I am relatively new to the Denon platform and just got two SC6000s a few days ago. So far, I’ve been using Traktor with the SC4 Mk3 and a macOS laptop. My SC6000s are on Engine OS 2.0.2.
Let me start by describing my (file) setup:
- I’ve got all my music files (the actual *.mp3 files) on a FAT32 formatted, 1TB USB 3.1 memory stick.
- The rekordbox Library, e.g. the meta data, is on the same external drive in the default /PIONEER folder.
I’m having a super hard time understanding the supposed workflow to get the SC6000s integrated into the workflow. In this post, I summarize a few observations along with my assumptions. If more experienced users would comment, that would be awesome. Also, I’m super thankful for any tips how to optimize this workflow.
When I insert the USB drive containing the music files and the Pioneer formatted rekordbox meta data into the SC6000 for the very first time, it recognizes the native rekordbox library and asks whether it should import it. It also give me a pretty ambigues info about overwriting existing playlists.
However, when I select YES, nothing happens. There are no Playlists. It seems as if nothing got imported. When I eject and plug-in again, the prompt to import is not displayed.
This also happens with a 32GB memory stick. Accessing songs via Folders does work and the SC6000 is able to load from the 1TB stick. So I guess it’s not a size problem.
Any idea why the import seems to do nothing?
Since importing the native Rekordbox collection & playlist for whatever reason on the SC6000 did not work, I switched to the desktop workflow.
I exported the Rekordbox collection (including Playlists, etc.) into XML file format via the Rekordbox desktop application. I then imported it manually via the Engine DJ desktop software. I then “converted” the Rekordbox Playlists “into” Engine DJ Playlists by dragging and dropping them with the Engine DJ desktop software.
What I found interesting: I didn’t have to copy the Engine DJ Playlists / library / meta data to the external drive, as it seemed to magically “sync” automatically.
On further research I tried to find out the location of the Engine DJ (desktop) Library location. It seems as if Engine DJ always puts its library data own the same drive, where the media files are located. Hence I don’t need to sync the local Engine DJ meta data to the USB drive.
Is this correct?
In general, I find all of this a little bit confusing. The ambiguity doesn’t create a feeling of “security”. I guess, there a good technical reasons for all of this, but I’d at least would have loved, it these things were documented precisely anywhere.
Maybe you guys can help shedding some light on it. Sorry for being so verbose, but during my research, the lack of clarity didn’t make things easier.