One more thing…I think it’s on-topic too. For those who wonder why I ask about the third party software ‘in general’. There is some text on the website of Engine DJ that could make you believe (and yes, I just said it myself about assumption), there is something revolutionary going on with just EngineDJ.
‘The world’s premier DJ software suite Redefining Creativity’, is how it starts. ’ Engine DJ is the world’s first, and most advanced, embedded creative platform for DJs’, is how it goes on.
Next: ‘A professional DJ collection management software that simplifies music library organization and track preparation workflows from the comfort of a desktop or laptop computer.’. ‘A purpose-built operating system (OS) to power standalone DJ hardware, expand performance creativity, plus enable flexible music collection management directly from the hardware.’
No mention of third party software making your life easier if things are, though flexible, not as flexible as you may find it from a personal point of view. Arriving in the community it’s the first thing useful I run into though and other community members are very much standing their ground for the third party software.
Being that IT guy I feel like I am in the Mac/Windows discussion, trying to keep it a conversation about hardware, software and service delivery. Just to make sure; I am not pro Mac or pro Windows or against any of them. Same goes for any DJ hard/ software though hardware-wise I might choose for better sound quality. Knowing that can be a personal touch. It’s why I decided to buy Denon hardware.
I was not aware of the service status the accompanying software is in. And database management and collection keeping based on metadata seemed to me, would be at the same level by 2023 on most platforms.
So I was a bit disappointed (maybe a little more than a bit) to read third party software with a subscription is an acceptable ‘solution’. I would call that: part of the eco-system. Not a solution.
Again i have to apologize for using a lot of words but questions asked in the community deserve my attention. This topic was started to understand how big a role the third party software may take in a future with Denon Prime and Engine DJ. And I just got some clues from STU-C pointing out there is no need for it. And anyone who wants can use it.
For me that is all I wanted to know for now and more…