Prime Performance And Workflow Enhancements With Spring Updates
Denon DJ’s v1.3.1 update for Engine Prime and for the SC5000/M media players brings some very cool and creative new features for Spring 2019. In addition, the X1800 Prime mixer also has some useful feature touch-ups via firmware update, v1.2. Let’s dive in and see what’s new for your creative performance and DJ workflow..
V1.3.1’s software update adds a much sought after, full collection import and analysis functionality from your Rekordbox collection, into Engine Prime (plus speed improvements to iTunes, Serato and Traktor syncing too). Prior to this, your Rekordbox collection could be directly imported into an SC5000/M or Prime 4, the library imported and all hot cues, loops and folders along with that. This of course was done by inserting a Rekordbox thumb drive into the unit, then importing the collection it held. Each track however had to be individually loaded and analyzed in real time (albeit quickly and with the track immediately available to play) by the media player.
Although this feature is still available for you and useful in a pinch, Engine Prime’s v1.3.1 update means that you can now import your full Rekordbox collection, including folders, hot cues, loops etc, and have the software pre-analyze the full collection. Once done, you can choose to copy playlists and crates, create new ones and prepare a media source of Rekordbox based songs, in full readiness for playing instantly on your Prime hardware. As an added bonus of course, this Rekordbox > Engine Prime import/collection management process will work for MCX8000 DJ’s too. Here’s a great video by our Product Marketing dude, Jason, on how to easily handle this process, showing it’s easier than ever now to #ChangeYourRider!
Prime Boost for SC5000/M
Already featured on the new Prime 4 standalone smart controller, on-screen music collection management is now enabled for your SC5000 or SC5000M . This gives you the ability to edit crates and playlists, re-order and move tracks around using just the unit’s touchscreen – no computer required. Any changes made during a gig will of course be written automatically to your media source so when using again, all changes are in place. Another great feature added with v1.3.1 firmware for the two Prime media players is realtime musical key-shifting and key-matching. This adds to the player’s already incredible timestretch algorithm, making the mixing of beautifully harmonic DJ sets as easy for you, as just tapping the touchscreen.
A much requested feature addition from Prime DJs was the ability to search by ‘Comments’. With this enhanced search option, plus the additional criteria of ‘Date Added’ too, it’s now quicker than ever to navigate through massive music libraries. Song lists can also be sorted using these same collection criteria additions. As well as other improvements, the v1.3.1 update has improved the high-frequency response of the players for even better, super-crisp audio playback. In addition, this has added SoundSwitch support, boosting your player’s AV capabilities to control any lightshow you may find yourself needing – from simplistic to complex, bar, club, mobile and even arena filling shows.
Mix with the Best!
If you’re rocking an X1800 prime mixer in your setup, your sonic weapon of choice has had some subtle, but extremely useful workflow enhancements in its v2.1 update. It now features integrated improvements for OLED screen brightness adjustment (great for dimly lit club environments and reducing glare) plus a new screensaver mode (the latter decreasing possibility of screen burn). The new ‘limiter’ icon will show if that option is active when you’re playing, which is a great visual check for such an important audio performance option. Utility settings for your microphone send, gate and frequency adjustments are also added as well as ‘tap-tempo’ flexibility improvements.
Update and Back Up
Although not a firmware or software update per say, let’s round up this Blog post with a couple of related, useful videos to help you and other Prime DJs update your SC5000/M and Prime 4 and (for ‘belt and braces’), how to Back Up that all important Engine Prime database too – have fun with our Big Spring Release of Updates!