Well...music management happens directly on the prime 4...so thats not an issue...Call me crazy, but I think these type of units will fail, and eventually die off.
Part of what makes the laptop so good is music management, preparing, and prepping our sets.
How does this work on a controller without the use of a laptop?
I also can't imagine storing all my music on USBs or an internal drive. Just seems like extra steps since it's all coming from the computer anyhow.
Why are so many DJs all over this?
Lol...u can also do music management on your laptop if u want...its just capable of doing it on the unit as well...exactly, it happens on the unit, which is awful. I want to do music management, build and prepare from wherever (on a plane, in the bathroom, etc.), and not rely on taking the unit out every time.
Most people (DJs) already have a laptop more than capable of running Serato.
I know you can add a keyboard (I think), but that's another thing... Having a bigger screen like found on a laptop lets you see more, organize more, and be a more efficient, and most importantly, a more creative DJ.
Well...according to the prime 4 specs you can utilize any of the programs available... like rekordbox...Traktor i think...and the denon software which is called Engine... or you can just slap raw files onto your thumb drives or even an external harddrive which can be installed in a secret compartment in the unit and hidden away safely...ok, so you can do music management on your laptop? What software is it using to do this? Do you then export a database file so it reads your crates?
Are cue points, samples, loops, etc read from ID3 or is that part of the database file. All things to consider.
My point is you are having to do everything twice, and even then, it's not as powerful as Serato running on a laptop.
I can't think of a reason anyone would want this. If someone gave it to me, I would sell it. What else am I missing?!? I just don't get the desire, even a little.
I think you're seeing a bit of an anti-laptop movement for a couple reasons, not in order of importance:Ross, Taso, anyone else that uses the computer with a controller as their platform? What do you honestly think?
See, that's an UNTRUE statement. There are "different" options, but none are inherently "better". You can mix music with a mixer and discrete input channels (CD/tape/streaming), with a laptop only (mouse, touchscreen, trackball), with a simple controller, with a mixer/controller, with a mixer and DVS, or with a standalone device (mixer/cd, or mixer/hd) .. all do the job, all can be sufficient for a circumstance, and none are "better" unless there is a specific need.... I am simply confused to who would use such a controller when there are better options.
You can mix with a simple DJ mixer and 2 turntables. You can mix with a laptop running a 2 deck app using a trackpad. You can also mix using the Prime 4 .. with premade crates of tagged and cue'd music .. or with just a flashdrive of mp3s.not sure I follow Steve. You cannot "mix" music without DJ equipment of some kind, and the added steps are what bothers me the most about this controller. It all starts at the laptop, and then you have to transfer music and database files.
A lot more work!!
I am not confusing, I am pointing out how much extra work it is. And as you have pointed out, if one gets used to this type of setup, they are kind of locked in as it uses its own OS to do things. Not a good future proof solution.You can mix with a simple DJ mixer and 2 turntables. You can mix with a laptop running a 2 deck app using a trackpad. You can also mix using the Prime 4 .. with premade crates of tagged and cue'd music .. or with just a flash drive of mp3s.
Don't confuse prep with performance .. they don't have to be done with the same setup or even the same gear.
The cd'js are the industry standard in that particular niche... and they are 2000 a piece for the ability to do exactly what my rx2 does with a thumb drive... why people would get 4000 dollars in just players in order to hook up a laptop and use it as a 500 dollar controller is beyond me... thats what makes the rx2 so appealing to meAt festivals, where the DJ is on tour doing the exact same set over and over, sure, but I have yet to see a CLUB DJ NOT use a laptop. In Los Angeles, every Club DJ, big or not is using a laptop.
I agree with you on my fav setup is still a pair of turntables, but with Serato.
I didn't even think of the search function. I am sure the feature is powerful and included is built-in OS within the Prime controller. Just have to buy the keyboard?