Denon DJ is announcing today the beta testing program for the next MCX8000 firmware update. Among many improvements and fixes, this update will finally enable the MCX8000 to work with Engine Prime.

Indeed, after all the waiting, MCX8000 users will be able to use their MCX8000’s with Engine Prime. Hopefully, this means that the old Engine software will soon be discontinued, and all the development focus will go to Engine Prime.

It has been a long wait indeed. Last year, I reported on a statement from Denon DJ, saying that the Engine software would soon be upgraded to offer “Prime-like” features to MCX8000 users. At the time, I didn’t really embrace the idea to maintain two different software platform in parallel, and I’m glad to see Denon DJ has decided to go the more logical route.

Does this bring the MCX8000 to the same level as the SC5000 Prime media player? Of course not. The SC5000 has Engine Prime build-in, so in term of performance, track analysis and features it will always outperform the less powerful MCX8000. But it does mean that your USB sticks prepared for the SC5000 on Engine Prime will work on the MCX8000 and vice-versa, which is a vast improvement over the current situation.

To join the public beta test program, simply click the image below.

Denon DJ MCX8000 and Engine Prime Beta Test
Denon DJ MCX8000 and Engine Prime Beta Test

MCX8000 Firmware v2.0 Release Notes

  • Added support for Engine Prime prepared USB drives
  • Added Mic 1 attenuation control utility menu option (0dB to -20dB)
  • Added Mic 2 attenuation control utility menu option (0dB to -20dB)
  • Added Talk Over level utility menu option (-20db to -40dB)
  • Added Talk Over resume type utility menu option (fast, normal)
  • Added Booth Receive mic signal utility menu option (on, off)
  • Added Beat Grid support for Engine Prime prepared USB drives
  • Added Beat Grid slide feature
  • Added Quantize feature
  • Added Quantize options 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1-beat and off for setting/triggering hotcues and loops
  • Added Beat Sync feature
  • Added 12 o’clock platter LED reset for cue
  • Added BPM sorting when browsing songs through BPM Filter
  • Fixed issue where <unknown> was displayed for track name in crates & playlists with over 500 tracks
  • Fixed issue where device would not register as MIDI device on certain Mac OS systems
  • Fixed issue where pitch fader was not reported in the SysEx initialization message
  • Various additional bug fixes and stability improvements

Are you a MCX8000 owner? What are your thoughts on this news? Comment below!