Denon DJ has released a firmware update for the Prime 4, version 1.3.2. In this update, the Prime 4 gets a much-anticipated feature: horizontal waveforms.

Denon DJ Prime 4 horizontal waveforms
Denon DJ Prime 4 horizontal waveforms

This is fantastic news, as it’s one of the most requested features since the Prime 4 was released beginning of the year.

The reason is very simple. Many DJ’s are used to horizontal waveforms and changing to horizontal is a big adaptation for many. I personally prefer Horizontal waveforms over vertical ones, and I’m happy Denon DJ is listening to their users and acting accordingly.

But that’s not the only change. Another change is the console status bar:

Denon DJ Prime 4 console status bar
Denon DJ Prime 4 console status bar

In order to bring it up, you simply slide down from the top, much like you swipe down to get the action center in IOS on iPhone X and up. I don’t believe it’s possible to customize the console status bar at this moment, but that could obviously be done later.

I really like the idea of having some features (quantize, record…) at my disposition with a simple swipe, it’s intuitive and it’s something we are used doing anyway.

Denon DJ is really on the edge of tech here. The Denon DJ Prime 4 is not only a standalone media player. It’s a system that can be expanded significantly with firmware updates, and that’s an interesting evolution in DJ gear. It certainly expands the product life cycle of the Prime 4 significantly.

I reviewed the Prime 4 at Namm 2019 earlier this year, and I’m nagging Denon DJ to get a review unit to do an in-depth review in my studio, which should happen soon. The reason it hasn’t happened yet is that the Prime 4 is in very short supply (you might know that if you ordered one recently) and Denon DJ is giving priority to customer orders, which is absolutely understandable.

Key Features

New features

  • Horizontal waveform view
  • BPM detection improvement
  • Console status toolbar
  • Adjustable nudge sensitivity

Fixes and improvements

  • Fixed issue where some tracks show as .1 second until played or platter is moved
  • Additional bug fixes and improvements