Denon DJ have announced a new standalone DJ unit, the Prime 2. A two-channel standalone unit, the new Prime 2 runs Denon DJ’s Engine OS operating system, and builds on the Prime 4 by adding some features from the new SC6000 player range that was announced last week.
Those features include previewing tracks directly from the browser without loading them onto any particular deck, support for iTunes, rekordbox, Serato and Traktor libraries and playlists, on-the-fly analysis for files stored on local media such as USBs and SD cards and the new streaming services added to the Engine OS.
Users can now stream directly from TiDAL and soon Beatport LINK, Soundcloud and Beatsource with more to come, via the built-in WiFi and Ethernet internet port. Streaming files are downloaded and cached to the unit, with analysis starting as soon as the file is downloaded. Once the file is analysed the metadata info such as bpm, key and waveform display are stored to the local media, while any cue points and edits made are also saved to the USB stick. Tracks are only cached one at a time, so when a new file is selected from TiDAL or any other streaming service, the file is deleted and replaced by the next track. Any analysis information will still be there however if you download it again.
Elsewhere on the unit, there’s eight performance pads per deck, 8.5-inch jog wheels with centre screen showing artwork, loop length and other info, three different USB ports for media, and SD card slot, XLR outs for both booth and master, two combi jack mic inputs with independent gain and two-band EQ control, plus a 2.5-inch SATA hard drive slot for larger hard drives.
The 7-inch colour touchscreen is at the heart of the unit, browsing and loading tracks, viewing waveforms and adjusting settings from the screen. The styling of the Prime 2 is more in line with Prime 4, with the cue buttons and silver plastic rotary we know from the SC5000 still present on the 2.
The Prime 2 costs $1,399.