We got a first hands-on look at the Denon DJ SC5000 Prime here at the NAMM 2017 Media Preview Day. The SC5000 Prime is a forward-looking media player that in all honesty has to be seen to be properly understood, because the hi-res renders doing the rounds don't do justice to the build quality.
Denon DJ has today officially announced a complete ecosystem of pro DJ gear and software, signalling a comprehensive assault on the commercial DJ booth - a space that has, of course, been dominated by Pioneer DJ for more than two decades. Read on for full details...
Denon DJ has dropped a 30-second video with the hashtag #ChangeYourRider, showing "a new standalone multi-player with CD and touchscreen" - or at least, that's the consensus of opinion forming in the video comments, which seems reasonable to us (it's all big jogwheels and buttons).
Denon DJ has sneaked out a brand-new pro turntable here at Amsterdam Dance Event. Called the VL12, it's unusual in that it is a genuinely new design, as opposed to the vast majority of post-Technics turntables out there that are rebadged but essentially almost identical to each other.
Over on our forum, DJ Jecky asked whether he should upgrade his Denon DJ MC6000 to either the Denon DJ MC7000 or the Pioneer DDJ-SX2. Bearing in mind he's already a Denon DJ controller user, and also that we haven't actually tested the MC7000 yet, here is our response to him...
Denon DJ just announced the MC7000 controller for Serato DJ at DJ Expo 2016. It's a four-channel controller that comes with two USB ports onboard for connecting up to two laptops, two 6" touch-sensitive jogwheels with 16 performance pads, and dedicated key sync and key change controls all housed in a rugged chassis.
The Denon DJ MCX8000 is a popular controller for Serato DJ, but it has an ace up its sleeve: It also works with Denon's own Engine software. Engine lets you analyse your collection beforehand, pop it onto a USB drive, then play with it on the MCX8000. And that, in our view, makes it the perfect backup solution for gigging Serato DJs.