Today, Denon DJ released the new 1.4 firmware update for their Prime Series family of hardware. This version finalizes some features which have been teased or in beta for some time, and also brings a few unseen features to the table. Highlights include:
Tidal Integration Via Wi-Fi And Wired Connections
Users can now stream music directly to Prime Series hardware from the first of Denon DJ’s streaming partners, Tidal.
Track Preview From Library
On the SC5000 and SC5000M players, users now have the ability to preview a track directly from the library display, without having to load the track.
New Zoneplay Feature For The Zone Output
Prime 4 users will find a significantly improved Zone Output with the new Zoneplay feature. This allows the DJ to send a playlist to a seperate zone or room with a smooth automated crossfade between tracks, and the crossfade time is adjustable.
Expanded Track List (PRIME 4)
In v1.4, PRIME 4 users have the ability to choose between normal or exapnded track list views, with the expanded list nearly doubling the amount of displayed tracks.
Loop In & Out Point Adjustment
DJs can now fine adjust the in and out points of both manual and autoloops using the platter.
In addition, the 1.4 update also brings the following enhancements:
Improved quantized cue and loop triggering
Improved search speed for high volume drives
Forward and backward platter nidge sensitivity is now matched
Quantize state is saved on shutdown and recalled on power-up
Rekordbox import on players now imports playlists in the correct order
Learn more about the update here and check out Denon DJ’s preview video below.
Serato DJ Pro 2.2 (Source: Serato)
Serato has released the latest update for its Serato DJ Pro software, version 2.2.
With it comes a number of improvements and new features, including two which have been requested by users for many years: Day Mode and Play Count. Those features helped make the public beta of 2.2 the most downloaded in the company’s history.
Day Mode makes Serato DJ Pro easier to use in bright conditions, such as pool parties. Play Count enables users to keep track of the number of times a song has been played.
2.2 also includes updates to streaming integration, waveform improvements, and 64-bit support for Serato Video.
Serato DJ Lite, the beginner version of Serato DJ, also sees many of those changes, and is now up to version 1.2.
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German DJ manufacturer Reloop announced its first portable turntable on Tuesday, the SPIN. It introduces a host of new features for DJs on the move, including Bluetooth, for streaming beats to the device, and smart USB recording, which enables recording of scratches in MP3 format.
The SPIN’s dual-rail 45mm crossfader can be installed on either side of the platter, enabling DJs to choose their preferred layout.
The device is also flexible when it comes to power. It can be used with a regular 5V USB power supply, USB power bank, or batteries.
Other notable features:
– Integrated speaker
– Three selectable speeds (33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM)
– Stable tonearm with a transport lock
– Cartridge with tracking features
– Two headphones connections for listening and monitoring
– AUX input to facilitate connection of several turntables (daisy chain)
– Easy battery charging via USB PSU or USB power bank
– Installed start/stop button
– Precise speed adjustment via pitch control with +/-20 %
The SPIN will be available at the end of June at a street price of $249. It will include an exclusive 7-inch scratch record, as well as a free copy of the Beat Junkies’ Super Duper Duck Looper app.
Check out Reloop’s website for more info and watch the video below.
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Denon DJ has released a number of updates for its Prime Series hardware and accompanying Engine Prime music management software.
– Direct import of rekordbox playlists, hot cues, and memory loops to Engine Prime
– Speed improvements for Serato, iTunes, and Traktor imports
– On-player editing of crates and playlists
– Musical key change and key sync feature
– Increased pitch slider resolution
– Updated StagelinQ support for full integration with SoundSwitch 1.9 for lighting control
Denon also released the version 1.2 firmware for the X1800 Prime mixer. It includes improvements for adjustable brightness and screensaver mode, new microphone utility settings, and tap-tempo flexibility.
The updates are available now from Denon’s download page.
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Pioneer DJ has announced a new controller, the DDJ-800. Designed to be used with the company’s rekordbox DJ software, the DDJ-800 takes cues from the popular DDJ-1000. However, the DDJ-800 is smaller and more affordable.
The device offers two channels, switchable between four virtual decks, with a wide selection of Sound Color and Beat FX.
Its five-inch jog wheels feature full-color screens in the center, providing real-time display of waveforms, BPM, time, and more. They also have tension adjustments, enabling DJs to personalize the resistance.
Several pad modes are found on the DDJ-800, including hot cues, keyboard mode, beat loop and jump, Pad FX, and pitch shift. It’s also the first rekordbox DJ controller to support the software’s new Feedback Reducer feature, which is designed to instantly detect and remove the howling sound of feedback when using the unit’s two microphone inputs.
The DDJ-800 will be available worldwide in mid-April for $899. Get more details here, and stay tuned for Mojaxx’s first look this week.
Denon DJ has announced a new addition to its Prime product series, the Prime 4 standalone DJ System.
The four-deck unit, which doesn’t require a computer, features a 10-inch multi-touch, gesture display for full control over four decks. As with previous Prime players, the Prime 4 includes eight performance pads for hot cues, looping, rolls, slicing, and more.
The device also features four USB inputs, an SD card slot, and a built-in SATA drive bay, enabling DJs to utilize a massive amount of music files. Any connected media source can also be used for recording sets.
As part of its fully-featured mixing surface, the Prime 4 includes 14 onboard effects, as well as sweep and filter effects on each channel.
It also features an independent zone output, which enables DJs to send a playlist to a separate location while DJing on the other decks. It is the first standalone system to have that capability.
The Prime 4 seems likely to be a true powerhouse device, ideal for venue installs, mobile DJs, and home users alike. It will be available in March priced at around $1,699.
Watch the promo video below and get more details on Denon’s website.
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