I had the opportunity to use my Brand New Denon Prime Series X1800 & 2-Sc5000’s at a private pool party. I would like to share my pool party experience using my new denon primes. Besides the Great View from the DJ booth and finally taking these Denon Prime Bad boys out on a Maiden Voyage, i actually ran into a few issues.
The pool party was in Los Angeles, California and it was 105°F. It was the first time I used my denon primes in these types of conditions. I played from 3pm -7pm. The hottest part of the day was 105° (4:30pm). I used one USB 3.0 Flash Drive equipped with about 6000 songs. I also had an exact duplicate as a back up. I used the standard set up procedure networking the SC 5000’s through the X1800 network hub. Not that it really matters but the speakers I used were 4- QSC 12’s and 2-KW181 subs. The Denon gear was never exposed to any direct sunlight, I had a 12 foot umbrella covering at all times!
Here’s what I experienced. For the most part the gear was flawless. I never had a problem or delay loading any songs. During the week I was using the same flash drive but with 11,000 songs and I was getting connectivity issues so I condensed my playlist to 6000 songs, and it seemed to fix the issue. and I also used the USB 3.0 port in the back of the deck. During my set i used multiple Filter FX’s from the delay the echo, ping-pong, filters, Flangers and they all worked great. Even though never in direct sunlight the gear ran really hot.
Some issues I did experience was after about an 1 hour 30 min into my set, The automatic BPM recognition on the X1800 was not reading the correct BPM on the corresponding deck. It happen to also be the same deck that the flash drive was inserted. I tried everything I could without having to power down the deck to get it to read correctly, but no luck, I had to resort to the tap method. the 2nd deck seemed to be locked onto the correct BPM. The other issue I had with the same deck is the audio cut out twice on a specific song. It cut out for a few seconds then came back on. I try to reproduce the problem at a later time with the same song but it didn’t happen again. So I’m not sure if these issues were a result of the high weather temperatures or deck malfunction.
From a scale from 1 to 100, 100 been best possible experience. I would give this experience a solid 85.
I would love to hear anybody else’s live gig experience using this set up in any issues they may have encountered during your set.
Thank you! DJ SONNY SEVEN