In this instructional video, you’ll learn how to import your music and playlists from iTunes into Engine Prime. This video also demonstrates how to prepare your music and media device for use on Denon DJ’s Prime series media players.

Guide Contents

Setting up Itunes

The first thing you'll want to do is open iTunes. We need to ensure that iTunes is sharing its library for use in other applications. See Video Step. 1

  1. Open the Preferences from the top menu bar. For Windows, you’ll find the Preferences option under the Edit menu.
  2. From the Preferences window, click the Advanced tab and ensure that the “Share iTunes Library XML with other applications” box is checked. This setting is saved within iTunes so can skip these steps the next time you want to import or update your iTunes collection within Engine Prime.
  3. Once that’s done, click OK to close the preferences and then close iTunes as well.

Next, let’s open Engine Prime!

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Setting up Engine Prime

Once Engine is open, we need to quickly check a couple of settings to ensure that iTunes integration is enabled, and the location of your iTunes library XML is correct. See Video Step. 2

  1. Open the Preferences by clicking the gear icon in the top right corner, Next, click the Library tab.
  2. From here we want to ensure that iTunes Library integration is set to On. We also want to confirm that the location of your iTunes Library XML file is correct.

In most cases, the default will be correct but if your iTunes is stored in a different location such as an external hard drive, you’ll want to choose that location here. Again, once these settings have been established you can skip them next time you open Engine Prime.

Once confirmed, we can close the preferences menu by clicking anywhere outside the window.

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Importing & Updating your Itunes Library

Now that all of the settings have been confirmed and adjusted, we can import the iTunes library into Engine Prime. See Video Step. 3

  1. From the library collection area, click the iTunes icon. This is where you’ll see your iTunes music and playlists once they’ve been imported.
  2. To import, or update this library, click the words Update iTunes Library from the bottom.

Depending on the size of your collection, this process will vary from a few seconds to a few minutes. You can always pop open the Job Monitor from the right corner to see the status. The Job Monitor is where you will find progress on 3rd party library updates, playlist imports, file transfers and more. Once completed, you’ll have access to all of your music, artwork and structured playlists.

Be sure to update the iTunes Library within Engine Prime any time you add new music or make changes to your iTunes Library.

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Converting your Itunes library into Engine Prime Crates or Playlists

Now that we see our iTunes playlists, let's convert them to an Engine Prime crates or playlist format. See Video Step. 4

  1. You can either click and drag a playlist into the Crate or Playlist area. You can also right-click and choose to Import as Playlist or Import as Crate. Both methods perform the same action, feel free to use whichever feels best for your workflow.
  2. When files are imported, you may notice track analyze progress at the bottom of the application. By default, all new music is automatically analyzed for BPM, beat grid, and musical key on import. You can disable this option from the Library tab in the preferences menu.

Keep in mind when set to off, your music will not be analyzed until it has been loaded to the deck for the first time. Once analyzed the performance data is stored and immediately recalled when the track has been loaded a second time.

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Preparing a Track in Engine Prime

OK, now that we’ve converted a few playlists let's quickly prepare a track! See Video Step. 5

  1. Load a track to the deck by double-clicking the song from the list. You can also click and drag the song to the deck area.
  2. To prep quickly, you can use the beat jump function and place hot cues throughout the beat grid at different areas of the track. You can right-click on any hot cue button to name and color based on your workflow.
  3. Once you’ve set your hot cues, switch to Loop Mode by clicking the loop button to the right of the hot cue button. From here, set your desired loop region and click any one of the 8 available saved loop buttons. Just like hot cues, you can right-click on any saved loop button to rename and set the color.

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Transferring your Music to a Mass Storage Device

Once, your music has been prepped you’ll need to transfer or pack the music to your media device. See Video Step. 6

  1. Insert your SD or USB media into your computer. You will then see the device listed under the Device area.
  2. To the right of your media device name, you will see 3 icons.
    • The first of which is a circular icon with an arrow, this is the database sync icon. This feature allows you to sync any changes you’ve made on the media players back to the software. In this case, the icon is unavailable since there are no changes to sync.
    • The second icon is the user profile, click this button to access various performance settings to tailor the experience to your workflow. All of these settings will be recalled on the hardware once the profile has been loaded.
    • The last icon is used to safely eject the drive once you’ve finished prepping and packing.
  3. Now we need to transfer or pack the crates and playlists we’ve just created to our media device. Click the desired crate or playlist from the Collection Window and drag it over to the Device Area. Be sure to drag crates to the device collection, and playlists to the device playlist area.
  4. To see the packing or transfer status you can click the Job Monitor tab from the bottom right. Always be sure the packing process is complete before ejecting you drive.
  5. Once you’re finished prepping and the music has been packed to the drive, click the Eject button to complete the process.

Your drive is now prepped and ready for use on Prime Series media players!

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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!

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