To get the quickest search results in PRIME 4, we’ve listed some top tips to get you searching 1000’s of tracks with quick and accurate results.
- PRIME 4 supports a 2.5" SATA hard drive; either HDD or SSD. We’d recommend SSD as they are not only more reliable due to no moving mechanical parts, but they additionally have much quicker read/write speeds than your conventional spinning disk drive.
- Choose a well-known brand drive like Sandisk, Samsung, Crucial, Intenso, WD.
- All storage media connected to the PRIME 4 should be formatted to either FAT32 or exFAT with an MBR (Master Boot Record) style partition structure. For larger file systems (1TB and greater) we recommend formatting drives to the exFAT format.
- There is no drive capacity size limitation, this is to support DJs with larger uncompressed file collections (WAV, AIFF, FLAC etc).
- The size of your collection will impact search speed results. The larger the collection, the more metadata to search. We have tested collections up to 50’000 songs with good results. If your collection is larger than 50’000, we’d recommend either splitting your collection into 2 separate devices or partitions.
- Ensure your collection is analyzed by Engine DJ before transferring to the drive.
- PRIME 4 allows you to search within a variety of track metadata fields such as Artist, Title, Album, Comment etc. To reduce the search result time, tap the down arrow next to the search field magnifying glass. This will enable or disable metadata search fields by tapping them. Disable all fields that are not required for your search criteria.
- If you use the search field regularly, you may find plugging in an external USB keyboard helpful. A handy shortcut to use is CTRL + F to bring up the search page on PRIME 4.
We hope this helps you understand how to get the best search results from your PRIME 4 and any connected devices.