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The video can be downloaded in better quality than youtube from the following links:
http://www.klintberg.se/Denon/video/harddrive_denon_dj_part1_720P.mpg (1.3 GB large)
http://www.klintberg.se/Denon/video/harddrive_denon_dj_part1_dvd.mpg (about 370 MB large)

I have also write a Guide that summarize my experience and hopefully will help you when you have decided to quit using CD and using MP3 files stored on a USB hard drive.

Hard drive DJ system Guide.

This is a guide for you that thinking to move over from CD based DJ system to Denon DJ’s Media players that you can use hard drive to store your music. My opinion here in this guide is personal based on my experience during the last year that I have used my two DN-HS5500.


What have I seen as benefit of using hard drive instead of CD’s?
- I do not longer need to bring two Cases of CD’s with about 1000 CD’s with me on every work.
- I don’t need to burn out all my Mp3’s that I buy from Beatport and other download sites to audio CD any more.
- I can get more music with me that I could do before.
- When using the keyboard and search system you can play a request much faster that looking thru many CD’s to find the song that was requested.

And what disadvantage do I see?
- You need to spend time to get your Mp3 files in a correct format and that your ID3 tags is correct.
- I need to rip all my CD’s in my CD collection if I want to move over 100% to Hard drive


What equipment do I need?

First of all you need a Denon Media player. You can use, S1200, HD2500, HS5500 or S3700 right now.
Then you need a USB hard drive. You should use a self powered USB hard drive. (Ok You can get a 2.5” USB drive to work depending how much power it will use. I personally have used a LACIE 2.5” USB drive and have no problem using it. But the official recommendation is to use a self powered 3.5” USB drive).
The USB drive should be formatted in FAT32. See appendix on how to format a USB drive on the Player.
Then you probably will need a software that can rip CD’s. I use dbpoweramp (http://dbpoweramp.com/). You can download it and use it for 30 days. I recommend you to buy it later.
Here you need to know that Denon’s Player only work (fully) with CBR riped Mp3 files. So If you have VBR ripped Mp3 files dbpoweramp has a wonderful tools that you can batch convert the files. Just mark the files in windows explorer and right click and convert to. I rip all my own CD’s to 320 kbps CBR.
Then you need a good Id3 editing software. I find a free software called ID3-tagit that I think is one of the best I have seen and it is also a free software. ( http://www.free-codecs.com/ID3_TagIT_download.htm). It is easy to mark many Mp3 files and remove ”_” and other un-wanted characters in filenames and Id3tags.
Then you also need a third software to be successful and it is Denon’s software Denon Music manager. That is a software that create the database on your hard drive. It can also count BPM on Mp3 files and store it in the Id43 tag and for you that is using S3700 you can create the wave display using this tool . Normally you find the latest version of Music manager in this Denon DJ forum link:
http://www.denondjforums.com/viewforum.php?f=30
In this first version of this guide I’m have no intention to give you guideline on how to use the software mention above. This part is added in the video.

My biggest concern when I start to move from CD based system to hard drive system was how the hell should I find my tune I want to play now in a folder system?
I had my CD maxi case sorted in BPM order and my album case sorted in genre.
I took the easy way and try to map my folder structure on my hard drive as similar I did sorted my CD’s in my record case.
Example:

<Root>---------|
CD Maxi
Disco
Rock
RnB
yyy
****
and so on

But you can come up with your own folder structure.
But think one and up to ten times before you start to build your structure. And don’t put all song in one or two folders. It will end up that you can’t find the songs that you are looking for it and have forgot the artist name and title of the song.
As an off topic point I can mention that people has better memory on picture than names. So it easier for a people to remember the picture on a record that it is to remember the artist’s name. It is the same way that it is easier to remember where in the folder structure the song that you have forgot the name on than try to search on it anyway.

Next thing I start to use in my CD maxi folder was a naming convention of filename that I personally start to use. It was based on that I want to have the file sorted in BPM order. So I start to name all filename in all folders as follow:
<bpm> - <artist> - <title>
The bad thing about this is if you have a filename with over 32 characters you don’t will see what mix version the song you try to load. Denon display system has a limitation today that it is only show the first 32 characters. You can maybe live with it. Normally I today just have two version of a song in a folder. Radio version and the best club/extended/remixed version. And you can easy sort out what version you have load by looking by how long the song is.

Ok. When you now have build your folder structure and ripped your CD’s and get the Id3 correct it is time to create the database using Denon music manager.
When the database is created, you should also let the software calculate the BPM for all you songs. And if you have S3700 create also the wave display. All this metadata (bpm and wavedisplay) is stored in the Mp3 Id3 tag.
After that you can hook up the USB drive to you player and start to use it.
One more advice is that if you rearrange the folder structure or change lots of filename on the database. Delete the DenonDJ folder on the disk and recreate the database. But noticed that if you are a DJ that working with Playlist (I’m not one of them) your playlists are deleted and must be exported before delete the Denon DJ folder.
I think there are instruction on the Denon DJ forums on how you do when you should export and import playlist.
Remember that this is a personal guide from my experience and it is not a complete guide. I will hopefully start to do shorter instruction Youtube videos that explain each function on the HS5500 and S3700and also the difference between them.


Appendix
How to format a USB harddrive with HS5500
Steps on "how to":

-Remove all contents from drive first or else everything will be erased

-Connect an NTFS formatted USB external drive (of any size) to the rear HS5500 USB port and turn the deck power on

-Wait until the display says, "Device Disconnect"

-Go into the deck's UTIL mode and select, "Initialization"

-Select, “Format”

-Select, "USB device"

-Select "OK" to start"

-Wait a few minutes until display says “Complete!”

-Connect this drive to your computer and proceed to copy your music collection to your newly FAT32 formatted drive

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