The Serato Blog The Serato Blog en-us Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:38:12 +0000 How I Use Serato DJ - Library Management W/ Jordan. Part 2 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:02:00 +0000 Jordan L

While keeping your music organised inside Serato is important, the organisation of your music outside of Serato - on your computer's hard drive - is just as important.


When importing music to Serato, the files themselves aren’t actually saved inside the software. Serato reads the track directly from it’s location on your computer. This is vital to know as Serato won’t know where to load your track from if you’ve moved its location.


Downloading Music


The first step in creating a tidy library is downloading music from reputable sources(Where To Get Music). This will decrease the chances of downloading files that are corrupt, tagged with lots of unnecessary info or low in quality.


I’ve created a folder inside the Music directory where I will save all my music. I have created sub folders for each year of downloads, a personal preference that keeps my OCD at bay. Keeping all of your music in one location really helps minimise the risk of losing files and also makes moving your library to another location a breeze.



Importing Music


 Once the music is saved, import into Serato and analyze (check out this article for more info on analyzing). I have a crate called ‘NEW’ where I will import all my new music. This is like a sorting pen for my new files.

After analyzing I’ll remove any tracks that show up as corrupt or display a bitrate of inferior quality. Then using this method I tag all of my new tracks with their respective genres and add cue points.


You can now clear this crate and enjoy playing with your new music while feeling at ease with your meticulously clean library. Repeat this process next week when there’s new music to download. 

MIDI Mapping: DJM Club Kit Range Thu, 13 Jul 2017 22:39:00 +0000 Jordan L

It’s highly likely you’ll find a mixer from Pioneer’s DJM range when stepping into the DJ booth of a club. Not only can you plug directly into the DJM-900NXS2/900NXS/850 and enable Serato DJ with the Club Kit license you can also MIDI map Serato DJ functions to these mixers.


Have a look through some of our suggested ways below to MIDI map Pioneer’s Club Kit supported range in Serato DJ. Implement the ideas you like or create your own MIDI mappings to suit your needs.


Sound Color FX


The Sound Color FX section of each of these mixers works well for mapping to Serato DJ's FX. Link each of these 6 buttons to activate your favourite FX in Serato DJ.


This section can also work well when mapped to Serato's sampler(although two of the sample slots will be left out). The DJM-900NXS2 also has a parameter knob within this section which works well when used as the sampler's master volume.


While these mappings will take over the mixer's native filter, you can remap the filter knobs to Serato DJ's. own filter.


EQ Section 

You'll often only use 2 channels while DJing, this gives you 2 spare channels on these mixers to map however you wish.


After mapping Serato DJ's FX you could use 2 of the spare EQ sections for adjusting FX parameters.


Any of the knobs in this section would also serve as good key changing controls.


Channel Faders 

Unused faders will also work as key changing controls. Cycling through keys with this method opens creative and musical possibilities demonstrated here.


Faders are also great for being used as tempo adjustment sliders for decks that are in internal mode.


Cue Buttons 

Each channel also has a Cue button, while you'll need the cue buttons on the channels you're playing tracks through. The unused buttons are ideal for mapping to functions such as Instant Doubles, Sync, Start/Stop etc. 


-Check the MIDI mapping tutorial for info on how to MIDI map hardware with Serato DJ.


-Click here to purchase the Club Kit.

The Power Of Music Mon, 10 Jul 2017 04:29:00 +0000 Jordan L

We’ve been doing some thinking about who we are. Over the next six months, we’re going to be trying to get everything we do and say to reflect this. In marketing terms it’s brand positioning, but in reality it’s about making every part of our organisation true to itself.

“Music is life. That’s my blood in my veins, that’s my heartbeat,“ - DJ Jazzy Jeff.


What is this power music has over us? This thing inside, that speaks straight to our souls? It’s one of those questions that we always kick around late at night, just after things have gotten mellow and just before they start getting stupid. For DJ Carisma, it’s a key part of what makes us human. For Maimouna Youssef, it’s a gift and a curse. For DJ Dahi, it’s a way of thinking and communicating with the world. Truth is, it’s all these things and more.


As a company that spends a lot of time arms-deep in tech, it’s why we do what we do. Now that we’ve grown up a little (well...sort of), we’ve evolved and branched out. One thing has stayed the same though - it's the power of music that moves us. It unites every one of us. It’s the lifeblood of our artists and audiences.


If we look back, this power was always there, right when we first started. It drove us to develop tech that made music more intuitive, more powerful and more creative. From the birth of Pitch ‘n Time to propelling DJing into the digital era. These are the moments we remember. It's the freedom of dark dancefloors. It's being lost in the groove. When DJ and dancer cease to be separate.


Serato. The Power of Music.

Serato Sample Available Now Mon, 10 Jul 2017 04:10:00 +0000 Jordan L

A few months ago we shared news of Serato Sample, our first production tool since Pitch 'n Time(1998).


We initially launched Sample as a Beta for experienced producers to test. Feedback from this group helped us improve and cater to different producer’s needs, giving us the versatile, powerful, user-friendly plugin that’s now ready for trial and purchase.

Yes, after months of saying “soon”, you can finally download Serato Sample.


Visit the Sample homepage to get underway and start a 30-day free trial or purchase a Sample license.


For tutorials on how to use Sample click here.

Free Loopmasters Content For Serato Sample Mon, 10 Jul 2017 03:04:00 +0000 Jordan L

Serato Sample - our highly anticipated VST plugin - is now available for you to use. If you’d like to test the waters in music production or you’re wanting to explore new ways of improving your sampling workflow then you can start a free 30-day trial now.

To help you get started we’ve teamed up with Loopmasters and curated two free sample packs that you can use when you start a free trial or buy our plugin.

When you trial Serato Sample, you’ll be able to download a free pack of 20 Loopmasters samples. This pack includes textures, drum breaks, solo instruments, FX and percussion.


If you purchase Serato Sample, you’ll get access to an additional pack of 50 Loopmasters Samples, giving you a total 70 audio files to start making music with.


Head on over to our Free Stuff page to grab the free Loopmasters Sample Packs. If you want to increase your sample inventory further, visit and they’ll give you 30% off your first purchase.

How I Use Serato DJ - Prepare W/ Jordan Wed, 05 Jul 2017 19:00:00 +0000 Jordan L

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.



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.

PRO TIP: Recover Unsaved Recordings Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:33:00 +0000 Jordan L

If you’ve forgotten to save your recording in Serato DJ, wait and read below before throwing your laptop at the wall.


Take a breath, we got your back. Your most recent recording always gets stored inside of a folder called “Recording temp”, which is located in your _Serato_ folder. If you're having trouble finding it, follow the file path below. 

Navigate to your computer's Music folder, from here you'll find the _Serato_ folder which the Recording temp folder lives inside.


Once there, you’ll be reunited with that recording you thought had disappeared forever. Move the file into the “Recording” folder or any other safe location.


Note that the Recording temp folder only stores the last unsaved recording, if you’re looking to retrieve any recordings further in the past then you’re out of luck. Place the laptop down and record it again :)

Where To Get Music Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:55:00 +0000 Jordan L

DJs always need more music, whether you’re trying to keep up to date with new trends, filling gaps in your collection or maybe you’ve just installed Serato and need a bunch of tracks to start mixing with. The info below should supply you with all the music downloading resources you need.




Streaming apps have always been great for listening to music on your phone and other devices with limited storage. Streaming is now possible within DJ software, giving you a powerful tool to find any song mid performance.



Stream any song from Pulselocker's gigantic library straight into Serato DJ. The epitome of convenience, be able to play anyone's request no matter how unprepared you are. 

Record Pools


Record pools are the preferred option for working DJs as they often supply a regularly updated database of music stretching over many genres. The subscription-based payment system allows you to load up your library at a fraction of the cost, compared to purchasing tracks individually.
For a more indepth review of the record pools listed below visit DJTechtool's article.



With monthly charts of the most downloaded songs and trending tracks picked by DJs in the know, DJCity is a great hub for staying connected to what's cool and in. While DJCity has a heavy American Hip Hop influence, you will also get access to DJCity UK giving you a resource for UK House, Garage and Grime.


BPM Supreme 

BPM Supreme will suit DJs that play any form of popular music. With a catalog spanning over a wide variety of genres and musical eras, Wedding/Party/Club/Video DJs should find this site to be a great resource.


Club Killers 


Club Killers supplies a wide array of popular music with a heavy focus on EDM. The pool is stacked with exclusive remixes, bootlegs and DJ friendly edits all supplied by their team of professional touring DJs.


Direct Music Service 


DMS offers a great variety of DJ-friendly music. From re-drummed old classics for weddings to edits of current dance music for clubs. Their nice genre colour coded website makes loading up your crates with specific styles of music really convenient.


Beat Junkies 

A haven for Soul, Funk, Disco, Hip Hop, RnB. All of the tracks are edited and ready to DJ with and as it's run by the Beat Junkies you'll also find a whole collection of scratch tools and battle breaks.


Digital Music Pool 


A very detailed site offering you in-depth search functionality and access to current and archived charts. The site offers a good selection of popular genres, which are displayed in a practical layout to browse through. Each upload has quick download links for each available downloadable version of the track, as well as displaying the BPM and Key info.


Promo Only 


A great source for current hits of all genres with audio and video options. The Promo Only App comes with a powerful set of preference options allowing you to fully customise the music that appears on your feed and the format you download in.


Digital Media Stores


Not the most cost-effective option if you're looking to bulk up on lots of music, however great if you're searching for one little gem that you can't find on your current record pool.


iTunes and Amazon


Both have huge databases of music stretching over every genre imaginable. These sites should be your first places to start if you're having trouble tracking down a particular tune. Not only are these sites excellent for finding specific tracks but also for discovering new music through as you're presented with similar suggestions. Do note that these stores aren't aimed at DJs and won't contain many extended or intro versions of tracks.




The go-to spot for many electronic music orientated DJs. You can trawl through the depths of Beatport finding cuts no one else has or get familiar with a genre by visiting the renowned Beatport 100 charts


Juno Download


Juno has just about everything in the world of electronic music available for download. If you can’t find it here you are unlikely to find it anywhere else.




In their own words, Boomkat specialises in “the most innovative, exceptional, interesting and often overlooked music out there”. They have an on point selection of underground dance music, Grime, Hip Hop and everything in between. They also have great reviews.




Bleep has an extensive amount of well curated electronic music available for download.




Everyone loves free stuff.


Stalk what music your favourite artist is feeling, discover new producers, download a whole bunch of music not to be found anywhere else... All for free!



A free source of tracks ready to bump in the club.


Forthcoming Questlove 'Sufro Breaks' Pressing Tue, 30 May 2017 23:23:00 +0000 Eddie R

We are excited to announce the forthcoming release of a pressing that we are super proud of and very excited to release.

Serato x ?uestlove 'Sufro Breaks' 7" Box Set

This pressing will be available from the 15th of June as both a beautifully packaged 7 x 7" box set, or as individual 7".

Each 7" record contains an exclusive drum break recorded by ?uestlove himself (hence our excitement) with Serato Control Tone on the B side.

Save the date as stocks are limited and you don't want to miss out on these.

Serato at Movement Festival '17 Sun, 28 May 2017 21:30:00 +0000 Eddie R

Welcome 2 Detroit, aka the Motor City, birthplace of Techno, J Dilla, Juan Atkins, Moodyman and many other legendary musicians spanning from Jazz to soul, Rock to Rap, Techno to Jit.

Serato has been coming to Detroit for the Movement Festival for a long time, always putting on a workshop or throwing a party and even though we are mostly associated with Hip Hop, Open format and Turntablism, the appreciation for Techno and other associated Dance music genres is a huge passion for Serato and its employees. 

Detroit is really a cultural ground zero for these genres and its always innovating and inspiring DJ's from around the world. In particular Europe. The love affair between the UK is clear as day if you look at the artists that come to play the Movement Festival over the years. Between Disclosure sampling "Detroits Filthiest" and Drake lifting an excerpt from a Moodyman set in Manchester for his hit "passionfruit"  you can see the influence even in the pop sphere.


Enough with the history lesson,

We arrived Friday to help host a workshop with our partners Roland and Ableton at the D.I.M.E (Detroit Institute of Music Education) to showcase the possibilities of using LINK. Recloose from Roland, OP! (serato) and Ben Casey from Ableton showcased this with the 3 of them jamming out on a TB 303, DJ 808 and Push 2 using multiple instances of the wireless network Midi protocol. Check out how to do this yourself here. 

Lots of learning on the features of the different platforms were demonstrated as well. Definitely worth checking these workshops out as you leave with as much inspiration as you can handle.

Later that evening Mixmag was hosting a Live stream at the Queens bar in Downtown Detroit with incredible performances by Waajeed, Amp Fiddler and more on the DJ 808.  

Day 1.

Starting the day at the Russell St Deli we made our way to the festival ground. 

Checking with our friends at Roland, Pioneer, Denon DJ we made our way around the various stages. The RBMA stage is a personal fave and we caught River Tiber with an impressive live set. We saw our friend DJ Nasty aka Detroits Filthiest and the legendary DJ Godfather. Both of whom are legends of Ghettotech.

We also bumped in to Eli from Soul Clap/Crew Love who hipped us to a cool party happening later on that evening. The party was at TV Lounge and we were able to witness an incredible set by Detroit’s own rising star Jay Daniel.

It was good to see lots friends and meet up with people who happened to be in town for this awesome festival.


Day 2.

Starting off in 7 milewith one of the most filling breakfasts we met with Chrissy Murderbot who was in town from Chicago. Chrissy has just released a new record  “Cool Ranch Vol1 ” which is available here. Over catfish, collard greens, cornbread and mac n cheese, Chrissy got to see the new Serato Sample plugin. He was stoked. 

After breakfast, we went to the legendary Submerge Records/Underground Resistance house located on E. Grand Blvd to visit our friend Waajeed and show him the Serato Sample plugin, buy some records and catch up in general. 

This house is a must visit and you can find the best of Detroit artist’s music there, likeOmar S, Theo Parrish and of course Waajeed’s releases at the Dirt Tech Record pop up shop. 

Booming out the speakers while we were there was the classic “Shari Vari a certified Detroit classic,proto techno tune that unfortunately wasn’t for sale :/ 

The festival was popping and some highlights of the day were Cajmere playing the Stargate stage and Dirtybird artist Shiba San at the RBMA stage. We also caught a very cool live set by Paranoid London there too. 

The weather took a turn for the worse, so there was a mass exodus from the festival to find shelter, but that left the diehards who were not afraid of a little water.

Juicy J closed the night out at the RBMA stage which was a nice switch up genre wise.


Day 3.

Probably the most stacked lineup of the festival, this day was bound to be exciting.

In the VIP area by the main entrance, local legend DJ Godfather was playing an incredible set of local “Ghettotech and Jit music” to start the day off. Godfather is a turntable wizard and had incredible cuts and juggles. It was an electrifying set, which accompanied the energy of the techno festival very well. Following in a similar context was Teklife who took to the RBMA stage with an explosive set utilizing the Roland DJ-808.

Unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worse (.. again) and during Soul Clap’s MainStage show. Their show was one for the books, and the crowd partied on, until the sun came out again. With a full live band on stage which featured Detroit’s own Amp Fiddler and matching outfits it was an Incredible performance..

Highlight of the day was Thundercat’s electric set and bass wizardry, followed by the ever inspiring Gaslamp Killer, who ran through modern west coast Low End Theory classics and Detroit inspired favorites by label mate Flying Lotus and more.

Exhausted from such an amazing 3 days, that was about as much talent you could hope for in the awe inspiring city of Detroit.

Thanks to our friends and partners, Roland, Ableton, Pioneer, Novation, Denon, D.I.M.E, Paxhau, Mixmag, Spin INC, the people and artists of Detroit and the organizers of Movement Detroit.


See you again next year.


Serato & Thud Rumble team up for Superseal Six Pack Thu, 25 May 2017 22:00:00 +0000 Eddie R

The Seal's out the bag. 

Serato and Thud Rumble are chuffed to announce our Superseal Six Pack: a three-part Control Vinyl series laced with skipless sounds from the man himself, DJ Qbert. 

Yep, three pairs. Each A & C side bringing a range of scratch sentences and juggle breaks carefully compiled by Qbert. They're skipless, so you can go all-in on your sets without sabotage from wobbly tables or rogue needles. We've also thrown in a pair of super slick Thud Rumble Butter Rugs for your scratching pleasure. 

Outer jacket & labels brought to you by Louie IV Daganzo. Inner jacket artwork by Yedifresh, which forms one mind-bending piece across all three records. 

Grab each pair separately. Or cop the lot and get FREE SHIPPING plus a nice wee discount*.

Buy yours now

 *One bundle discount per order 

Serato Superseal Six Pack 
Inner artwork by Yedifresh across all three jackets


 Flip through some of the scratching sounds now available in our Serato Superseal Six Pack. Note - these are not straight recordings but a collection of sound bites from each release.

Serato Sample Beta Closed Tue, 23 May 2017 02:58:00 +0000 Jordan L


Due to an overwhelming response, we've had to close applications for the beta as we're dealing with as much feedback we can possibly respond to at this stage. We aimed to sign up 5000 experienced producers to trial the VST plugin over time but we reached the capacity only after a few weeks.

Thanks so much for all the love so far, we can't wait to publicly release Sample. 

To find out first when Sample releases sign up here

Keep up to date with Serato Sample on Facebook

Upload and checkout Serato Sample made productions on Instagram

Happy Birthday Roc Raida Wed, 17 May 2017 23:26:00 +0000 Jordan L

Today's the birthday of the late Roc Raida from the X-Ecutioners, one of the best DJs to ever do it. His routines inspired a whole generation of DJs, his juggles are still some of the funkiest around, his body tricks and swagger behind the decks pioneered a wave of DJs not only wanting their sets to be technical but to look cool as well.


Watch Roc Raida win the 1995 DMC World Championship below.

Thanks for everything you gave to the DJ community. R.I.P.]]>
Jam Master J'Son SeratoCast Mon, 15 May 2017 02:35:00 +0000 Eddie R

We were lucky enough to get a mix from the oldest son to the legendary DJ Jam Master Jay for the SeratoCast mix series. Jam Master J'Son is carrying on his fathers legacy as a top class DJ and producer, the current Tour DJ for RUN-DMC and Tour DJ for Mann. 

Check out Jam Master J'Son's mix below and a quick interview to get to know him a little better.


OP Miller: Tell us where you are at right now and why are you there?

Jam Master J'Son: I currently reside in the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area.  I live closer to my family in Georgia and it is one of the music capitals of the world. Living in Atlanta allows me to literally live within and immerse myself in the culture of music.

OP: Top 5 records doing it for you right now?

JMJS: Yung Book feat. London Jae - H.I.T.V.

Moneybag Yo feat. Yo Gotti - Section
Rich The Kid feat. Jaden Smith - Like This
Lil’ Brudda Haitian - Gone Bad
Montana of 300 - Ice Cream Truck

OP: First DJ Setup, what was it?

JMJS: My first DJ setup was the Numark NS7 original.

OP: Favorite mixtape you've made.

JMJS: My favorite mixtape I’ve ever made, the world has never heard. 
It’s a mixtape tribute to my late father Jam Master Jay.  One day I plan on releasing it for the world to hear.  Who knows? I may remake it with original songs with so many artists and DJs on there, because my father influenced so many people musically and helped so many people establish themselves in the music industry during his life.  It can be a mixtape/original album project featuring the biggest stars in music.  Could you imagine Rev Run and DMC doing new songs with Jay-Z and Drake for the project?  It would be like music time crystals; sounds forever frozen in time.

OP: Favorite City in the world and why?

JMJS: I’ve been blessed to perform all over the world in so many countries and cities.  To narrow it down, I would have to say Bangkok, Thailand.  The place is beautiful and the people showed Iyaz and myself so much love when we performed there.  If Warner Bros. Pictures ever films “Hangover 4: The Return To Bangkok” I have to be in the scenes in filmed in Bangkok. 

OP: What are you working on currently?

JMJS: I am currently working on beginning some mixtape DJ projects in the hip-hop genre, a video project with popping dancer Marquese Scott, an EDM album, and filming a series of commercial’s for Numark.

Check out more from Jam Master J'son:


One minute with Serato Thu, 11 May 2017 23:28:00 +0000 Eddie R

If you've got a quick minute to spare, use it wisely with our 1 minute with Serato video series.

Below are some of the artists we've caught up with recently, Cosmo Baker, Nick Hook, Prince Paul, DJ Maseo and Mo Beatz. They're only a minute, so instead of me telling you what they're about, just check them out below.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date!

PRO TIP : MIDI Mapping SETUP Options Tue, 02 May 2017 02:05:00 +0000 Jordan L

references found in Serato DJ’s Setup menu are often an overlooked option when it comes to MIDI mapping.

Have a read below of our favourite 5 MIDI-mappable setup options you can map straight to your controller, removing the need to enter the SETUP screen.


*To map any of the following features click on the MIDI button to enable MIDI mapping then click on the SETUP menu and navigate to the appropriate tab.


Start/Stop time









These options are handy if your Serato hardware does not have a dedicated start/stop knob, or when using one or more decks in INT mode. This parameter will give you control over the time it takes tracks to reach their normal speed when started or the time it takes for them to stop, great for creating different braking effects.


Quantize Value  




Scroll through the Quantize beat values to select the setting most suited to your performance. Have a lesser value when wanting to go crazy on the cues then move it up to a larger value when wanting to simply drop your cues on the 1.









A great tool to have enabled the majority of the time, but you may want to have the option to toggle this off at times when you’d like to make subtle pitch or platter movements.


AM mode 










Super heroes don’t have to enter a setup screen to enable their powers - have AM mode ready at the press of a button to make your track names disappear.

Pitch N Time DJ   

PnT DJ provides the ability to shift your track’s BPM by huge values and still retain great quality, however you may wish to have PnT DJ turned off while scratching as it can interfere with the desired sound you’re trying to create.

*Mapping the ‘enable Pnt DJ’ checkbox in the SETUP menu will allow you to toggle PnT DJ on and off - with the handy addition of keep Serato’s Keylock feature on when Pnt DJ has been toggled off*. This will give a smoother, less noticeable switch compared to toggling PnT off without keylock.

U.K and Ireland Masterclass Tour Wrap-up Mon, 01 May 2017 22:39:00 +0000 Jordan L

Thanks to everyone that made it out to Serato’s Masterclass tour of the UK and Ireland.

Workshops were held in key stores and music schools over London, Newbury, Bristol, Dublin and Birmingham with every stop either being full or over booked!


Radikarl hosted each class, giving the guests demonstrations of basic Serato DJ functions to advanced techniques. The guests were also given something slightly more round and vinyl looking to walk away with too.

If you'd like to catch the next one make sure you like our Facebook page for all updates.

INTRODUCING SERATO SAMPLE Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:23:00 +0000 Jordan L

Serato is excited to announce the Public Beta launch for Serato Sample: a fun, fast, high-quality production plugin that allows you to quickly find, chop, key shift and time stretch samples.


Until now, producers have struggled to freely manipulate samples while maintaining high-grade audio quality. This has been solved with Sample, an intuitive sampling tool powered by Serato’s original plugin, Pitch ‘n Time.


Serato CEO, Young Ly, says, “Over the years we’ve seen huge growth in the crossover between DJing and producing so it feels like a natural next step for us to return to the world of production. And in turn it made sense to leverage our successful plugin, Pitch ‘n Time.



Serato Sample’s feature set accommodates the needs of producers wanting a powerful, convenient sampling tool and also provides a familiar, intuitive workflow for DJs to delve into beat making.


Key Features:



Works in leading music production software
Including Ableton Live, FL Studio, Logic Pro and Maschine.


Flawless key detection and shifting
Find the key and then shift it with the power of Pitch ‘n Time.


Find the best samples with Autoset
With one click our algorithm finds 16 of the best samples to work with.


Familiar Cue Point workflow
Use Serato DJ's popular Cue Point workflow to set and trigger pads.


Change samples beyond recognition
Manipulate each pad individually. Mess with key, bpm and more.


Serato’s famous colored waveforms
Visually understand tracks without having to listen to them. Red for bass, blue for highs.


Jump around tracks with ease
Find what you’re after with waveform scrub and needle drop.




For more info and to join the beta visit Serato Sample

Super Smash Broz SeratoCast & Interview Mon, 10 Apr 2017 03:31:00 +0000 Eddie R

SeratoCast Mix 64 is bought to us by the Super Smash Broz. The DJ Duo and brothers consisting of DJ Fresco x DJ Nomz have put together a SMASHING mix of everything hot in Hip Hop right now. Check this mix and get a pen and paper ready for your new playlist.

OP Miller, our Artist Relations manager from Studio 2 in NYC also asked the Super Smash Broz a couple of questions about what they're up to, what they're feeling and what they've got in the pipeline. Check it out below to find out more, and get the goss on their upcoming project.

OP: Tell us where you are at right now and why are you there?

SSB: We are in Boston right now, Roxbury to be exact. We are here because this is our hometown - we love the city and are determined to put it on the map. 

OP: Top 5 records doing it for you right now?

SSB: It's tough, because there's so much good music always coming out. However, I'd have to say the top 5 records doing it would be: Sahbabii - Pull Up Wit Ah Stick (this song is gonna be everywhere by the end of the summer), Ed Sheeran - Shape of You, Davido - If, Future - Mask OffMigos - Slippery (feat. Gucci Mane)

OP: First DJ Setup, what was it?

SSB: Our dad used to DJ back in the day, so we used to play around with his equipment. However, our first DJ setup that belonged to us was probably a Numark Mixtrack Pro. 

OP: Favourite mixtape you've made. (Doesn't have to be released, eg for a friend or lover)

SSB: I think the answers are different for both of us. 

Noma Nomz:Get Your Vibes Right 2. I like to break records, and I feel like a lot of people reacted well and caught on to our wave in our city around then.

Muyi Fre$co: My favorite mix is probably Get Your Vibes Right 5. I'm a perfectionist, and though this mix isn't perfect, it's really a dope look at our growth as DJs since we first started. 

OP: Favourite City in the world and why?

SSB: We're biased, so we Idon't necessarily want to say Boston. So besides Boston, probably Lagos, Nigeria or Toronto. Lagos because we're of Nigerian descent (Omo Naija!) and there's nothing like being around your people. Everyone is so authentic and the food is marvelous. Toronto is up there too because that city and its people are so beautiful. It's a great melting pot, super diverse and the natives are so welcoming.

OP: What are you working on currently?

SSB: Currently, we're busy finishing our upcoming project, titled Family Cookout. It's essentially a for us, by us tape featuring the top talent coming out of Massachusetts. The Boston music scene has been slept on for far too long and we feel like it's up to us to help curate the vibes and sounds that our city's scene has. So much of our talent doesn't have the right platform to get noticed by the masses and we hope to help change that. The project will be releasing a bit later this year, so be on the lookout for it! Music lovers and DJs, get ready to get your vibes right and absolutely have these songs in your Serato! 

Check out our new single "Adjacent" coming out on our new project this year.

Follow us on Instagram, Soundcloud, YouTube, FaceBook, MixCloud - @SuperSmashBroz and Twitter @_SuperSmashBroz


Convert Spotify and other platform's playlists to Pulselocker Wed, 05 Apr 2017 02:14:00 +0000 Jordan L

Soundiiz allows you to unify all your playlists from different music platforms in one place. More Importantly for DJs, you’ll now be able to import all of your playlists from consumer, home-use music streaming services such as Spotify and Soundcloud into Pulselocker for DJing out in the wild.


Transferring playlists in Soundiiz is dead simple. Create an account, link all of your music steaming accounts, select the platform you wish to transfer the playlists from, then select Pulselocker to import them to. You’ll need the Soundiiz Premium Plan to have platform-to-platform playlist conversion abilities, the subscription cost is very modest with a monthly price of $4.50 or $3.00 a month if you choose to pay for the entire year upfront.


The interface is a breeze to use with plenty of customizable options to suit your needs . Download the app from and give it a go for FREE.

From the Studio Series Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:00:00 +0000 Eddie R

You may have noticed that over the past year we have released a series of videos called From the Studio.

This is curated by our Artist Relations teams at our LA and NY Studios (and when they're on the road).

We have so many artists come through our studios to catch up with the team and get up to date on everything Serato, that we thought it would be an opportunity missed if we didn't get the camera gear out and film some of these artists giving us a quick routine when we can.

Check out our From the Studios playlist below for some routines from the series, and keep an eye on our Facebook page for more to come.

Chris Karns Interview and SeratoCast Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:00:00 +0000 Eddie R

Get familiar with Kris Karns. The Denver-born DJ aficionado holding down the trifecta of battle titles - a DMC Championship, x3 Thre3style wins, and a runner-up spot of VH1’s “Master of the Mix”.

He’s produced tracks for Mayor Hawthorne, has toured with Yelawolf, and is a current member for electronic outfit Pretty Lights.

We’ve always admired Chris’ refreshing approach to DJing, and the way he uses Serato. So we thought we’d catch a moment with him to talk about it a little more.

Check our interview with Chris below for his take on touring with a live band (Pretty Lights), the run down of his setup, and how he incorporates Serato DJ, Pitch ‘n Time DJ for added key functionality, and Ableton Link.

Grab Pitch 'n Time DJ for yourself and give the Key Shift, Key Sync and Pitch Play for yourself.


SeratoCast Mix 63

While on the road in Cali Chris also recorded a SeratoCast mix live, check it out.

SoundSwitch 1.2 Released - Major Update Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:47:00 +0000 Jordan L

Using SoundSwitch, DJs are able to attach lighting cues/effects to audio files so that when played through Serato DJ, the customised lighting display occurs automatically, to the beatgrid, as the DJ intended. SoundSwitch also has a back up feature called Autoloops, which are lighting scenes that sync with DJ software beatgrid. It allows DJs to elevate their performance and create a superior experience for their crowd.


The release of Soudswitch 1.2 provides huge additions to the existing functionality with an array of new features, options and general performance improvements.


Key SoundSwitch 1.2 Features


  • Additional Attribute Control
  • Create Attribute Cues in Master Track to control:
    • Gobo
    • Zoom
    • Prism
    • Built in Programs
    • UV
    • +more
  • Auto Amber White Color Mixing
  • Updated Fixture Library and more fixtures
  • New Effects:
    • Color Chase
    • Follow Chase
    • Alternating Chase
    • Multiple Pulse Chases
    • New Color Palettes
    • Position Effects
    • Strobe Effects
    • Drops, Build Ups + Breakdowns
  • Position Flags Displayed in Tree
  • Adding Multiple Fixtures option
  • General Stability and Performance Updates

For More info on using SoundSwitch with Serato DJ CLICK HERE

oriJanus SeratoCast Mix Wed, 22 Mar 2017 02:40:00 +0000 Eddie R

In our month packed full of SeratoCast mixes, next up for SeratoCast mix number 62 is oriJanus of Soulection and emcee on WordLyfe.

oriJanus brings the vibes on this one with a stack of his own tracks, remixes and token Soulection vibes.

We also asked him a couple of questions to find out what he's on at the moment. Read below.

Matt Perry: Tell us where you are at right now and why are you there?

oriJanus: I'm at the Serato Studio 3 in Little Tokyo recording a Seratocast on my birthday. :) 

MP: Top 5 records doing it for you right now?

OJ: 1. Thundercat - Friend Zone, my friend Mono/Poly produced it and he's from Bakersfield as I am.

2. This unreleased Zikomo remix that's going to be put out soon. Sssssh, lol.

3. Terrace Martin - Valdez off Crenshaw, I STILL play this song religiously.

4. SiR - W$ Boi, great song that tells a more common story. SiR is such a cool dude.

5. Temu - Boogaloo Blues, that bassline....ungh!

MP: First DJ Setup, what was it?

OJ: First setup I had was a pair of Yamaha Ion turntables my grandma bought me from a JC Penny's catalog for Christmas when I was about 10 years old. They were really fragile and the stylus picked up any little touching of the tables but it got me through, lol.

MP: Favourite mixtape you've made. (Doesn't have to be released, eg for a friend or lover)

OJ: I recorded a mix of my favorite hip-hop tracks as a kid (Black Moon, Smif-N-Wessun, Wu, Jamal, Redman etc.) that I've been playing out. Might put it out someday, lol.

MP: Favourite City in the world and why?

OJ: Miami! I've been there twice in the past few months and I love it. I'm puerto rican so I was welcomed with open arms. I loved the latin conga bands on the corner and the women!

MP: What are you working on currently?

OJ: Currently recording and working on my self-produced, debut rap project entitled "7000 Auburn - EP". Been taking me quite some time but I'm getting it out this year. Be on the lookout for that!

Orange Calderon SeratoCast Mix Tue, 21 Mar 2017 01:27:00 +0000 Eddie R

We have been very lucky this month to receive mixes from a bunch of artists to get the SeratoCast mix series back into full swing for 2017.

This week we received a mix from the talented Orange Calderon who brings a refreshing mix of brand new and classic Hip Hop/Rap. Perfect for your next party or get the office turnt up proper.

We also asked her a  a few questions about what she's been upto lately. Check it out below.

Matt Perry: Tell us where you are at right now and why are you there?

Orange Calderon: Live from the trap house. I literally just finished recording this mix so I’m still sitting at my setup, answering these Q’s before I send it all off, Loll. 

MP: Top 5 records doing it for you right now?

OC: There’s so much music coming out right now, it literally changes every week. This week I’m excited about this Omniboi Remix of Bad And Boujee. I’ve moved on to other records off the new Migos album, but that remix is so fire. I really love ‘Shining’ Dj Khaled, Beyonce,& Jay-Z. Slide - Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean & Migos is a great record. Jazz Cartier - Tempted, Wizkid - Sweet Love, Clean Bandit’s remix of Flume - Say It ft. Tove Lo thats 6 and its killing me to not keep going lol, 5 is not enough! 

MP: First DJ Setup, what was it?

OC: Pioneer DDJ-SX. A little over 2.5 years ago a couple friends finally got it into my head that I should be doing this. I walked into Guitar Center a couple days later and picked one up. Everything I needed to get started immediately for under $1,000. Clutch. 

MP: Favourite mixtape you've made. (Doesn't have to be released, eg for a friend or lover)

OC: Probably 'Spain in September’. I felt like a vessel during that recording process. I don’t remember making one active decision, it’s like it made itself. & it very accurately capsulizes my experience, sonically, while over there. It’s a true soundtrack to that trip.  

MP: Favourite City in the world and why?

OC: That’s tough, but if I can only have one I'd have to say Paris. As a DJ, something just clicked my first time over there. I’d been progressing at a steady pace up to that point around month 4/5. I spun a couple gigs, went out to the clubs to see their DJs, & I remember leaving early one night so inspired that I had to get home to my equipment. I was still so new then that there was just a level of unsureness I had about it all. Something clicked that night and I understood something I hadn’t understood before then. I wasn’t scared anymore, and that allowed me to leap ahead several levels on the learning curve. Paris will be special to me forever for that. 

MP: What are you working on currently?

OC: I have another mix I need to get done for a late March drop, & currently mapping out these next couple travel runs through Asia, Africa, & Europe. Other than that I’m 'spring cleaning' the brand, if you will. I've got new things coming on all fronts from merch and the Radio Show, to a new site, app, and video content. It’s quite the undertaking so I don’t wanna say too much before I get it all done. :) 

SeratoCast Mix 60 with DJ Brace Mon, 20 Mar 2017 02:44:00 +0000 Eddie R

To kick our SeratoCast mix series off for 2017 we had DJ Brace put together a mix of music he's feeling right now.

To find out a bit more about DJ Brace and what makes him tick, Matt Perry our head of Artist Relations in LA asked him a bunch of questions, check them out below.

Matt Perry: Tell us were you are at right now and why are you there?

DJ Brace: Florida by the Ocean

MP: Top 4 records doing it for you right now?

DJ B: Your Old Droogs

Sound Craftsman 3

Markey Funk - Delights vs. Audio Montage 7"

DJ Woody Point of Contact

MP: First DJ Setup, what was it?

DJ B: 2 x Gemini BD-10's and a Gemini Skratchmaster

MP: Favorite mixtape you've made. (Doesn't have to be released, e.g. for a friend)

DJ B: A series I made back in the day called Take. It was a one take series I made circa 2000, I did a total of 6, gems to me.

MP: Favorite City in the world and why?

DJ B: Lijiang, China right now, people are so open, music is everywhere and the food is great.

MP: What are you working on currently?

DJ B: New 7" EP is out now! Order here.

New Full Solo LP on Costume Records dropping soon

New 7" Scratch Record on Fresherthan Records called Champ Cuts by DJ Vekked & Brace. This is a combination of the two world champions best sounds from their winning DMC online routines.

Fretless Fridays, a new series I started exploring music on the Fretless Fader, watch it here.

There's more, but that's all for now, stay tuned!

How to Chop 'n Screw tracks with Serato DJ and DJ Mist Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:14:00 +0000 Matt P




DJ Mist from Dub Academy in Texas, shows us how to "Chop" using the Slicer, and Screw tracks by setting the control tone to 45 in the Serato DJ setup menu.  

Check out the Pro Tip HERE

From wikipedia - 

"Chopped and screwed (sometimes called screwed and chopped or slowed and throwed) refers to a technique of remixing hip hop music which developed in the Houston hip hop scene in the early 1990s. This is accomplished by slowing the tempo down to between 60 and 70 quarter-note beats per minute and applying techniques such as skipping beats, record scratchingstop-time, and affecting portions of the music to make a "chopped-up" version of the original.

DJ Screw is largely recognized as the innovator behind the chopped and screwed genre.

DJ Screw's key technique involved playing the same record on both turntables with a delay between them of one beat and quickly moving the crossfader side to side. This created an effect where the words or beats in a song were repeated without interrupting its tempo.

Today it is still common to see screwed and chopped versions of mixtapes and albums released alongside the regular speed versions, sometimes in a double disc format with one disc screwed and the other regular speed."

From The Studio - SXSW Special W/ DJ Diggy Dutch Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:04:00 +0000 Jordan L

While we were at SXSW at Dub Academy, we got a chance to catch Austin native DJ Diggy Dutch get down with a dirty (south) routine for this special edition of "From the studio"... check it out 🌵


Keep checking the blog for more updates from SXSW.

Serato Workshop - Microsoft Flagship Store (NY) Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:39:00 +0000 Jordan L

The Digilogue is excited to announce Serato's collaboration with Microsoft on April 7th! Serato Artist Relations team OP! and Dstrukt will be leading the workshop demonstrating key features in Serato DJ, using the Microsoft Surface.

Basics of Serato DJ 1.9.6

  • Sync
  • Beat Gridding
  • Beat Jumps
  • Slicer
  • Serato DJ FXs
  • Key Detection and Pitch n' Time DJ
  • Pitch Play
  • Smart Crates


The workshop will be controller focused. OP Miller and the Serato team will bring five different controllers for people to test out after the workshop.


There will be a raffle for a Serato DJ Suite, Serato DJ licenses, and other goods.

Register here

How I Use Serato DJ - Library Management W/ Jordan Tue, 14 Mar 2017 04:06:00 +0000 Jordan L

Creating your library structure inside of Serato should be a calculated decision that has had a lot of thought behind it. Before sifting through thousands of tracks you want to be 100% sure your method suits your needs, you don’t want to change your mind half way down the track about wanting to have 80’s power ballads in your “Go To” crate.


As new music releases, you’ll often find your library structure becomes stale. Those dated tracks in your banger crate are no longer getting reactions and you’ve decided that you no longer want to play tropical house. Instead of going through this dilemma every year or two we will walk through a future-proofed system below which won’t require you to ever have to drag songs to a crate again.


Organizing Your Library By Tags


Like any organizational method, this will take time. Each track will need to be individually tagged with as many categories the track falls into. Once your entire library has been tagged you’ll be able to make smart crates that magically fill with tracks meeting the crates criteria.


Setting Up

  • Evaluate each genre you play. For more precise crates think about also listing the tracks release date, region, sub-genre and any other aspect you may find important to sort by.
  • Think of an energy scale to judge your tracks by. A numbered 1 to 5 system may suit your style or maybe a naming convention such as “early, peak, late”.
  • Analyze all of your files. Ensuring each track has a BPM and Key attached to it.


Tagging Tracks

Now you’ve got a list of predefined categories each song should fit into, it’s time to go through your library, tagging each song with the categories it corresponds to. For more depth to your library consider also tagging the track’s release year, this is convenient for creating era based crates.


Add a symbol such as a '#' in front of each tag to exclude tracks that may include these keywords in their title.


Creating Smart Crates


The hard work of tagging your entire library is over. You can now make as many smart crates as you wish that magically populate with files meeting the crates criteria.


Here's a variety crates I made to suit playing across different genres/times of the night/demographics.


This is just an example of one structure you could create. Assess every aspect of what goes into your song selection (BPM, key, energy, release date, what type of person would enjoy the song etc) and make your own smart crates to suit the way you play.