Frequently Asked Questions
- Feature Overview
- Storage and Media
- What options do I have to connect external drives and other storage devices to the PRIME 2?
- What types of media should I use?
- What size hard drive can I install into the PRIME 2?
- What drive formats are compatible with the PRIME 2?
- What file formats are compatible with the PRIME 2?
- Do I need to disconnect the internal hard drive to transfer my tracks or database?
- The installed HDD is not recognized on PRIME 2 after exiting controller mode. Why is this happening?
- What is the maximum number of tracks I can use on a single media device with the PRIME 2?
- How can I improve search result speed when searching large libraries on PRIME 2?
- Hardware Features and I/O
- What I/O is available on the PRIME 2?
- Is the crossfader user-replaceable?
- Why are the decks non-mirrored?
- How big is the display?
- How big are the jog wheels?
- Can I adjust the jog wheel tension?
- How do I load my custom DJ or brand logo to the center jog wheel display?
- Does the PRIME 2 have continuous playback?
- Does the PRIME 2 have Track Preview?
- What can I do with the performance pads?
- What options do I have to sort my tracks?
- Is there a way to record my performance on the PRIME 2?
- What is the quality of my PRIME 2 recordings?
- Where can I find my PRIME 2 saved recordings?
- Is there a ducking option for the mic inputs?
- Do I have to sacrifice a line channel if I want to use the mic channels?
- Can I network the PRIME 2 with my SC5000/M?
- Can I use a USB keyboard with PRIME 2?
- Does the PRIME 2 interface and playback media stored on smartphones or tablets when connected via USB?
- Can the PRIME 2 be used to stream music?
- Effects, EQ, and Sync
- Software Support
- Will the PRIME 2 work with Serato DJ, Traktor, VDJ, etc?
- Does the PRIME 2 work with lighting or video software?
- Is any software included with the PRIME 2?
- Do I need to use Engine Prime?
- Why won’t PRIME 2 connect to Engine Prime on my computer?
- Does PRIME 2 support Rekordbox, Serato, or Traktor libraries?
- Some of my Cues/Loops have imported early! How do I fix this?
- Does the PRIME 2 require any drivers to use with a computer?
- Engine Prime Software
- Is the PRIME 2 compatible with Engine Prime?
- Where can I download Engine Prime?
- What are the system requirements for Engine Prime?
- Is there a feature overview available to help me get started?
- What is a User Profile?
- Does Engine Prime support 32-bit Windows?
- How much free hard drive space do I need?
- Does Engine Prime support network drives?
- Can Engine Prime read my music collections from other software?
- Does Engine Prime support beat grid and tempo editing?
- Why do remote drives and songs also show up in the main collection?
- I enabled iTunes in the preferences and clicked Update iTunes Library but nothing happened. What's wrong?
- Help! My external drive doesn’t show up in the devices panel. (Windows)
What options do I have to connect external drives and other storage devices to the PRIME 2?
The PRIME 2 features (3) USB ports (1 on the top, 2 in the back), as well as (1) SD card port, and an internal hard drive bay to store an optional 2.5" hard drive.
Note: A hard drive is not included with PRIME 2; just the bay to facilitate your own drive.
When choosing a portable USB drive or SD card for your PRIME 2, we recommend using drives from reputable media brands whenever possible. SD cards must be Class 6 (c6) or faster. USB drives should have similar performance specs (at least 20MB/s read / 6 MB/s write speed). The faster the media, the faster tracks can load. Slower drives may result in lags when navigating through the collection and longer load times.
For a helpful comparison between all of the popular drives on the market, and a free test to check the stability of your own drive, check out the site: UserBenchmark.com. This will allow you to sort drives by several different parameters like capacity, price, read speed, write speed, etc. Keep in mind that better Peak Read MB/s ratings will be more important for efficient media playback, like playing music through the PRIME 2.
The PRIME 2 supports a 2.5" SATA hard drive; either HDD or SSD. There is no drive capacity size limitation, just be sure the hard drive is formatted in one of the supported file system types; FAT32 or exFAT.
All storage media connected to the PRIME 2 should be formatted to either FAT32 or exFAT with an MBR (Master Boot Record) style partition structure. For larger file systems (1TB and greater) we recommend formatting drives to the exFAT format.
The PRIME 2 and accompanying Engine Prime software support the following audio formats:
- MP3 32 kbit/s - 320 kbit/s + VBR
- M4A / AAC
- OGG Vorbis
- WAV 16-32 bit, 44.1k - 192k
- AIFF 16-32 bit, 44.1k - 192k
One of the great benefits of an internal hard drive is the easy connection and transfer of data back and forth with your computer. Simply connect the PRIME 2 to your computer and the internal HD will appear as a removable drive for access through Engine Prime and other software.
Before installing your drive, please make sure that your drive is formatted according to our requirements above.
To access the drive:
- Connect a USB cable to the USB B port on the PRIME 2 and the other end to your computer.
- On PRIME 2, hold the VIEW button for 2 seconds to show the Menu.
- Tap the SOURCE icon.
- Tap the computer icon to put the device into controller/USB mode.
- Once in controller/USB mode, the drive will be mounted to your computer. Note: The PRIME 2 may continue "searching for the computer" but this is normal.
- Once mounted, you will now see the hard drive as an available media device in Engine Prime.
The installed HDD is not recognized on PRIME 2 after exiting controller mode. Why is this happening?
This is typically caused by not properly (or safely) ejecting the drive from the computer. It is highly recommended to always safely eject any media device prior to using on Prime Series media players. If your installed HDD is still not recognized in standalone mode after safety ejecting, power off the PRIME 2 and restart.
We recommend 50,000 or less for the best possible browsing experience. For larger collections, we always recommend using a Solid State Drive. Note: these are recommendations and not limitations.
PRIME 2 allows you to search within a variety of track metadata fields such as Artist, Title, Album, Comment, etc.. To reduce the search result time, tap the down arrow next to the search field magnifying glass. This will allow you to enable or disable metadata search fields by tapping them. Disable all fields that are not required for your search criteria.
Hardware Features and I/O
What I/O is available on the PRIME 2?
- (2) XLR outputs (master left/right, balanced)
- (2) XLR outputs (booth left/right, balanced)
- (1) RCA output pair (master left/right, unbalanced)
- (1) 1/4” (6.35 mm) stereo output (headphones)
- (1) 1/8” (3.5 mm) stereo output (headphones)
- (1) RCA input pairs (line-level, unbalanced)
- (2) XLR+1/4” (6.35 mm) input
- (3) USB ports (for USB drives, 5 V, 1 A)
- (1) SD Card slot
- (1) USB port (to computer)
- (1) Ethernet port
- (1) 2.5" SATA HD bay
- (1) IEC power cable input
Yes, the PRIME 2 comes with Denon DJ's standard crossfader and can be easily removed and replaced when necessary. Just remove the top panel screws to access and replace the crossfader.
Both decks on the PRIME 2 have the exact same layout: play and cue on the left, pitch fader on the right, etc. This more closely resembles a dual SC5000/X1800 combo and allows the user to jump between decks without thinking about reversing their actions.
The main display on PRIME 2 is a 7" HD multi-touch display with gesture support. A display cover is included.
Each deck features an ultra-responsive, touch capacitive 6-inch jog wheel with an embedded 2.2" LED-backlit display and surrounded by a customizable RGB light. The display will show information relevant to the performance such as current playhead position, auto-loop size, and layer. It can also feature track artwork and even your brand logo as a backdrop.
The jog wheels on PRIME 2 do not have mechanical tension adjust but you can fine-tune the nudge sensitivity in the Utility Menu.
To add your own custom DJ or brand logo simply create a .PNG file, name it "logo.png" and place it into the Engine Library directory on your USB/SD media device. We recommend a .PNG with the dimensions of 600 x 600 pixels.
This could also be used to customize a client experience by adding event-specific images to the display like a corporate logo or picture of the bride and groom.
Yes, the PRIME 2 offers a continuous playback via the CONTINUE button on the main performance view. When this is engaged, the PRIME 2 will play songs from the same playlist one after the other.
Yes, the PRIME 2 has Track Preview. Just tap the album artwork from the tracklist to start the preview. Once preview is active, you can tap the track title to jump to different sections of the song.
The performance pads feature 4 familiar, but distinct modes: Hot Cue, Loop, Roll, and Slicer
- Hot Cue - Use this mode to assign and jump to up to 8 cue points in a track. Use SHIFT and press a pad to clear a hot cue from that pad.
- Loop - Press the Loop button once to enter Manual Loop mode. While in this mode, press a pad to assign a loop in point and press it again to assign a loop out point. While in Manual Loop mode, press the Loop button again to enter Auto Loop mode. In Auto Loop mode, only press a pad once to automatically set a loop. Use the Auto knob at the top-left of each deck to assign a loop size and adjust the loop position within the track.
- Roll - In this mode, press and hold each pad to trigger a loop roll of a certain length while the timeline of the track continues. Each pad will trigger a different time division (i.e. 1/8, 1/4T, 1/4, etc.). Pads with triplet based loops are lit with a different color.
- Slicer - When you press the Slicer mode button, you will automatically activate an 8-beat loop and each pad will represent 8 sequential "slices" in the beatgrid. A light will move through the pads as it progresses through the 8-slice phrase and you can press a pad to play that slice.
The PRIME 2 features advanced track sorting options such as Title, BPM, Artist, Key, Rating, Date Added, and more.
Yes, the PRIME 2 features direct standalone recording to any connected drive, including the one hosting the currently playing track(s). The only size limit will be the available space on the selected drive. Recording can also include both microphone inputs.
The PRIME 2 records your mixes as 24-Bit 44.1 kHz Wav files.
Where can I find my PRIME 2 saved recordings?
The first time you save a recording the system will create a folder titled “Sessions” on the root of your selected media device. Once saved, all recordings will be stored here.
Yes. When the Talk Over button is pressed, the level of the master mix will reduce automatically when it receives a signal from the microphone. You can even set the amount of volume reduction in the Utility menu.
No, the PRIME 2 has 2 completely independent microphone channels with EQ located on the top left corner of the device.
Yes, similar to the SC5000 and X1800, the PRIME 2 features a network port for sharing data between devices. Use a standard Cat5e cable to connect this to the hub on an additional Prime device to share media between devices. Note: It is not possible to Sync or Instant double to an SC5000/M over the network.
Yes, PRIME 2 supports USB keyboards on any of the 4 available USB ports. The USB keyboard can be used as an alternative to the onscreen keyboard for a more tactile searching experience. You can also use the keyboard shortcut “ctrl + f” to immediately place the cursor in the search field and begin searching.
Does the PRIME 2 interface and playback media stored on smartphones or tablets when connected via USB?
No, not at this time.
Yes, PRIME 2 has an Ethernet port for hardwired internet connection and also features built-in Wi-Fi for wireless streaming. All streamed tracks are downloaded in their entirety before enabling playback to ensure there is never an interruption in the audio playback. You can even save hot cues, and loop points for streaming music, just ensure you have a media device connected to the PRIME 2 in order to store the data.
Effects, EQ, and Sync
What internal effects does the PRIME 2 offer?
- Echo - This effect adds echoes of the original signal.
- Delay - This effect adds repeated instances of the original signal that decay over time.
- Hall - This effect adds reverberated echoes of the original signal.
- Ping Pong - This is a stereo delay effect where the rate of delay is different between the left and right channels.
- Auto Gate - This effect applies level reduction to the original signal at a regular rate.
- Flanger - This effect adds a slightly delayed copy of the original signal to create a comb-filter effect (often referred to as resembling a jet plane engine).
- LFO Filter - This effect varies the cutoff frequency at a regular rate.
- Phaser - This effect adds a copy of the original signal with its phase-shifted slightly to create a subtle, modulatory effect.
- Crush - This effect applies bit reduction to the original signal for a lo-fi, down-sampled effect.
- Roll - This effect samples the current audio signal and repeats it at a regular rate based on the current time division.
- Reverse Roll (Rev Roll) - This effect (reverse roll) samples the current audio signal and repeats it backward at a regular rate based on the current time division.
- Scratch - This effect alternates between normal and reverse playback of each beat, creating a vinyl-scratching effect.
- Reverb - This effect adds reverberation to the original signal.
Does the PRIME 2 have Classic and Isolation EQ modes like the X1800 Prime?
Yes, this will be selectable from the Utility menu. Classic EQ will be turned on by default.
- In Classic mode the EQ will range from -24dB to +6dB, so when the knob is fully turned to its minimum position, some frequencies will still be present.
- In ISO mode, the EQ ranges from -? to +6dB/+10dB, so when the knob is turned to it's minimum position no frequencies in the range will present.
Each deck features a Key Lock/Sync button that activates the DAW-quality Timestretch algorithm to perform key matching across tracks and lock the track's pitch, even during the most extreme tempo changes. You can even use this to lock and shift between harmonic musical keys live in the mix.
To activate Key Adjust, first, enable Keylock on the desired deck, and then tap on the key signature of that deck on the touch display. This will expose plus and minus buttons on the top of the display for incrementing or decrementing the pitch value by increments of one semitone.
To sync the key with the corresponding deck just hold the Keylock button on the desired deck for two seconds.
Will the PRIME 2 work with Serato DJ, Traktor, VDJ, etc?
At launch, the PRIME 2 will operate solely as a standalone device. Serato DJ, Traktor, and others are supported within Engine PRIME software for collection, hot cue, and loop import ready for standalone use.
Yes, PRIME 2 is supported by Resolume Video and SoundSwitch lighting control software. PRIME 2 owners also receive promotional codes for both applications. Register your product at denondj.com to unlock the promotional offer.
Yes, the PRIME 2 includes the latest version of Engine Prime, as well as trial periods for lighting and visuals software Resolume, Soundswitch, and Timecode.
While the Engine Prime software is a great way to organize and prepare your tracks, the PRIME 4 is ready to automatically analyze any tracks on a connected drive that have not already been added to your Prime database. You can even create playlists, crates and edit track info directly from the Prime. Both Engine Prime and the PRIME 2 are also ready to import your collections created in iTunes, Serato DJ Pro, Traktor Pro, and Rekordbox.
At this time, PRIME 2 is a standalone DJ console only and does not control Engine Prime or any other DJ software. You can however use Engine Prime to manage the music library contained on the installed hard drive within your PRIME 2.
As a standalone device, PRIME 2 will read Rekordbox drives natively. This will allow a Rekordbox user to connect their media device and import their music, playlists, and even hot cues. The Engine Prime software also offers native support for Serato, Traktor, and Rekordbox libraries. This allows you to import your collections and prepare them for standalone playback.
Some of my Cues/Loops have imported early! How do I fix this?
While Denon DJ has tried to account for as many file formats as possible, there is a chance that some files may result in Hot Cues and Loops importing with a slight offset. This can be corrected on the PRIME 2 by holding Shift and then pressing the Zoom/Grid Edit knob for 1 second to enter the Cue/Loop offset mode. While in this mode, the on-screen buttons can be used to adjust for cue/loop offset.
The PRIME 2 is fully class-compliant with macOS, so you can get connected without any additional driver installation. Windows users will need to install the hardware driver from the product download page in order to use PRIME 2 with 3rd party applications.
How much does the PRIME 2 weigh and what are the dimensions?
- Weight:15.9 lb. / 7.2 kg
- Dimensions: 25.39” x 16.15” x 4.73” / 644.8 x 401.1 x 120.2 mm
- IEC power cable
- Hardshell protective cover for the display
- Display cleaning cloth
- Mounting screws for internal HD bay
- Quick Start Guide
- Registration card to unlock SoundSwitch & Resolume promotional codes
- Denon DJ sticker pack
Yes, the PRIME 2 comes complete with an internal, auto-switching power supply so you can be prepared to power it up wherever you go in the world.
This circuit protects your media device integrity in the event of a power loss. If disconnected, the protection circuit provides enough power to safely unmount your media to prevent corruption.
Denon DJ does not manufacture a specific case for the PRIME 2 but the dimensions have been provided to all the major case manufacturers. Please check your favorite case manufacturer for pricing and availability.
Engine Prime Software
Is the PRIME 2 compatible with Engine Prime?
Yes, PRIME 2 is fully compatible with the latest version of Engine Prime.
Engine Prime is available as a free download for all users. Follow the links below to download:
- Os Version: Windows 10 (64-bit)
- Processor: i5 2.0Ghz or faster
- Memory: 4GB RAM or more
- Video Card: Intel HD Graphics or better
- Sound Interface: DirectX Compatible Interface
- Free Space: 150Mb available for application
- OS Version: macOS 10.14 (Mojave), macOS 10.15 (Catalina), macOS 11 (Big Sur)
- Processor: i5 2.0GHz or faster
- Memory: 4GB RAM or more
- Sound Interface: Internal sound card or Core Audio compatible interface
- Free Space: 150Mb available for application
Yes! See the video guide below for a download and installation walkthrough, as well as an introduction to features and performance:
A user profile is part of your Engine database and saves your preferred settings including screen brightness, colors, sync settings, the logo for the platter display, and more. Each time a thumb drive storing your user profile is connected to any SC5000 or PRIME, you will be prompted to load the profile which will automatically jump to your preferred settings. This means that any SC5000 or PRIME can quickly become your own with just a few clicks.
Engine Prime officially supports Windows 8 and Windows 10, which are almost exclusively 64-bit. Because of this, we are currently only supporting 64-bit Windows platforms.
How much free space is required depends on the size of your music collection. Keep in mind, the grid and waveform data require additional storage space. This is approximately 200 Mb per 1000 songs, but this can vary greatly depending on the length of tracks in the collection.
Engine Prime should be used only with local internal or external drives. NAS drives are not supported with Engine Prime v1.3.1.
Yes! Engine Prime offers built-in integration for iTunes, Serato DJ Pro, Traktor Pro, and Rekordbox. Use the Library tab in the Preferences to enable 3rd party integration.
Yes, one of the great new features of Engine Prime is the built-in beat grid and tempo editor.
Why do remote drives and songs also show up in the main collection?
The Main Collection is a complete list of all connected media, both remote and local. This allows for all of your songs on either connected hard drives or internal storage to be used interchangeably, making it easy to find your track regardless of where the file is stored.
Because of this, duplicate entries may appear in the main collection if a song is located in both the main collection and a removable drive. Songs are not physically duplicated on the drive, the main collection is simply reporting the song in multiple databases. Removable drives can still be moved from one computer to another and have their crate structures retained, and any song in the main collection can be dragged to the Engine player for playback and editing at any time.
We realize that this is a departure from more traditional workflows and are working on an option to separate collection drives with remote drives in a more clear manner.
I enabled iTunes in the preferences and clicked Update iTunes Library but nothing happened. What's wrong?
iTunes isn’t always configured to share its database with other applications. To configure iTunes to do so:
1. Open iTunes.
2. Go to Preferences.
3. Go to Advanced.
4. Check off the box for Share iTunes Library XML with other applications.
5. Click OK to save and exit the preferences.
6. Quit iTunes.
7. In Engine, select the iTunes tab and click Update iTunes Library.
Help! My external drive doesn’t show up in the devices panel. (Windows)
This may happen when Windows (and therefore Engine Prime) detects an external drive as an internal drive. This can happen if an internal SATA drive is placed in a 3rd party USB enclosure. We do not support these drives and recommend you do not use them, as Windows is unable to safely eject the drives.