Free Complete Tutorial On Denon DJ’s Prime 4 Standalone DJ Unit

Phil Morse | Founder & Tutor
Read time: 3 mins
Last updated 9 February, 2022

Become an expert user of Denon DJ’s Prime 4 standalone DJ unit, with this free two-hour video manual and training tutorial from Digital DJ Tips.

In it, we show you the features and operation of the unit, as well as talk you through every single menu option in its settings. We demo all the effects, explain the library and its options, and give you all the information anyone could need to use the Prime 4 competently.

Maybe you’re thinking of buying one, and want to be sure it’s right for you before you splash the cash? (Or maybe you’ve just got it, and frankly you can’t be bothered reading the manual…)

Whatever, we’ve got you covered!

How to use the manual

Below is a full index, so if you know what you’re looking for, just jump to it. The same full index is in the description over on YouTube. Head to the video, and jump to the right part. Otherwise, just watch from start to finish.

Either way, you should find it simple to get the answers you need to make the most of this DJ console.

Watch this next: Denon DJ Prime 2 video manual & training tutorial

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Index of the Prime 4 video manual

4:21 Updating the firmware & software
6:10 Positioning the screen
6:23 Inputs & outputs
9:05 Screen overview
9:27 The browse knob
9:56 Loading tracks
10:14 The View button
10:48 Accessing menus
11:42 Horizontal waveforms
12:10 Channel FX assign buttons
12:59 Channel level knobs
14:06 EQ controls
14:59 Sweep FX knobs
15:10 Channel cue buttons
15:46 Deck colour system
16:04 Line faders & crossfader
16:56 Master meters
17:44 Phones mix and volume knobs
18:37 Headphones split
19:41 Sweep FX: Filter
20:34 Sweep FX: Echo
20:59 Sweep FX: Wash
21:37 Sweep FX: Noise
22:20 Platter modes
23:21 Deck select buttons
23:40 Track Skip buttons
24:05 Beat Jump buttons
25:20 Beat Jump buttons – Beat Skip
25:40 Sync button
26:10 Cue and play/pause buttons
28:15 Key lock & key sync
29:19 Pitch control
29:47 Pitch bend
30:30 Beat grid adjustment
32:12 Slip mode
33:41 Censor button
34:13 Reverse function
34:23 Pads & Parameter overview
35:02 Loop encoder buttons
35:32 Loop Move
35:59 Manual looping
37:01 Effects overview
37:22 Effects – Reverb
39:04 Effects – Echoes & delays
40:17 Effects – Auto Gate
41:04 Effects – Flanger
41:24 Effects – Filter LFO
42:10 Effects – Phaser
42:22 Effects – Bit Crush
42:51 Effects – Roll
43:39 Effects – Reverse Roll
43:52 Effects – Beat Break
44:49 Effects – Scratch
45:23 Microphone section
46:18 Zone output controls
47:20 Booth controls
47:37 Media section
48:09 Source menu shortcut
48:26 Front panel controls overview
49:17 Crossfader contour knob
51:20 Waveform display overview
54:49 Touchscreen track scrubbing
55:12 Changing track key
55:37 Four-deck horizontal view
55:54 Toolbar menu
56:40 Changing deck stop time
57:44 Swiping to load tracks
58:04 Library display overview
58:46 Adding tracks to Prepare view
1:00:13 Crates vs Playlists
1:02:37 Accessing Files
1:03:05 Accessing Track Info
1:03:32 Sorting track in Crates
1:03:50 Sorting tracks in Playlists
1:04:11 Sending Playlists to Zone
1:04:45 Jogwheel info display
1:05:46 Searching using the keyboard
1:06:45 Searching using Filters
1:08:10 Searching within Filter results
1:08:39 Creating Crates & Playlists
1:09:59 Basic controls recap
1:13:22 Using Sync
1:14:41 Adjusting pitch & tempo
1:15:16 Altering the pitch range
1:16:02 Locking the key (pitch)
1:16:20 Syncing the key of tracks
1:18:04 Setting & deleting Hot Cues
1:19:03 Setting & deleting Pad Loops
1:20:31 Using Autoloops
1:20:58 Using Loop Roll
1:22:20 Using Slicer Loop & Slicer
1:25:01 Utility menu
1:25:06 Device settings
1:26:19 Mixer settings
1:31:51 Music streaming settings
1:32:35 Device info
1:32:44 Preferences menus
1:32:49 Playback preferences
1:34:07 Cues/Loops preferences
1:36:50 Display preferences
1:38:10 Safety preferences
1:38:48 Library preferences
1:39:54 Deck colour preferences
1:40:11 Source & Record menus
1:40:46 Using music streaming services


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