Tried searching but didn’t find a previous post like this.
I put on smaller scale underground events, usually two stages from 9pm-4am, and as part of acquiring in-house gear instead of having to always rent, I settled on the Prime 4 due to its features, output options, and because it would be a good upgrade from my NI S4 MKI for my own personal use. Plus it was a very affordable option compared to CDJs, an SC setup, or the XZ/RZX.
But after importing my traktor collection I found that a lot of my tracks were off by 1bpm up or down. I discovered this while mixing, which is also when I discovered that the only editing you can do in standalone is shift the grid’s position or double/halve it, yet no avenue to raise or lower the grid’s bpm. It was also odd because my cues transferred the hundreds of locked tracks that I spent days checking/setting at %100 zoom in Traktor Did not.
It wouldn’t be as concerning if it was just going to be only me using it. But with anywhere from 6-14 DJ’s rolling in throughout the night, I need equipment that will be able to let them play their music; or at LEAST let them adjust the bpm on the fly. I was told by a friend who has a full Denon setup that Engine Prime always makes and uses its own bpm analysis.
So should I have gotten something different? As much as I like the P4, I need something that people from various platforms can plug into without it overriding or ignoring their metadata. Or at least let them fix it on the fly.
(Yes I am well aware that the tempo slider exists. It’s a workaround that means beatjump is useless and loops have to be done the slow way, and this one should not require a workaround.)