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5 July, 2017

How I Use Serato DJ - Prepare W/ Jordan

The Prepare panel of Serato DJ is often overlooked and should be considered as a tool for every DJ. While it won’t drastically change your current workflow, it can add an additional level of organisation to your sets and help you remember things you usually wouldn’t. I’ll share few uses for it that I’ve found handy in and out of the club.

To add a song to the Prepare panel either use Command/CTRL + P, a mapped control on your hardware device or drag and drop.

Tracks will be removed from your Prepare list once played.

Requests

Every so often, a patron may suggest a track I’m genuinely keen to play. Usually, the timing is a little off so I’ll tell them to wait a bit. To be honest, my short term memory sucks so I use the Prepare function to help keep them from coming back annoyed that I didn’t play their track (even though I intended to).

Saving Tracks For Later

While there are a lot of situations where this is useful, I’ll cover the ones that I often encounter. While I’m scrolling through the BPM bracket of the track I’m playing I’ll come across tracks that suit the mood but are out of key. I’ll add these to the Prepare window to play in the near future while I find a track with a compatible key.

There are times when I’m doing sets that extend from open to late in the night. The time at the start before people arrive is a great opportunity to test new tracks on the club’s speakers and decide if they’d work at prime-time. Use Prepare to remind yourself to play the goodies later on.

Making Crates

Using the Prepare panel is probably the quickest way of making a crate. Simply scroll through your library and use the shortcut keys to add any song that fits the crates theme. Drag the contents of the Prepare window on the new crate button and your selection will form a new crate.

Comments (15)

DJ Duluv 10:28 PM - 5 July, 2017
Thanks for this tip! Will use this for moments when short term memory presses pause.
Deejay Skura 11:13 PM - 5 July, 2017
I use this a lot to create my playlist before making a mixtape/recordings. Makes it easier to know how many tracks I've played/remaining.
Joshua Carl 12:03 AM - 6 July, 2017
I live by the prepare box. (As my crates are not laid out in a set-ready-2-go / sets manner)
I mapped the Aux headphone button on my Sixty Two to Load to Prepare so zipping through my library and managing a real time set is super easy and intuitive.
Doug D-Funk 2:22 AM - 6 July, 2017
is there a maximum number of tracks you can put in there? I was recently preparing for a gig, put a load of tunes in to the prepare box & when I got to the gig there was only about 10/15 in there (way less than I'd originally put in) so it seemed a bit of a waste of time.
Jordan L 2:50 AM - 6 July, 2017
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is there a maximum number of tracks you can put in there? I was recently preparing for a gig, put a load of tunes in to the prepare box & when I got to the gig there was only about 10/15 in there (way less than I'd originally put in) so it seemed a bit of a waste of time.


If you replayed any of those songs they would have then disappeared out of the Prepare panel.
PopRoXxX 5:48 AM - 6 July, 2017
Exactly how I use the Prepare feature 👌
acemc 9:21 PM - 6 July, 2017
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If you replayed any of those songs they would have then disappeared out of the Prepare panel.

Yet another reason for Serato to actually pay some attention to the feature requests!
We have been asking for this to be changed, so that we can manually delete the tracks when we are ready. The way it works right now is very frustrating.
Lord C. Lecter 12:00 AM - 7 July, 2017
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If you replayed any of those songs they would have then disappeared out of the Prepare panel.

Yet another reason for Serato to actually pay some attention to the feature requests!
We have been asking for this to be changed, so that we can manually delete the tracks when we are ready. The way it works right now is very frustrating.

+1
(this flaw is the ONLY reason I never use the prepare feature, I would love to, but the way it is it simply sucks IMHO)
Joshua Carl 12:11 AM - 7 July, 2017
I guess it's coke to Pepsi and work flows from person to person...

Maybe do a prepare box Vs a Live Crate.

A live crate behaves like a crate
And a prepare box behaves like it does now.
Or a simple lock/unlock tick box on top.

Personally I can't imagine having the tracks stay there, would drive me crazy.
I put it in the box because it's going in my set, and then it's gone.

If I put together a prepare box set I really like and don't want to lose it, I'll just drag it out to a new crate, or drag it from the history to a new crate.

I wouldn't hate the idea (and I suggested it years ago) for a Ctrl+click lock function on A track in the prepare box... so I can quickly drop in and out of battle samples without losing it.
But other than than that....
acemc 9:17 AM - 7 July, 2017
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Or a simple lock/unlock tick box on top.

Great idea!

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Personally I can't imagine having the tracks stay there, would drive me crazy.
I put it in the box because it's going in my set, and then it's gone.

I understand that, but if you load a track, then realize it doesn't fit with what's playing right now. You then load a track that works better. However the track that was in your prep folder is now gone - you have to go look for it again (or forget about it) - I'd much rather have it clear when Serato closes, than have it deleted as soon as it's loaded.
Big Pops 4:23 PM - 9 July, 2017
Never really use this panel, is it possible to prepare a set , put it in the prepare panel ,power down your laptop, power back up and all your tracks still in the prepare panel.
acemc 8:37 AM - 10 July, 2017
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is it possible to prepare a set , put it in the prepare panel ,power down your laptop, power back up and all your tracks still in the prepare panel.

Unfortunately not.
dj rebel 12:51 PM - 11 July, 2017
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If you replayed any of those songs they would have then disappeared out of the Prepare panel.

Yet another reason for Serato to actually pay some attention to the feature requests!
We have been asking for this to be changed, so that we can manually delete the tracks when we are ready. The way it works right now is very frustrating.


The very reason why I don't use 'Prepare". Listen to the tracks, they are gone!
Enkay67 1:01 PM - 24 July, 2017
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...if you load a track, then realize it doesn't fit with what's playing right now. You then load a track that works better. However the track that was in your prep folder is now gone - you have to go look for it again (or forget about it) -

If you load something you don't like you can drag it back from the deck to the Prepare folder. That got me around that frustration but you do have to remember...
acemc 1:27 PM - 24 July, 2017
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you can drag it back from the deck to the Prepare folder. That got me around that frustration but you do have to remember...

I never even thought of that, I'm gonna do that for the time being.
Thanks for the helpful tip!!

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