So while I know we’re all rabidly awaiting release and receipt of our Prime 4 units (mine’s been on order since Feb 8), instead of focusing on the obstacles we’ve faced I wanted to start a discussion where we could share why we’ve chosen the Prime 4! Soooo, let’s share where we come from on our DJ journeys and what brings us to this lovely piece of equipment.
I started djing back in 2004 on some crappy American DJ cdjs at a local bar playing open format. From there I’ve experimented on all sorts of gear, vinyl, cdj, controllers. I’ve worked in Virtual DJ, Traktor, Serato, and most recently Rekordbox. Yes, they have ALL failed me in a gig at least once. I still enjoy a good open format set, but have found myself of course in the dance music community more often than not. I’ve spent a great deal of time also on the streaming of things for live stream shows.
I moved from the CDJ setups into controller based simply for the features that software seemed to offer over the hardware-only setups. I bought the Traktor Kontrol S2 (still have it) and have had multiple Pioneer controllers including the DDJ-RX most recently.
What has drawn me to the Prime 4 is that I get all of the features I love in the software, 4 channels, and I get stand alone. Then adding in some of the more advanced features (that to be honest I personally will use less frequent than others) it was a no brainer. Being able to disconnect the laptop, and simply show up and plug in my unit and rock, that’s what I’m here for.
So, what about you? Share your journey and what attracts you to the unit!
EDIT: Oh man… I can’t believe I forgot to mention the biggest reason I looked at the Prime 4. A friend of mine has a full suite of 4x SC5000 and the X1800 and I was able to play on it when I visited him a few months back. After my initial adjustment phase from being used to Pioneer’s ecosystem and workflow I fell in love.