Hi Denon Prime Family,
I was SO beyond excited to finally purchase the SC5000M, but ever since I opened it I’ve been floored by the disastrous performance of Engine Prime (onboard SC5000M + the Desktop app) re: analyzing track information, particularly beatgrids.
I’ve driven myself crazy spending time with the unit this weekend, because I really want to love it. I enjoy the motorized platter so much, but my appreciation of the device ends there. I’ve been unable to properly focus on my mixing, since the beatgrids are as messed up as they are.
I’m hoping that a more experienced SC5000M user here might have some insight for me as to how I can improve the experience-- before I decide to return my recent purchase.
I’ve given the SC5000M different flavors of electronic music, house, dubstep, etc. and different beatgrid issues persist.
A 106 BPM song, very easy/straightforward beat that the device should have zero problem with (re: analyzing and setting the beatgrid correctly). When I load the song into the deck/player,
- The first 15-20s of the song have the beatgrid lined up correctly. Then…
- By the 30s mark, the beatgrid is already off.
- By the 1:00 minute mark and the chorus of the song, the beatgrid is more off than before.
- Thinking that I could fix the issue, I manually adjusted the beatgrid by holding the ‘Zoom/Grid Adjust’ button, then moving the jog wheel to lineup the beatgrid, and selecting ‘Done.’
That fixed the problem for another 10-15s of the song, before the beatgrid is off AGAIN.
And so, this issue has continued to appear in multiple genres, different songs etc. and it’s driving me crazy. The SC5000M is gorgeous, and I adore it from a hardware perspective-- but the underlying software is so bafflingly flawed that I am unable to keep a consistent mix (i.e. the lowest/basic expectation of functionality), and so I am ready to return the player, unless one of you may be able to help me.
Thank you for reading, and looking forward to your input. Best regards.