusive Denon DJ MC6000 MkII Talkthrough

We got a chance to see the new Denon DJ MC6000 MkII "in the flesh" for the first time in Denon's private suite. A 19" rackmount-sized controller with excellent mic channels and a full four-channel standalone mixer, the big changes in MkII over the Denon DN-MC6000 are a cleaner layout and of course Serato DJ compatibility (Serato really is becoming the catchphrase here at NAMM 2014.

Our video shows you up close how it looks and feels, and read on for our analysis of its strengths, weaknesses and who may want this unit.

Hands-on impressions

So it's mobile DJ-focused, through and through. Metal built. Small and portable. Great mic channels (built-in echo and ducking, two full EQ sections on the mics). Four full standalone mixer channels in addition to the software channels, with an improved switching matrix to configure them. At a low price of US$699 recommended, it cuts some corners which appear minor but may irk some: Some of the four-colour buttons are now two colour, there's no EQ on the booth out, the record out has gone, and there are no rack mounts actually included (though they're available if you want them).

But the bonuses are that it's now tightly mapped and tied to Serato in a way the old one wasn't to Traktor/Virtual DJ (at least not as well). The mirrored decks with pitch faders bottom left/right make much more sense. The video/audio switch on the crossfader works well with Serato's video plugin.

Also, it only comes with Serato DJ Intro; you need to pay the full $139 to get Serato DJ. This might not actually be a bad thing, because a mobile DJ wanting to make the switch to digital can buy this, use Serato DJ on two channels while retaining CDJs or ewhatver on the other two, then when/if they decide to make the full switch, switch to full four-channel serato by dropping the upgrade fee.

Having seem this and our early analysis, what do you think, either as a potential first-time owner or a current owner of the MC6000? Please share your thoughts below.

Comments

  1. Chuck "DJ Vintage" van Eekelen says:

    I feel I have somewhat of an obligation to be the first to comment, even though lots was already said about the unit when it was announced a while back.

    Being an owner, user and avid fan of the MK I MC6000, the biggest question here is … upgrade or not.

    And I agree with most posters that all the improvements are very nice for new customers, but are they enough to go ahead and try to sell your “old” 6000 and get a new one.

    Now, if you are or already were looking for Serato support, that could be a main factor. I decided to switch to Cross, so the Serato seal of approval no longer ticks any boxes for me.

    I wouldn’t miss the record out as I have never been in the habit of taping my life shows and haven’t used them once in all that time. Booth EQ is the same, as long as it has booth, I am fine. The extra space around the jogs is a really big one for me, although I don’t really care for shiny and thus probably reflecting all these bright disco lights in your face! jogwheels, but, you I can probably swap them over from my old 6000 before I sell it off on ebay :-).

    Really, I’d have no qualms whatsoever about recommending this to any mobile DJ who isn’t looking for a thousand FX, slicer, sampler, drum and other pads, but just wants a highly dependable, indestructible workhorse that will last for 10 years, easy.

    It’s a Denon, which for most people in the know, pretty much tells the whole story (especially the ones that remember the first serious DJ CD-players). Rather than coming out with four new model controllers in 1 year, they decided to just make a good controller better (no doubt after listening to their existing user base). It’s typical for Denon and I love ‘m for it.

    The big question is will I upgrade. I have to admit I am in doubt. Especially the better layout would be why I would do it in the end. The rest is cosmetic or not important enough to go through the sell one get a new one process, especially since the “old” one still looks like new. I wouldnt’mind being able to give Serato a quick testdrive either.

    I am kinda hoping a firmware upgrade for the MK I will give it Serato approval too, but I doubt that will happen.

    Again, great piece of kit and an absolute best buy if it fits your workflow and software choice (but with Serato, Traktor, VDJ AND Cross support, which I assume it will all have, I can’t see how you can go wrong there).

    I’ll let you good folks know if I DO make the switch.

    Greetinx.

  2. DJ alt.rock says:

    I love my mc3000 along with vdj but would trade up in heartbeat if they released a version with much longer pitch faders. The short pitch faders drive me crazy and all controllers seem to have tiny ones.

  3. DJ Onda / Stefan Happer says:

    I own the MC6000 MK1 and this really always has been a very good controller. The key features for me are the build-quality and the stand-alone mixer capability which hardly other controller has.

    The only thing that irks me sometimes is that the filter buttons are shared for decks A/B and C/D (while the rest of the mixer area is true 4 channel). A pity they haven’t changed this in the MK2 model.

  4. For a long time, the MC6000 has been my go-to controller, lacking only Serato support. Now it has that, and the price is still reasonable even for a consumer.

    Then again, I look back at my Humble MC2000, whitch has everything I need. The only real omission has to be no balanced outputs.

    Still, most of us suffer from Rapid Gear Aquisition Syndrome, and I have a boner for this.

    • Chuck "DJ Vintage" van Eekelen says:

      Maybe we should make that Gear Rapid Aquisition Syndrome Suffering or GRASS … as in: the GRASS is always greener …

  5. Would it work with iOS devices?

    • Chuck "DJ Vintage" van Eekelen says:

      Yep, it’s full midi. I actually think you can make it work with DJ Player.

      • cool, thanks!

        since it’s class compliant (both audio & midi), it should be possible to map it in DJPlayer.

        BTW, there are people claiming that one could successfully use the Djay on Mac/PC MIDI mapping files in the iOS version of DJ. It requires a file upload through iTunes. I’m yet to try it, but I do like the idea.

        Cheers!

  6. Layout still looks busy and compact, its a heavy peace of kit, but i guess it lasts more then the hit singles of today.

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