Pitch Play mode with the Denon DJ MCX8000

Pitch Play mode is a new feature for the Denon DJ MCX8000 using the Pitch 'n Time DJ Expansion Pack, introduced in Serato DJ 1.8.2. In this mode you can play Cue Points over variable pitch ranges to help create new and interesting mixes. Pitch Play mode is only available once the Pitch ‘n Time DJ Expansion Pack has been activated in the MY SERATO window. Please make sure Pitch 'n Time DJ has been purchased and activated on the current computer and “Enable Pitch ‘n Time DJ” is checked in the Expansion Pack tab of the SETUP screen.

To enter Pitch Play mode on the Denon DJ MCX8000, hold SHIFT and press the SAMPLER Performance Pad mode. The Sampler mode button will illuminate green.

Selecting a key range
There are 3 key ranges to choose from. The images below show pitched key ranges (in semitones) while using the 8 performance pads in Pitch Play mode. To toggle between key ranges press the left or right PARAM 1 buttons.

When in Pitch Play mode, the root key pad (0) is always lit white, which will play the cue point at it’s regular pitch. Pressing a pad will pitch the currently selected cue point up or down the following ranges:

Up Range (Up 7 Semitones)

Middle Range (Up 3/Down 4 Semitones)

Down Range (Down 7 Semitones)

Note: When Pitch Play mode is first enabled, the middle range is selected. The range will be remembered if you jump to another performance pad mode and then back to Pitch Play mode while the same track is loaded. If a new track is loaded, key mode will default to middle range.

Selecting a different Cue Point
You are only able to use Pitch Play with one Cue Point at a time. To change the selected Cue Point, hold the SHIFT button on the MCX8000 and press a pad (cues are ordered the same as shown in the CUES performance pad mode). While holding SHIFT, the available cue points will be dimly lit to give you an idea of which cue points have been set. Pads without cue points are not lit.

e.g. while holding SHIFT, press the corresponding performance pad for:

The selected cue point defaults to Cue Point 1 on track load, even if instant doubled. If a pad with no cue point is selected, then a new cue point will be created. Deleting a cue point however, is not possible in Pitch Play mode. Range is remembered if you change to another pad mode, then back to key mode. If a new track is loaded, key mode will default to middle range. Pitch adjustments while in Pitch Play mode will not be recorded while recording a Flip.