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4 January, 2015

Learn: Quantize & Cues

Cue Points are probably the most basic, and most well used feature in Serato DJ. There are some more unknown additional features too! Have a read and see how you can start using cues to the fullest.

Chronological Cues

Like the name suggests, you can set cue points to any slot using your MIDI controller or by hitting the keyboard shortcuts and have Serato DJ arrange these in chronological order (as they are ordered in your track).

This is perfect when you're trying to set cue points on the fly and accidentally hit a different pad or keyboard key.

Rearrange Cues 

You're able to rearrange your Cue Points however you like. Whether you want the downbeat of the track assigned to the first pad or your vocal drop assigned to the fifth pad, it's possible to do this with Serato DJ by dragging and dropping in the cue area on screen.

This feature is great for DJs who use their cue points in a performance routine environment where you may need to arrange your cues so a specific routine is much tighter and flows better. 

Quantize

This is a relatively new feature, introduced in Serato DJ 1.6.0. Enabling Quantize will allow your setting and triggering of cue points to snap to a beat value that you choose. You can activate Quantize mode by clicking on the icon here:

In the Setup screen under the DJ Preferences tab you'll be able to control and adjust the the increments that Quantize will snap to.

Quantize Mode is perfect for DJs who drum cues or need to be on point when jumping through sections of a track. It provides a safety net for accuracy when on the fly. In addition, Quantize Mode is perfect when using and creating your own Serato Flips either on the fly or offline,  providing you with accuracy.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask us in the comments :)

Comments (10)

jeduardo.guzmanm@gmail.com 1:25 AM - 5 January, 2015
dj lalo
jeduardo.guzmanm@gmail.com 1:26 AM - 5 January, 2015
para dj sb pionner
Dj_Smeyz 1:34 AM - 5 January, 2015
it ll be great if we could sort cue points chronogically, and play the loaded song at a cue point we could chose... (not only the first one)
Serato, Moderator
Samuel S 3:09 AM - 5 January, 2015
Thanks for the feedback Smeyz!
BBN 2:49 AM - 6 January, 2015
+1 what DJ Smeyz said.

Since I'm setting my cues for toneplays and drumming, the first one isn't allways the one from where I want to start a track.
KID B 3:58 AM - 17 January, 2015
Quantize? Must have missed this feature when it was announced! I am a big fan of using cue points live in my mix. One technique I do is to use change the filter knob as you switch cue points, creating a very smooth transition in between.
Shorty J 12:58 AM - 22 January, 2015
This may be a stupid question.... But do you HAVE to have beat grids on your songs that you want to quantize? As in both general play and serato flip? I just loaded serato Dj and none of my songs have best grids, is that something I have to add in order to be activate the quantize feature?
LegendaryDancer 4:49 PM - 21 March, 2015
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This may be a stupid question.... But do you HAVE to have beat grids on your songs that you want to quantize? As in both general play and serato flip? I just loaded serato Dj and none of my songs have best grids, is that something I have to add in order to be activate the quantize feature?



Yes, you have to analyze your tracks, or set the beatgrid manually, to be sure it's correct, to be able to use quantize, because quantize function uses the beatgrid to align the songs with each other, if there's no beatgrid, the software does not know anything about the beat in the song etc, so yes it's necessary
keithOmega 12:09 PM - 26 January, 2016
Does the MCX8000 have split cue?!
Dj Owe 3:36 PM - 1 March, 2016
hi team. can we please add a Quantize value for online and offline please.


i really like adding cues using the 1 but in a live setting or club environment i like using the 1/4 for drumming on time

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