Things have been shaken up in the world of DJing. If you’ve ever set foot behind a pair of decks, then you’ll be familiar with with the name ‘Pioneer’, a manufacturer who has completely dominated house parties, nightclubs and festivals all over the world. However, times are changing. There’s a new CDJ in town, and that’s the Denon DJ SC5000 Prime. With EDM superstars such as Tiesto, Laidback Luke and Oliver Heldens switching exclusively to the SC5000, it’s certainly a new entry to be reckoned with!
Super quick and super organised
The SC5000 has a gorgeous high definition touch display that displays Denon’s own ‘Engine Prime’ software. The interface allows for super quick DJing, as on-board file analysis and latency-free loading mean there is nothing stopping you from switching up the vibe in a heartbeat. Multi-touch gesture capability makes flicking through your library a breeze, an absolute necessity when in the midst of a high octane set. Unprepared music is also analysed within the CDJ itself, a lifesaver when you haven’t had a chance to prepare your tracks before a set. This analysis is then written back to your USB/SD card, so your tracks are good to go for next time without a post-gig library sort-out session.
With the v1.0.3 firmware update, Denon DJ added the ability to import Rekordbox libraries. Rekordbox users can quickly and easily download their songs, playlists, hot cues, and memory loops onto the SC5000.
Lots of quality and lots of decks
Denon have also changed the way you might view the traditional “two deck one mixer” DJ setup. The SC5000 is actually two decks in one CDJ with seperate 24-bit/96kHz outputs for each layer (capable of playing uncompressed files such as WAV and FLAC), so you not only get the highest quality of sound with these decks, but you genuinely get two CDJs for the price of one. Get two SC5000s and you have 4 decks on hand, with which the possibilities are endless. You can also network up to four SC5000s via a LAN connection, creating a mammoth total of eight available decks, satiating the needs of even the world’s most demanding DJs! What’s more is that networked SC5000s can run entirely off one USB/SD - with just a single media device and a pair of headphones you can deliver an unforgettable DJ set.
Customised for you
If you’re a DJ who likes to chop and slice on the fly, then you’ll be pleased to know that the SC5000 has eight multifunction trigger pads that are locked into an incredibly tight beatgrid that renders your experimentation risk-free. When the SC5000 is paired with Denon’s X1800 mixer, the ‘Engine Connect’ protocol also comes into play enabling you complete control over the mixer’s tempo-based effects. Vital timecode and waveform data can be sent via the X1800 to your sound or lighting guy, which is especially useful when performing at shows with high production value. Another nice touch is the ability to display your own logo or artwork on the SC5000s, which is great for when you catch the photographer snapping some shots!
Version 1.2 Update
In June 2018 Denon Dj released the v1.2 firmware and software update which has improved the performance and functionality of the SC5000. Version 1.2 has added loads of quality of life improvements for both performance and database such as the removal of the 2.5GB DB size limitation, adding the ability to sort playlist tracks, and improving the downbeat detection algorithm.
Version 1.2 has also added features to Engine Prime such as the ability to import Traktor Playlists and Songs (including Loops and Cue Points) into Engine Prime. Also added is the ability to drag Serato Playlists to Engine Prime Crates/Playlists areas. With v1.2 the SC5000 is more versatile and intuitive than ever!
Here's what Denon DJ say about the SC5000:
There’s a new Player in Town!
The Denon DJ SC5000 Prime represents a real paradigm shift in DJ Technology, right here, right now. This groundbreaking digital DJ Media Player has a high definition, hi-contrast display that enables multi-touch gestures for the ultimate in latency-free, tactile track navigation, load and playback. The SC5000 is also the world’s first DJ Player capable of on-board music file analysis, really empowering you with its innovative dual-layer deck capability and an 8-inch rugged jogwheel with central display that displays either current playing track or custom artwork.
Engineering & Performance Innovations
Powered by a dedicated, multi-core internal processor, the SC5000 runs ‘Engine Prime.’ This latest version of Denon DJ’s music librarian software is onboard the unit, offering you direct access and and convenient performance features, so you can be at your creative best. The SC5000 doesn’t stand in the way of your creativity—it works with you and gets out of the way!
Unique on the SC5000 is its bank of eight multifunction trigger pads that deliver unprecedented creative expression for your hot-cues, loops, slices and roll playback – all safely locked down by the SC5000’s insanely accurate beatgrid analysis. Up to four SC5000 Players can be LAN networked for synchronized data transfer between units, plus you get enhanced BPM and FX possibilities using ‘Engine Connect’ protocol to work with Denon DJ’s new X1800 Prime, 4-Channel mixer.
Customizable DJ Tech
Once a USB drive or SD card is inserted, the SC5000 remembers any previously entered DJ preferences, ensuring that from within the ‘Engine Prime’ eco-system, the unit recalls every one of your performance preferences and settings. This includes any previously performed track cue points, loop regions, playback history, preparation folders and of course any live, on-the-fly, track analysis. Like we said, the SC5000 works with you and gets out of the way!
Visual customization is highlighted by your choice of main primary colors for the SC5000 Prime’s 8-inch (touch-capacitive) jog-wheel LEDs, in addition to using your own DJ brand logo or selected track artwork on the beautiful central display. On the SC5000 touchscreen, elegant zoom-in and zoom-out of the big, beautiful track waveforms brings you to the pinnacle of musical timeline visualization.
Audiophile Routing Beyond Expectation
The SC5000’s unique dual-deck playback facility makes the unit literally ‘2-decks-in-1,’ and with dedicated outputs for each layer, brings you imagination-driven, music playback possibilities with the ultimate in sonic and mix control. The audio outputs are 24-bit/96kHz for the very highest sound quality, and of course the SC5000 Prime plays all uncompressed audio formats, including FLAC, ALAC and WAV, plus all popular compressed music files. The Denon DJ SC5000 Prime returns you to ‘The Original Artform,’ bringing back passion and creativity alongside performance transparency, with the blindingly fast DJ technology that you deserve!
7” HD Multi-Touch Display
Engage in a new visual performance workflow with the SC5000’s amazing, latency-free HD touchscreen. We make it easy to navigate through crates, playlists and your up-next ‘Preparation Folder’ tracks, while organizing your music by category and getting lightning-fast search results using the on-screen, alphanumeric keyboard. All your vital DJ performance info is viewable, such as BPM, musical key, loop-lengths and bar/beat counter etc.
Plus with a new swipe-right to load feature, dropping tracks into the mix is a totally perfect experience. The large, tri-colored (frequency split) waveform (drawn at 55 frames per second) can be viewed zoomed in or out with a finger pinch-gesture and shows clearly that essential beatgrid positioning throughout the track. Add this to the full-track waveform overview, for both layers (A&B), and utilize the coarse or fine adjust needle-drop touchstrip to jump to any position in your song.
Dual-Layer Deck Switching
A teriffic innovation in a single Pro DJ media player, the SC5000 Prime is armed with not one, but two actual deck layers, controlled by one unit and capable of beatgrid locked synchronization. The rear of the SC5000 has dedicated audio outputs for these layers (A&B) offering some incredible options for creative and forward-thinking DJs – you can drop an instrumental on layer ‘A’, with an a capella playing on layer ‘B.’ Or, how about looping a breakbeat on layer ‘A’ as your set end track, while handing off to a fellow DJ who’s scratching a sax sample over the top of the mix on layer ‘B’ – the possibilities are endless!
Central Color Display
At the center of the SC5000’s highly-responsive and touch-capacitive 8-inch jogwheel is our new HD circular screen. Each time a tune is loaded to the player that contains album or track artwork, it’s displayed in the stunningly beautiful central area. In addition, (great for branding when the film crew is on stage with you), you can lock in custom DJ artwork, overriding the track artwork feature, for the ultimate in DJ tech customization. Of course, all other important DJ data such as deck status, time duration and loop region lengths are displayed too.
8 Expressive Control Trigger Pads
Imagine having the creative power of using amazing laptop-based (3rd party DJ software) performance features such as creative loops, rolls, hot cue juggling and slicers – without the laptop! The SC5000 unit has eight highly tactile and responsive trigger pads, which (with the safety net industry-leading accurate beatgrids) gives you the freedom and confidence to perform astounding audio tricks, cut-up and remix tracks and reinterpret your music collection using this single media player alone. Add additional interest to more minimal tracks or conversely, re-energize an already massive club hit, rephrasing different sections to custom build the dance floor energy as only ‘you’ feel it. Creative DJ’ing has just entered a whole new dimension!
Engine Prime Librarian Software
Engine Prime is powerful Music Analysis and Management software that helps you organize, categorize and import your music, either fully integrated from iTunes and Serato DJ or via drag ‘n drop from existing music folders. Completely reimagined, Engine Prime enables offline music performance attributes such as hot-cues and loop regions (both of which can be named individually) to be entered manually or on-the–fly, plus beatgrid editing and track auditioning too. In addition, the ability to create custom playlists and crates offers a solid organizational workflow for DJ’s. Your music collection is then easily and quickly exported to either USB drives or SD card for creative standalone performance on the SC5000 Prime.
‘Engine Connect’ Enhanced Communication
When up to four SC5000 units are connected directly via LAN to Denon DJ’s new X1800 4-channel digital mixer, additional communication and performance enhancements come into play. ‘Currently playing’ track tempo data is transmitted, enabling the new ‘Engine Connect’ protocol to give you bit-accurate control over the X1800’s tempo-based FX and how you choose to control them. In addition, via the networked SC5000 players, the X1800 mixer can send vital track waveform, timecode and other metadata direct to a ‘Front-of-House’ crew for the ultimate in large event tech, lighting and cue communications.
Network up to four SC5000’s with LAN
A LAN output makes it simple to link up to four SC5000’s at once, offering music file, digital networking and communication capability for the most high-end of events. You can play music files from an SD card in just one player, across the other networked units and synchronize tempo and other performance data across all four units. Impressive!
On-Board Track Analysis
Here’s another first from Denon DJ that improves your workflow and creativity; The SC5000 Prime is capable of internal analysis of an SD card or USB drive’s music files, within the unit itself (and without the need of any computer pre-preparation). Simply insert your drive, pick a track to play, and the SC5000 will quickly and accurately analyze beatgrids, musical key, BPM, track artwork and all other metadata within seconds. Once a track is analyzed, it never has to be done again from that media source, since the SC5000 writes all the track data back to the card (or drive) automatically. Of course, enhanced music categorization and analysis can be executed within our ‘Engine Prime’ application, but the SC5000’s ability to get your tracks ‘gig-ready’ internally takes care of those times when you’ haven’t had chance to prepare your music beforehand! Yet another example of the SC5000 anticipating your needs and working with you for a seamless performance.
- 7-inch HD display with multi-touch gestures
- 24-bit/96kHz digital audio outputs
- Dual-layer playback with individual audio outputs
- Plays uncompressed audio formats (FLAC, ALAC, WAV)
- 8 multifunction trigger pads for Cues, Loops, Slices and Rolls
- 8-inch rugged metal jog wheel with HD central display
- Customizable RGB color around the jog wheel
- (3) USB and (1) SD input for music playback
- LAN output to link to up to four players
- Import Rekordbox® files and database content from an inserted USB/SD, directly into the SC5000
- SC5000 Prime Unit
- USB 3.0 Cable
- 2 Sets of Gold Plated Stereo RCA Cables
- IEC Power Cable
- Display Cleaning Cloth
- Ethernet Link Cable
- USB Extender Cable
- User Guide
- Safety & Warranty Manual
- Analog Output: 2.0 Vrms (0 dBFS, 1 kHz)
- Dynamic Range: 116 dB
- Distortion (THD+N): < 0.0015%
- Frequency Range: 22–22,000 Hz
- Sampling Rate: 96 kHz
- Bit Depth: 24-bit
- 8.0” / 203 mm (diameter)
- Metal construction with display & touch-capacitive circuitry
- 7.0” / 178 mm (diagonal)
- 6.0” x 3.6” / 152 x 91 mm (width x height)
- Full-color LED-backlit display with touchinterface
- 2.2” / 56 mm (diameter)
- Full-color LED-backlit display
- (2) RCA output pairs
- (2) coaxial digital outputs
- (1) 1/8” (3.5 mm) mini TS input (remote start)
- (3) USB Type-A ports (for USB drives) (Rear-panel ports supply 900mA for USB 3.0 devices, 500 mA for USB 2.0 devices. Frontpanelport supplies 500 mA for USB 2.0 devices only.)
- (1) USB Type-B port (for computer connection)
- (1) SD card slot
- (1) Ethernet link port
- (1) IEC power input
- Connection: IEC
- Input Voltage: 110–240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
- Consumption: 75 W
Dimensions (width x depth x height):
- 320mm X 419mm X 135mm
- 12.6” x 16.5” x 5.3”
- 32.0 x 41.9 x 13.5 cm
Weight (without USB and power cable):
- 8.79 lbs.
- 4 kg
- SD/SDHC card
- USB mass-storage devices (flash memory,external HDD enclosures)
- FAT32 (recommended)
- HFS+ (read-only)
- NTFS (read-only
- AIF/AIFF (44.1–192 kHz, 16–32-bit)
- MP3 (32–320 kbps, VBR)
- Ogg Vorbis
- WAV (44.1–192 kHz, 16–32-bit)