Denon DJ MCX8000 - Frequently Asked Questions

denondj mcx8000 mainThe MCX8000 offers total command of both Serato DJ and Denon DJ Engine technology.  This FAQ article walks through a number of frequently asked questions about the MCX8000.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is the Denon DJ MCX8000 a standalone controller?

Yes! Take command of the DJ booth with the all new standalone Denon DJ MCX8000 and transform an ordinary set into a full concert experience. Two hi-definition display screens control Denon DJ’s revolutionary standalone Engine 1.5 software and Serato® DJ operation.  The controller also inclues 2 USB inputs for Engine playback in standalone mode.

 

What are the system requirements for the Denon DJ MCX8000?

The system requirements for Denon DJ Engine and Serato DJ may change over time as new updates come out, etc.  For the latest system requirements, check out the following links:

 

What type of audio interface does the Denon DJ MCX8000 feature?

The Denon DJ MCX8000 features a built-in professional 24-bit / 44.1 kHz resolution USB 2.0 audio interface.

 

What audio inputs and outputs are included on the Denon DJ MCX8000?

Inputs:

4 RCA Inputs

    • 2 Line-Level (CH1 & CH2)
    • 2 Line-/Phono-Level (CH3 & CH4)

2 Mic Inputs

    • 2 Balanced Microphone Inputs

Outputs:

  • Balanced XLR Booth Output
  • Balanced XLR Master Output
  • Unbalanced RCA Master Output

Note: Use the Stereo/Mono switch to set the channel configuration of the Master Outputs: Stereo (binaural audio using separate left and right channels) or Mono (summed monaural audio through both left and right channels).

 

Does the Denon DJ MCX8000 mic inputs feature effects like Echo, Talk Over and Post?

Yes it does!

  • You can use the Echo effect to adjust the amount of the reverb effect on the microphones’ audio signal.
  • You can use the Post effect to reduce the volume level of the master mix when you speak into the microphone.

Note: Press and hold Shift and then press the Post button to activate/deactivate the Post feature.  When you're on the ON position, the microphone's signal will not be sent to the Booth Outputs.

 

Does the Denon DJ MCX8000 support a mini Innofader crossfader?

Yes! The Denon DJ MCX8000 can be used with the mini Innofader PNP P.

 

Is the crossfader on the Denon DJ MCX8000 user replaceable?

Yes. If needed, you can contact Denon DJ support to assist you with a replacement crossfader. You can also reach the Parts department directly by visiting DenonDJ.com/support. Once there, under InquiryType, select PartsInquiry and fill out the form.  

 

What are the built in effects for the MCX8000 used for?

The Denon DJ MCX8000 4-channel digital mixer comes with 3 built-in instant effects for the Engine software and Line inputs. The three built in effects are limited to Echo, Phaser and Noise.

 

Can two DJs quickly switch off back and forth when using the Denon DJ MCX8000?

Yes!  You can have instant DJ hand-offs when using two USB drives.  Also, one DJ could use the laptop and another DJ can use Engine for instantaneous hand-offs.  

 

What are the size of the platters on the Denon DJ MCX8000?

The Denon DJ MCX8000 has dual 5 1/2" hyper-responsive platters. The capacitive, touch-sensitive platter controls the audio playhead when the wheel is touched and moved.

  • When the Vinyl button is activated to ON, you can move the platter to scratch the track as you would with a vinyl record.
  • When the Vinyl button is deactivated to OFF (or if you are touching only the side of the platter), move the platter to temporarily adjust the track’s speed.
  • While editing a loop, move the platter to adjust the Loop In or Loop Out point.
  • Press and hold the SHIFT button and then move the platter to move quickly through the track and search through it.

 

How do you scroll through a track by using the touch strip on the Denon DJ MCX8000?

Hold down the platter and move your finger along the touch strip to search though a track. The length of this strip represents the length of the entire track. Place your finger on a point along this sensor to jump to that point in the track. (If you want to scroll through a track, we recommend using your computer rather than running your finger along the strip.)

 

What is "Disable Slip on Load"?

This setting will disengage the Slip Mode upon loading a new track. This way you won't forget if Slip Mode was still enabled for your old track and accidentally apply or perform an effect incorrectly to your new track. Remember, that Slip Mode allows the currently playing track to continue playing beneath any scratching, looping, cues, etc. 

 

Is the Denon DJ MCX8000 supported with Virtual DJ, Traktor or any other DJ program?

The Denon DJ MCX8000 has been developed from the ground up as an amazing controller for Serato DJ or Engine. Denon DJ and Serato have carefully tuned and mapped each control to create the best possible out-of-the-box user experience with the included Serato DJ software.

However, since MCX8000's hardware controls appear to your computer as a generic MIDI device, it can indeed be custom-mapped to any other DJ application that supports user or developer-created custom mapping.

A note about the MCX8000's onboard screens: They were designed expressly for use with Serato DJ or Engine. In most situations, only the MCX800's on board knobs and sliders will work with other software applications that can be mapped to the MCX8000.

 

Which DJ software comes with the Denon DJ MCX8000?

Denon DJ Engine and Serato DJ is included for free with your Denon DJ MCX8000 purchase.

 

Is the Sampler button only for PC/Serato use?

Yes, the Sampler button will activate the Sampler Mode to trigger the SP-6 Sample Player in Serato.

 

Will samples load automatically when I press the Sampler button?

Samples will need to be loaded into SP-6 manually, but once this is done Serato will automatically save and re-load them upon exiting and re-opening the software. 

 

Are the pads on the Denon DJ MCX8000 velocity sensitive?

The Denon DJ MCX8000 has 16 velocity-sensitive trigger pads with backlit RGB feedback. It includes 10 pad modes for hot cues, loop slicing, and sample triggering and rolls.

 

How many mic inputs are there on the Denon DJ MCX8000?

The Denon DJ MCX8000 features 2 balanced ((1) XLR, (1) 1/4") microphone inputs.

 

What is the Denon DJ MCX8000 outer housing made out of?

The Denon DJ MCX8000 is made out of a solid rugged metal chassis.  

 

Does the Filter effect work with every source on the Denon DJ MCX8000?

The Filter effect will work on any source and on board effect with Engine.

 

What type of USB storage devices does the Denon DJ MCX8000 support?

The Denon DJ MCX8000 supports USB thumb drives and external hard drives in the following formats:

  • FAT32
  • FAT16
  • HFS+ (Mac Journalized)

 

What's the maximum size to use for a USB storage device on the Denon DJ MCX8000?

The maximum USB thumb drive or external hard drive is 2 TB.

 

Can I record my Mix directly to my USB flash drive or hard drive?

You will not be able to record directly to a flash drive or hard drive attached to the MPX8000 USB hub, but Serato does offer an option to record your mix with their software. See this tutorial for more a complete walk through. 

 

What's the weight and size dimensions for the Denon DJ MCX8000?

Dimensions:

  • 28.6 (W) x 16 (D) x 2.9 (H) (Inches)
  • 726.44 (W) x 406.4 (D) x 73.66 (H) (Millimeters)

Weight:

  • 18.20 lbs.
  • 8.26 kg

 

The platters on my MCX8000 aren’t very responsive when scratching, how can I improve this?

The MCX8000 has a setting that allows you to configure the platter sensitivity to your liking. To adjust the platter sensitivity on the MCX8000 open the Utility Menu by holding the VIEW  button for 2 seconds. Once the Utility Menu opens, use the SELECT knob to scroll to the setting titled “Platter Sensitivity.” Here you can adjust the sensitivity of both Left and Right platters to your liking. The greater the number the more responsive the platter will act when scratching. 

 

I can adjust the stop time with the Stop Time knob on the MCX8000, but how do I adjust the start time?

The MCX8000 does not have a dedicated knob for Start time adjustment, but this can still be set manually in the Serato preferences. Just click on Setup at the top and you will see the Start and Stop time settings under the DJ Preferences tab.

 

Where can I learn more about the Denon DJ MCX8000?

For more information regarding the Denon DJ MCX8000, please visit the product page.

 

MCX8000 Screens

What size are the display screens on the Denon DJ MCX8000?

The Denon DJ MCX8000 features dual 4.3 inch hi-definition display screens to control Denon DJ’s revolutionary standalone Engine software and Serato DJ.
 

Are the display screens for the Denon DJ MCX8000 high definition?

Yes!  With this release, Denon DJ propels the DJ into the next generation of high performance standalone technology (Engine) with dual high-definition screens, while simultaneously running Serato DJ.
 

When viewing your song list, how can you filter your songs when using Engine?

You can filter through songs from the MCX8000 screens in Engine by artist, song title, genre, BPM, and key.

 

Can you change the display settings of the Denon DJ MCX8000?

The Display screens have a Utility button that allows you to change your display settings.

  • Press this button to switch between the library view and track view.
  • Press and hold this button to open the Utility menu. See the User Guide for more information.
  • Press and hold SHIFT, and then press this button to change the column type in the library view.

 

If I adjust the speed of the Zoom Main Waveform Display in Serato DJ, will that be displayed on my Denon DJ MCX8000 screens too?

Yes! If you adjust the Zoom Main Waveform Display in Serato DJ by pressing either the + or keys on your keyboard, you will see the adjustments being made in your screens.

 

How do you DJ with a closed laptop and only use the Denon DJ MCX8000 screens?

One of the most useful features of the Denon DJ MCX8000 is utilizing its display screens. These screens allow you to DJ stand alone or without having your laptop open, which can sometimes disconnect you from your crowd. In this guide here, we will show you how to setup your Mac or Windows laptop so you can close the lid, push the computer to the side, and focus on the dance floor.

 

Why do my display screens look foggy or blurry?

Each screen has an electrostatic protective sheet on them which prevents scratches.  Please remove this sheet for a nice clear display.

 

Engine

What is Engine?

Engine is the exclusive revolutionary DJ software under the hood of the MCX8000 that enables you to perform without a laptop. This amazing software brings you front and center to play your sets with the ability to just use a thumb drive with Engine.  Engine 1.5 software has many advantages once installed on your PC/Mac, including the ability to create your playlists/crates, set cue points, and analyze your entire library.

 

How many channels on the Denon DJ MCX8000 can you use with Engine?

You can use 2 channels of Engine on decks 1 & 2 on the MCX8000.

 

Will the track information, ID3 tags and saved Hot Cue's from Serato DJ import into the Engine software and Engine on the Denon DJ MCX8000?

Yes!  We recommend first importing your Serato DJ crate into the Engine software on your computer before you move the crate onto your thumb drive for Engine use.    

Important: For proper analyzation of your tracks in Engine, you need to make sure that the Serato DJ crate gets fully analyzed in the Engine software on your computer first.  

 

Can you use Serato DJ and Engine at the same time on the Denon DJ MCX8000?

Yes!  You can use Engine and Serato at the same and mix between stand alone or two different computers with two different DJ’s.

 

What is the Engine software for my computer?

Engine is the exclusive revolutionary DJ software.  IT pairs with the Engine under the hood of the MCX8000, which enables you to perform without a laptop.  Engine 1.5 software has many advantages once installed on your PC/Mac, including the ability to create your playlists/crates, set cue points, and analyze your entire library.

 

Should I analyze all my songs in the Engine software prior to using Engine on the Denon DJ MCX8000?

Yes.  It's important to analyze of your songs or Serato DJ crates from the Engine software prior to DJing with them.  This method will ensure that all of your songs are properly read and played accurately.  

 

Why is that when I'm in Engine mode on my Denon DJ MCX8000, some of the buttons are not illuminated?

If some of the buttons are not illuminated on the controller while you're in Engine mode then that means those buttons are not supported in that mode.

 

Is the USB hub in the rear of the Denon DJ MCX8000 used for Engine?

No.  The USB hub will not send information to Engine.  It bypasses the controller and sends information to and from your computer (with the MCX8000 also connected), and can be used in the same manner as a powered USB hub.

 

From the Denon DJ MCX8000, how do I know if I'm in the Engine or Serato DJ mode?

There will be an Engine logo displayed in the upper left hand corner of the screens to indicate if you’re in Engine mode.

 

Can you set a BeatGrid or utilize the Sync feature in Engine?

No. Both the Beat Grid feature (like Serato DJ's) and Sync is not available in the Engine software.  

 

What are the supported music file types that can be played in Engine?
  • WAV: 44.1kHz, 16bit/24bit Stereo
  • AIFF: 44.1kHz, 16bit/24bit Stereo
  • MP3: CBR/VBR 44.1kHz, Stereo 32kbps – 320 kbps
  • AAC: CBR/VBR 44.1kHz, Stereo 64kbps – 320 kbps

 

How do I adjust the Engine settings from the Denon DJ MCX8000 display screens?

To access Engine Mode from the controller, set the switch to the desired audio source on your channel:

  • PC (a track playing on that layer in the software)
  • Line (a device connected to the Line Input on the rear panel)
  • Engine (a track on a connected USB flash drive; Decks 1 and 2 only).

Note that the Line/Phono selector switches on the rear panel must also be set properly. Also, a channel’s controls will only send MIDI information when its Input Selector is set to PC.

 

Does Engine support my iTunes library?

Yes!  Engine supports iTunes 10, 11  and 12. The Engine desktop software allows you to view your iTunes library and playlists internally, without even having to open the iTunes application. You can directly import your playlists for use on the MCX8000. For more information, see page 28 of the Engine User Guide.

 

While using Engine, can you record your sets directly to a thumb drive without having to use a computer?

No.  At this time Engine cannot be used to record your sets.  

 

Serato DJ

Is DVS supported with the Denon DJ MCX8000?

Yes!  DVS is supported (DVS expansion pack sold separately).  Channels 3 and 4 can be used for DVS control.

 

Does the Denon DJ MCX8000 unlock Serato DJ?

Yes!  Simply download Serato DJ and connect the MCX8000 to your computer.

Please note: In order to use different hardware with Serato DJ, you may need to purchase additional licenses from Serato. Please see the link here for more info: https://serato.com/dj/pricing

 

Why is it that when I'm in Serato DJ mode, some of the buttons on the MCX8000 are not illuminated?

If some of the buttons are not illuminated on the controller while you're in Serato DJ mode then that means those buttons are not supported in that mode.

 

Will my track information, ID3 tags, and Hot Cue's from Serato DJ import into the Engine software and Engine on the Denon DJ MCX8000?

Yes!  We recommend first importing your Serato DJ crate into the Engine software on your computer before you move the crate onto your thumb drive for Engine use.    

Important: For proper analyzation of your tracks in Engine, you need to make sure that the Serato DJ crate gets fully analyzed in the Engine software on your computer first.  

 

From the Denon DJ MCX8000, how do I know if I'm in Engine or Serato DJ mode?

There will be no logo displayed in the upper left hand corner of the MCX8000 screens if you’re in Serato DJ mode.  There will be an Engine logo displayed in the upper left hand corner of the screens if you’re in Engine mode.

 

Can I add my Serato DJ crates to my thumb drive, connect it to my Denon DJ MCX8000 and play it as a stand alone player?

Yes!  We recommend first importing your Serato DJ crate into the Engine software on your computer before you move the crate onto your thumb drive for Engine use.    

Important: For proper analyzation of your tracks in Engine, you need to make sure that the Serato DJ crate gets fully analyzed in the Engine software on your computer first.  

 

Does the MCX8000 have a "Vegas" mode?

It does! With the MCX8000 powered OFF, power the controller ON while holding down the VINYL button.

 

Where can I get further technical support?

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own a Denon DJ product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Denon DJ technical support team is available to help!

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.