Pro Tip: Emoji Ratings

Emojis can be useful visual tools to rate your music. Add Serato Smart Crates to the mix and they are a great way to organise your library and sort out your main room bangers from the poolside set starters. 

How do you write emojis to your tags? This is easy, just open up TextEdit (or another text editing application in OS X) and enter the emojis you'd like to use. You can use the keyboard shortcut "command + control + spacebar" to bring up the emoji keyboard. Then just copy these and paste into the tag field in Serato DJ which could be your Crate name, song title, artist, album etc.

By using the comment field in Serato DJ, you can add different Emojis to your tracks which represent different vibes. You could use the 💯 emoji for your club weapons, use 🇺🇸  for your July 4th americana and 🍻 for your "best beer drinking songs" pub set for your dads mates. 

Now if you sort by your comment column in the main Serato DJ library, you can easily group these tracks and be organised.

[You can also do this with words rather than emojis if you're too tough for them]

The second great way you can use emojis in your library to organise your music is with Serato Smart Crates. The ⭐️ emoji is a great workaround for a star rating system in Serato DJ. Just add 1 - 5 ⭐️ emojis to your comment field based on how hot the track is to rate your music.

Now all you need to do is to set up some Smart Crates that will pull in these different ratings:

  • Create a new Smart Crate
  • Add a new Rule "comment" "is" "⭐️"
  • This Smart Crate will pull in all the tracks in your library that contain the ⭐️ emoji in the comment field.
  • Repeat this for "⭐️⭐️" "⭐️⭐️⭐️" ... etc.

If you have any other interesting methods to organise your music let us know in the comments below!

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Comments (13)

DjChachi PR 11:01 AM - 28 July, 2015
That is so nice for MAC users. But way don't just put the rating column in Serato as a standard, like iTunes, Traktor, VDJ and others.
Serato, Moderator
Samuel S 9:20 PM - 28 July, 2015
We'd love to have a rating system at some stage for sure and it's something that's been requested for quite a while.

It probably wouldn't have as many diverse symbols as emoji though :)

sam.
XclusiveCity 8:03 AM - 29 July, 2015
Or SDJ can just implement a rating system or make the iTunes rating system compatible with the SDJ software like a lot of DJs been requesting for quite some time now. All these "work around" ideas are only making more unnecessary work for us working DJs that simply don't have time for this inconvenience. Sorry but not sorry.✌🏽
Musically Minded 7:17 PM - 29 July, 2015
this is a great tip! i have done this ever since i switched to mac back in 2010
Serato, Moderator
Samuel S 11:30 PM - 29 July, 2015
Quote:
Or SDJ can just implement a rating system or make the iTunes rating system compatible with the SDJ software like a lot of DJs been requesting for quite some time now. All these "work around" ideas are only making more unnecessary work for us working DJs that simply don't have time for this inconvenience. Sorry but not sorry.✌🏽


Agree :) We'd love to implement a rating system at some stage in the future. While this is a workaround for that right now, it's also just a cool tip to tag your music with images rather than using words.

Unfortunately iTunes doesn't write their star rating into the .xml file that they provide for third party applications to read so we're not able to show this in Serato DJ. Hopefully this changes at some stage in the future so we can support it as well :)

Sam.
Musically Minded 1:44 PM - 30 July, 2015
AWESOME TIP!
Musically Minded 3:22 PM - 30 July, 2015
AWESOME TIP!!!
WookieNZ 6:48 AM - 6 August, 2015
hey this is an old post of mine from last year...
i would still like it.

so i think that there should be an option to add another colour column or more, or an extendable one so more than one color can be added, this would help with easy spotting of cross over tunes..genre, multi genre, places it would work for you a whole bunch of stuff. ive found it real easy to find tunes for the multiple places/genres i play but feel it could add diversity.
any one else, i think this would be easy to do...it could even be used like itunes star rating
dario eduardo pedro 5:50 PM - 9 August, 2015
cena fixe
Der_Uhrmacher 2:30 PM - 14 December, 2015
Are you kidding? Really?
And what to do, when you´re on a gig and want to rate "on the fly"
Really?
No, sorry. Listen, this is a PAID Software, so ADD the fuck this feature!
How many Dj´s are requesting it how long? more than 2 Years?
You don´t get it to make such easy things? For me, rating is a BASIC feature, EVERY Dj software has.

Im really pissed of. Really
DJ SUB 9:24 PM - 17 January, 2017
cool i have being waiting for serato to add a rating feature like Traktor but that comment section will do the trick thank for sharing
stylez2004 12:23 AM - 19 January, 2017
When you add an emoji to a folder, it creates a second folder. So I have 2 folders, the original one and the one with the emoji. If I delete the original one, will that kill my other folder with the emoji on it?
Pol Canaj 8:02 PM - 26 January, 2018
Why there isn't an emoji for broccoli? There is an emoji for a sweet potato 🍠, for cucumber 🥒, for an eggplant 🍆!! And there isn't any broccoli emoji... whyy?