• Denon DJ Announces SC5000M Media Player

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    Denon DJ has announced the standalone SC5000M, which has the potential to revolutionize the DJ media player space.

    The device is based on the SC5000 Prime but adds a motorized platter with real, seven-inch vinyl. The SC5000M promises to provide all of the benefits of laptop-free performance, including playing music directly from a USB drive or SD card, but with an authentic vinyl experience.

    The company has also added instant doubles, letting users duplicate tracks across multiple decks for beat juggling and other techniques. Combined with the dual layer function on each player, which provides two virtual decks for each physical player, the instant doubles feature should offer unique creative possibilities.

    Key features of the SC5000M:

    – Motorized platter with real 7-inch vinyl
    – 
Adjustable vinyl tension for slip and scratch control
    – 
Two variable torque settings (low and high) 

    – Seven-inch HD display with multi-touch gestures 

    – 24-bit/96kHz digital audio outputs 

    – Dual-layer playback with individual audio outputs 

    – Plays uncompressed audio formats (FLAC, ALAC, WAV) 

    – Eight multifunction trigger pads for cues, loops, slices, and rolls 

    – Customizable RGB color around the platter 

    – Three USB and one SD card inputs for music playback
    – LAN output to link to up to four players 

    – Includes Engine Prime music management software 


    The SC5000M will ship this fall with a price of $1,899. Watch a video of Kenny Dope Gonzalez introducing the player below.

    Related: Review: Denon DJ SC5000 Prime Player

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  • Denon DJ Acquires SoundSwitch

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    SoundSwitch. (Source: Facebook)

    Denon DJ has acquired lighting software and hardware company, SoundSwitch. Released in 2016, SoundSwitch enables DJs to integrate custom and automated lighting into their DJ set. The product is currently compatible with Serato DJ and Virtual DJ 8.

    “SoundSwitch is a fantastic addition to the Denon DJ portfolio of pro-level DJ performance products,” said Jack O’Donnell, CEO of Denon DJ in the press release. “The SoundSwitch software will continue to bring even more creative options to our DJ customers’ gigs and shows, bringing a more exciting and vibrant experience of lighting, visuals and sound.”

    Zak Meyers, CEO of SoundSwitch added:

    “Becoming part of the Denon DJ team is a great outcome. With Denon DJ’s support, SoundSwitch will be able to further expand on its vision in both the software and hardware fields at pace. The SoundSwitch team is excited to explore the synergies between the two companies and develop the next generation of lighting products alongside Denon DJ’s impressive hardware.”

    Check out Denon DJ’s Facebook page for more info.

    Related: SoundSwitch 1.2 Released

  • Review: Firmware Update for Denon DJ’s MCX8000 Controller

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    In 2017, Denon DJ released its highly anticipated Prime series of equipment. Included in the line was Engine Prime, music analysis and management software for the SC5000 player. Unfortunately, Engine Prime wasn’t compatible with Denon’s popular MCX8000 controller, which came out a year before.

    However, last month, Denon announced an update to the MCX8000’s firmware that brings Engine Prime to the device. It’s only in beta, but Mojaxx didn’t wait to get his hands on it.

    Watch his review on this week’s Tips and Tricks, and join the beta program.

    Related: Review: Denon DJ MCX8000 Controller

  • Review: Denon DJ VL12 Prime Turntable

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    Mojaxx‘s long-awaited review of Denon DJ’s VL12 Prime turntable has finally arrived. The device, which debuted in 2017, is a professional turntable that competes with models by Technics, Pioneer DJ, Reloop, and Stanton.

    But given the popularity and durability of competing models, is the VL12 different enough to gain ground in the market? Find out on this week’s episode of Tips and Tricks.

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    Related: Denon DJ’s MCX8000 Gets Engine Prime Software

  • Denon DJ’s MCX8000 Gets Engine Prime Software

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    Denon DJ MCX8000

    Denon DJ’s MCX8000 is both the company’s flagship Serato DJ controller and a standalone all-in-one device. It was a very capable unit on release, but some users were disappointed when Denon launched their Engine Prime software in 2017 to support their new Prime series hardware, and the MCX8000 wasn’t compatible with it.

    Now, the company has announced a public beta testing program for a new version 2.0 firmware, which enables the MCX8000 to read data from USB drives prepared using Engine Prime. The version also adds a host of other new features and bug fixes.

    They include:

    – Support for Engine Prime prepared USB drives
    – Beat Grid support for Engine Prime prepared USB drives
    – Beat Grid slide feature
    – Quantize feature
    – Quantize options 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1-beat and off for setting/triggering hot cues and loops
    – Beat Sync feature
    – 12 o’clock platter LED reset for cues
    – BPM sorting when browsing songs through BPM Filter

    Users can apply to join the beta at the Denon DJ forum now.

    Check out Mojaxx’s review of the MCX8000 below.

    Related: Denon DJ Improves SC5000 Player and X1800 Mixer With Firmware Updates

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  • Denon DJ Improves SC5000 Player and X1800 Mixer With Firmware Updates

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    Whenever you’re working with digital DJ equipment, you should make sure you have the latest firmware update. New firmware cannot only fix bugs, but it can add new features.

    Denon DJ’s recent firmware updates for their SC5000 Prime player and X1800 Prime mixer have both (bug fixes and new features). On this week’s Tips and Tricks episode, Mojaxx takes a look at the updates and discusses the improvements that come with them.

    Related: Review: Denon DJ SC5000 Prime Player

  • Review: Denon DJ SC5000 Prime Player

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    On this week’s Tips and Tricks, Mojaxx continues his look at Denon DJ’s Prime series with thorough, and we mean thorough, review of the SC5000 player.

    Unveiled in January, the SC5000 has become the most anticipated DJ product of 2017. It competes directly with Pioneer DJ’s CDJ series, aiming to replace it as the go-to player at clubs and festivals.

    But does the SC5000 live up to the hype? Watch above to find out.

    Related: Review: Denon DJ X1800 Prime Mixer

  • Review: Denon DJ X1800 Prime Mixer

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    On this week’s Tips and Tricks, Mojaxx begins his look at Denon DJ’s Prime series with a review of the X1800 mixer.

    Announced in January, the X1800 is a four-channel club mixer designed with the company’s SC5000 player in mind. It retails for around $1,900.

    Watch Mo’s review above and stay tuned for his review of the SC5000.

    Related: Review: PLAYdifferently MODEL 1 Mixer

  • Watch DJ Cable and DJ Complexion Perform with Denon’s MC7000

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    DJ Cable, a three-time DMC UK Team Champion, and DJ Complexion, the founder of Future Beats Records, have showcased Denon DJ’s MC7000 controller in a new routine.

    The performance, which was filmed at The Hyman Archive in London, consists of grime, trap, and UK house tracks.

    Cable is a DJcity UK team member and resident on BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Sixty Minutes show. Complexion is a mixer on London’s Westside 89.6 FM.

    Watch their routine above.

    Tracklist:

    1. Sh?m – Slap
    2. DJ Rectangle – Well Trained Cuts & Scratches
    3. Priceless – They Know – Instrumental
    4. Jason Jules – Acetate
    5. Milo Mills – Bad Bitches By The Pool

    Related: Review: Denon DJ MCX8000 Controller

  • Denon DJ Names Laidback Luke as Brand Ambassador

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    Laidback Luke

    In January, Denon DJ made headlines when it unveiled its new Prime series of equipment. On Thursday, the company kept the momentum going by naming legendary house DJ/producer Laidback Luke as a brand ambassador.

    With his addition, Denon continues its push toward becoming a serious player among DJ gear manufacturers.

    In a video announcement on Facebook (see below), the Dutch legend said he will also serve as a product development consultant.

    Going forward, Luke will be swapping out his usual live setup. Instead, his gear of choice will now be Denon’s pro-level SC5000 Prime media player and X1800 Prime mixer.

    The move is in line with the company’s recent “Change Your Rider” campaign, which urges DJs to change their rider to include Denon equipment.

    In the press release, Luke explained why he chose to partner with Denon: “The Denon Prime Series is an organic fit for my DJ sets. Its functionality is extremely intuitive and it’s [sic] performance delivers exactly the quality that I need.”

    Denon DJ’s Brand Manager, Paul Dakeyne, also commented on the partnership:

    “As one of the world’s most creative and expressive live DJ’s [sic], Laidback Luke is constantly setting the standard, raising the bar. He needs equipment that is a natural extension of his thoughts, equipment that instantly transforms his inner feelings and spontaneity into sound. The Denon DJ SC5000 and X1800 Prime units remove all performance obstacles and pushes new boundaries for Laidback Luke to explore.”

    Watch Luke’s announcement below.

    Related: First Look: Denon DJ SC5000 Prime Player

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