Engine DJ has announced Engine 3.1, the latest update to its DJ software/operating system for Denon DJ and Numark’s standalone hardware and devices.
“We’re absolutely thrilled with the new features of Engine DJ 3.1 – this is one of the most significant Engine DJ releases we’ve put out so far,” says Morgan Donoghue, Vice President of Global Marketing at parent company inMusic. “It’s exciting to also announce that Engine DJ 3.1 will be the inbuilt software for the upcoming Denon DJ PRIME 4+, a brand-new embedded DJ system to be released on June 29. This 4-channel standalone controller highlights all of Engine DJ 3.1’s great new features and also comes with Wi-Fi music streaming from platforms including Amazon Music.”
“Engine DJ 3.1 is one of the biggest updates to the software and adds some exceptional features including our dynamic new Touch FX suite,” says Donoghue. “Users will be able to swipe in any direction on the XY pad to instantly create build-ups, drops, and transitions, and latch these effects to stay focused on the mix. We can’t wait to see what sort of incredible atmospheres DJs create with these additions.”
“Plus, as part of the 3.1 release, the Engine DJ team has also added a suite of best-in-class Main FX into Denon DJ and Numark hardware and devices – giving DJs new dynamic effects including Echo Out, Swell Verb, and Recycler,” says Donoghue. “We heard from the community that our Main FX offerings could be improved, so we took the time to make them truly pop with 26 new and updated effects. We’ve extensively sound designed all of them down to EQ curves, reverb responses, and delays. I can say without a doubt that these effects are ready for world-class DJs straight out of the box.”
“Engine DJ 3.1 also brings the new-to-desktop Smartlist feature, which gives users new, faster ways to build playlists based on custom rules, so they can save hours sorting their music libraries,” says Donoghue. “Of course, as we’ve done every update, more widely we’ve made numerous other fixes and improvements to the Engine DJ software.”
“Engine DJ users are in for a treat when they download the new free update,” says Donoghue. “We update our software more frequently than other technology producers in this space, so that our users stay ahead of the curve. We can’t wait to see how these changes inspire artists across the globe.”
ENGINE 3.1: FEATURE LIST
New dynamic Touch Effects
Control powerful audio effects via the touch screen. Select from a list of up to 10 specially designed Touch FX to offer audio manipulation with a single touch on the XY Pad.
Touch FX are available for all Engine DJ devices, including Media Players, however, the selection of available Touch FX will vary by the device. Touch FX include:
Filter Dub Echo – this effect places the filter cutoff over the echo tail, controlling the entire mix with the filter movements.
LFO Echo – filter LFO cutoff feeds into an Echo, allowing for modulating echo waves to add shimmer to your mix.
Filter Reverb - tweak the filter cutoff and reverb level with one touch. Set the room size to suit.
LFO Filter - control the LFO filter cutoff and rate to modulate the audio.
Filter Echo - the classic echo and filter cutoff combined into one easy touch for transitions and blends.
Filter Roll - capture a section of audio and manipulate the length of the roll size and filter cutoff to create dramatic buildups.
Filter Gate - control the gate size and filter cutoff to get creative with chopping the audio into audio slices.
Noise Gate - control the gate size, reverb amount to create noise gate. Noise level can be adjusted from the Settings > tab.
Flanger - adjust the flanger amount and rate with a simple swipe of your finger.
Filter - control the filter cutoff and resonance to manipulate the filter bite to create dynamic drops.
Touch FX are available on both Engine consoles and players and can be assigned to any channel or layer of audio.
● Latch the effect to free up your hands even further to create dynamic buildups, rises, drops and transitions.
● Engine DJ effects are chained in the following order allowing you to feed effects into each other at the same time for unique and powerful combinations:
○ Sweep FX > Touch FX > Main FX
26 new and updated MAIN Effects for Denon DJ Devices
Echo Out – turn on and twist the amount knob past 50 to engage an instant echo out.
Swell Verb – a special type of reverb which grows longer with a twist of the amount knob. Sweep from metallic reverberation to lush ambient soundscapes through the use of the Room Size parameter.
Hold Echo – Grab a slice of audio and hold it for as long as you dare. Useful for transitions. Turning it on and off quickly can also be used to grab a small bit of audio to repeat over a track for additional build-ups or dub-like workflows.
Recycler – an idealized analog-style delay, which adds warmth and saturation on every cycle.
Stutter Out – choose between 13 patterns to echo out in a stylized manner, perfect for transitioning to new tracks.
Riser – a glitchy delay which rises in speed and pitch before echoing out.
Pitch Down – an effect which chromatically pitches down the captured audio in time with the beat.
Scale Down – similar to Pitch Down, using four different scales to add color to a transition.
Reverb – our all-new redesigned reverb. Add shimmer and depth to any mix as an effect, or to help transition between songs.
LFO Verb – a reverb with a knob-controllable LFO rate – good for building up additional energy in songs.
Reverb Drop – is it a reverb, or is it a drop? Well .. it’s both. Add pump to give this effect a sidechained feel to it.
Reverse Reverb – a backwards reverb.
Reverb Rise – similar to reverb drop, but in the opposite direction. Good for adding build-up energy to a track.
Flanger (Negative) – we’ve taken our flanger and phase-inverted the flange, resulting in vowel-like swirly goodness.
Beat Break – previously on the PRIME 4 only, the Beat Break effect repeats slices of audio in a musical fashion. Choose between 10 different patterns.
Backspin – means you can backspin your track without actually losing your place in the song. Choose from 3 different backspins.
Brake – simulates a turntable slowdown.
Roll – same effect, now with trigger phase quantization.
Dual High Pass / Low Pass filter is now available on all units with Main effects
Improved main FX touch screen interface
PRIME 4 Standalone update
Updated the architecture of the PRIME 4 standalone to take advantage of these new features:
All 26 of the new software effects are available
Track Preview can now be routed directly to the headphones for instant track previews (setting cue source no longer required)
Drop Sampler improvements
Sampler audio can be routed to any available channel or main output
Sampler pad mode is accessible with the 2nd press of the ROLL performance mode button for the: PRIME 4, PRIME 2, PRIME GO, SC LIVE 2, SC LIVE 4, SC6000/M PRIME, SC5000/M PRIME, AND LC6000 PRIME.
Sampler volume setting is now remembered between power cycles
Improvements + Fixes (Engine DJ OS)
Reworded Effect reset behavior setting to make it clearer.
Fixed an issue where tracks added to the database could result in the date added incorrectly set as the day before.
Fixed an issue where the internal SATA drive would not show up a source immediately after updating a unit.
Fixed an issue where a track would not be removed from the prepare list when loading to deck in certain situations.
Improved peak hold behavior on all products that have peak hold VU meters.
Additional misc. fixes and stability improvements.
New Features - Engine DJ (Desktop)
Automatically organize songs from all connected drives into playlists based on the criteria or rules you specify.
To create a Smartlist, click the Smartlist icon on the Collection folder or right-click on an existing Playlist and select ‘Create Smartlist’.
You can easily turn a Smartlist into a regular playlist by right-clicking the Smartlist and choosing ‘Convert to Playlist’. This creates a Playlist with the same name & content as the Smartlist.
Improvements + Fixes (Engine DJ (Desktop)
● Fixed an issue when bulk changing metadata in playlists. The highlighted track now updates along with the rest of the selection.
● Fixed an issue where tracks added to the database could result in the date added incorrectly set as the day before.
● Fixed an issue where Serato beatgrids were not imported correctly.Download Engine DJ