Denon DJ MCX8000 - Frequently Asked Questions

denondj mcx8000 mainThe MCX8000 offers total command of both Serato DJ Pro and Denon DJ Engine technology, putting all of your favorite features at your fingertips, both with or without a computer. The MCX8000 also now offers support with the powerful Engine Prime librarian software so you can optimize and export your library in an MCX8000-friendly format. In this article, we answer some popular questions about the features and functionality of the Denon DJ MCX8000.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

MCX8000
MCX8000 Displays
Engine and Engine Prime
Serato DJ Pro

 

MCX8000

Is the Denon DJ MCX8000 a standalone controller?

Yes! Along with full control of Serato DJ Pro, the MCX8000 doubles as a premier standalone player and mixer utilizing Denon DJ's powerful onboard Engine software. Two hi-definition display screens control Denon DJ’s revolutionary standalone Engine software and Serato DJ Pro operation.  The controller also includes 2 USB inputs for Engine playback in standalone mode.

Starting with firmware version 2.0, the MCX8000 now supports the powerful Engine Prime librarian software. Once the firmware is installed, MCX8000 users can download the latest Engine Prime software and export their database in an MCX800 friendly format. Download the MCX8000 v2.0 firmware and the latest Engine Prime software from the links below:

 

What are the system requirements for the Denon DJ MCX8000?

The system requirements for Denon DJ Engine and Serato DJ may change over time as new updates come out, etc.  For the latest system requirements, check out the following links:

 

What type of audio interface does the Denon DJ MCX8000 feature?

The Denon DJ MCX8000 features a built-in professional 24-bit / 44.1 kHz resolution USB 2.0 audio interface.

 

What audio inputs and outputs are included on the Denon DJ MCX8000?

Inputs:

4 RCA Inputs

    • 2 Line-Level (CH1 & CH2)
    • 2 Line-/Phono-Level (CH3 & CH4)

2 Mic Inputs

    • 2 Balanced Microphone Inputs

Outputs:

  • Balanced XLR Booth Output
  • Balanced XLR Master Output
  • Unbalanced RCA Master Output

Note: Use the Stereo/Mono switch to set the channel configuration of the Master Outputs: Stereo (binaural audio using separate left and right channels) or Mono (summed monaural audio through both left and right channels).

 

Does the Denon DJ MCX8000 mic inputs feature effects like Echo, Talk Over and Post?

Yes, it does!

  • You can use the Echo effect to adjust the amount of the reverb effect on the microphones’ audio signal.
  • You can use the Post effect to reduce the volume level of the master mix when you speak into the microphone.

Note: Press and hold Shift and then press the Post button to activate/deactivate the Post feature.  When you're on the ON position, the microphone's signal will not be sent to the Booth Outputs.

 

Does the Denon DJ MCX8000 support a mini Innofader crossfader?

Yes! The Denon DJ MCX8000 can be used with the mini Innofader PNP P.

 

Is the crossfader on the Denon DJ MCX8000 user replaceable?

Yes. If needed, you can contact Denon DJ support to assist you with a replacement crossfader. You can also reach the Parts department directly by visiting DenonDJ.com/support. Once there, under InquiryType, select PartsInquiry and fill out the form.  

 

What are the built-in effects for the MCX8000 used for?

The Denon DJ MCX8000 4-channel digital mixer comes with 3 built-in instant effects for the Engine software and Line inputs. The three built-in effects are limited to Echo, Phaser, and Noise.

 

Can two DJs quickly switch off back and forth when using the Denon DJ MCX8000?

Yes!  You can have instant DJ hand-offs when using two USB drives.  Also, one DJ could use the laptop and another DJ can use Engine for instantaneous hand-offs.  

 

What is the size of the platters on the Denon DJ MCX8000?

The Denon DJ MCX8000 has dual 5 1/2" hyper-responsive platters. The capacitive, touch-sensitive platter controls the audio playhead when the wheel is touched and moved.

  • When the Vinyl button is activated to ON, you can move the platter to scratch the track as you would with a vinyl record.
  • When the Vinyl button is deactivated to OFF (or if you are touching only the side of the platter), move the platter to temporarily adjust the track’s speed.
  • While editing a loop, move the platter to adjust the Loop In or Loop Out point.
  • Press and hold the SHIFT button and then move the platter to move quickly through the track and search through it.

 

How do you scroll through a track by using the touch strip on the Denon DJ MCX8000?

Hold down the platter and move your finger along the touch strip to search through a track. The length of this strip represents the length of the entire track. Place your finger on a point along this sensor to jump to that point in the track. (If you want to scroll through a track, we recommend using your computer rather than running your finger along the strip.)

 

What is "Disable Slip on Load"?

This setting will disengage the Slip Mode upon loading a new track. This way you won't forget if Slip Mode was still enabled for your old track and accidentally apply or perform an effect incorrectly to your new track. Remember, that Slip Mode allows the currently playing track to continue playing beneath any scratching, looping, cues, etc. 

 

Is the Denon DJ MCX8000 supported with Virtual DJ, Traktor or any other DJ program?

The Denon DJ MCX8000 has been developed from the ground up as an amazing controller for Serato DJ or Engine. Denon DJ and Serato have carefully tuned and mapped each control to create the best possible out-of-the-box user experience with the included Serato DJ software.

However, since MCX8000's hardware controls appear to your computer as a generic MIDI device, it can indeed be custom-mapped to any other DJ application that supports user or developer-created custom mapping.

A note about the MCX8000's onboard screens: They were designed expressly for use with Serato DJ or Engine. In most situations, only the MCX800's onboard knobs and sliders will work with other software applications that can be mapped to the MCX8000.

 

Which DJ software comes with the Denon DJ MCX8000?

Denon DJ Engine Prime and Serato DJ are included for free with your Denon DJ MCX8000 purchase.

Starting with firmware version 2.0, the MCX8000 now supports the powerful Engine Prime librarian software. Once the firmware is installed, MCX8000 users can download the latest Engine Prime software and export their database in an MCX800 friendly format. Download the MCX8000 v2.0 firmware and the latest Engine Prime software from the links below:

 

Is the Sampler button only for PC/Serato use?

Yes, the Sampler button will activate the Sampler Mode to trigger the SP-6 Sample Player in Serato.

 

Will samples load automatically when I press the Sampler button?

Samples will need to be loaded into SP-6 manually, but once this is done Serato will automatically save and re-load them upon exiting and re-opening the software. 

 

Are the pads on the Denon DJ MCX8000 velocity sensitive?

The Denon DJ MCX8000 has 16 velocity-sensitive trigger pads with backlit RGB feedback. It includes 10 pad modes for hot cues, loop slicing, and sample triggering and rolls.

 

How many mic inputs are there on the Denon DJ MCX8000?

The Denon DJ MCX8000 features 2 balanced ((1) XLR, (1) 1/4") microphone inputs.

 

What do I do if my microphone is too loud?

Starting with firmware v2.0, the microphone level can now be attenuated by up to -20dB. Both microphone levels can be adjusted by navigating to the Utility menu and adjusting the mic attenuation level under Mic Settings

 

What is the Denon DJ MCX8000 outer housing made out of?

The Denon DJ MCX8000 is made out of a solid rugged metal chassis.  

 

Does the Filter effect work with every source on the Denon DJ MCX8000?

The Filter effect will work on any source and onboard effect with Engine.

 

What type of USB storage devices does the Denon DJ MCX8000 support?

The Denon DJ MCX8000 supports USB thumb drives and external hard drives in the following formats:

  • FAT32
  • FAT16
  • HFS+ (Mac Journalized)

 

What's the maximum size to use for a USB storage device on the Denon DJ MCX8000?

The maximum USB thumb drive or external hard drive is 2 TB.

 

Can I record my Mix directly to my USB flash drive or hard drive?

You will not be able to record directly to a flash drive or hard drive attached to the MCX8000 USB hub, but Serato does offer an option to record your mix with their software. See this tutorial for more a complete walkthrough. 

Starting with firmware v2.0, you can now adjust the USB Record Level from the Utility menu. If your mixes are recording too loud or soft. use this to find an optimal signal level for your mix. 

 

What's the weight and size dimensions for the Denon DJ MCX8000?

Dimensions:

  • 28.6 (W) x 16 (D) x 2.9 (H) (Inches)
  • 726.44 (W) x 406.4 (D) x 73.66 (H) (Millimeters)

Weight:

  • 18.20 lbs.
  • 8.26 kg

 

The platters on my MCX8000 aren’t very responsive when scratching, how can I improve this?

The MCX8000 has a setting that allows you to configure the platter sensitivity to your liking. To adjust the platter sensitivity on the MCX8000, open the Utility Menu by holding the VIEW  button for 2 seconds. Once the Utility Menu opens, use the SELECT knob to scroll to the setting titled “Platter Sensitivity.” Here you can adjust the sensitivity of both Left and Right platters to your liking. The greater the number the more responsive the platter will act when scratching. 

 

I can adjust the stop time with the Stop Time knob on the MCX8000, but how do I adjust the start time?

The MCX8000 does not have a dedicated knob for Start time adjustment, but this can still be set manually in the Serato preferences. Just click on Setup at the top and you will see the Start and Stop time settings under the DJ Preferences tab.

 

Where can I learn more about the Denon DJ MCX8000?

For more information regarding the Denon DJ MCX8000, please visit the product page.

 

MCX8000 Displays

What size are the display screens on the Denon DJ MCX8000?

The Denon DJ MCX8000 features dual 4.3-inch hi-definition display screens to control Denon DJ’s revolutionary standalone Engine software and Serato DJ.
 

Are the display screens for the Denon DJ MCX8000 high definition?

Yes!  With this release, Denon DJ propels the DJ into the next generation of high-performance standalone technology (Engine) with dual high-definition screens, while simultaneously running Serato DJ.
 

When viewing your song list, how can you filter your songs when using Engine?

You can filter through songs from the MCX8000 screens in Engine by artist, song title, genre, BPM, and key.

Starting with firmware v2.0, your library can also be sorted by BPM so you can view your songs in order of their BPM. 

 

Can you change the display settings of the Denon DJ MCX8000?

The Display screens have a Utility button that allows you to change your display settings.

  • Press this button to switch between the library view and track view.
  • Press and hold this button to open the Utility menu. See the User Guide for more information.
  • Press and hold SHIFT, and then press this button to change the column type in the library view.

 

If I adjust the speed of the Zoom Main Waveform Display in Serato DJ, will that be displayed on my Denon DJ MCX8000 screens too?

Yes! If you adjust the Zoom Main Waveform Display in Serato DJ by pressing either the + or keys on your keyboard, you will see the adjustments being made on your screens.

 

How do you DJ with a closed laptop and only use the Denon DJ MCX8000 screens?

One of the most useful features of the Denon DJ MCX8000 is utilizing its display screens. These screens allow you to DJ stand alone or without having your laptop open, which can sometimes disconnect you from your crowd. In this guide here, we will show you how to set up your Mac or Windows laptop so you can close the lid, push the computer to the side, and focus on the dance floor.

 

Why do my display screens look foggy or blurry?

For shipping and handling, each screen has an electrostatic protective sheet on them which prevents scratches.  Please remove this sheet for a nice clear display.

 

Engine and Engine Prime

What is Engine?

Engine is the exclusive revolutionary DJ software under the hood of the MCX8000 that enables you to perform without a laptop. This amazing software gives you the ability to perform with just your MCX8000 and a USB thumb drive. The accompanying Engine and Engine Prime librarian software for PC/Mac are used to arrange, optimize, and export your library to a database on a USB drive for use with Engine on your MCX8000.

Starting with firmware version 2.0, the MCX8000 now supports the powerful Engine Prime librarian software. Once the firmware is installed, MCX8000 users can download the latest Engine Prime software and export their database in an MCX800 friendly format. Download the MCX8000 v2.0 firmware and the latest Engine Prime software from the links below:

 

How many channels on the Denon DJ MCX8000 can you use with Engine?

You can use 2 channels of Engine on decks 1 & 2 on the MCX8000.

 

Will the track information, ID3 tags and saved Hot Cue's from Serato DJ import into the Engine Prime software and Engine on the Denon DJ MCX8000?

Yes!  We recommend first importing your Serato DJ crate into the Engine Prime software on your computer and arranging your library there before exporting to a thumb drive for use on the MCX8000. This will guarantee that all your files play well in Engine so your set can run smoothly.

Important: For proper analyzation of your tracks in Engine, you need to make sure that the Serato DJ crate gets fully analyzed in the Engine software on your computer first.  

 

Can you use Serato DJ and Engine at the same time on the Denon DJ MCX8000?

Yes!  You can use Engine and Serato at the same and mix between standalone or two different computers with two different DJ’s.

 

What is Engine Prime?

Engine Prime is a new iteration of the revolutionary Engine DJ software. This is a music analysis and management software for optimizing your music library, file navigation, and playback experience on the Denon DJ SC5000 prime media players and the MCX8000. Engine Prime was built from the ground up to improve on the success of its predecessor while adding tons of new features such as personalized user profiles that store preferences like screen brightness, sync settings, pictures or logos for the center display, and much more. 

Starting with firmware version 2.0, the MCX8000 now supports the Engine Prime librarian software. Once the firmware is installed, MCX8000 users can download the latest Engine Prime software and export their database in an MCX800 friendly format. Download the MCX8000 v2.0 firmware and the latest Engine Prime software from the links below:

 

Should I analyze all my songs in the Engine software prior to using Engine on the Denon DJ MCX8000?

Yes. It's important to analyze all of your songs or Serato DJ crates in the Engine Prime software prior to DJing with them.  This method will ensure that all of your songs are properly read and played accurately.  

 

Why is that when I'm in Engine mode on my Denon DJ MCX8000, some of the buttons are not illuminated?

Not all buttons on the MCX8000 will have a purpose when in use with Engine in standalone mode. If a button is not illuminated while using Engine, this button is not supported in that mode. 

 

Is the USB hub in the rear of the Denon DJ MCX8000 used for Engine?

No. The USB hub will not send information to Engine.  It bypasses the controller and sends information to and from your computer (with the MCX8000 also connected), and can be used in the same manner as a powered USB hub.

 

From the Denon DJ MCX8000, how do I know if I'm in the Engine or Serato DJ mode?

There will be an Engine logo displayed in the upper left-hand corner of the screens to indicate if you’re in Engine mode.

 

Can you set a BeatGrid or utilize the Sync feature in Engine?

Yes, both Beat Sync and Beat Grid have been added to the MCX8000 as of the v2.0 firmware update. Once a song has been loaded to a deck, hold the Slide button and rotate the platter on the corresponding deck to set the beat grid.

 

What are the supported music file types that can be played in Engine?
  • WAV: 44.1kHz, 16bit/24bit Stereo
  • AIFF: 44.1kHz, 16bit/24bit Stereo
  • MP3: CBR/VBR 44.1kHz, Stereo 32kbps – 320 kbps
  • AAC: CBR/VBR 44.1kHz, Stereo 64kbps – 320 kbps

 

How do I adjust the Engine settings from the Denon DJ MCX8000 display screens?

To access Engine Mode from the controller, set the switch to the desired audio source on your channel:

  • PC (a track playing on that layer in the software)
  • Line (a device connected to the Line Input on the rear panel)
  • Engine (a track on a connected USB flash drive; Decks 1 and 2 only).

Note that the Line/Phono selector switches on the rear panel must also be set properly. Also, a channel’s controls will only send MIDI information when its Input Selector is set to PC.

 

Does Engine support my iTunes library?

Yes!  Engine Prime supports iTunes 10, 11 and 12. The Engine desktop software allows you to view your iTunes library and playlists internally, without even having to open the iTunes application. Use the Library tab in the Engine Prime Settings to toggle the Serato and iTunes libraries on and off. 

 

While using Engine, can you record your sets directly to a thumb drive without having to use a computer?

No.  At this time Engine cannot be used to record your sets.  

 

For more popular questions about the Engine Prime software, visit our Engine Prime FAQ guide

 

Serato DJ Pro

Is DVS supported with the Denon DJ MCX8000?

Yes!  DVS is supported (DVS expansion pack sold separately).  Channels 3 and 4 can be used for DVS control.

 

Does the Denon DJ MCX8000 unlock Serato DJ Pro?

Yes!  Simply download Serato DJ Pro and connect the MCX8000 to your computer.

Please note: In order to use different hardware with Serato DJ Pro, you may need to purchase additional licenses from Serato. Please see the link here for more info: https://serato.com/dj/pricing

 

Why is it that when I'm in Serato DJ mode, some of the buttons on the MCX8000 are not illuminated?

Not all buttons on the MCX8000 will have a purpose when in use with Serato DJ Pro. If a button is not illuminated while using Serato, that button is not supported in that mode. 

 

From the Denon DJ MCX8000, how do I know if I'm in Engine or Serato DJ mode?

There will be no logo displayed in the upper left-hand corner of the MCX8000 screens if you’re in Serato DJ mode.  There will be an Engine logo displayed in the upper left-hand corner of the screens if you’re in Engine mode.

 

Does the MCX8000 have a "Vegas" mode?

It does! With the MCX8000 powered OFF, power the controller ON while holding down the VINYL button.

 

Where can I get further technical support?

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own a Denon DJ product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Denon DJ technical support team is available to help!

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.