Scratch Live 2.1 Manual
The history button opens a complete log of all the tracks you have played and allows exporting Scratch Live session information as a data file.
Each session is catalogued by date and time. Using the drop down arrow, you can navigate to, and view detailed information of any previous sessions. There are columns for the period (i.e., date of session), name of track and artist name.
In addition, these other categories listed below will give you more detailed information aboutyour sessions:
Start Time - When viewing a song row, the start time of the song is displayed. When viewing a session row, the start time of the session is displayed with the date (in real time value).
End Time - When viewing a song row, the end time of the song is displayed. When viewing a session row, the end time of the session is displayed with the date (in real time value).
Playtime - When viewing a song row, the total played time of the song is displayed (i.e., 00:03:00). When viewing a session row, the total elapsed time of the session is displayed with date (i.e., 10/09/08 01:38:16).
Deck - The virtual deck the song was played on will be displayed under the deck column. In the song row, either left or right is displayed. The offline player will be listed as offline.
Notes - Use this field to list particular information about your songs and each session (i.e., note how you transitioned from one track to another).
Start Session / End Session - To start or end a session, click the corresponding button.
Insert Track - If you wish to add information for tracks not played in Scratch Live into your session (e.g., if you played one of your favorite vinyl or cd), select the song you want to insert after and click the insert track button. Double click the inserted track fields and edit your information accordingly. (Note that when exporting an m3u playlist [see exporting below] “inserted tracks” will not be present.)
Export - You can export each session as a data file using the export button. Select a session, then choose your preferred file format, and click export. There are three possible export formats:
- text - to create a simple text file with your session information contained within.
- csv - to create a file for use in spreadsheet software.
- m3u - to create a playlist file, which can be imported into media players. Note that an m3u does not contain audio itself, it only points to the location of your audio files. (Inserted tracks within sessions will not be included in an m3u playlist.)
TIP: To make a new Scratch Live crate containing your session information, select a session and drag it to the + plus crate button. (This will automatically name the crate with the session date).
Listing Behavior - only the tracks you actually play are listed in history. This is done using an A-B algorithm, meaning a track on deck A is only listed once the track on deck B has been changed or ejected.
You can choose to show tracks which you have auditioned, but not actually played, by checking the Show unplayed tracks box. The session will then also list these tracks in grey, along with actual played tracks.
Alternatively, you can mark or unmark tracks as played manually. Select a track (or a group of tracks) and click the Mark as played or Mark as unplayed button. This may be useful if you play a track off regular vinyl or CD — breaking the A-B algorithm).
Songs that you have played are marked as green in your library. Click on the button marked Clear to reset the list of recently played tracks and turn the color of your library back to white.
The Serato Playlists plugin allows you to upload your history sessions to your serato.com profile for viewing, sharing and editing. You can upload your playlist once your session is complete, or by using the Live Playlists feature to update your playlists online in real time!
To enable this plugin, go to the Plugins tab on the Setup screen and check the Enable Serato Playlists Plugin option. Open the History panel and you will now have access to the Serato Playlists options.
Uploading Serato Playlists
Once you have finished your session, or to upload a previous history session, select the desired session in the History panel. Click the Format dropdown box, select Serato Playlists and click the Export button. You will receive the following warning:
If you choose “Yes” you will then be taken to www.serato.com where you can review your playlist before choosing to post it online. Once posted, you have the option to edit the playlist and track information.
NOTE: We recommend that you turn off any wireless networking devices when using Scratch Live. If you export your playlist online whilst playing you may experience USB dropouts. If so, you may wish to avoid using this function.
Serato Playlists has the Live Playlists option to allow you to display what you are playing online in realtime on your serato.com profile. To enable the Live Playlists feature go to the Plugins tab on the Setup screen and check the Enable Live Playlists option. Once enabled, the Start Live Playlist button is now displayed in the History panel. Click this to start and stop your Live Playlist session.
NOTE: Live Playlists requires you to be connected to the internet while playing, which may result in USB dropouts. If so, you may wish to avoid using this function.