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Previously a hidden Scratch Live "easter egg" feature, AM Mode is now an official  Serato DJ feature. This feature allows you to hide the track details in the virtual deck from potential sniping playlist poachers.

Either enable this as an option in setup or quickly use the keyboard shortcut ALT + M to turn on / off. This feature hides the track and artist name on all playing decks.

Clicking on the track details area will quickly reveal your current playing track, but only for a split second.

Download Serato DJ and try it out for yourself!

If you have any questions, get in touch in the comments below.

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Learn: Basic Mixing http://serato.com/latest/blog/20182/learn-basic-mixing Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:56:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20182/learn-basic-mixing

The most fundamental part of DJing is mixing two tracks together. Mastery of this basic skill will set you up to be able to develop a full repertoire of DJ techniques with a solid foundation.

Here's a quick demo on the basics of mixing tracks in Serato DJ Intro. Take a look and give it a go yourself!

Learn more about Serato DJ Intro.

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Logan's Pro Tips for Serato DJ / Scratch Live http://serato.com/latest/blog/16577/logan-s-pro-tips-for-serato-dj-scratch-live Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:00:00 +0000 Eddie R http://serato.com/latest/blog/16577/logan-s-pro-tips-for-serato-dj-scratch-live
 
Hello everyone! My name's Logan, I'm one of the Product Planners here at Serato. I'm also a DJ. I know the software quite well. I want to share a few little things in Serato DJ that I couldn't do without.

COMMAND + L

This might be the best thing that has ever happened in life. When in your library, press CONTROL + L on your keyboard to jump you highlighted track focus to the track that is loaded to your deck. Press it once for Deck 1, press it again to jump to the track loaded to Deck 2 and so on. That might not sound that amazing but it's insanely handy. For example you're in a large crate, and you are sorting by BPM, and you scroll really far away, then you're like 'actually nah I'm going to keep it at this tempo', BOOM just press CONTROL + L and you'll jump straight back to where you were in the library which was the last loaded track. (Which is A$AP Ferg - Shabba 60 BPM)

PITCH LOOPER

This is the funnest thing since Loop Rolls. Load up Pitch Looper, set your beats to something small (1/2 - 1/8), and set your depth knob to 12 o'clock. Then turn it on and turn the depth known down the full left. It gives a breaker type effect, and sounds awesome on snares. Make sure you always start it from 12 o'clock though and turn it up or down.

Note: Pitch Looper is one of the effects in the Back Pack, which you can purchase from within the 'Online' window of the Serato DJ application. 

ADDING A SONG FROM iTUNES

I don't have 'Show iTunes Library' on because I organise things differently there than I do in SDJ. But when I purchase a track from iTunes and I want to get it into SDJ the quickest way is to just jump into the Setup Screen, enable 'Show iTunes Library', open the 'Purchased' playlist, and just throw the track into a SDJ crate. Now when I go and turn 'Show iTunes Library' off, the iTunes library will disappear except for the file(s) that I added to a Serato crate. Sound obvious but it's just a quick way of adding only certain iTunes songs into your Serato library really fast.

MOVE UP/DOWN YOUR CRATES WITHOUT LOSING TRACK FOCUS

Lets say you're scrolling through tracks in crate with the keyboard arrows, and you want to scroll through a different crate. You'd have to use your mouse and click on the new crate, then click on the track listing again, and then start scrolling. A first world problem sure, but a really quick way of doing this is just using SHIFT + CONTROL + DOWN/UP. This will change what crate you are scrolling through without moving focus from the track list area. Great trick if you are using hardware that doesn't have library control. Give it a go and you'll see what I mean.

COMBO FADE ECHO

Echoing out is pretty much the Basketball layup of the DJ world. Standard as. Combo Fade Echo is awesome for performing a nice clean echo out. Just set how much Low-pass or High-pass filter you want on the echo and then hit ON, and it will instantly echo out using whatever beat value you have selected. Just this effect and a crossfader would be the best controller ever.

Note: Combo Fade Echo is one of the effects in the Wolf Pack, which you can download for free within the 'Online' window of the Serato DJ application.

UNDO LAST TRACK LOAD

It's pretty easy to accidentally load a track to the deck that is playing aloud. It's always going to happen. A quick press of CONTROL + Z will instantly undo the last track load AND take you back to exactly where you would've been in the last track have you NOT loaded it. It's so smooth you can even use it as an effect. If there's one trick in Serato DJ/Scratch Live that you learn in should be this.

MAKE NEW MUSIC APPEAR IN SDJ EVERY TIME YOU OPEN IT

Serato DJ and Scratch Live have a feature called 'Auto Import'. Basically anything you throw into this folder will appear in a 'Latest Imported' crate when you next open SDJ/SSL. That's kinda cool, but something you can do that makes it even better is to set it up so that any audio file you download from the internet shows up in your SDJ/SSL library the next time you open it. All you really need to do is open your internet browser, go to the browser settings and point the 'downloads' to your 'Auto Import' folder located in User -> Music -> Serato -> Auto Import. Now you'll download something, and it'll show up in a 'Latest Imported' crate in SDJ/SSL. However, because everything you download from the internet isn't going to be audio files you want to DJ with, you should also make a shortcut/alias of your 'Auto Import' folder (just right-click on it) and put it where you usually keep your downloads folder. Then you'll have access to all your downloaded content like normal, except the audio files will be auto-imported when you open SDJ/SSL. This 'technique' won't work for everyone but if you download a lot of music it an be a really fast way to get it into your library for sorting out.

BRAKING

If you are using a controller, you can make it so that stopping a track sounds like stopping vinyl. Just go to the DJ PREFERENCES tab of the Setup screen and set your braking to about 9'oclock. Now when you stop a track it will sound like a turntable, quite a cool effect. Sounds better with echo combined. 

 

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Logan's Pro Tips for Serato DJ http://serato.com/latest/blog/20181/logan-s-pro-tips-for-serato-dj Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:00:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20181/logan-s-pro-tips-for-serato-dj
 
Hello everyone! My name's Logan, I'm one of the Product Planners here at Serato. I'm also a DJ. I know the software quite well. I want to share a few little things in Serato DJ that I couldn't do without.

COMMAND + L

This might be the best thing that has ever happened in life. When in your library, press CONTROL + L on your keyboard to jump you highlighted track focus to the track that is loaded to your deck. Press it once for Deck 1, press it again to jump to the track loaded to Deck 2 and so on. That might not sound that amazing but it's insanely handy. For example you're in a large crate, and you are sorting by BPM, and you scroll really far away, then you're like 'actually nah I'm going to keep it at this tempo', BOOM just press CONTROL + L and you'll jump straight back to where you were in the library which was the last loaded track. (Which is A$AP Ferg - Shabba 60 BPM)

PITCH LOOPER

This is the funnest thing since Loop Rolls. Load up Pitch Looper, set your beats to something small (1/2 - 1/8), and set your depth knob to 12 o'clock. Then turn it on and turn the depth known down the full left. It gives a breaker type effect, and sounds awesome on snares. Make sure you always start it from 12 o'clock though and turn it up or down.

Note: Pitch Looper is one of the effects in the Back Pack, which you can purchase from within the 'Online' window of the Serato DJ application. 

ADDING A SONG FROM iTUNES

I don't have 'Show iTunes Library' on because I organise things differently there than I do in SDJ. But when I purchase a track from iTunes and I want to get it into SDJ the quickest way is to just jump into the Setup Screen, enable 'Show iTunes Library', open the 'Purchased' playlist, and just throw the track into a SDJ crate. Now when I go and turn 'Show iTunes Library' off, the iTunes library will disappear except for the file(s) that I added to a Serato crate. Sound obvious but it's just a quick way of adding only certain iTunes songs into your Serato library really fast.

MOVE UP/DOWN YOUR CRATES WITHOUT LOSING TRACK FOCUS

Lets say you're scrolling through tracks in crate with the keyboard arrows, and you want to scroll through a different crate. You'd have to use your mouse and click on the new crate, then click on the track listing again, and then start scrolling. A first world problem sure, but a really quick way of doing this is just using SHIFT + CONTROL + DOWN/UP. This will change what crate you are scrolling through without moving focus from the track list area. Great trick if you are using hardware that doesn't have library control. Give it a go and you'll see what I mean.

COMBO FADE ECHO

Echoing out is pretty much the Basketball layup of the DJ world. Standard as. Combo Fade Echo is awesome for performing a nice clean echo out. Just set how much Low-pass or High-pass filter you want on the echo and then hit ON, and it will instantly echo out using whatever beat value you have selected. Just this effect and a crossfader would be the best controller ever.

Note: Combo Fade Echo is one of the effects in the Wolf Pack, which you can download for free within the 'Online' window of the Serato DJ application.

UNDO LAST TRACK LOAD

It's pretty easy to accidentally load a track to the deck that is playing aloud. It's always going to happen. A quick press of CONTROL + Z will instantly undo the last track load AND take you back to exactly where you would've been in the last track have you NOT loaded it. It's so smooth you can even use it as an effect. If there's one trick in Serato DJ that you learn in should be this.

MAKE NEW MUSIC APPEAR IN SDJ EVERY TIME YOU OPEN IT

Serato DJ has a feature called 'Auto Import'. Basically anything you throw into this folder will appear in a 'Latest Imported' crate when you next open SDJ. That's kinda cool, but something you can do that makes it even better is to set it up so that any audio file you download from the internet shows up in your SDJ library the next time you open it. All you really need to do is open your internet browser, go to the browser settings and point the 'downloads' to your 'Auto Import' folder located in User -> Music -> Serato -> Auto Import. Now you'll download something, and it'll show up in a 'Latest Imported' crate in SDJ. However, because everything you download from the internet isn't going to be audio files you want to DJ with, you should also make a shortcut/alias of your 'Auto Import' folder (just right-click on it) and put it where you usually keep your downloads folder. Then you'll have access to all your downloaded content like normal, except the audio files will be auto-imported when you open SDJ. This 'technique' won't work for everyone but if you download a lot of music it an be a really fast way to get it into your library for sorting out.

BRAKING

If you are using a controller, you can make it so that stopping a track sounds like stopping vinyl. Just go to the DJ PREFERENCES tab of the Setup screen and set your braking to about 9'oclock. Now when you stop a track it will sound like a turntable, quite a cool effect. Sounds better with echo combined. 

 

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Pro Tip: Using Sync To Change Tempo http://serato.com/latest/blog/20179/pro-tip-using-sync-to-change-tempo Mon, 05 Dec 2016 02:53:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20179/pro-tip-using-sync-to-change-tempo

While Sync is a great tool for simply keeping your mixes in time, it also has other benefits including the ability to do drastic tempo changes to completely change the vibe of your sets. 

Note: This is for using the Smart Sync feature in particular.

Whether you're looking to ramp up the energy on the D Floor, recklessly start playing hard techno or just settle the mood if it looks like your punters need a rest, Sync in Serato DJ lets you do this really smoothly. With correct Beatgrids set on your tracks, you can use Sync to have two tracks in time and adjust the pitch simultaneously for a gradual transition.

With Pitch 'n Time DJ enabled, you can also lock the root key of the tracks and it'll sound near perfect.

Say you're playing a 60 BPM rap song, and you're wanting to switch up to something a bit harder, around the 135-140 mark. It'd be easy if it was 60 >120, as you can just mix in double time but in this case as it's not a divisible BPM, you'll need to create a transition.

One way of doing this is to find a breakdown or hook section in the previous song to loop, while mixing in Sync with the intro of the new track you're bringing in. As Sync is enabled, while you start to blend, you can start ramping up the tempo which will affect both decks simultaneously. 

  1. Playing 60BPM track on left deck
  2. Load 135 BPM track on right deck
  3. Hit the Sync button on the right deck (it should drop this tempo to 120 BPM)
  4. Start mixing and then make a loop on the left deck.
  5. Now ramp the tempo up while you mix which should increase the tempo on both tracks in time :)

This will work for many other tempo combinations and you should experiment to see what works well for you.

Read more Pro Tips for Serato DJ.

 

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Learn: iTunes and Serato DJ http://serato.com/latest/blog/20180/learn-itunes-and-serato-dj Sun, 04 Dec 2016 14:46:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20180/learn-itunes-and-serato-dj
 

For many DJs, iTunes has been the primary tool for managing a digital music library. There have been a few questions recently around iTunes integration and the benefits of using Serato DJ as your primary music library tool. Here's a quick overview of iTunes library support in Serato DJ, pros and cons, as well as answers to commonly asked questions.

FAQ

What's the best way to manage my music?

iTunes can be a nice way to manage a digital music library if you listen to your music over multiple devices and purchase music there. There's a few reasons you might want to manage your DJ music library directly in Serato DJ though:

One of the biggest reasons to manage your DJ library in Serato DJ is for consistency. As we only read the iTunes Music Library.xml file and can't write back to it, if you use iTunes you have to manage all of your tag changes, playlist management etc. inside iTunes.

Relying on a third party application for your music management is also a risk. With everything in Serato DJ, you have less moving parts which will give you peace of mind when there are updates.

Lastly, it's good to manage your music in Serato DJ and use this as your music player because it can help you listen to your music from a DJ perspective. You can add cue points to your tracks, set loops and do a lot of prep work, as well as being able to quickly add tracks to crates as you hear them. You never know when you're going to hear a banger in your library you have forgotten about! 

Can I play my Apple Music files in Serato DJ?

You're not able to play streaming tracks from Apple Music in Serato DJ.  

How do I add my music to Serato DJ directly?

This is really simple :) You can do this two ways.

  1. Use the Files panel. This can be found in Serato DJ next to the Browse, History, & Prepare panel buttons. Use this panel to browse through your hard drive and find your music. Once you find tracks or folders you'd like to add to Serato DJ, just drag these into the main library window. You can also load tracks to the virtual deck from here - once you do this, they will stay in your library.
  2. Drag files from Finder / Windows Explorer into the Serato DJ library. Just minimise Serato DJ and drag tracks from here into the library. It's easy! 

Once you have music in your library you can analyse your files in the Offline Player as well as build Serato Crates and Smart Crates to organise your music.

Learn more about using Smart Crates in Serato DJ here.

Hot Tip!

When you read your library from iTunes and add tracks to a crate in Serato DJ, these will now be in the Serato DJ library. If you stop reading from iTunes, the tracks will remain in your library. This is a great way to import your entire library into Serato DJ if you want to stop using iTunes.

Just make a Crate, select everything in the "all" crate and drag this into a new crate. Once you've done that, disable "read iTunes library" and your music will be in Serato DJ.

If you require help with anything else. Please contact Support and we will help you out :)

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Learn: Analysing Files http://serato.com/latest/blog/20178/learn-analysing-files Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:18:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20178/learn-analysing-files

Before playing music in any Serato software, it is essential to analyze your music files. The analyze files function processes the music in your library to detect file corruption, build and save waveform overview to an ID3 tag, and calculate auto-gain, key and BPM values (if these options are selected).

Analyze your files

To analyze files you will need to run your Serato software in Offline mode. Disconnect your Serato DJ hardware and you will see the Analyze Filesbutton appear above the library. Click the Analyze Files button to start the analysis of all the music that has been added to your Serato library.

Each time you use the Analyze Files function, Serato software will only analyze files that have not previously been analyzed. You can stop the Analyse Files process at any time by clicking the Anaylze Files button again.

TIP: If the software starts analyzing files which you know have already been analyzed, stop the process by clicking the Analyze Files button. Next, click the Rescan ID3 Tags button found within the Files panel and allow it to finish. This will ensure that only non-analyzed files get processed. You can now start the analyzing process again.

You can also drag and drop individual folders or crates onto the Analyze Files button to force the software to analyze only these files. This is a quick way to make sure all your important folders are analysed when getting ready for a gig.

When the analyze files function starts, the number of files that need to be analyzed are shown within the upper left corner of the panel.

The track name (and location) are displayed in the bars immediately above the button. The first bar shows track reading progress, the second bar shows waveform overview building, corruption/damage detection, auto-gain and BPM calculation, and the third bar shows tag writing progress.

Depending on how many files need processing, file analysis may take a while to complete. If at any time you need to stop the process, simply click the Analyze Files again. When you're ready to continue the process, click the Analyze File button and the analyzer will pick up where it left off.

If you are unable to complete the analysing of your files, then we would recommend viewing the article explaining how to resolve this: Troubleshooting freezing and crashing while Analyzing Files.

Analysis Settings

Click the Analysis Settings button to open configurable options for your analyzation. Here you can choose what kind of track information Serato DJ will analyze.

Checking Set Key will detect a key from the track and add key tag data to the track. Key display options can be found in the SETUP screen, under the "Library + Display" tab.

Checking Set Beat Grid/BPM will detect the tracks BPM and create a beat grid.

If you know your file’s BPM will fall within a certain range, use the BPM Range drop down to avoid double or half value BPMs being calculated.

The auto BPM function will not be applied if the track already contains BPM information. If you know the current BPM information is wrong, double click on the BPM tag for the track and delete the BPM value before re-analyzing. To re-analyze these files and calculate an auto BPM or auto gain value, drag them onto the Analyze Files button.

Clicking Analyze Entire Library will remove analysation data from all your tracks and force Serato DJ to analyse all of your tracks again. If "Set Beat Grid/BPM" is checked you will lose any edited beatgrids.

TIP: You can also CTRL + Click the Analyze Files button to force analyse all your tracks.

Corrupt Files

If a corrupt file is detected during analysis, your Serato software will tag the track with a corrupt file icon. It is very important that you delete ANY corrupt files from your library as they can cause the software to crash regardless if you play the file or not.

To delete a song from the library, click on the song to select it and use the keyboard shortcut Control + Delete (make sure the 'Protect Library' option within the setup screen Library tab is off).

More Information About Corrupt Files

If you have a corrupt file in your library, hover your mouse over the status icon (lightning bolt icon) for more information about the specific corruption type. It is best to replace these corrupt files as soon as possible.

Corrupt file: This MP3 contains invalid frames.

This MP3 contains frames which do not conform strictly to the official MP3 specification. The software can not be certain that this file will play back 100% accurately.

Corrupt file: This file contains corrupt frames that may result in audible glitches.
This file contains two or more contiguous corrupt frames. Since corrupt frames are replaced with silence, this could result in what might sound like an audio glitch.

Corrupt file: This file has been split. You should check the beginning for audio glitches.
The first MPEG audio frame in this file refers to audio that should be present before it but is not. This is usually the result of incorrect MP3 editing. Since a corrupt frame is replaced with silence and most songs start with silence, the resulting silence might not be noticeable. All the same, listen to the beginning of the song, just to be sure.

Corrupt file: This MP3 contains frames with corrupt data. Decoding of an MPEG audio frame failed. This means that the frame contained invalid data. As usual with corrupt frames, this frame will be played as silence.

Corrupt file: This MP3 lost syncronization between the frame index and the frames. The Serato software is reading an old overview of an MP3 that has been edited in a third party editing program. Re-building the overviews for the affected files usually corrects this error.

Corrupt file: This MP3 is completely invalid and is not playable. Self explanatory. Possible causes are disk bad sectors, file system corruption, wrong file types, wrong file extensions, etc.

Corrupt file: This file contains invalid audio data. The software encountered invalid data while looking for audio in this file. This message alerts you to the fact that the file you're trying to play contains corrupt data. This may, or may not, affect playback.

Corrupt file: This MP3 contains no valid frames. No audio could be found in this file, which means it is completely unplayable as far as the software is concerned. Please make sure this really is an audio file.

Unsupported file: This MP3 contains multiple layers. While scanning this file, the software found frames belonging to multiple MPEG layers. Serato software does not support MP3s containing frames from multiple layers – some frames may output as silence.

Unsupported file: This file is more than 2 GB in size. Self explanatory. At the moment, Serato software does not support files that are 2 GB in size (or larger).

Unsupported file: This file has data blocks greater than 2 GB in size. This file contains chunks of data that are larger than 2 GB. Serato software does not support files that are more than 2 GB in size.

Corrupt file: This WAV contains no valid chunks. This WAV file contains no recognizable WAV data. It is quite possible that this might not be a WAV file.

Unsupported file: This file's data is not in PCM format. WAV files can contain data in several formats. Serato software only supports WAV files that contain data in the PCM format.

Unsupported file: This file has a sampling rate greater than 48 kHz. Serato software does not support sampling rates greater than 48 kHz. If you see this message, the simplest approach is to re-sample the audio at 48 kHz and re-save the file.

Unsupported file: This file uses more than 24 bits per sample. Serato software supports a maximum of 24 bits per sample of audio data.

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Learn: Saving Image & Text Effects in Serato Video http://serato.com/latest/blog/20177/learn-saving-image-text-effects-in-serato-video Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:00:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20177/learn-saving-image-text-effects-in-serato-video
 
Whether you're looking to show off your slick DJ Name in a crazy font, show drink specials at the bar or display a logo, Serato Video Text and Image Effects is a great tool. What's even better, is that you can save these effects so that they're ready each time you play.

Text & Image effects within Serato Video allow you to enter your own text or select images from your computer to display over the main video output. In addition, you'll be able customise the look and feel of the image or text with alignment and animation configurations.

Where can I find Image & Text effects?  

How do I create and edit a Image or Text Effect?

 To create an Image Effect:

 1) Select the image you wish to display by clicking on the 'IMAGE' button

 NOTE: Compatible File Types: .jpg, .png (and .bmp on Windows computers).

 2) Select the image alignment, animation and speed configurations where applicable. 

 NOTE: When selecting the ZOOM BASS or ZOOM BPM animation, it must be applied to the 'L' or 'R' orientation as it requires an audio file overview to synchronise with the audio stream.

 3) To turn the Image Effect ON, select the ON button on the right hand end of the Image Effect panel. 

How do I save this Image Effect? 

Once you're satisfied with this image and the settings click the save icon (floppy disk). This Image will now be saved to your Image Effect drop down list.

To edit a saved Image Effect, load this effect, make the preferred changes then select the save icon again. This will update the Image effect with the new configurations.

To Create a Text Effect:

1) Enter the Text you wish to display in the get input field

2) Select the font, colour, alignment, animation & speed configurations where applicable.

NOTE: When selecting the ZOOM BASS or ZOOM BPM animation it must be applied to the 'L' or 'R' orientation as it requires an audio file overview to synchronise with the audio stream

3) To turn the Text Effect ON, select the ON button on the right hand end of the Text Effect panel

How do I save this Text Effect?

Like the Image Effect, once you're satisfied with this text and its configurations click the save icon (floppy disk). This text will now be saved to your Text Effect drop down list.

To edit a saved Text Effect, load this effect, make the preferred changes then select the save icon again. This will update the Image Effect with the new configurations.

Learn more about Serato DJ.

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Guitar Center x Roland DJ-808 Clinics http://serato.com/latest/blog/20176/guitar-center-x-roland-dj-808-clinics Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:31:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20176/guitar-center-x-roland-dj-808-clinics

 

Join Roland and Guitar Center for a detailed look at this trailblazing new instrument that breaks the barriers between DJing, performance, and production.

The all-new DJ-808 is the first DJ instrument to combine Serato DJ software with a built-in TR drum machine (808, 909, 707, 606) and sample sequencer. With AIRA Link USB ports, VT Vocal Transformer, ultra high-performance platters, and layers of performance pad features, the DJ-808 expands creative possibilities for DJs, producers and electronic musicians. Prizes and giveaways at all events.

EVENT SCHEDULE

  • Dec. 2- Detroit, MI w. Amp Fiddler - RSVP here
  • Dec. 3- C.Houston, TX  - RSVP here
  • Dec. 6- Boston, MA  - RSVP here
  • Dec. 7- Chicago, IL - RSVP here
  • Dec. 8- Las Vegas, NV - RSVP here
  • Dec. 8- Rockville, MD w. DJ Trayze (2016 Redbull Thre3Style US Champ) - RSVP here
  • Dec. 10- Concord, CA - RSVP here
  • Dec. 12- Atlanta, GA - RSVP here
  • Dec. 14- Hallandale, FL - RSVP here
  • Dec. 14- Hollywood, CA w. Melo-D (Beat Junkies) - RSVP here
  • Dec. 15- NY, NY, Union Square w. Nadus -RSVP here
  • Dec. 16- NY, NY Times Square w. DJ Scratch - RSVP here

Read more about the Roland DJ-808 for Serato DJ.

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Serato DJ 1.9.5 Now in Public Beta http://serato.com/latest/blog/20173/serato-dj-1-9-5-now-in-public-beta Fri, 25 Nov 2016 01:43:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20173/serato-dj-1-9-5-now-in-public-beta
 

Serato DJ 1.9.5  is now in public beta, adding Club Kit support for the Pioneer DJ DJM-900NXS2 and HID mode support for the CDJ-2000NXS2 as an Official Serato Accessory, as well as a number of minor changes and stability improvements.

  • Pioneer DJ DJM-900NXS2.
  • Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000NXS2.
  • Bug fixes and some memory optimisations.

Matt Cleland (Serato Product Planner) says: “This update is huge for working club DJs as it provides support for two pieces of kit that many DJs will encounter on a nightly basis. With the Serato DJ Club Kit license, DJs can now connect directly to the Pioneer DJ DJM-900NXS2 mixer without the need for a separate interface. Two USB connections on this mixer also means changeover is easier than ever. As well as this, the CDJ-2000NXS2 will also control Serato DJ in HID mode via USB connection. We encourage any DJs wanting to give this a go early, to test out the beta and give us their feedback.”

Join the Serato DJ 1.9.5 public beta to try this update early and give feedback.

This release also includes a number of important stability improvements for all Serato DJs. Read the full list of bug fixes, changes and additions in the Serato DJ 1.9.5 beta area.

Join the Serato DJ 1.9.5 beta: http://sera.to/-b5xh

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DJ Smile on the Denon DJ MCX8000 http://serato.com/latest/blog/20171/dj-smile-on-the-denon-dj-mcx8000 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:41:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20171/dj-smile-on-the-denon-dj-mcx8000

Taiwan's DJ Smile shows off the brand new Denon DJ MCX8000 all-in-one controller for Serato DJ including the exciting Pitch Play performance feature. Watch this short demo!

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Serato DJ 1.9.4 Now Supports Denon DJ MC7000 & Reloop Mixon 4. http://serato.com/latest/blog/20169/serato-dj-1-9-4-now-supports-denon-dj-mc7000-reloop-mixon-4 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:10:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20169/serato-dj-1-9-4-now-supports-denon-dj-mc7000-reloop-mixon-4
 

Serato has released Serato DJ 1.9.4, a free update that includes support for the Denon DJ MC7000 4-channel all-in-one controller as well as the Reloop Mixon 4.

Serato Product Owner, Martin Cains says: “This update supports the all new Denon DJ MC7000 & Reloop Mixon 4, two exciting and powerful all in one DJ controllers. The MC7000 is the latest controller with two separate USB interfaces, allowing DJs to change over easily as well as play back to back with two laptops. As well as this, there are controls for all the pro level Serato DJ features, with Serato Pitch ‘n Time DJ, Serato Flip and Serato Video all being included for free. We have also been working in close collaboration with Reloop in development of the Mixon4, their latest 4-channel controller for Serato DJ to ensure tight integration between hardware and software features. These controllers are both great devices for DJs wanting the flexibility of an all-in-one setup.”

Download and update to Serato DJ 1.9.4

Hardware Support

Denon DJ MC7000: Key Features

  • Serato DJ Enabled - requires no additional software license and is plug-and-play.
  • DVS Upgrade Ready
  • Dual USB Audio Interfaces
  • Comes with Pitch 'n Time DJ, Serato Flip and Serato Video licenses included.
  • New Dedicated Key Matching and Changing Controls
  • Dedicated hardware control for Serato Flip Expansion Pack for creating edits and advanced cue point performance.
  • 4-deck control for Serato DJ.
  • Serato DVS Upgrade ready.
  • Professional 4-channel digital mixer with 2 microphone inputs.
  • Solid 6-inch Touch-Capacitive Platters with Tracking LED
  • 3 built-in instant effects for Engine playback and line inputs.
  • 16 Velocity-sensitive, RGB lit performance pads for Cues, Loop Roll, Slicer and Samples.
  • Strong Metal construction and low profile design.
  • XLR Booth and Master connections.

Read more about the Denon MC7000 for Serato DJ

Reloop Mixon 4: Key Features

  • Serato DJ Enabled - requires no additional software license and is plug-and-play.
  • 8 colour-coded performance modes including brand Pitch Play for creative key shifting of cue points.
  • Unique Macro FX Mode: Combine any Effect with the Sound Filter on each Channel
  • 4-deck control for Serato DJ.
  • 16 RGB, velocity-sensitive drum pads to trigger Hot Cue, Loop Roll, Sampler, Slicer, Flip and Cue & Slicer Loop modes.
  • Control for Serato Pitch ‘n Time DJ key shifting and sync features.
  • Ultra flat XXL (155 mm) Aluminum Jog Wheels with 2-part touch-sensitive technology for tactile control and virtual needle illumination displaying playhead position and remaining track length.
  • Hi-Res 14-bit pitch fader with range and Key Lock control.
  • Fader-start feature.
  • Quick-skip: Fast search within a track.
  • Sturdy metal-panel construction with performance faders & knobs in club size and quality.

Read more about the Reloop Mixon 4 for Serato DJ.

Read the full list of changes and additions in the Serato DJ 1.9.4 release notes.

Download Serato DJ and update here: http://serato.com/dj/downloads

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Now Supported: Reloop Mixon 4 http://serato.com/latest/blog/20167/now-supported-reloop-mixon-4 Fri, 11 Nov 2016 02:05:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20167/now-supported-reloop-mixon-4

The Mixon 4 is Reloop's flagship, 4-channel Serato DJ controller. The Mixon 4 gives easy and responsive control over many Serato DJ features including Hot Cue, Loop Roll, Sampler, Slicer, Flip, Cue & Slicer Loop modes and Pitch Play with its 16 RGB performance pads.

 

Reloop Mixon 4: Key Features

  • Serato DJ Enabled - requires no additional software license and is plug-and-play.
  • 8 colour-coded performance modes including brand Pitch Play for creative key shifting of cue points.
  • Unique Macro FX Mode: Combine any Effect with the Sound Filter on each Channel
  • 4-deck control for Serato DJ.
  • 16 RGB, velocity-sensitive drum pads to trigger Hot Cue, Loop Roll, Sampler, Slicer, Flip and Cue & Slicer Loop modes.
  • Control for Serato Pitch ‘n Time DJ key shifting and sync features.
  • Ultra flat XXL (155 mm) Aluminum Jog Wheels with 2-part touch-sensitive technology for tactile control and virtual needle illumination displaying playhead position and remaining track length.
  • Hi-Res 14-bit pitch fader with range and Key Lock control.
  • Fader-start feature.
  • Quick-skip: Fast search within a track.
  • Sturdy metal-panel construction with performance faders & knobs in club size and quality.

The Reloop Mixon 4 is supported in Serato DJ 1.9.4, available now.


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Now Supported: Denon DJ MC7000 http://serato.com/latest/blog/20166/now-supported-denon-dj-mc7000 Fri, 11 Nov 2016 02:04:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20166/now-supported-denon-dj-mc7000

Built with Denon DJ's high quality, the Denon DJ MC7000 is plug and play with Serato DJ and comes packed with professional features including dual USB connection, key sync, key shifting and Flip controls. 

The MC7000 also includes free Expansion Pack licenses for Serato Flip, Serato Pitch 'n Time DJ and Serato Video.

 

Denon DJ MC7000: Key Features

  • Serato DJ Enabled - requires no additional software license and is plug-and-play.
  • DVS Upgrade Ready
  • Dual USB Audio Interfaces
  • Comes with Pitch 'n Time DJ, Serato Flip and Serato Video licenses included.
  • New Dedicated Key Matching and Changing Controls
  • Dedicated hardware control for Serato Flip Expansion Pack for creating edits and advanced cue point performance.
  • 4-deck control for Serato DJ.
  • Serato DVS Upgrade ready.
  • Professional 4-channel digital mixer with 2 microphone inputs.
  • Solid 6-inch Touch-Capacitive Platters with Tracking LED
  • 3 built-in instant effects for Engine playback and line inputs.
  • 16 Velocity-sensitive, RGB lit performance pads for Cues, Loop Roll, Slicer and Samples.
  • Strong Metal construction and low profile design.
  • XLR Booth and Master connections.

The MC7000 is supported in Serato DJ 1.9.4, available now.

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Win a Pioneer DJ DJM-S9 For Christmas http://serato.com/latest/blog/20165/win-a-pioneer-dj-djm-s9-for-christmas Wed, 09 Nov 2016 02:20:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20165/win-a-pioneer-dj-djm-s9-for-christmas
 

Looks like Christmas has come a little early this year with Serato's brand new Xmas Control Vinyl.

Featuring a nasty AF Christmas sweater, this exclusive record comes dusted with red, green and white splatter and two crisp white slipmats. And to spice things up even more, we're throwing in the chance to win a Pioneer DJM-S9!

These are available in stores only. To purchase, check with your local Serato dealer.

To enter:

  1. Take a photo showing off the vinyl in your best Christmas getup.
  2. Upload to Instagram and tag #s9ntaclaus

Our favourite entry will win the mighty Pioneer DJ DJM-S9! 

Winner announced December 15th.

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20% Off LANDR Mixtape Mastering For A Limited Time. http://serato.com/latest/blog/20164/20-off-landr-mixtape-mastering-for-a-limited-time Sun, 06 Nov 2016 20:44:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20164/20-off-landr-mixtape-mastering-for-a-limited-time

 

Mastering is the process of polishing your raw recording into a dynamic, loud and high quality professionally sounding audio product. The LANDR DJ App offers an instant mastering tool allowing your recording to sound good on a wide array of speakers, not just your personal setup.

LANDR is now offering unlimited HD WAVs (24 bits) within the LANDR Pro Yearly subscription - for no extra charge. 

To celebrate this great news, Serato is exclusively offering users 20% off on the LANDR Pro Yearly subscription ( + 2 free WAVs for all new users) from today until November 15th.

Create an account and try LANDR

There's also a new and improved engine in the LANDR DJ App. Here's a summary of the new features:

  • Automatic segmentation of individual tracks from the dj set
  • Each track individually analyzed and production decisions determined
  • Each track's production optimized according to dj set as a whole
  • Seamlessly recombined and rendered

Try out LANDR and make your mixtapes stand out!

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DJ-808 Walkthrough with OP http://serato.com/latest/blog/20163/dj-808-walkthrough-with-op Thu, 03 Nov 2016 01:17:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20163/dj-808-walkthrough-with-op  

Serato Product Specialist, OP, takes you through the Roland DJ-808 controller - the very first product from Serato and Roland featuring a built-in TR-S drum machine, VT voice transformer and much more.

Courtesy of Scratch DJ Academy.

Learn more about the Roland DJ-808 for Serato DJ.

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Roland DJ-808 Mini-mix with DJ Earl and Spinn of Teklife http://serato.com/latest/blog/20162/roland-dj-808-mini-mix-with-dj-earl-and-spinn-of-teklife Wed, 02 Nov 2016 20:25:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20162/roland-dj-808-mini-mix-with-dj-earl-and-spinn-of-teklife

DJ earl and Spinn of Teklife put the Roland DJ-808 controller through its paces in this mini-mix by using the built in VT Voice transformer and TR-S drum machine while mixing tracks within Serato DJ.

Inject some Teklife into your sets with a free collection of 32 sounds and samples, hand picked by footwork mavens DJ Spinn and DJ Earl. Known for their percussion-heavy productions with cracking sneers, thumping 808s and whirlwind BPMs, it was only natural for us to turn to Teklife and get amongst some of their iconic sound bites.

Download the free TL-8 Sample Pack

Roland DJ-808 Key Features

  • Integrated TR-S drum machine offering the iconic 606, 707, 808 and 909 drum sounds in a 16-step sequencer, which can also trigger the newly improved 8-slot Serato DJ Sampler.
  • RGB coloured performance pads give performers and DJs control for all the usual Serato DJ features such as Hot Cues, Loop Roll, Slicer, Sampler as well as TR Pad Mode for the drum machine and Pitch Play.
  • The unique Roland VT Voice Transformer is something new for Serato DJs, offering a number of powerful effects including pitch shifting and vocal key matching to playing tracks via the Auto Pitch feature.
  • Two AIRA link USB ports offering seamless connection with Roland synths and instruments. This offers a huge range of creative possibilities for live performance rigs, remixing and music production.
  • Control for all of the professional level Serato DJ features such as Serato Flip, Pitch ‘n Time DJ Key Shifting and Sync, Looping and all library and play controls.
  • Serato DJ Enabled - no extra license required. Also includes a license for Pitch ‘n Time DJ.
  • Purchase the DVS Expansion Pack and connect turntables or CDJs.
  • 24bit/96kHz audio fidelity
  • Dual-deck mode to control two Serato DJ decks simultaneously
  • Large range 100mm pitch faders for accurate level control in the mix
  • 1/8” and 1/4” headphones jacks, combo XLR input jacks, built-in phono pre-amp, and audiophile sound quality 

Learn more about the Roland DJ-808 and Serato DJ.

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LigOne live remixes "Family Portrait" by Point Point. http://serato.com/latest/blog/20159/ligone-live-remixes-family-portrait-by-point-point Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:41:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20159/ligone-live-remixes-family-portrait-by-point-point

LigOne is back with another intricate live remix video, where he cuts up Family Portrait by Point Point using Serato DJ and the Akai Pro MPD226 pad controller. Cue and loops only!

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Trill Train w/ TJ Mizell http://serato.com/latest/blog/20158/trill-train-w-tj-mizell Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:44:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20158/trill-train-w-tj-mizell

Watch TJ Mizell back at it again, as he takes over a subway carriage on the 1st Avenue L train to Brooklyn - dropping that flame!

This follows on from his previous train takeover in 2014 which you can check out here.

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Learn: Beat Jump http://serato.com/latest/blog/18232/learn-beat-jump Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:14:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/18232/learn-beat-jump

Beat Jump is a feature in Serato DJ that allows you to instantly jump forward or backwards in your track by a pre-determined amount, perfectly in time. This feature is great for giving yourself more time to mix, jumping straight to the hook and skipping that slow section in the track.

  • To enable this feature, first make sure you've got the latest update to Serato DJ.
  • Open the Serato DJ setup screen, and select "Show Beat Jump Controls" in the DJ Preferences tab.
  • You will see the Beat Jump controls underneath your looping controls. You can choose your Beat Jump amount and hit the arrow forwards or backwards to make the jump. This is quantised so if you hit it out of time, it'll sound smooth and perfectly in time.

Supported controllers with sets of 8 performance pads, will be able to access Beat Jump controls in Auto-Loop or Loop Roll mode on the bottom 4 performance pads (when Beat Jump is enabled in the Setup screen. The two outside pads will control shifting the playhead backwards or forwards, while the two inside pads control the Beat Jump value.

If you have Loop Shift controls on your hardware, these will become Beat Jump controls when it's enabled in Setup. For more info on hardware controls for your device, download your controller Quickstart Guide.

If you have any problems or need further help with this or any other Serato DJ features, please open a help ticket for our support team. They'll help out out!

Try out Serato DJ free for two weeks.

 

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SeratoCast 59: DJ Nonames http://serato.com/latest/blog/20157/seratocast-59-dj-nonames Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:17:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20157/seratocast-59-dj-nonames  

Dedicated to his good friend Big Makk, DJ Nonames of Foreign Beggars has put together this mix for SeratoCast Mix 59. Cue this one up to play at your next party or turn it up right now! You won't be disappointed.

"This one took me a minute, i've been producing a lot lately so I wanted to spend some time listening to new music and put together something that touched on all corners of what im into in 2016, and made sense musically. As always recorded live between Technics, CDJs, and my trusty DJM909 via Serato. I made the intro the day after Skepta won his Mercury prize, Dabbla and Illaman peppered it with some bars and I threw some other acapellas and shouts from my iphone in there. The last one is from the late great Big Makk aka Samisoni Koroitamudu. Rest up brother."

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From The Studio (DTLA): DJ Woody http://serato.com/latest/blog/20156/from-the-studio-dtla-dj-woody Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:32:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20156/from-the-studio-dtla-dj-woody

A very jazzy stopover by DJ Woody to the Serato Studio in Downtown LA!

Music: "How To Respond" from 'The Point Of Contact' by DJ Woody, available on Bandcamp now - http://sera.to/-b5vs

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Forthcoming: CDJ-2000NXS2 Serato DJ Support. http://serato.com/latest/blog/20155/forthcoming-cdj-2000nxs2-serato-dj-support Sun, 16 Oct 2016 21:49:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20155/forthcoming-cdj-2000nxs2-serato-dj-support
 

The Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000NXS2 will be a supported HID device in Serato DJ before the end of this year. This follows our announcement that DJM-900NXS2 support is also coming. You can read more about this here.

For more information on using supported CDJs in Serato DJ with HID mode, check out this tutorial video.

If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line in the comments below :)

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Serato DJ now supported for macOS Sierra http://serato.com/latest/blog/20153/serato-dj-now-supported-for-macos-sierra Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:23:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20153/serato-dj-now-supported-for-macos-sierra
 

Serato DJ software is now supported for use with macOS Sierra, with some exceptions listed below.

Before updating, make sure to check the compatibility of your DJ hardware in the list below, as some devices require either driver or firmware updates from the hardware manufacturer for official support.

Requires a driver / firmware update.

  • Denon MCX8000 - download and upgrade firmware from here.
  • Mixars DUO - download and upgrade firmware from here.
  • Allen & Heath Xone DB2 - download and upgrade firmware from here.
  • Allen & Heath Xone DB4 - download and upgrade firmware from here.

Hold off upgrading until further notice.

  • Numark NS7II
  • Numark NS7
  • Numark NS6
  • Numark V7
  • Rane TTM-57II
  • Rane MP2015
  • Rane 61
  • Rane 62
  • Rane 64
  • Rane 68

Please check for any updated drivers or firmware here, or contact your hardware manufacturer. There's an updated list of supported hardware in our support FAQ.

If you have any questions, or have run into any issues you need help with, please contact Serato Support.
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Forthcoming: DJM-900NXS2 Serato DJ Support http://serato.com/latest/blog/20152/forthcoming-djm-900nxs2-serato-dj-support Thu, 06 Oct 2016 23:14:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20152/forthcoming-djm-900nxs2-serato-dj-support
 

If you're a club DJ wanting to connect directly to the Pioneer DJ DJM-900NXS2 mixer, there will be Serato DJ support by the end of the year in conjunction with the Club Kit license bundle.

The Club Kit is a license bundle comprised of Serato DJ and the Serato DVS Expansion Pack. 

Even if you don't own these mixers, but you use them in the club, you can still trial or purchase the Club Kit to use them with Serato DJ.

If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line in the comments below :)

 

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European Serato Education Tour 2016 http://serato.com/latest/blog/20151/european-serato-education-tour-2016 Thu, 06 Oct 2016 21:40:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20151/european-serato-education-tour-2016
 

We are hosting 15 Serato DJ workshops all around Germany, as well as Austria, Czech Republic, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Finland and Sweden between the 17th of October and 25th. November.

Come along to your local workshop, meet the team and get up to scratch with some of our new features and hardware including the Roland DJ-808, Ableton Link, updated Sampler, SoundSwitch, Pulslocker and much more. 

All attendees will go in the draw to win prizes which include Pioneer DJ DJM-S9, Roland 808, Mixars Duo and Pulselocker VIP Accounts amongst others!

RSVP to an event near you.

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DJ SLEEPER: http://serato.com/latest/blog/20148/dj-sleeper Tue, 04 Oct 2016 02:03:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20148/dj-sleeper

Check out a wild "mixfilm" by DJ Sleeper from his epic bedroom setup! Paying homage to the legacy of Phife Dawg, Bowie and Prince. It's a set that he hopes will make you proud to be a DJ.

Watch the making of this mixfilm here.

Watch more video sets from Serato DJs.

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starRo LIVE from Serato Studio DTLA http://serato.com/latest/blog/20146/starro-live-from-serato-studio-dtla Sun, 02 Oct 2016 22:43:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20146/starro-live-from-serato-studio-dtla
 

Join us tomorrow from 5pm PST, for a special one-off performance and catch up with starRo - showcasing his new album and more with the Roland DJ-808 for Serato DJ. 

Streaming LIVE on Facebook from 5pm PST. Follow Serato and tune in!

 

 

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Learn: Serato Sampler http://serato.com/latest/blog/20145/learn-serato-sampler Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:33:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20145/learn-serato-sampler
 

Whether you're adding your custom DJ drops, blasting airhorns or setting off the dub siren, the Serato Sampler is your best friend. One of the older features of Serato DJ software, the original SP-6 was first introduced back in April 2009 in Scratch Live 1.9 but has recently been updated to include two extra slots, as well as a number of changes to the design for better usability.

There's a few different ways you'd use samples as a DJ:

  • DJ drops / stings - to drop your custom radio sting, advertising, shout outs from Lil Jon etc.
  • Transition FX - risers, sweeps and other FX like explosions are used a lot by DJs when transitioning tracks as you might want to stop and change tempo, or completely change the mood of the set. These can also be userful for DJs that play for rappers when you want to cut the song (cue gunshot samples).
  • Sound FX - Most often than not this is either an airhorn, a dub siren or a variation on that theme. Lion roars work well too :)
  • Loops - If you're playing a lot of minimal techno or similar styles of music where there is room for layering your own sounds on top, you may want to have a collection of loops in your library to add interest. With Sync, you can make sure your loops are on point and will ride on top of the track you're playing. Shakers, hi-hats and even kick loops can be used to subtly add some energy to a track. You can also make loops of tracks in your library and drag these to SP-6 slots, allowing you to sample your own music.
  • Drums / one-hits - For your Araab Musiks, your Lex Lugers etc... The drum sample is used for exactly what you think - finger drumming! Either use one-hits from sample packs, or drums from tracks in your library set on cue points (using the "start from feature" mentioned below).

As there are many different ways to use samples while DJing, it's important to be organised and use Sample Banks to hold different sets of samples. In Serato DJ, you can have 4 banks of 8 samples each. You can easily switch between banks by using the A,B,C,D buttons.

For example, you may want to have one bank set up with your radio stings, one bank with sounds FX, one with drums and one bank with your transitions.

Finding Samples

This question comes up a lot online in many DJ Facebook groups, forums, Twitter etc. Where do you find samples? Here are a few different options:

  • Your friends / other DJs - Try asking around! Chances are, there's one person in your immediate DJ circles that has an airhorn sample. Doing sample swaps is a good way to share also.
  • Make them yourself - If you already are doing a bit of production or dabble with synthesisers, it's relatively easy to play around and make some cool transition FX. Just search for some basic tutorials online if you're starting out and experiment.
  • Online sample banks / content providers - This is the most obvious source. There are many online providers of sample content (some better than others) and you can get mostly anything relatively easily. Free services may tend to have lower quality content or less choice, while premium services such as Loopmasters will have a huge catalogue of samples, ready for professional use.
  • Your music  - You can always go the classic route, and sample your own music. Whether it's a loop, or a series of vocal cuts you've assigned using cue points (and "play from") settings, it's an easy way to use music in another way in your sets. You can even drop a full track into an SP-6 slot, which will keep playing - freeing up your virtual decks. 

Check out some free sample content available for Serato DJs.

The Serato Sampler

Open the Serato Sampler by hitting the Sampler button located at the top of the screen within Serato DJ. You can load samples to slots by dragging from your library directly to the slot, or from the Virtual Deck.

Performance vs Advanced View

 
 

You can switch between a simple performance view of the Serato Sampler, or an advanced view that gives you access to many different settings. Use the advanced view while preparing your banks so that it's set up nicely for quick and easy performance when your at the club.

Use the arrow button to the left of the Sampler to switch between these view modes.

Play Modes

The Sampler slots have a few different play options, which can be set to the right of the sample slot. You can choose from Trigger Mode, Hold Mode and On / Off Mode. Hit the play mode button to cycle through these.

 
  • Trigger Mode will play the sample entirely through from one touch - you can't stop the sample once it's been triggered but hitting the sample again, will start it playing again. This is useful for things like drums and one-hits where you want to be able to hit multiple times in a row quickly.
  • Hold Mode will play the sample for as long as you hold down on the play button / performance pad. 
  • On / Off Mode plays the sample entirely through, until you hit the performance pad / play button again, which will stop the sample and return you to the beginning.

Each of these play modes is useful depending on what you're doing. Have a play around and figure out what's best for what you're using it for.

Play From

Use the 'Play From' selector to choose where the track will play from. You can choose to play a track from the start of the file, any one of the Cue Points, or any one of the loop in points.

 

When this is set to play from start, or play from a Cue Point, the track will play from this position. If a loop is selected in the Play From Selector the track will play from this position. The loop will repeat if repeat is enabled for the slot.

The number of options will be dependent on the number of Cue Points and Loops already set in your track. i.e. if the track loaded has no Cue Points and Loops set, then only “start” will be available as a “Play From” option.

TIP To set or adjust Cue Point and Loop information for a track, load it to a Virtual Deck, make your adjustments, then load it back into the sample slot.

Sync

The Serato Sampler now supports Simple Sync - to sync sample slots to your playing decks, just hit the SYNC button at the bottom of each slot :)

Audio Output and FX Routing

You can find the audio output settings to the left hand side of the Sampler, and depending on your hardware, you will have options to send the Sampelr output through one channel, multiple channels or the master. 

If you're wanting to use FX (reverbs and echo are great!) on your samples, just route the Sampler to a spare channel on your mixer / controller and then make sure your FX are assigned to these channels. 

Easy!

For more information of the Serato Sampler and a full overview of functionality, please refer to the Serato DJ user guide here.

Try out Serato DJ free for two weeks.

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