How To: Record with the SL 3

The Rane SL 3 for Serato Scratch Live is a powerful tool, which allows you to record your DJ mixes and digitally archive your vinyl with minimal setup and fuss. This article will give you all the information you need to get started.

Having the ability to record your DJ sets is very valuable, as it allows you to review your performances and to perfect your techniques, and means you can give promoters examples of your sets to get yourself booked for gigs.

Also, being able to record your vinyl and digitally store the audio for use in Scratch Live, means you can keep your favourite records fresh and safely stored away from repeated use and abuse.

Recording your DJ sets

On the SL 3 you’ll see Inputs 1 & 2; the Aux inputs. To record your mix, take a secondary output from your mixer (e.g. a booth output) and connect it to the SL 3 Aux inputs.

SL 3 Aux Inputs
SL 3 Aux Inputs

NOTE:  Make sure the Aux channel dip-switchon the SL 3 is switched DOWN to receive a LINE level input.

Now, choose the record source. Scratch Live allows you to record one of three stereo signals from the SL 3:

Left (deck) in
Right (deck) in
Aux in

Click on the downward arrow to see the three possible record sources. Select Aux as your record source and set the optimum input level using your DJ mixer. Then if needed, use the record level knob in Scratch Live to add extra gain (up to 12dB of gain or attenuation). You should be aiming for a nice hot signal without distortion or clipping. To achieve this, get the signal to sit mostly in the yellow section of the LED meter, but don't let it get into the red.  For a more detailed explanation on how to optimize your gain structure click here.

When you’re satisfied with your levels, press the record icon and start your set. The elapsed recording time should start ticking over as it tracks the length of the recording. Click the record icon again to stop recording.

To save the recording, type a name in the Save File Name box and click the Save Recording icon.

Your recordings are automatically saved in a crate named “Recorded” and the file itself can be located in the Recording folder within your Scratch Live folder. All recordings are saved as 16-bit AIFF files.

NOTE: If you are recording for periods of time longer than 3 hours, your recording file will be split into separate parts.

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