The Serato Blog http://serato.com/rss/blog The Serato Blog http://serato.com/rss/blog http://serato.com/images/mid/serato-new.jpg en-us Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:10:21 +0000 Carlo Atendido & Hedspin, "This Is How We Do It" Routine http://serato.com/latest/blog/20114/carlo-atendido-hedspin-this-is-how-we-do-it-routine Thu, 28 Jul 2016 01:12:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20114/carlo-atendido-hedspin-this-is-how-we-do-it-routine

DJ Carlo Atendido and Hedspin taking their skills on the road in this new routine from the Philippines, shot inside a Jeepney! Watch this unique routine and see what these guys can do.

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SoundSwitch: Set and forget! http://serato.com/latest/blog/20113/soundswitch-set-and-forget Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:53:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20113/soundswitch-set-and-forget

SoundSwitch is a new product by fellow NZ company, Onesixnine, that allows you to sync custom lighting shows to your music in Serato DJ.

Learn how to use the Autoloops feature, which lets you set up automatic lighting loops for when you play tracks that you've not pre-scripted. Set and forget!

Learn more about SoundSwitch.

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DJ Dwells "At All" Routine for Short Cuts http://serato.com/latest/blog/20112/dj-dwells-at-all-routine-for-short-cuts Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:55:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20112/dj-dwells-at-all-routine-for-short-cuts

Watch the latest A-Trak Presents: Short Cuts video with DJ Dwells, filmed at the Serato Studio in Brooklyn. See the young homie Dwells doing a live re-work of "At All" by Kaytranada using the Rane Sixty-Two mixer, Pioneer DJ DDJ-SP1 controller, turntables and Serato DJ.

Let us know what you think?

Get up to date with other Serato Artists.

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Get Tickets: Red Bull Thre3Style USA Finals http://serato.com/latest/blog/20109/get-tickets-red-bull-thre3style-usa-finals Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:49:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20109/get-tickets-red-bull-thre3style-usa-finals

The Red Bull Thre3Style USA Final will be hosted in Philadelphia this year with six of America's best open-format DJs taking the stage to try and claim a spot at the world finals in Chile later this year. Grab tickets now and watch history go down!

Buy tickets now.

Boi Jeanius, Ease, Mike 2600, Trayze, Jaycee, Supagi, with special guests The Magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff, Skratch Bastid & Byte

Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 

Philadelphia, PA

Thursday Aug 11, 2016
Doors: 8:00 PM 
21 and over
$15 - $18

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Denon DJ MCX8000 / Pitch Play Demo w/ DJ Olde http://serato.com/latest/blog/20105/denon-dj-mcx8000-pitch-play-demo-w-dj-olde Tue, 19 Jul 2016 03:51:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20105/denon-dj-mcx8000-pitch-play-demo-w-dj-olde

Off the back of his hot new mini-mix for Denon DJ, DJ Olde breaks down some of the core features of the MCX8000 as well as some of the unique features that are available in conjunction with Serato DJ, including Pitch Play with Pitch 'n Time DJ, Slicer and more. Learn how he does it!

Get Pitch 'n Time DJ here.

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DJCity Showcases "Portablism" w/ DJ Manwell & FlipFlop http://serato.com/latest/blog/20103/djcity-showcases-portablism-w-dj-manwell-flipflop Mon, 18 Jul 2016 23:59:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20103/djcity-showcases-portablism-w-dj-manwell-flipflop

DJCity showcases "Portablism" with DJ Manwell and FlipFlop in their new video series "Off the Beat". Portable turntable / mini fader setups are becoming more and more popular with DJs taking their skills outside of the booth. Check these guys out!

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Rane SL Interfaces Officially Supported For OS X El Capitan http://serato.com/latest/blog/20102/rane-sl-interfaces-officially-supported-for-os-x-el-capitan Mon, 18 Jul 2016 23:27:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20102/rane-sl-interfaces-officially-supported-for-os-x-el-capitan
 

The Rane SL 2, SL 3 and SL 4 are now officially supported for OS X Mac El Capitan.

Serato DJ 1.9.1 is supported on OS X El Capitan. You can download the latest version of Serato DJ here. 

For your hardware to be supported, you'll need to update the drivers for your specific device. You can find these below:

(All known issues have been resolved in the SL release candidate drivers above, if any connection issues do arise - please refer to the Troubleshooting Connection Issues on OS X article)

Other Rane hardware is also supported including:

For more information about hardware support for non-Rane devices, check out this article.

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DJ Olde Mini Set w/ the Denon DJ MCX8000 http://serato.com/latest/blog/20099/dj-olde-mini-set-w-the-denon-dj-mcx8000 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:43:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20099/dj-olde-mini-set-w-the-denon-dj-mcx8000  

Watch DJ Olde make the most of the Denon DJ MCX8000 in this new mix full of huge tracks and clever transitions. Also check out the all-new Serato DJ Pitch Play feature used in some great tone-play mini routines throughout this set.

Learn more about the Denon DJ MXC8000.

Learn more about Pitch Play for Serato DJ.

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Thump & Serato Presents: Sunsets LIVE (Nick Hook & Nadus) http://serato.com/latest/blog/20095/thump-serato-presents-sunsets-live-nick-hook-nadus Thu, 14 Jul 2016 22:00:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20095/thump-serato-presents-sunsets-live-nick-hook-nadus  

Tune into Sunsets, a new live stream series from Thump HQ showcasing the best in forward thinking music against the background of a Manhattan sunset. First up, Nick Hook and Nadus who are sure to drop plenty of exclusives!

Thursday 14th July, 7pm EST

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DJ Big Wiz Reviews the Mixars DUO http://serato.com/latest/blog/20096/dj-big-wiz-reviews-the-mixars-duo Tue, 12 Jul 2016 01:08:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20096/dj-big-wiz-reviews-the-mixars-duo

Watch DJ Big Wiz take you through the new Mixars DUO, 2-channel mixer for Serato DJ. Check out a short demo of the on board controls and some of the unique features available on this mixer. 

Check out more Serato DJ Hardware.

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Red Bull 3Style: NZ Finals http://serato.com/latest/blog/20092/red-bull-3style-nz-finals Tue, 21 Jun 2016 23:08:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20092/red-bull-3style-nz-finals
 

The New Zealand regional Red Bull Thre3Style final is happening next week! Check out all the finalists and watch their entry videos to get a taste of what they will bring to the battle. Who will win their ticket to Chile to fight for the world championship?

Buy tickets - Red Bull Thre3Style NZ Finals, 30th June at Neck of the Woods, Auckland.

Jordan Lee

Scizzorhands

DJ Spell

DJ Nodz

DJ Manchoo

Ruse

DJ Gooda

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DJ AM Documentary Available Worldwide On Demand http://serato.com/latest/blog/20090/dj-am-documentary-available-worldwide-on-demand Tue, 14 Jun 2016 23:20:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20090/dj-am-documentary-available-worldwide-on-demand
 

AS I AM, the DJ AM documentary following the story of his life, career and the battles he faced personally is now available to view on several on-demand platforms worldwide. 

Available to purchase and view here: http://bit.ly/asiamdjam

AS I AM covers the late, great mash-up pioneer's entire life from seed to sorrow. His meteoric rise made him the first million-dollar DJ in the world, but alongside his artistic success was a tumultuous personal life: addiction, tabloid romances, and personal tragedy. Featuring contemporaries such as A-Trak, Mark Ronson, and Diplo, this is the tale of a man who changed the landscape of music.

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#DJLife: Play for Free / Play for Fee? http://serato.com/latest/blog/20087/djlife-play-for-free-play-for-fee Wed, 08 Jun 2016 20:05:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20087/djlife-play-for-free-play-for-fee

There are hundreds of reasons we choose to start DJing and there's no denying that the large majority of us want to be acknowledged for the time and effort we put into this craft (let alone compensation for the costs involved!) One of the most gratifying feelings for many DJs is commanding a packed dance floor and knowing that you’re responsible for creating and bringing joy to club goers.

However...

Feelings alone, as gratifying as they can be can't exactly put food on the table for DJs looking to make a living, or at the very least be remunerated for their time. This brings us to the debate of playing for free or invoicing for your set / expecting payment. There's also a discussion around what to charge, and how to be respectful of other working DJs in your area but we'll cover that at another time. 

Product Specialist and local Auckland DJ, Ian Wan from Serato HQ talks about his own experiences early on in his career:

I became a DJ after the band I drummed for fell apart and an acquaintance I met was getting into DJing. After a couple of spins I was instantly hooked. Fast forward 6-7 years and here I am working for Serato. Back in those days, the barrier to entry was high, and you would require an outlay of about $4000-$8000 dollars to get a good DJ setup as entry level controllers were non-existent.

During my first few years as a DJ, pretty much every gig I did was free as it was a hobby and I had a full time job. Most of these were friends club nights or smaller scale parties where the crowd weren’t what you would consider mainstream. Quite often they’d barely break even or would run at a loss. Being the new DJ, you’d be the opener or closer for the night 95% of the time. Due to this reason, I’d usually never get paid and wouldn't have considered charging as I felt bad and didn't feel I had earned the right...

This was during the infancy stages of my career, playing for free to get my name out there, helping promoters push tickets in exchange for slots, trying to get ahead in the rat race.

After a while the tables started turning and I was getting booked for more commercial gigs at mainstream bars/clubs, and also began venturing out into the realm of private function DJing. At this point, I would get a bit more confident and start asking about fees and what I would be paid for the night. Admittedly, a good proportion of the music I played out would not be what I’d play willingly, however getting paid and the feeling of commanding a dance floor made up for this! Selling out? Subjective and probably a conversation for a different day. 

My approach these days is that I do believe everyone should invoice for their gigs. As a rule of thumb, If you get asked to do a set, always address the elephant in the corner right from the start and see if this is a paid set and what the rate is. If you feel confident enough to invoice for a set and if you are in a position to do so, reap the rewards of the craft you’ve painstakingly worked on!

To conclude there isn't really a black and white answer to the question of playing for free / playing for a fee - especially for a newer DJ on the scene. It can be very subjective and depends on the situation and circumstances. If you're wondering whether it's time to start getting paid, try asking yourself these questions:

  • Did you provide good value? Could someone else have stepped in and delivered the same thing?
  • Was the promoter happy with you?
  • Did the bar or gig make enough money to cover their own costs?
  • Do you have a good relationship with the bar owner / promoter?
  • Could it maybe affect your ability to be booked for future sets (if you don't have any guaranteed gigs)?
  • Is it a foot in the door type gig or a regular thing?

We know this is a heated topic amongst working DJs so please let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!

Check out other #DJLife articles and discussions.

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#DJLife: Four Tips for Smooth DJ Changeovers http://serato.com/latest/blog/18508/djlife-four-tips-for-smooth-dj-changeovers Thu, 02 Jun 2016 22:46:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/18508/djlife-four-tips-for-smooth-dj-changeovers
 

DJs can keep the beat going all night long. This is part of what separates a DJ from a live band and makes them unique. In order to keep the night flowing, DJ changeover needs to be a seamless process. More often than not, it’s a difficult and stressful time and there are a few obstacles that can get in your way, turning a seamless transition into a silent nightmare!

Following on from our article on DJ Booth Rules, here are a few pieces of advice when preparing to change over.

Know your kit.

Don’t underestimate the importance of knowing the gear you are using. Know what the club has, know what you need and find out what the DJs before and after you will be using (if possible). When you become familiar with a wide range of DJ gear, it’ll save you a lot of time fumbling around in the booth looking for inputs/outputs and knowing where dip switches, transform switches and cue mix, fader reverse/curve controls are.

Swapping over with Serato DJ hardware will be trickier than your traditional vinyl DJ changeover. You should try and practice this a few times before the night if possible and make sure it’s second nature. It’s always going to be 10 times darker, 10 times more stressful and in a much smaller space when you get to the club.

It’s a good idea to have some music ready on vinyl, CD or USB to play from in case you have limited time to set things up while the other DJ is still in the booth.

You can read a full guide on swapping over using various Serato DJ devices here.

Get there early and have a game plan.

Another piece of advice is to turn up to the DJ booth early, maybe two to three songs before the previous DJ is due to finish. This should give you enough time to set up anything that you need to without stress, and you can get a feel for the vibe of the party.

If you don’t already know the DJ that is playing, introduce yourself at an appropriate time and be respectful of the end of their set. Don’t get in their way and be mindful of their gear. The last thing you want to do is to roll into the booth at the last minute and spill your negroni all over their kit.

Think of the DJ coming up next.

When you are coming to the end of your set, there are some things that you can do to make the next DJ’s job easier.

Think about the last song that you are going to play. It’s probably not a good idea to play anything too ridiculous :) Maybe try something that is long and loopy so it’s easy for the next DJ to mix out of. If you are opening for a headline DJ, don’t wear the club out before they come on; and if they are a well known producer, do not end your set with their latest club hit!

You can read a great article on the art of the opening DJ from Resident Advisor here.

Keep a clean workspace.

No one likes having to try and set up their DJ gear amongst a sea of record sleeves, cables and CDs. If you are tidy, your gear is also more likely to be treated better by others. Using the light on your phone can be a good way to organise your equipment if it is dark and hard to see in the booth.

Let us know if there are any tips you have for DJ changeover, or any stories from the club?


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DJ Shortee shows off the Numark NVII http://serato.com/latest/blog/18509/dj-shortee-shows-off-the-numark-nvii Thu, 02 Jun 2016 03:17:00 +0000 Eddie R http://serato.com/latest/blog/18509/dj-shortee-shows-off-the-numark-nvii

Fresh off the heels of the release of the all new Numark NVII, available now for use with Serato DJ 1.9.1, DJ Shortee gives us an in-depth tutorial and shows off some of the new features that can be found on the refined NVII and explains the differences from the original NV.

Some of the new features you can find on the NVII are:

  • Gridlines on the screens so DJs can visualize the beat of their tracks more accurately.
  • 5-column sort options for sorting by Album, artist, song, BPM or key.
  • Additional columns for Key, BPM, and Time
  • Push to Load via knob
  • Dedicated deck swap button
  • Dedicated controls for Beat Jump and Quantize.

For more information visit the Numark NVII hardware page.

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Announcing the Numark NVII for Serato DJ http://serato.com/latest/blog/18501/announcing-the-numark-nvii-for-serato-dj Wed, 01 Jun 2016 22:00:00 +0000 Eddie R http://serato.com/latest/blog/18501/announcing-the-numark-nvii-for-serato-dj

Numark NVII

Available now is the all new Numark NVII for Serato DJ 1.9.1. Based on the Numark NV, the NVII is Numark’s latest 4-channel Serato DJ Enabled controller featuring dual high-resolution 4.3-inch, full-color screens and a bunch of new and exciting look and features.

Along with the many amazing features also found on the Numark NV, including:

  • Dual 4.3-inch full-color screens that provide 1:1, real-time feedback of Serato DJ, complete with spinning Virtual Decks, FX, cue points, waveforms and more
  • Numarks exclusive advanced touch-capacitive jog wheels.
  • 16 velocity-sensitive performance pads with backlit RGB feedback for control of 10 pad modes for hot cues, loop slicing and sample triggering.

The NVII brings some new and exciting features to this controller to give more advanced functionality with Serato DJ based on real-world feedback from NV users. These new features include:

  • Gridlines on the screens so DJs can visualize the beat of their tracks more accurately.
  • 5-column sort options for sorting by Album, artist, song, BPM or key.
  • Additional columns for Key, BPM, and Time
  • Push to Load via knob
  • Dedicated deck swap button
  • Dedicated controls for beat jump and quantize.

The Numark NVII is available now and will retail for USD699. The NVII will also plug and play with the latest version of Serato DJ 1.9.1 - Download here.

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#DJLife: Booth Rules http://serato.com/latest/blog/18507/djlife-booth-rules Mon, 30 May 2016 22:50:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/18507/djlife-booth-rules
 

Know The Rules!

As a DJ, the booth is probably the most important physical location on Earth, at least while you’re doing your job. It’s your workplace, and an area that you are entrusted with to create (and KEEP) a vibe going for as long as your set allows.

We asked some of the DJs here at Serato HQ for their advice. Here are a few handy tips to make this space work for you, so you can deliver a killer set.

  • SQWAAD

Having some of your crew with you in the booth can be fun and while they can help hype up the crowd, you have to be careful... Don’t overpack the booth. Having people bumping into you while you are trying to mix won’t make your job any easier.

Make sure your friends aren’t overdoing it on the drinks! You don’t want anything spilling on the equipment or yourself. Use common sense and be the boss, it’s your workspace not theirs.

  • Trust Your Engineer

Often you will find the club’s amps and/or limiters etc. inside the booth itself. As tempting as it may be to try and get a little extra volume, resist the urge to touch anything. They have generally been set this way for a reason. Being in the club for a long period of time can lower your perception of how loud things actually are as you get used to the environment so try and remember that it's probably not any quieter - it's probably just later.

If the club has an engineer it's a good idea to get to know him. Getting this person on-side is a good start to sounding on-point every night. 

  • Handle Requests

Every single DJ that has ever stepped in the booth has been asked to play "my soooonnngg pleaase". While this can be infuriating at times, it's good to try and be polite. Depending on the type of party you're playing you might be pro / anti requests - either way, it's a good idea to try and not start fights because of it.

If anyone tries to get in the booth, remind them that you're working! Try and let the bouncer know, or the club/bar staff that you don't want anyone coming into the booth or getting too close to where you're working so they can help you out.

  • Have Fun!

Fun is infectious and as the DJ, you are often the focal point of the room. If you're having a good time, it will help encourage others to do the same. It’s up to you how far you want to take this... 

  • Show Respect

Finally, you want to be respectful of the booth and who-ever is working there. This also includes other DJs who may be playing before or after you. If you have to set gear up, try to be as non-invasive as possible and be careful you're not getting in the way too much. Make sure you've learned how to connect your gear / change over so it's second nature. You want this process to be as smooth as possible (read more about DJ changeover here).

Do you have any personal rules you bring to the booth? Lets us know below.


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News: Stream DJ Mixes on Spotify http://serato.com/latest/blog/18506/news-stream-dj-mixes-on-spotify Thu, 26 May 2016 19:37:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/18506/news-stream-dj-mixes-on-spotify
 

A new partnership between Spotify and Dubset has been announced at the International Music Summit in Ibiza, opening the door for DJ mixes and individual remixes to be uploaded and streamed through the platform. 

Not only does this now give DJs the ability to upload their mixes without licensing headaches, it also now gives regular Spotify users the ability to stream mixes, radio shows and remixes that were not previously available. The partnership with Dubset will allow Spotify to identify and compensate artists where their original works are being used in a mix or being sampled / remixed.

With digital rights, artist revenue and mix takedowns being a hot topic amongst DJs recently, this news adds another option to the growing list of legitimate platforms to host DJ content. 

When choosing a platform to host DJ mixes it's also important to consider the audience you're trying to reach and how suitable the service is to get this content to them. Will the huge user base of Spotify have an impact on how far your sets can go? With smaller DJ / radio oriented platforms such as Mixcloud, there may be an advantage with a more actively engaged group of users who are actively searching for and listening to mixes?

As the tidal (pun alert) wave of content being uploaded continues to grow (almost 300 hours per minute to Youtube...) the art of curation is more important than ever. While technology is being developed to automate this to a degree, there's a huge interest in the human aspect - and DJs are as important as they ever have been.

Pat Shah, head of original content licensing at Spotify: "DJs have long been recognized as the greatest curators of music in the world. We look forward to working with Dubset and the biggest and best DJs in the world to continue to lead the industry by providing our consumers with the best content available in the market."

What do you use currently? Would you consider switching?

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European Finals: Red Bull Thre3Style 2016 http://serato.com/latest/blog/18505/european-finals-red-bull-thre3style-2016 Wed, 25 May 2016 22:33:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/18505/european-finals-red-bull-thre3style-2016

European champions have been crowned and tickets to Chile have been booked. Check out a wrap up of the 2016 European Red Bull Thre3Style Finals and a selection of our favourite moments and videos.

🏆🏆 Winners 🏆🏆

See the videos below for a collection of great moments from the 2016 European Final series.

What do you think of the competition so far?

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DIY: Custom Akai Pro AMX Stand http://serato.com/latest/blog/18504/diy-custom-akai-pro-amx-stand Wed, 25 May 2016 20:56:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/18504/diy-custom-akai-pro-amx-stand

Check out one of the best custom DIY jobs we've seen! At our last workshop series in Switzerland, Serato DJ user Dominik Efendi recently showed us his awesome custom case / riser for his Akai Pro AMX - complete with extra MIDI control built in!

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Pyro Playlist: Movement Detroit 2016 http://serato.com/latest/blog/18503/pyro-playlist-movement-detroit-2016 Wed, 25 May 2016 04:33:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/18503/pyro-playlist-movement-detroit-2016
 

Movement Detroit is here for 2016. An international electronic music festival, it's a celebration of the cutting-edge and underground sounds of global electronic music as well as a celebration of Detroit's influence on it. Check out an exclusive Serato Pyro playlist put together to showcase the music of this special event.

You can access this playlist, available for Spotify Premium users in Serato Pyro by opening the Heat Tab 🔥

Download Serato Pyro for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple Watch here.

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News: Are DJ mixes safe on Soundcloud? http://serato.com/latest/blog/18500/news-are-dj-mixes-safe-on-soundcloud Tue, 17 May 2016 21:51:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/18500/news-are-dj-mixes-safe-on-soundcloud
 

Soundcloud has been in the spotlight over the last couple of days around claims by Digital Music News that it was planning to remove / block all uncleared DJ mixes. There's been a statement issued by Soundcloud denying this subsequently but are your mixes still safe? Is this a good place to host your DJ sets?

With many high profile artists reporting content being removed / accounts being deleted, there's been a lot of interest in the future of the platform with music licensing becoming a real issue for both producers / remixers and DJs (who form a large proportion of the total user base and helped popularise the platform).

Since then, Soundcloud has announced a streaming subscription service "Soundcloud Go" in a bid to bring together the mainstream hits and albums many people look to other services for, with their underground, unreleased content bubbling up from the depths of their servers, continuing to be the platform for future stars - where internet music comes from.

Recently, Digital Music News leaked a story from "a source close to the company" mentioning plans for Soundcloud to remove DJ mixes that aren't fully cleared - something that has already been happening for a while but would affect a huge proportion of the user base.

Since this story broke a few days ago, Soundcloud has issued the statement:

"The story has no truth to it. At SoundCloud, we’re on a mission to create a place where all creativity can live. SoundCloud’s creator community, including DJs, is incredibly important to us.” 

While it looks like there may have been a bit of a rumour mill brewing, DJ mixes are a notorious grey area for music licensing and walk a fine line between promo / copyright infringement. Until there is clarity around this once and for all, we'd recommend using a service that has known agreements in place with major labels so your content stays up!

Mixcloud is a great choice and also has some cool integration with Serato DJ. Read more about this here.

We are interested to see where the direction of this goes, and how Soundcloud plan to integrate DJs into their long term plans for the platform.

Where do you currently host your mixes? How do you think this will develop? 

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#DJLife: Ear Protection http://serato.com/latest/blog/18499/djlife-ear-protection Mon, 16 May 2016 22:33:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/18499/djlife-ear-protection
 

As a DJ, your ears are everything. If you're working night after night in loud environments, you need to think about protecting yourself against damage. For industries such as construction, manufacturing and heavy industry, occupational hearing loss is a common issue that has a lot of awareness, and something that is actively managed. For DJs, it's less strictly regulated and can become a serious problem as your ears are what essentially pays the bills.

One danger sign that most DJs / punters that have experienced is Tinitus or "the hearing of sound when no external sound is present." (Wikipedia). While most DJs have experienced ringing in their ears once or twice without further problems, it can be a sign of potentially longer term permanent damage. If this is something that's happening on a regular basis, you should start to think about protecting yourself.

Most damage occurs from prolonged exposure to high decibel ranges. For DJs spending anything from 1 - 6 hours in the club, this can start to cause problems over time. Here are a few things to know so you can prevent permanent damage and keep DJing for many years to come.

  • Ear plugs 

Probably the most obvious way of mitigating hearing damage is by using ear protection. Wearing earplugs before your set while at the club and also when attending other gigs is also a great way to make sure you're keeping your ears safe from unnecessary stress. 

You can just throw in some basic foam plugs for most general situations but if you are wanting to perform using ear plugs, you may want to look at getting custom moulding done and purchasing musician specific protection. This can be expensive but it's money well spent.

  • Rest

Like anything, making sure you give your ears a rest from time to time is important. If you do spend a night out in a loud place, giving them ample recovery time is a good idea. Taking a break during you rset, or during the night is also a good idea if you can to limit your exposure.

  • Manage your monitors / headphone level

Most clubs will have their booth setup so it's behind the main system giving the DJ some level of protection, but what can cause issues is the level of the booth monitors. One way to limit the temptation to turn these up to full, is to trust your meters. If you've set a good level earlier in the night,resist the urge to continue to increase it. Chances are your ears are just getting used to the level rather than it actually being any quieter than it was.

Try to keep your monitors at a responsible level. No-one enjoys entering the booth after a DJ who has everything turned up to 11!

Using headphones that completely cover your ear can give you some protection also, which will mean you can have your monitor a little quieter. 

Finally, if you're worried about hearing loss or potential damage, we'd recommend visiting a hearing specialist and getting a test done. If you're planning on a long DJ career, there's nothing more important.

Let us know if you have any stories or strategies for dealing with too much volume in the club?

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DJCity: Cleaning Your Control Vinyl http://serato.com/latest/blog/18498/djcity-cleaning-your-control-vinyl Thu, 12 May 2016 02:47:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/18498/djcity-cleaning-your-control-vinyl

If you're starting to lose tracking with your Serato Control Vinyl or you can see they are just getting pretty stanky, it's a good idea to give them a clean! It's actually really simple. Mojaxx from DJCity TV shows you how.

Watch more from the DJ City team here.

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Controller DJ "The Abbott" Wins DMC Online Round http://serato.com/latest/blog/18497/controller-dj-the-abbott-wins-dmc-online-round Wed, 11 May 2016 00:26:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/18497/controller-dj-the-abbott-wins-dmc-online-round

Controllers have been relatively standard for a while now, and their use and acceptance has been widespread except in the battle scene... until now! Check out this routine from local NZ DJ "The Abbott" who has taken out round 4 of the DMC Online World Championships.

#Proud

Let us know your thoughts below.

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Now Supported: Mixars DUO http://serato.com/latest/blog/18496/now-supported-mixars-duo Tue, 10 May 2016 19:40:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/18496/now-supported-mixars-duo

The Mixars DUO is our very first partnership with all new Italian based DJ company, Mixars. An all-new DVS enabled 2-channel mixer for Serato DJ. Now supported in Serato DJ 1.9.1.

dBTechnologies as part of the RCF Group, are launching the Mixars brand and Serato is the first software partner with the DUO, a mixer designed with close collaboration between both companies.

Alessio Foti, Mixars Brand Director says: "Operating as an independent subsidiary, the new Mixars brand will focus on developing a premium range of DJ technology. Pushing the boundaries of design, materials, and production processes, Mixars will create high end products to fulfil the needs of demanding DJs, as well as developing challenging and unique products for the rapidly evolving DJ scene."

The Mixars DUO has been designed with the DJ in mind and features all the primary performance features DJs look for in an integrated mixer, as well as a number of unique features that make the DUO stand out.

This mixer is the first collaboration between Serato and Mixars, and designed in close partnership to ensure this mixer will meet the high standards DJs expect for professional performance in build, audio quality, software integration and workflow/usability.

Mixars DUO Key Features

  • Serato DJ + DVS Enabled. Plug-and-play with Serato DJ and using turntables/CDJs with Serato Control Vinyl/CDs.
  • Integrated 24-bit/96kHz high quality audio interface.
  • Mini-innofader for precise cuts.
  • 8 RGB rubber performance pads for control of Cues and Samples as well as a unique switch for quick swapping between modes.
  • Dedicated Sampler volume control.
  • Looping control.
  • Control for Serato DJ FX.
  • Built in USB HUB to power third party USB devices and MIDI controllers.
  • MIC input with tone adjustment (Combo Input).
  • Easy accessible AUX input.
  • Analog High/Low-Pass filter on each channel.
  • USB 2.0 high speed class compliant audio and MIDI USB ports.
  • No driver required on Mac.
  • High performance dedicated ASIO driver for Windows.
  • Fully assignable MIDI functionality via USB can transmit most control information to external devices and can also be used as a MIDI controller.
  • 2-channel hardware mixer, 3-band EQ.
  • When using Serato DJ, mixing is software based meaning FX are post-fader.
  • Unique crossfader cut-in control.

The Mixars DUO is Serato DJ and DVS Enabled and requires no additional software licenses. It is supported in Serato DJ 1.9.1.

Price for the Mixars DUO will be $999 (USD)  / €999 (EU).

If you have any questions, let us know in the comments.

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Learn: Using Samples & The SP-6 http://serato.com/latest/blog/18493/learn-using-samples-the-sp-6 Thu, 05 May 2016 06:34:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/18493/learn-using-samples-the-sp-6
 

Whether you're adding your custom DJ drops, blasting airhorns or setting off the dub siren, the SP-6 Sample Player in Serato DJ is your best friend. One of the older features of Serato DJ software, the SP-6 was first introduced back in April 2009 in Scratch Live 1.9 but has seen a few improvements over the years, and there's many more improvements we're wanting to make in the near future.

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, 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 SP-6 Banks to hold different sets of samples. In Serato DJ, you can have 4 banks of 6 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 SP-6 Sample Player 

Open the SP-6 Sample Player by hitting the SP-6 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 SP-6 Sample Player, 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 buttons on the left of the SP-6 to switch between these view modes.

Play Modes

The SP-6 Sample Player 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.

Audio Output and FX Routing

You can find the audio output settings to the left hand side of the SP-6, and depending on your hardware, you will have options to send the SP-6 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 SP-6 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 SP-6 Sample Player and a full overview of functionality, please refer to the Serato DJ user guide here.

If you have any questions about using the SP-6 or have any of your own tips you'd like to share, get in touch in the comments below.

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DSTRUKT 2016 DMC Routine http://serato.com/latest/blog/18492/dstrukt-2016-dmc-routine Tue, 03 May 2016 23:30:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/18492/dstrukt-2016-dmc-routine

Straight from Serato Studio 2 in New York, check out DSTRUKT's 2016 DMC routine with some added extras. Some tight cuts and wordplay, as well as great use of the Novation Dicers to cut up and re-arrange hooks.

DSTRUKT is using:

  • Rane TTM57MKII 
  • Novation Dicers
  • Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntables
  • Serato GID Control Vinyl
  • Serato DJ

Check out other routines from Serato DJs.

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DJ Trayze: "Spell My Name Right" Routine http://serato.com/latest/blog/18491/dj-trayze-spell-my-name-right-routine Mon, 02 May 2016 23:22:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/18491/dj-trayze-spell-my-name-right-routine  

Watch Red Bull Thre3Style 2016 USA finalist, DJ Trayze with a quick word play routine, recorded in the booth before the club opens! Very cool use of acapella in this.

Equipment listed by Trayze includes:

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Hedspin on CDJs. It's not what you use... http://serato.com/latest/blog/18490/hedspin-on-cdjs-it-s-not-what-you-use Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:41:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/18490/hedspin-on-cdjs-it-s-not-what-you-use

As a working DJ, you want to try out as many different setups as you can for that one moment when you may need to step up and work with something you're not used to. Check out DJ Hedspin putting some time in with a set of CDJs and laying down a killer juggle routine with some classic breaks.

Let us know your thoughts on the classic "it's not what you use, but how you use it" discussion below!

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