I have to ask what problems are you having with your Serato setup? That’s my bigger question. It’s nothing but solid and absolutely perfect for my gigs.
The grass isn’t always greener. You have an excellent setup!
On the flip side of that my Prime 4 has been flawless BUT if you are an open format DJ your mileage may vary with its search options and trying to bang out everything out on the touch screen.
I wish there were some more ways to search stuff. And while our screens are nice and big it’s also not possible to fit more info on them. Wish we had some display options as it can feel super cramped on there sometimes. I’m still bringing my laptop and using Serato to search instead of using the P4. That’s a problem and I know it.
We still don’t have Pitch Play. That was a big part of my remixing and it’s mostly gone as it’s not available on the pads. I know I can travel up and down via the screen but it just ain’t the same.
The Engine Prime software isn’t being updated in a timely fashion and that’s a problem. We keep hearing it’s coming but it’s been a slow road for working DJs. It feels like forever. The most recent update helped with some of the slowness but it didn’t address the BPM issues. I know there are people working hard on it but when you’re out there using it for your living it just subtracts major points from the Prime system which isn’t fair to our amazing hardware. And honestly it’s not fair to the super awesome Denon people who help out on the forums here. They read and stomach an awful lot from us and they deserve more. I know their living also comes from this stuff.
The SX2 jogs are better. You should also know that.
Saying all of this. I’ve fully invested in the Prime vision. All of it. SC5000s/X1800. Prime 4. I want Denon to succeed. We DID just get another Prime 4 update! It’s a Beta but it’s something. I like that Denon is testing the waters doing this.
And Denon ARE good about listening to us about additions to our hardware. The streaming features being added is an absolute Godsend to mobile DJs who won’t necessarily count on it, but it will give us one more reason and way to leave the laptop in the bag for those random-off the wall requests.
And I tell ya. The amazing value (which has to be mentioned here) of the P4 can’t be left out of all of this. What we get in this pretty compact box is pretty amazing! But you have to be committed to what Denon are trying to do with it.
So yeah after my long and winding road of a response I’m back to this. What problems are you having with your current setup?