I switched from using CDJs and RekordBox to using a Prime 4 with Engine Prime. I’m impressed with the system’s features and value for money, but I find it severely lacking in a very critical aspect: basic beat / BPM detection.
Supposedly there have been a lot of improvements to this in the last couple of versions of Engine Prime, but it’s still not even close to the accuracy or Rekordbox.
When playing with the CDJs, I could use sync it it would be nearly perfect each and every time. I don’t have to focus on that aspect of mixing. With the Prime 4; I have to make manual adjustments each and every time. It’s never ever spot on. It’s never exactly synced. And even when I sync it manually, it’s out of sync again a minute later, cause not only are the beat grids not exactly on the beat, the BPM is also usually slightly off, so it shifts.
Yeah yeah, it’s part of what a real DJ does, etc etc. But you’d expect a modern machine like this to take this aspect out of your hands flawlessly. Especially when competitors have been able to do just that for many years.
I love the Prime 4. Theoretically. But if there’s no hope that this will be on the same level as Pioneer anytime soon, I’m going to have to switch back.
I would like to add that the tracks I use are never exactly a round BPM figure. I play downtempo, where I pre-process many tracks to be 10.9% slower (2 semitones). So I can more easily mix them harmonically on a lower BPM. They do have steady BPM though. No shifts. Maybe this throws Engine’s algorithm off. Yet, Rekordbox has no issues with it.
Anyone else running into this issue? Is there any hope this will improve in the near future?