Denon DJ MCX8000 - Overview and Setup with Engine

denondj mcx8000 mainThe MCX8000 is a true hardware/software controller that offers total command of both Serato DJ and standalone performance with the Denon DJ Engine software. The Engine 1.5 software utility helps manage your files and prepare them for your MCX8000. This article walks through an overview of the Engine software and how it works with your MCX8000.



  1. What is Engine software?
  2. Where can I get the Engine software?
  3. How do I install the Engine software?
  4. Engine software features and interaction with the MCX8000
    1. Engine Software Layout
    2. Engine Software Layout Description
  5. Additional Guides and Videos
  6. Further Technical Support



What is Engine?

denondj mcx8000 engineLogo2

Engine is the exclusive revolutionary DJ software under the hood of the MCX8000 that enables you to perform without a laptop. This amazing software brings you front and center to play your sets with the ability to just use a thumb drive with Engine. Engine 1.5 software has many advantages once installed on your PC/Mac, including the ability to create your playlists/crates, set cue points, and analyze your entire library. It is Important to analyze of your songs in the Engine software prior to DJing with them. This method will ensure that all of your songs are properly read and played accurately. Engine supports many music file types.

  • 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

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

Our team created a great video and article that will walk you through preparing and accessing your music in Engine, import your Serato crates and analyze them in the Engine software and import your Serato crate onto a thumb drive for Engine use.



Where can I get the Engine software?

The Engine software is available on the MCX8000 product page and is also available to download on your account upon registration.

To register your MCX8000, please follow the below instructions.

  1. Launch your web browser and log into your Denon DJ account. If you do not have an account, please create one.

    denondj mcx8000 engine regis account

  2. Once you are Signed In, Click Register Product, Enter the required information and click the Register My Product button on the bottom.

    denondj mcx8000 Register

  3. Once the product is registered, you will be able to download the Engine 1.5 software on your Mac or Windows computer clicking the link.

    denondj mcx8000 engine regi

  4. Once the installer is fully downloaded, your next step is to install the Engine Software.



How do I install the Engine software?

Once downloaded, find the Engine Setup folder in your Downloads folder. If you are on a Windows PC, make sure to unzip/extract the folder before running the installers inside. If you are on a Mac, just double click on the folder to unzip it.

In the unzipped folder, run the Engine_1.5_.exe file to install on a PC. On a Mac, run the Engine_1.5_Setup.dmg.

Follow the prompts to complete the installation.



Engine software features and interaction with the MCX8000

The Engine 1.5 software is used to analyze and organize your library on your USB thumb drive or external hard drive to be use with the MCX8000 in standalone. Engine has many advantages once installed on your PC/Mac, including the ability to create your playlists/crates, set cue points, and analyze your entire library for better preparation.

Engine Software Layout

denondj mcx8000 Engine Main Expl1?

Engine Software Layout Description

Album Artwork: If a track has an album graphic available, you can view it in Engine.

Full Length Waveform: Colors in the waveform shows the frequency of the sounds, hot cues and loops. You can zoom in and out by clicking the + and buttons on the left side of the waveform.

Search: Click on the magnifying glass to search for a track within your track library.

Engine Library: All loaded tracks will show up on your Engine Library database. Analyzing your music library in Engine enables you to use hot cue points, crates, and playlists as well as view color-coded waveforms. When you load a track to your Engine Library, Engine will automatically scan the track and load the Beats per Minute and waveform.

Engine Target Library: All USB hard drives or flash drives will show up on the Engine Target Library section. We recommend using the Engine computer software to create an Engine Target database on your USB drive. When MCX8000 plays the tracks on that USB drive, it will reference its Engine database information resulting in a smoother performance. Each USB drive can have an independent Engine Target database on it, so if your player lets you connect multiple USB drives, you can use it to access multiple Engine Targets.

*We recommend using a FAT32 partition type for the best performance*

Hot Cue Functions: The Engine software offers your 8 color coordinated Hot Cues. Hot Cues allows you to setup markers on any track to indicate different parts to start. You can use Hot Cues to create your own edits and mixes on the fly.

Loop Functions: Loop allows you auto repeat certain part of the song. To create an auto-loop, press Auto Loop when it is unlit. A loop will be automatically created and activated at the current location. You can increase the Auto-Loop Length by pressing the or + buttons.

Library Track List: Shows all the information for all the tracks in your library. An Engine database includes information to enable the following features: Crates, Cue Points, Loop Points, BPM, Filter Search, Playlists, Hot Cue Points, Beat Points, Waveform Data and Word Search. Highlight a track and Double-Click to load it.



Additional Guides and Videos

For more information on using the Engine software and the MCX8000, you can always refer to the MCX8000 User Guide or some of the additional guides and tutorials below:



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.