Denon DJ SC5000 and Engine Prime - Firmware and Software Update v1.2

Update v.1.2 for the Denon DJ SC5000 and Engine Prime expands on database performance and features. In this article, we'll discuss the latest changes to the system, where to find the updates, and what you'll need to know before digging in.

 

 

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Where can I download the latest update?

Any SC5000/Engine Prime user can find the firmware and software updates right on the respective product pages (under the Downloads section), as well as under their product registration in their Denon DJ account. 

 

Do I need to update my X1800 Prime?

No, this update is only necessary for the SC5000 and Engine Prime software. However, please make sure that you have updated your X1800 to the latest v1.1.1 firmware, also found on the respective product page under the Downloads section.

To check the firmware on your X1800, simply power on the mixer and the firmware version will be displayed on the top screen during power up. 

 

Do I need to update both the software and the firmware?

Yes. The SC500 and Engine Prime software will share features involving the database and file handling. Both the firmware and software will need to be updated to ensure that your data is properly handled by both. 

Engine Prime will need to update your database to be compatible with v1.2 on both hardware and software. Because this may take some time, we recommend updating the software to v1.2 first and performing this database update on your computer. Simply connect your drive to the computer and open Engine Prime v1.2 and the database will begin updating automatically.

The SC5000 v1.2 is also capable of updating the database, but this may take longer and thus is not recommended. 

 

Is my v1.2 database backward compatible with Engine Prime v1.0 software?

Engine Prime v1.2 is not backward compatible with Engine Prime 1.0. Switching back to or using a computer with Engine Prime v1.0 and a v1.2 database may cause undesired behavior and loss of collection integrity. We recommend making a backup copy of the Music/Engine Library folder as an extra safety precaution before upgrading. 

 

What new features have been added to SC5000 with the v1.2 update?

New performance features include:

  • Ability to Instant double tracks between/within players added. Press and hold sync or double press the Browse knob when in player view to instant double. 
  • If a song is loaded on more than one deck, creating hot cues and saved loops will now appear on all other decks. 
  • Loops and Cues can now be placed before analysis is complete.
  • Saved loops now trigger in beat when quantize is on. 
  • Pressing loop out when no loop in point is active will create a loop from the cue point. 
  • Turning Sync off doesn’t require holding Shift (Settable in User Preferences). 
  • Hot Cues outside of an active loop will now de-activate loop when triggered. 
  • “On Air Mode” can now be disabled in user preferences. 

New database features include:

  • FLAC and Ogg files now show album artwork. All tracks already in the collection must have album artwork added by selecting “Re-import track information” in Engine Prime.
  • Search: Using spaces now allows to search text within multiple fields at once.
  • Added playlist folder support, including playlist folders imported from Rekordbox. 
  • Added 98 - 195 BPM analysis range. 
  • Removal of 2.5 GB DB size limitation 
  • Removed the need to press a source for 2 seconds to eject it. 
  • Upgrading DB process is shown in source screen. 
  • Playlists tracks are now sortable. 
  • Downbeat detection algorithm is improved. 
  • Added a safety feature where waveform data will no longer be written to the database if the DB file size is close to the maximum file size when using FAT32 (4Gb)

The update also includes a number of small bug fixes and stability and handling improvements. For a complete list of changes, please refer to the documentation included with the update in the download. 

 

What new features have been added to Engine Prime with the v1.2 update?

  • Traktor Playlists and Songs, including Loops and Cue Points, can now be imported into Engine Prime via exported Traktor NML file. 
  • Playlists can now be added to folders. 
  • Added 98 - 195 BPM analysis range. 
  • Serato Playlists can now be dragged to Engine Prime Crates/Playlists areas. 
  • Dragging a crate to the same crate on a remote drive now adds the content to the remote crate. 
  • Downbeat Detection algorithm is improved. 
  • Playlists and History lists are now exportable as M3U, CSV or JSON files. 
  • FLAC and Ogg files now show album artwork. All tracks already in the collection must have album artwork added by selecting “Re-import track information."
  • Added a safety feature where waveform data will no longer be written to the database if the DB file size is close to the maximum file size when using FAT32 (4 Gb)

The update also includes a number of small bug fixes and stability and handling improvements. For a complete list of changes, please refer to the documentation included with the update in the download. 

 

How big can I make my database now that there is no size limitation?

While the database will no longer be restricted by the SC500, general limitations may still exist depending on your system. For example, a drive formatted to FAT32 will not be able to read a single file larger than 4Gb. If you are using a FAT32 file system on your USB drive, your database file will still be limited to 4Gb. This update includes a safety feature that will prevent the hardware/software from writing to the database file if it is close to 4Gb in order to prevent creating any problems with your database. 

While there is no set limit for the database, we still recommend keeping it optimized for performance and well maintained for the best results.

 

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!

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