denondj mcx8000 main The v2.0 firmware for the MCX8000 introduces the much anticipated Engine Prime support. This article will walk through the new features and improvements in the MCX8000 V2.0 firmware, and show you step-by-step on how to install this game-changing update.


Where can I download the latest update?

Any MCX8000/Engine Prime user can find the firmware and software updates right on the respective product pages (under the Downloads section), as well as under their product registration in their Denon DJ account.

How do I install firmware v2.0 on my MCX8000?

Do I need to update both the firmware and software?

Yes.  The MCX8000 compatibility with the Engine Prime software and Engine Prime libraries is a new feature added in the MCX8000 v2.0 firmware, and Engine Prime software v1.2.1, so both the firmware and software will need to be updated to enjoy full access to all of the new features.

Update instructions for the MCX8000 can be found in the firmware update download.

What new features have been added to the MCX8000 with the v2.0 update?

MCX8000 with Engine Prime
The main new feature to the MCX8000 is official support for the Engine Prime software, and Engine Prime prepared USB drives.  You can now take advantage of the updated features with the Engine Prime software with your MCX8000 for a true standalone experience.

You have the option of using your previously prepared Engine Prime drives as is, or you can use the MCX8000 specific format for optimal performance.

Upgraded microphone utilities

With this update, you now have extended control over how the microphone inputs work with the MCX8000.

  • Added Mic 1 attenuation control utility menu option (0dB to -20dB)
  • Added Mic 2 attenuation control utility menu option (0dB to -20dB)
  • Added ability to change Talk Over Level from (-10dB to -40dB)
  • Added Talk Over level utility menu option (-10dB to 0dB)
  • Added Talk Over resume type utility menu option (fast, normal)
  • Added Booth Receive mic signal utility menu option (on, off)

Additional upgrades

  • Added ability to change USB Recording Level
  • Added Beat Grid support for Engine Prime prepared USB drives
  • Added Beat Grid slide feature via SLIDE button
  • Added Quantize feature via ADJUST button
  • Added Quantize options 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1-beat and off for setting/triggering hot cues and loops
  • Added Beat Sync feature
  • Added pitch range lock (soft takeover) to prevent drastic pitch jumps when moving the pitch fader at large pitch percentage ranges
  • Improved Slicer quantization, triggering accuracy and drifting when in sync mode
  • Improved Needle Drop accuracy
  • Added 12 o’clock platter LED reset for cues
  • Added BPM sorting when browsing songs through BPM Filter
  • Expanded support for sorted folder names from 32 to 64 characters
  • Extended display time for letter popup when using first letter search
  • Removed preview stutter when using needle drop
  • Changed the “Default Auto Loop Beat” setting name to “Default Auto Loop Size”
  • Changed “Auto Cue Level” to “Track Start Position”. Tracks will now load to the Initial Cue position or Track Start
  • Fixed issue where 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 the loop region would disable after performing a loop jump
  • Fixed issue where the loop was sometimes disabled after triggering the loop
  • Fixed reloop issue that caused audio drop if triggered when no loop had previously been set
  • Fixed issue where pitch fader was not reported in the SysEx initialization message
  • Fixed issue which prevented Slicer functionality directly after scratching
  • Fixed issue where continuous play stops after about 64 songs playback
  • Various additional bug fixes and stability improvements

What new features have been added to Engine Prime with the v1.2.1 update?

  • Playlists are now re-arrangeable
  • iTunes, Traktor and Serato parent crates/folders are now draggable to the Collection.
  • Serato playlists now show up in their original Serato order.
  • iTunes import speed is now faster.
  • Importing tracks that have artwork is now faster
  • Album art now takes up less space in the database.
  • Loop controls now default to Auto / Jump for quicker navigation through tracks.
  • MCX8000 DB support.

The update also includes a number of small bug fixes and stability and handling improvements. For a complete list of changes, please refer to the documentation included with the update in the download.

Can I use my existing Engine Prime Libraries with the MCX8000?

Yes.  The MCX8000 wit accept thumb drives that you have already prepared using the Engine Prime software.  You can connect the same drive that you do to your SC5000 directly to the MCX8000 for usage.

How do I turn on the MCX8000 compatibility in the Engine Prime software?

Once you have installed Engine Prime 1.2.1 and MCX800 firmware v2.0, go to the Engine Prime preferences and choose the Library tab. Find the option Enable MCX8000 Compatibility and select ON.

What does the MCX8000 Compatibility column in my library mean?

This column allows you to quickly verify which songs in your library will be automatically compatible with the MCX8000. A dot in this column will mean that the corresponding file will be supported on the MCX8000. The MCX8000 supports the following file types:

  • 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 export my database to be compatible with the MCX8000?

When you're ready to export your database, click the Export to MCX8000 button at the bottom of the window. This will compile your music into an MCX8000-friendly format so you can navigate your library at the same Engine 1.5 speeds you are accustomed to.

Note: this is a one-way export. Any changes made on the MCX8000 hardware cannot be reimported or synchronized back into Engine Prime. 

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.