One of the key benefits of the digital DJ age is the ability to update gear over the course of its life. And when we leapt upon the Denon DJ Prime range, there were a few things that we wished Italy did a little better, and in the case of the Engine Prime desktop software, we just wanted it to work at all. But that was some time ago, and today sees a big update for the SC5000 Prime and 5000M Prime players, the X1800 Prime mixer, and a significant feature addition to the Engine Prime software.
Here’s what Denon DJ has in store in the Spring update:
DENON DJ’S BIG SPRING RELEASE BRINGS MAJOR UPDATES FOR ENGINE PRIME SOFTWARE, SC5000/M MEDIA PLAYERS and X1800 MIXER
Newest version enables direct import of Rekordbox collections in Engine Prime, plus musical key-change/sync, on-screen crate/playlist editing and enhanced search capabilities to SC5000/M.
Cumberland RI, USA ( May 14, 2019)—Denon DJ, a leading manufacturer of premium DJ products and solutions, today announced that it has released their new V1.3.1 firmware update for the SC5000/M Prime media player and Engine Prime music management system. This new V1.3.1 release unifies the feature set across all Prime Series hardware units and adds a significantly more powerful music preparation and performance workflow for DJs. Importing, editing and playing multiple format DJ collections has just been taken to the next level, representing a truly ‘open to all,’ future-facing DJ system.
Highlights of the new V1.3.1 Update are as follows:
- Direct import of Rekordbox playlists, hot-cues and memory loops
Removing the fear of change for any cautious DJ, this new feature makes any time-invested, carefully curated Rekordbox collection (of any size) directly accessible within Engine Prime v1.3.1. A quick and easy import procedure makes it simple and fast to bring in Rekordbox playlists, songs, hot cues and memory loops, all in readiness for selected collection export to the SC5000/M and Prime 4 units.
- Speed improvements to Serato, iTunes and Traktor imports
With digital music collections getting larger and a DJ’s time becoming more valuable, Engine Prime v1.3.1’s greatly increased import speed brings in your Serato DJ, NI Traktor and iTunes music collections faster than ever.
- SC5000/M On-Screen Editing of Crates and Playlists
Crates and playlists can now be added, edited and removed directly on the SC5000/M touchscreen without the need for a computer. DJs can now take advantgage of on-the-fly creation and manipulation of their music collections, live at a gig or during prep-time at the studio.
- Musical Key Change and Key Sync feature for SC5000/M
Simple to use and fast to engage, DJ’s can now effortlessly apply a musical key change to their tracks, up and down in single semitone increments. Instant, one button press key matching is also added and audio quality remains pristine at all frequencies. Standalone, harmonic DJ mixing is here!
- New Search Filter criteria menu
SC5000/M users can now search massive music collections with additional criteria, like ‘Comments’ and ‘Date Added.’ Song Lists can now also be sorted using these collection criteria additions.
- Improved High-Frequency response and Speed Resolution to track playback
Crisp and dynamic high-end frequency playback is ensured for DJs, who demand the very best audio reproduction and playback on today’s mobile, club and festival sound systems. In addition, speed slider resolution is now adjustable in 0.01% BPM increments for ultimate, precise flexibility in the mix.
- SoundSwitch StagelinQ Support
A new update to Denon DJs StagelinQ protocol enables full control over both simplistically automated or complex programmed lightshows as the SC5000/M and Prime 4 units are now functionally integrated with SoundSwitch vs1.9
Note: All Prime 4 units come with the 1.3.1 firmware/features update.
PLUS! – V1.2 Update for X1800 Prime Mixer
The X1800 mixer now has integrated OLED screen improvements for adjustable brightness and screensaver modes, plus a new ‘limiter’ icon to show if active. Utility settings for microphone send, gate and frequency adjustments are also added as well as ‘tap-tempo’ flexibility improvements.
“Together, the v1.3.1 (Engine Prime/SC5000/M) and v1.2 (X1800) updates bring one of the most significant enhancement sets to the Prime Series ecosystem,” said Paul Dakeyne, Creative Director for Denon DJ. He added, “The ability to directly import an entire Rekordbox collection removes any remaining hesitation a DJ would have to make the switch to this most future-facing of DJ systems. The Prime Series SC5000 and SC5000M also get significant enhancements, increasing a DJ’s workflow efficiency and creative performance capabilities simultaneously.”
DAN… DAN… DAN…
It’s fair to say that our Dan was slightly disappointed with a feature being missed off the original SC5000 Prime. It would be raised at every possible opportunity, and became a borderline obsession. But now he can rest easy because searching by comments has been added. A number of other criteria have been added too, but comments is the only one that matters — to Dan because he uses it all the time in Traktor, and so the rest of the team so that Dan can find closure.
In all honesty, this has been the first and only thing I’ve checked since I did the updates. Obviously the big thing is importing of rekordbox playlists and data. Given that I have no Pioneer DJ gear floating around, I don’t have rekordbox playlists at hand to test it out.
In the mean time, there’s a heap of fresh video from Denon DJ about this update, which makes it considerably easier for me than having to actually test it out and then write about it.