Learn: Sticker Lock

Formerly a hidden "easter egg" feature in Scratch Live, Sticker Lock is available in Serato DJ 1.7.2 as an official feature. 

You can download this version and read the full release notes to see what's new.

What is it?

Sticker Lock gives you the ability to align a sticker on your Serato Control Vinyl to a cue point or the start of your track and know exactly where that cue or the start will be without having to look at the waveform! 

Sticker Lock can be combined with other Serato DJ song load and needle drop preferences making it a versatile feature for DVS users.


If you're an old school scratch DJ that performed scratches and juggles, it was common for you to have a sticker/s on your record that marked out where the start, beat drops or phrases were in the track. The start of the track was the most important, and placing a sticker at the either the 12'oclock or 2'oclock (where the tonearm is) position was used to represent the beginning of the track.

How do I use it? 

To turn ON Sticker Lock, head to the setup screen and under the CDJ/Vinyl tab, enable Sticker Lock. 

What you want to do now is find the exact the sticker position on your vinyl. One way to do this: 

1. Turn ON 'play from first cue point' under the DJ Preferences tab in the Setup Screen

2. Load a track to deck in REL mode.

3. Take note of the exact point on the vinyl where the cue point is at the Serato DJ playhead.

4. This is the absolute zero position of your vinyl. This is where you will place your sticker.

5. Now when you load a track, that first cue point will relate to your sticker position.

Remember, depending on what "play from" setting you set in the DJ Preferences tab, Sticker Lock can be applied to either the start of your track or the tracks first cue point. 


The "Spin Nearest" option, means when you load your track, depending whether the sticker is closer to one side or the other is the direction you will need to move the record to align with that cue point/start of the track.

The "Spin Forward" will mean that you have to always spin the record forward to align your sticker once you load a track. "Spin Backwards" is the opposite - spin backwards!

You can also use this feature with instant doubles and the "drop to cue" feature in the Needle Dropping options in setup.

To see the full release notes and download Serato DJ 1.7.2, head to the public beta forum area.

Comments (36)

Dvj SuS 5:31 PM - 23 October, 2014
cuando use vinyl me sera util ... pero buena funcion !!
dj360qc 5:33 PM - 23 October, 2014
SiRocket 5:37 PM - 23 October, 2014
Here is my older video about it being used with Scratch LIVE if you guys still don't understand how it works! :)

-> Watchwww.youtube.com
djattila 7:27 PM - 23 October, 2014
Neili Neil 2:47 AM - 24 October, 2014
bout to set it up now!
Eskei83 8:16 PM - 24 October, 2014
dj_spark 10:15 PM - 24 October, 2014
DJ Madfingaz 3:41 PM - 25 October, 2014
Thank you Serato! <3 <3 <3
AndreHBuss 1:10 AM - 26 October, 2014
Very nice!!! :D
Sen 5:38 AM - 28 October, 2014
I like it
DJ WILLIE 11:27 PM - 30 October, 2014
DOPE...One quick question....

I currently use "cue points" as a sticker placement, will it be like a cue point ?


DJ WILLIE 11:31 PM - 30 October, 2014
Sorry just saw the video on how it works below...DOPE !!

Here is my older video about it being used with Scratch LIVE if you guys still don't understand how it works! :)

-> Watchwww.youtube.com
djnico 8:38 AM - 1 November, 2014
One of the best new features in Serato Dj!!!!!
Tech12 8:37 PM - 2 November, 2014
Really nice... a little funny to get used to but once you get it sorted works like a dream... great for instant doubles!
Sikwidityo 7:29 AM - 5 November, 2014
I believe it's a pretty cool feature. However, as a needle-dropping dj, (that I am) the pros; are the feel of mixing regular vinyl with the touch when backspinning and juggling. The cons; are that an ugly old school issue of pits and burns in one area that you can't even out to 4-quarters of the record if you only needle-dropped in one area. That causes a big issue with 'tracking.'

Or, am I missing something regarding a sticker-lock option assignment beginning physically on different parts of the cv? Unfortunately for me, I'm in the habit of dropping the needle exactly where the sticker points.
SiRocket 4:23 PM - 5 November, 2014
I've been using this feature for 5 years and cue burning my records hasn't been an issue since the 2.5 tone records came out. Even the older records would take 3-4 months to have tracking issues and this was practicing weekly, doing radio shows and gigging 3-4 nights a week.

Not a problem at all...
OFI13 3:17 AM - 14 November, 2014
Soooooo Dope!!!!
10:15 PM, 8 Dec 2014
Discuss this blog entry here: serato.com
VictorMike 5:37 PM - 9 December, 2014
Great work!
Vi cK 7:52 PM - 13 December, 2014
good evening !!!
Prompt pozhaluysta.ya not quite understand one vesch - maybe she syazanna sinc with sticker !!!!
as he does every beginning stroke it looks clear sticker 2 00
djdr turntablist 3:41 PM - 26 January, 2015
does it work with sl - 2?
Matt P 8:21 PM - 26 January, 2015
does it work with sl - 2?

It certainly does :)
djdr turntablist 7:50 AM - 27 January, 2015
cant see the sticker option in my interface.....anything am doin wrong?. i have the latest version.
SiRocket 5:31 PM - 4 March, 2015
Please make the needle dropping in sticker lock more accurate and sensitive. It doesn't always trigger on the same setup/hardware that it works just fine on with good sensitivity in ssl.
HYDRO MATIC 4:43 AM - 3 December, 2015
Im going to sound dumb...but someone please walk me through this!!!! Ive watched the video and copied it like 15 times and still no dice!
SiRocket 4:26 AM - 17 February, 2016
Still not fixed! sigh.

Sam Stokes, where you beeeeeeee? #fixseratodj :)
SirForce 6:11 PM - 18 February, 2016
+1, such a cool feature for DVS, this is a serato differentiator!
SirForce 6:12 PM - 18 February, 2016
Can we get a patch/update for this?
SiRocket 3:03 AM - 19 February, 2016
Patch and update please!!! Sam, i'll gift you $150 US via paypal and will hold my word! Hit me in the DM!
SiRocket 3:03 AM - 19 February, 2016
That's a lot of BEER money!
DeeJaySteveRay 8:27 AM - 9 May, 2016
So I've been interested in using the STICKER LOCK feature with my Official Serato Control Vinyl 2.5 and I can not for the life of me get the printed thick black lines on the Serato record label to work as my stickers. I assumed that's why they were printed there.

To use sticker lock, I'd have to place a new sticker on the label rather than use the one that was printed on the label. Then I'd have 2 stickers as markers... no bueno.

Can anyone assist me with this?

I also would like to know how to use the printed think black line on the label at both 12 o'clock and 2 o'clock positions.

Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks!
DeeJaySteveRay 8:33 AM - 9 May, 2016
FYI-Please refer to my avatar for reference to the Serato control vinyl label and thick printed black line that I am talking about.
Karl Y 1:53 PM - 9 May, 2016
you need to put your own sticker at this stage.
we can't predict during the pressing process where it will be. And Rane can't either. (Those on your picture are Rane pressings)


DJ Quartz 2:01 PM - 9 May, 2016
I have a suggestion, maybe you can design a new label and provide them with cv's in future that way we can position it the way we want.
DeeJaySteveRay 5:31 PM - 9 May, 2016
Thanks for your response, Karl Y.

I have a suggestion, maybe you can design a new label and provide them with cv's in future that way we can position it the way we want.

That's a good idea, DJ Quartz!

Did these Rane pressings that I have EVER work properly with sticker lock? Is it something that changed and is just now obsolete?
Karl Y 8:20 AM - 10 May, 2016
no pressing was sticker lock ready.
if your copy is, thats coincidence.

we can't predict during the pressing process where it (the sticker) will be. (in relation to the absolute zero position on the control vinyl)