OK, I’m not sure where to post this as there are multiple things I’m not happy with after jumping from Serato after 15 Years. I’ll preface the following by saying that the media players are by far most superior hardware on the market at the moment, hence why I’m here.
The software on the other hand is well, yeah. Start soap box rant…
- Database management - There have been a number of issues here. Engine DJ has a mind of its own. If you move or delete a file, there is no way to relocate it easily or to delete it from the database. Other platforms provide that functionality.
I could not update my crates after making changes to Serato. The so called Sync Manger listed the new crates, but I was unable to transfer them to to the SC6000M players that have SSD drives inside. I had to deleted the collection and reimport it for this to work correctly. This has happened twice in the first 3 music transfers.
Can someone at Denon explain to me why I have to import the collection twice? Once via Serato that I connect initially and then via the Engine Library. If I import Serato as my sole collection, I expect it to be my Engine. Why have a seperate Engine library for users coming to the Denon eco system? That’s just a recipe for disaster and it is. It makes the import process more complicated than it needs to be and confuses new users. (Check your forums)
I’ve found out the hard way that you have to drag and drop files and folders to the Engine library to get everything work correctly and work is a loose term here.
I spent two hours using the rating system the other day because there is only a colour rating system in Serato. Only a partial amount of the files updated on one player and the other didn’t update at all. Why?
At the weekend gig I was having major latency issues between the mixer and the SC6000M players. Because there is no unified play back history available via Engine OS or Engine Dj, I decided to share a single Samsung EVO SSD drive from one player to another via the X1850’s network hub to see if it consolidated all songs played to a single history file on the player.
File loading was slow in crates and there was lag loading a file to the shared player.
Several times there were issues where the BPM of the track would slow down to half speed. A track that was 120BPM would slow down to 60BPM and then speed up to 120BPM after I increased the speed of the pitch fader slightly.
In addition, at the end of the night I lost the ability to cue a song on the left media player on layer 1 on channel 1 of the mixer. I have the layers connected via digital cables to the back of the mixer. The meters indicated that audio was reaching the channel, but there was no cue audio.
There have been other posts recently about this with little or no information coming from Denon support. I could do with some answers please, not theories. This is quite disconcerting when this happens in the middle of a major gig.
Why does ‘Year’ meta data not import into Engine Dj? It’s been a known issue on the forums for over 2 years and is still not fixed.
Why can’t I see comments on the players? You have everything else on there and only half of the 10" screen is used. An option to use 3\4 or full screen would be nice and the ability to read comments.
Why can’t you select two options to sort the files in a folder on a player? E.g. BPM and Genre. This is much easier than backing out to specific genre lists IMO.
Why can’t we update the star ratings or file info from the players? You have edit function to add to a play list, why not a secondary option to edit selected song?
Why is there no consolidated history like Traktor, Serato and Rekordbox? Syncing back tracks played to two seperate history lists is useless and there is no option to merge them in Engine Dj?
Sorry for the long post and rant, but after 15 years on Serato with minimal issues and spending $8000 on equipment to change eco systems, I’m a little frustrated and disappointed that basic functionality is not working properly or not available and has been on other platforms for years.
From my perspective, Denon should be concentrating on getting Engine OS & DJ up to speed and not trying to do everything Pioneer is not for 5 different Dj platforms and introducing touch effects when clearly there are a number of basic issues still present.
Thanks for any help on the above.