Hello hello, First time posting to the Denon DJ Forum! Hello everybody!
So I am two months into owning 2X SC5000m players and overall the experience is amazing!
I was a vinyl DJ for years, Made the move to Serato scratch after not really enjoying the CDJ experience, then went to Traktor for a bit, then back to Serato and now I’ve gone Prime. Basically I’ve tried everything out there and the SC5000m’s have finally allowed me to keep that Vinyl experience while enjoying all the mod cons of using something like Traktor or Serato DJ. I really am loving them, hats off to Denon for coming out with an amazing product, and really sticking it to pioneer in terms of affordability and forward thinking.
However two months in and there are a few things that I think if tweaked would just take this player to the next level.
1. Comments… tags… metadata… call it what you like.
I’m not the first to ask for it and I don’t think I’ll be the last but we really need some way of tagging tracks. I have a huge collection of electronic music and I love to tag tracks up to help remind me what they sound like or what it is I like to use em for… e.g. “heavy” “syncopated” “late night” “mid” “intro” “must play” etc.
I’m crap with track names and artist names and without tags it can sometimes be a bit of guesswork loading up tracks. (I know you can see metadata by touching the track name for a second in the list but thats not fast or good enough for browsing in the heat of the moment, it needs to be on the screen with the track names etc)
Suggestion: Maybe when a crate is selected the crates menu could fold to the left to free up some screen real-estate for displaying comments and track meta data. That would be amazing… and of course it would be amazing if these comments/tags could be added to from the player… oh and searchable!!
I just found a track that contains a classical sample I love, and rather than have to make a mental note of it, I wish I could just add a tag “classical sample” and forget about it. That would make it much easier for finding in the future.
2. Auto Analysis on a new drive…
Now maybe I’m missing something but I have looked and couldn’t seem to find a solution to this. A friend came over and plugged in her drive with a batch of un-analysed tracks and the only way of analysing them was to load them one by one…
Maybe it’s too CPU intensive… but isn’t there a way of analysing a drive or folder’s worth of tunes in one go?
3. Just a bit glitchy still…
Sometime’s when I load a track, even though its analysed, It will play and I’ll get a moment of no audio, or the screen will stick for a moment or some glitchy behaviours when jumping around the timeline of a freshly loaded track. Its not the end of the world and I can live with it, but it feels like a slight improvement, stability wise could be made.
4. Prepping a drive with Prime.
Again maybe I’m overlooking something here so please let me know if theres a way around this. I loaded up a drive using the prime software. Later that night found myself getting asked to play at a party with a pre-supplied traktor controller. Nice one… thankfully I had my drive on me!
Only thing was all the tracks were saved on the drive Artist>Album>Track. There are a lot of artists from whom I only have one track which made navigating that drive a bit of a nightmare. It would be nice if you could get engine prime software to write tracks to the drive in playlist folders or even by genre… (I appreciate though that may cause doubles).
For now I think I’ll just drag and drop the tracks onto a drive in folders of my choosing and analyse them in prime (player or laptop) afterwards.
- Lastly… Prime to Rekordbox…
Ok so this one isn’t even aimed at Denon as much as its just a wish of mine. Its awesome that there’s software to convert rekordbox to prime, and that Denon have even gone some lengths to make this happen on the player itself but I think the real issue is the other way around. Sure its nice that people moving from rekordbox to prime can bring over there loops cues etc… but I think more people would be enticed to go prime if there was a way of turning prime prepared tracks into rekordbox readable files. As its more likely that a Prime user will find themselves having to conform to a CDJ setup in a club etc than the other way around. Anyway if anyone is listening and has the know-how or inclination to make that happen, theres one guy over here who would very much appreciate it!
OK so thats it, maybe a bit longwinded but I think its good to provide as much insight as possible into these things! Maybe I’ve missed some things along the way and look forward to getting put right!
Comment’s aside… I’m glad I switched to prime!
Cheers n have at it!