The PRIME 4+ brings a fresh new look and next-level features to the legendary proven performance power of the PRIME 4. The world’s most powerful, advanced standalone DJ system is now better than ever with a new refined look, unrivaled streaming music accessibility, new dynamic FX options, 10% larger jog wheel surface, and the ever-expanding performance features of Engine DJ including the industry’s first standalone Stem separation (Stems beta starts summer 2023).
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Getting Started
- Storage & Media
- What options do I have to connect external drives and other storage devices to the PRIME 4 +?
- What types of media should I use?
- What size hard drive can I install into the PRIME 4 +?
- What drive formats are compatible with the PRIME 4 +?
- What file formats are compatible with the PRIME 4 +?
- Do I need to disconnect the internal hard drive to transfer my tracks or database?
- What streaming services are available with the Prime 4 +? Are any trial offers included?
- Can I use Dropbox with the Prime 4 +?
- Hardware Features & I/O
- What I/O is available on the PRIME 4 +?
- Can I use all of the outputs simultaneously?
- Is the crossfader user-replaceable?
- How big is the display?
- How big are the jog wheels?
- How do I load my custom DJ or brand logo to the center jog wheel display?
- What can I do with the performance pads?
- Is there a way to record on the PRIME 4 +?
- What is the quality of my PRIME 4 + recordings?
- Where can I find my PRIME 4 + 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 4 + with my other Denon DJ media players?
- Can I use a USB keyboard with PRIME 4 +?
- How do I use Stems with the PRIME 4 +?
- Software Support
What comes in the box with the PRIME 4 +?
The following items are included in the box with the Prime 4 +.
What version of Engine OS do I need for the Prime 4 +?
The Prime 4 + requires Engine OS version 3.1.0 or higher.
What are the differences between the Prime 4 and the Prime 4 +?
The Prime 4 + features a new refined look with upgraded buttons and performance pads, adds support for Amazon Music Unlimited, new dynamic FX options, 10% larger jog wheel surface, and will be the industry’s first standalone DJ system to feature Stem separation (Stems beta starts summer 2023).
Storage & Media
The PRIME 4 + features (4) USB ports (2 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 or SSD.
Note: A hard drive/SSD is not included with PRIME 4 +. Drive must be purchased separately.
When choosing a portable USB drive or SD card for your PRIME 4 +, 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.
The PRIME 4 + 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 4 + 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 4 + and accompanying Engine DJ 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 4 + to your computer and the internal HD will appear as a removable drive for access through Engine DJ and other software.
Before installing your drive, please make sure that your drive is formatted accordingly.
To access the drive:
- Connect a USB cable to the USB B port on the PRIME 4 + and the other end to your computer.
- On PRIME 4 +, 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 4 + 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 DJ.
The Prime 4 + features support for the following streaming services:
- Amazon Music Unlimited
- SoundCloud GO +
Please register your Prime 4 + at inmusicstore.com to access any available offers included with your device.
Can I use Dropbox with the Prime 4 +?
Yes, the Prime 4 + features support for Dropbox.
Hardware Features & I/O
- (2) XLR outputs (master left/right, balanced)
- (2) XLR outputs (booth left/right, balanced)
- (2) XLR outputs (zone 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)
- (2) RCA input pairs (line-level, unbalanced)
- (2) RCA input pairs (phono- or line-level, unbalanced)
- (2) XLR+1/4” (6.35 mm) input
- (4) USB ports (for USB drives, 5 V, 1 A)
- (1) SD Card slot
- (1) USB port (to computer)
- (1) Ethernet port
- (1) IEC power cable input
Yes, all outputs can be used simultaneously, including the Zone Output. Use the Zone Output to easily send your master signal out to another room (will receive master signal by default), or use the Zone Channel Assign button to set Deck 4 as a Zone Playlist for an alternate mix.
Yes, the PRIME 4 + comes with Denon DJ's standard crossfader and can be easily removed and replaced when necessary.
The PRIME 4 + features an adjustable 10.1" touch screen with gesture support. A display cover is included.
The 6" metal jog wheels on the Prime 4 + have been upgraded to be 10% larger than the original Prime 4. The jog wheel display will show information relevant to the performance such as current play-head position, auto-loop size, and layer. It can also feature track artwork and even your brand logo as a backdrop.
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.
Hot Cue - In Hot Cue Mode, you can use each pad to jump to an assigned hot cue point.
- To assign a hot cue to a pad, press an unlit pad at the desired location in the track. The pad will light up when a
hot cue point is assigned.
- To jump to a hot cue point, press the corresponding pad.
- To clear a hot cue from a pad, press Shift and the desired pad. The pad will turn off when there is no hot cue
point assigned to it.
Tip: You can use the Engine DJ software to set, name, and assign colors to your hot cue points. The names and
colors will appear in the display for reference.
Loop - In Manual Loop Mode, you can use each pad to enable an assigned loop. Pressing Loop for the first time will always enter Manual Loop Mode.
- To assign a loop to a pad and enable it, press an unlit pad to create a Loop In point at the current location, and
then press it again to create the Loop Out point at another location. You can also assign an auto loop to a pad
by pressing an unlit pad while in the auto loop. The loop will activate immediately, and the pad will light up.
- To enable a loop, press the corresponding pad. Once a loop has been created, you can also retrigger it by
pressing the corresponding pad again, depending on the Saved Loop Behavior setting in the User Profile.
- To enable an active loop, press and hold the Parameter button and press a pad with a saved loop. Active
loops will begin looping automatically as soon as they are reached, and are shown with a striped pattern in the
track waveform. You can also set these in the Engine DJ software.
- To delete a loop, press Shift and the desired pad.
In Auto Loop Mode, you can use each pad to create and activate an auto loop. Pressing Loop while in Manual Loop
Mode will enter Auto Loop Mode.
- To activate an auto loop, press a pad. The display will show the length of the auto loop for each pad.
- To deactivate an auto loop, press the pad again.
- Use the parameter buttons (</>) to increase or decrease the length of the loop.
- Hold Shift and use the parameter buttons while a loop is engaged to shift the loop region forward or backward.
Tip: You can use the Engine DJ software to set and name your loops. The names will appear in the display for
Roll - In Roll Mode, you can press and hold each pad to trigger a "loop roll" of a certain length while the track's timeline continues (the lower half of the waveform in the display will continue moving forward). When you release the pad, the track will resume normal playback from where it would have been if you had never done anything (i.e., as if the track had been playing forward the whole time).
- To trigger a roll, press the corresponding pad. Pads with triplet-based loop rolls are indicated are lit with a different color.
- Use the parameter buttons (</>) to increase or decrease the length of the roll.
- Hold Shift and use the parameter buttons while a loop is engaged to shift the roll
region forward or backward.
Slicer - In Slicer Mode, the eight pads represent eight sequential beats "slices" in the beatgrid. When you press Slicer, you automatically activate an eight-beat loop. When you release the pad, the track will resume normal playback from where it would have been if you had never pressed it (i.e., as if the track had been playing forward the whole time).
- To play a slice, press the corresponding pad.
In Slicer Loop Mode (second press), the eight pads represent eight sequential beats "slices" in the beatgrid. The
currently playing slice is represented by the currently lit pad; the light will "move through the pads" as it progresses
through the eight-slice phrase, which will loop (this is the difference between this mode and Slicer Mode). You can
press a pad to play that slice. When you release the pad, the track will resume normal playback from where it would
have been in the loop if you had never pressed it (i.e., as if the track had been playing forward the whole time).
- Use the parameter buttons (</>) while a slice is engaged to increase or decrease the length of the slice.
Sampler - In Sampler Mode, you can assign and trigger up to eight samples using your performance pads*. You can view your assigned samples in Performance View by enabling the Performance Pads widget in the Control Center. When the Sampler pad mode is selected, you will see the sample names loaded to each pad in the slots below the track overview waveform.
- To load a sample from Library View, swipe the sample to the right, or double-tap the sample. Next, instead of
selecting a deck, tap one of the eight sampler slots on the touchscreen. Alternatively, press the hardware pad where you want the sample assigned. If a sample is already loaded to the selected pad, the new sample will replace the existing sample. Loaded samples will be retained in memory across device reboots and changes in Source drive selection.
- To trigger a sample, press the performance pad on the hardware. The sampler volume can be adjusted using the Sampler Volume slider in the Control Center. Sampler audio routing can be adjusted using the Sampler Output option in the Settings menu.
- To stop a playing sample, hold Shift and press the performance pad.
- To remove a sample, you must first exit Performance View.
Samples cannot be removed while in Performance View to prevent accidental ejection. While in Library View, Settings, or another page, press and hold Shift then press the performance pad with the sample you want to remove. If the sample is playing, you will need to stop it first, then remove it.
*Prime 4 + includes a set of pre-installed sample content, which you can browse from Library View when
Sampler Content is selected as a source. You can enable or disable this content from appearing using the Sampler
Content setting under User Profile.
Is there a way to record on the PRIME 4 +?
Yes, the PRIME 4 + 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 4 + records your mixes as 24-Bit 44.1 kHz Wav files.
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 4 + has 2 completely independent microphone channels with EQ located on the top left corner of the device.
Yes, the PRIME 4 + 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 a media player over the network.
Yes, PRIME 4 + 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.
The PRIME 4 + features three different styles of FX engines: Sweep FX, BPM FX, and Touch FX.
- The Sweep FX include Filter, Echo, Noise, and Wash Out and can be used one at a time. Simply press the button for the effect you'd like to use and turn the Sweep FX Knob above each channel to perform that effect on the corresponding channel.
- The BPM FX feature 26 time-based effects that can be applied and controlled separately for each deck. Use the buttons and knobs above each deck to choose an effect, as well as an adjustable parameter and frequency band to which the effect will be applied to the audio signal. All FX are post-fader.
BPM FX include:
- The Touch FX bring powerful effect combinations to your fingertips. Swipe in any direction to instantly create build-ups, drops, and transitions. The added ability to latch Touch FX allows you to focus on other aspects of your mix while the effect remains active.
Touch FX include:
Filter Dub Echo
No, when the channel is set to line, only the Filter is available for that channel.
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.
The PRIME 4 + is compatible with Serato DJ Pro as of version 3.0.12.
The PRIME 4 + is compatible with Virtual DJ as of version b7607.
Yes, channels 3 and 4 have switchable line/phono inputs that can be used to send your timecode signal through to Serato DJ Pro.
Do I need to use Engine DJ?
While the Engine DJ 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 DJ and the PRIME 4 + are also ready to import your collections created in iTunes, Serato DJ Pro, Traktor Pro, and Rekordbox.
As a standalone device, PRIME 4 + 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 DJ software also offers native support for Serato, Traktor and Rekordbox libraries. This allows you to import your collections and prepare them for standalone playback.
Does the PRIME 4 + require any drivers to use with a computer?
The PRIME 4 + 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 4 + with 3rd party applications.
- Weight: 21.34 lb. / 9.7 kg
- Dimensions: 28.68” x 19.56” x 4.08” / 728.47 x 496.82 x 103.63 mm
Yes, the PRIME 4 + comes complete with an internal, auto-switching power supply so you can be prepared to power it up wherever you go in the world.
Are there any hard or soft cases available?
Denon DJ does not manufacture a specific case for the PRIME 4 +, but the major case manufacturers are going to have options available after launch. Please check your favorite case manufacturer for pricing and availability. If you already own a case for the original Prime 4, it will also fit the Prime 4 +.