- What is the feature or ability you would like to have?
Improve Audio Processing Quality
-For the most part, the problems do not appear to be caused by Elastique V3.
-It goes beyond just the high-frequency roll-off that has been somewhat improved.
-There are core audio processing issues, possibly partly but probably not exclusively related to sample rate conversions.
-The SPDIF output may have additional fidelity issues over the core/base audio processing.
- How will this feature help you and others?
Unless you’re comparing keylock ON with extreme negative pitch on both, Prime is currently lagging behind the industry standard on sound quality. Prime lags behind older models in that regard, too. The Prime players have 100X the intermodulation distortion, nonlinear distortion harmonics (the multiplication order of the harmonics appear to increase with frequency of the fundamental), and generally maladies that resemble aliasing echo and/or quantization distortion, among other things. Overall sound is strangely smeared and almost resembles tape generational loss or MP3 conversion, even with additional high frequencies now compared to earlier firmwares. There is also the potential that the less roll-off (increased high frequencies) without other processing improvements is partly an increase in “grunge”.
- Is this feature available in an existing product? If so, what product?
Both older Denon DJ gear and Pioneer DJ gear do more-transparent core processing either with keylock OFF or with keylock ON & positive pitch.
With Traktor now using the same Elastique V3 key correction, the advantage of this on the Prime players is not so unique as to make up for issues with its base audio processing that is the foundation for what Elastique has to work with. Deckadance 1 & 2 also use Elastique, and even VDJ and Serato’s key correction are quite competent.
- Does a workaround currently exist?
Using the analog outputs on the Prime players into an analog mixer seems to either cover up or bypass some, but not all, of the sonic issues.
Using the players as controllers with something like Serato bypasses at least the players’ own processing inadequacies.
- How often would you use this feature?
- Is there any additional information you’d like to add?
Other features requests possibly related to this:
Prior discussions on this topic for reference purposes: