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 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:01:27 +0000 Serato Sample Challenge Finalists http://serato.com/latest/blog/20336/serato-sample-challenge-finalists Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:47:00 +0000 Becky R http://serato.com/latest/blog/20336/serato-sample-challenge-finalists

Submissions for the Serato Sample closed at 11.59pm on Jan 16th 2018.

To the hundreds of you entered - thank you. It's been wild seeing what producers around the world can do with Serato Sample in a one minute video. From sample flips on Philippino mountain tops, to inside Gameboy consoles to the cosmos - you've taken the brief and run with it. 


But, alas, there can be only one winner. Stay tuned - we'll be posting one finalist a day here for the next ten days. 

It's then up to our esteemed judges, Kenny Dope, Suzi Analogue and DJ Spinna, to choose the $10,000 grand prize winner!  

Watch this space.

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SeratoCast 70 - Bella Fiasco http://serato.com/latest/blog/20334/seratocast-70-bella-fiasco Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:53:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20334/seratocast-70-bella-fiasco

 

 

 

 

On this episode of Seratocast we have Long Beach resident Bella Fiasco. Listen to her smooth mix filled with funk, soul, hip-hop and RnB edits from the Mixcloud link. Also, peep the little interview with Bella below.



How would you describe your style of djing?


I wish “open format” wasn’t thrown around so loosely these days. I typed a long description of my style so I didn’t have to give you that boring answer, but it really just comes down to “playing everything that sounds good- to a good pair of ears.” I’ve dedicatedly stuck to a wide range of selection throughout my years of DJ’ing, I play everything across the board as long as it’s got rhythm, soul, filth, and bass. My style has no boundaries- I like weaving the unexpected together. I just have fun with it.




When you make a mix, what's your process for choosing songs?


I always start off with the easiest part- throwing in the “musts” which are usually 3-5 songs that are in my top played from the last decade/s. From there, sequencing- the most important HEART of the mix. That’s when you really get to nudge your creativity. I like to pretend I’m walking into a live band playing a set, it helps me sort out which songs go together fluidly from a musician’s ear. My approach is it doesn’t have to make sense- it just has to sound clean and dope. I’ve learned not to be too technical; sometimes I get sucked into making sure every transition is in key, or pitch is matching, or genres are coordinating, etc. - what's the fun in that? The last part of the process is reminding myself that there are no rules to sounding good, just trust your ears- they know your style! 




What were some of the first mixtapes you heard that inspired you to DJ and make mixes?


We used to live next door to a strip club DJ and he would give us his mixes- I always looked forward to them. I was around 13 at the time, wasn’t even familiar with “mixtapes” but I grew a knack for soundtracking and curating playlists. I used to burn my playlists onto CDs and pass them out to my friends in middle school. I’d even label them with ridiculous DJ names, and sometimes I got paid to make personalized ones. Fast forward to the time I started to learn how to DJ, my early influences in mixtape direction were A-trak, DJ Fuze, and my neighbor Justyle. Their mixes taught me to be bold, original, and clean.




I saw you recently did a tour with your father who plays Bass guitar, tell us about that and how you and your Dad work together musically.


My dad and I have always spent our quality time together “jamming.” He taught me how to play the drums when I was 14, a few years later he inspired me to learn how to DJ. I grew up around instruments and music my entire life,  so we just always found ways to jam in the house. Definitely never thought people would take interest in it and give us opportunities to take it on the road. It all just happened organically; if people asked us to play together we’d just be like- “ok sure, why not!” Ultimately that’s all we did it for- a good time. I think people loved it because it was authentic, it’s where I came from. It’s such a pleasure to work with my dad, but believe it or not it’s not as easy as we make it look on stage. As technically coordinated we are in skill, we also butt heads on ideas a lot. We are each other’s biggest critics. Nonetheless, the experience feeds my passion and inspiration. Shouts to Papa Fiasco! 




Do you prefer LPs or 12" singles and why?

12” singles- they’re a lot more useful for DJ purposes. You get the single, its instrumentals, acapella, remix / extended mixes, sometimes even bonus tracks. But for collection purposes, I have LPs on vinyl lying around the house too.


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SeratoCast 69 - Nick Bike http://serato.com/latest/blog/20333/seratocast-69-nick-bike Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:56:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20333/seratocast-69-nick-bike
 

Check out Nick Bike's SeratoCast at the Mixcloud link below and have a read through the quick catchup we had with the man.


Tell us about this Seratocast and what you were thinking of when you made it, what was your setup etc?

 

I wanted to package my overall style as concise as I could in 50-60 minutes. To do that I had to include some tunes I first started listening to that engaged me towards dj’ing, brand new music, my own edits/remixes, and 45 material since I rock the 7s every week.

 

You're known well for your DJ Edits, Tell us what or who got you started making edits?

 

I was always a big fan of JayCeeOh mixtapes. Pop Models series was great because he would always give out edit packs with the mix. I would be able to kind of ‘reverse understand’ how and why he would use/create these edits to make the mixes sound like they did. The guests he had on Super 7 were also big inspirations - Skratch Bastid, Cosmo Baker, Eh! Team DJs, U-Tern… All guys who I followed on the Hollerboard as well - Audio1, Isaac Jordan, etc. I realized after following these people that I could build my own style of dj’ing and enhance my sets. 

 

I understand you quite like making records and buying them too. What was the first piece of Vinyl you bought and where did you get it?

 

French House was my first love, but I lived in Prince Edward Island (small Canadian province) and there was no chance I was going to find any of those 12s there. So my first piece was off Discogs - it was Buffalo Bunch/Take It To The Streets.

 

You have been in the Redbull 3style and done very well being Canadian Finalist twice now. What would you say was the best experience of the competition?

 

There are a lot of great aspects of 3Style - comradery between other DJs and people involved, personal discipline, the satisfaction of having a completed set in the end.. you learn a lot about yourself and your DJ style when you have to focus hard on one single project like this. Without a doubt, it makes you a better DJ.

 

What are you working on next? eg More edits, Production, new mixes?

 

Always edits and mixes, but trying to get better on the production side. I’ve had a couple opportunities to remix major label projects that haven’t worked out to the extent of seeing official releases. To see one of those get the green light is definitely one of my next goals. 

 

Fave song right now (just 1 track)

 

Keys N Krates - Glitter

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The Youngest IDA Champ Ever - DJ K-Swizz http://serato.com/latest/blog/20331/the-youngest-ida-champ-ever-dj-k-swizz Tue, 05 Dec 2017 21:14:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20331/the-youngest-ida-champ-ever-dj-k-swizz

Don't let the age fool you, 14-year-old DJ K-Swizz is not only among the best battle DJs in the world but has now been crowned the IDA Technical World Champion.

 

Since emerging on the battle scene from the age of 10 K-Swizz has been exponentially leveling up each year, after being awarded 2nd place in the NZ DMC and gaining entry to A-trak's Goldie Awards it was only a matter of time until the boy was showing up to school with a #1 in the world trophy.

Watch his set below which made him this year's IDA World Technical Champion.

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The Youngest IDA Champ Ever - DJ K-Swizz http://serato.com/latest/blog/20332/the-youngest-ida-champ-ever-dj-k-swizz Tue, 05 Dec 2017 21:14:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20332/the-youngest-ida-champ-ever-dj-k-swizz

Don't let the age fool you, 14-year-old DJ K-Swizz is not only among the best battle DJs in the world but has now been crowned the IDA Technical World Champion.

 

Since emerging on the battle scene from the age of 10 K-Swizz has been exponentially leveling up each year, after being awarded 2nd place in the NZ DMC and gaining entry to A-trak's Goldie Awards it was only a matter of time until the boy was showing up to school with a #1 in the world trophy.

Watch his set below which made him this year's IDA World Technical Champion.

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How to Win the Serato Sample Challenge http://serato.com/latest/blog/20320/how-to-win-the-serato-sample-challenge Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:01:00 +0000 Callum L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20320/how-to-win-the-serato-sample-challenge

The Serato Sample Challenge competition works in two stages.

1) First, you submit your video and attempt to gain the most votes possible.

2) Then, the top 10 selected by the voting public and are judged by our panel of pros. Including DJ Spinna, Suzi Analogue and Kenny Dope. No pressure!

Getting into the Top 10 is key, and staying there for the 6 weeks is even more essential. Being number 1 doesn't matter if you're nowhere to be seen on 16th January. So our crack social media team have pulled together some tips for getting your video noticed.

  • Try word of mouth. Old school, right? Tell your friends and family what you're doing and where to vote.
  • Share! You can easily share your entry right from serato.com/sample-challenge. Simply find your entry,  and click share. We recommend sharing it as widely as you can, using the hashtag #seratosamplechallenge.
  • Upload a decent audio recording for your entry - no use painstakingly crafting a banger if we can't hear it. 
  • You can vote every day. So remind your mates to head back to serato.com/sample-challenge to share the love.
  • Enter early! The earlier in the competition you enter, the longer your beat is on the internet. This means more time to collect votes.
  • Forums. Producers and music lovers love Reddit. Jump on to reddit.com/r/seratosamplechallenge, https://www.reddit.com/r/beatmakers/, https://www.reddit.com/r/ableton/ and share your beats. You could get some love from your fellow beatmakers.
  • Remember, you want your video to stand out. So creativity is key!
  • Most importantly, make sure your beat is fire!

Learn everything you need to know about the Serato Sample Challenge.

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The Art Of DJing - Dave Clarke http://serato.com/latest/blog/20330/the-art-of-djing-dave-clarke Tue, 05 Dec 2017 04:06:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20330/the-art-of-djing-dave-clarke

Techno legend Dave Clarke sat down with Resident Advisor last year and talked in detail about his 30-years inside the DJ game.

 

"Clarke is well-known and respected for a few different reasons, but his style of DJing is chief among them. He plays techno and electro with the flair and ferocity of a hip-hop turntablist, and he strongly believes in DJing that goes beyond blending one track into another. Back in the '80s, he was indelibly influenced by the showmanship of hip-hop DJs, and adopted their techniques to suit the dance music he was playing. When I caught up with him in the week following the Melkweg gig, he was unable (or perhaps unwilling) to dissect his arsenal of tricks—at this point, he explained, his sets are almost purely instinctual, the product of decades spent refining his style in clubs around the world."

 

Read the full interview with Dave Clarke here and view one of his classic sets below.

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The Mixfitz Win IDA Championship http://serato.com/latest/blog/20329/the-mixfitz-win-ida-championship Mon, 04 Dec 2017 21:46:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20329/the-mixfitz-win-ida-championship

Belgium super team The Mixfitz took home the IDA Show category gold in last year's battle. Watch below as the 3 nail a flawless set featuring some 'special' customized vinyl.

The Mixfitz consist of DJ Cross/DJ Damented/DJ Jack

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Announcing the Serato Sample Challenge http://serato.com/latest/blog/20328/announcing-the-serato-sample-challenge Mon, 04 Dec 2017 21:00:00 +0000 Becky R http://serato.com/latest/blog/20328/announcing-the-serato-sample-challenge

Want to make USD$10,000 in under a minute? 

Entries are now open for the Serato Sample Challenge, inviting producers to make a beat, film it and share it on social media for the chance to win the cash prize. 

Public voting will decide a top 10, and the legendary Kenny Dope, Suzi Analogue and DJ Spinna will select the final winner of the challenge after entries close on January 16th 2018. 

To enter, all you have to do is:

  1. Create a beat using Serato Sample (Start a Free Trial here)
  2. Make 1-minute video showing off your beat and showing Sample in use 
  3. Share it on FB, Twitter or Instagram and tag #seratosamplechallenge & @seratosample. 

Just remember to set your profile to public or we won't see it. And if you're entering via Facebook you need to post it directly on Serato Sample's Facebook page

To win you'll need to make something that looks and sounds dope - get creative! See more tips on getting your entry to the top here

All entries will land on our Sample Challenge landing page. This is where you'll need to go to start a free Sample trial, watch, vote on and share your entry. So start hustling your friends. Remember more shares = more votes.  

Be sure to read all our rules before entering, and check out our video below to learn more about the Serato Sample Challenge. 

Good luck! 

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Denon DJ Prime Series in Serato DJ http://serato.com/latest/blog/20327/denon-dj-prime-series-in-serato-dj Mon, 04 Dec 2017 01:59:00 +0000 Nathaniel T http://serato.com/latest/blog/20327/denon-dj-prime-series-in-serato-dj

Denon DJ introduces us to the new standard in club & festival setups with the Prime Series. The Prime Series consists of the powerful 4-channel X1800 mixer and the hugely flexible SC5000. Both are now supported with Serato DJ 1.9.10!

Denon DJ X1800 Prime

'The very centerpiece of the Denon DJ Prime Series', the X1800 Prime is a 4-channel mixer that is unlocked with the Serato DJ Club Kit license bundle (Serato DJ + DVS).

The X1800 Prime is fully equipped with 4 phono/line inputs, dual USB ports, BPM FX panel with 14 extra effects and each channel features high-quality Sweep FX as well as a dedicated filter knob

Denon DJ SC5000 Prime

The powerful, customizable new player from Denon DJ is now an Official Serato Accessory.

The SC5000 Primes comes with a 7-inch color LED touch screen and a jogwheel display for album artwork and track information. The eight RGB performance pads control Serato DJ pad modes, and you can also use the SC5000 Prime standalone for USB and SD card playback.

Watch this video from DJ TLM to see more about how the Prime Series works with Serato DJ -

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Recording your sets with Serato DJ http://serato.com/latest/blog/20326/recording-your-sets-with-serato-dj Thu, 30 Nov 2017 21:48:00 +0000 Nathaniel T http://serato.com/latest/blog/20326/recording-your-sets-with-serato-dj

 

One of the benefits of using Serato DJ software and owning a Serato DJ license is that it gives you the ability to record on many different pieces of hardware. It’s super simple to do and is a great way to listen to your sets, share them with friends or record your precious vinyl collection into your digital music library.

 

In this article we’re going to cover the ways to record on these different hardware pieces and the best practices to get your mixes sounding right.

 

Most of the time it's as simple as pressing...

 


 

Different hardware:

 

Most devices that you use with Serato DJ will let you record the “Master Mix” with the exception of the Rane SL2 and Denon DS-1*. All other mixers and interfaces do allow you to record your master mix.

*The reason these two devices can’t record a “Master Mix” is because they simply don’t have the inputs available and don’t sum the audio together (the audio is summed the mixer you plug into).

 

How To Record:

 

First, open your REC panel at the top of Serato DJ - 

 



Then in the drop down menu, make sure you are choosing the Mix option to record all the audio coming from your mixer, controller or interface. *If using the SL3, SL4 you’ll want to nominate the AUX option and route the output of the mixer into this input on the box using spare RCA cables.

 

Once you’re ready to record, check to make sure your levels are coming in at a good level on the VU meter (allow for some headroom so you don’t distort. It’s easier to turn something up, than to remove distortion)


Green = good

Yellow = best

Red = bad


 

Rec Location

 

You can choose where you’d like the recording to be saved to in REC Location. I suggest the desktop or dropbox destination rather than the default _Serato_ > Recorded location because it allows quick access to the raw recording.

*You can also set the location to an external drive too if you are short on internal drive space.

 

 

Saving your recording

 

When you are finished your recording MAKE SURE YOU SAVE YOUR RECORDING. If you forget to do this it will be temporarily saved in the USER>Music>_Serato_>Recorded Temp folder but, will be erased as soon as you press REC again.


 

 

Mastering your mix

 

Once you are happy with the recording, you may want to use a 3rd party DAW like Ableton or Garageband to edit your mix and apply a master limiter or compressor to even out the volume. This will help make your mix levels smooth overall and help tighten up the sound.

 

There are lots of good plugins in the DAWs that will allow you to do this. (You can also get some pretty great mastering plugins like iZotope Ozone). It’s also a great opportunity to add any drops or transition effects you might like to spice up your mix (if you didn’t already make use of the Sampler in Serato DJ).

 

 

Recording Vinyl

 

In addition to recording mixes, use the recording function as a quick way to import vinyl records or other audio into the computer. You just need to record the phono input (most turntables) or Line input (if your turntable has an in built pre amp) on a channel or the “Main mix". You can record a bunch of records all at once and edit them down to individual tracks at a later point too.

 

Recording Video

 

If you use Serato Video, and have a controller or mixer that is fully mapped to Serato Video you can also record video too! Recording video is very CPU intensive and is best used following this guide here.

 

In short, it’s best to record to a different drive than the one that the Video files are coming from. For example If your video files are stored on your internal drive, use the Rec Location to record to an External drive or vice versa if your files are stored on your external Drive.

 

 

Creating your own Visuals

 

I like to use the Media Crate and create my own visuals for remixes or songs I’ve made to use in VJ sets or to upload to Youtube or Vimeo. There are many creative ways to utilize the REC feature. I hope this helps and inspires you to take advantage of one of the many benefits of using Serato DJ.



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UKF On Air x Serato - Krakota http://serato.com/latest/blog/20325/ukf-on-air-x-serato-krakota Thu, 30 Nov 2017 02:12:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20325/ukf-on-air-x-serato-krakota

Krakota’s dedication to his craft has set him on a strong and steady incline since he was 15. With over a decade of mixing, producing and repping drum & bass, these solid foundations paved the way for his releases on respected labels such as CIA, Integral, Ingredients & Critical's Modulations, eventually landing him an exclusive signing with one of the world’s leading D&B imprints, Hospital Records.

 

If you missed the livestream, watch below as Krakota throws down over an hour of Drum & Bass

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Where Can I Learn To DJ? http://serato.com/latest/blog/20324/where-can-i-learn-to-dj Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:18:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20324/where-can-i-learn-to-dj
 


You might be too embarrassed to ask your DJ friends for help or you might not have anyone to ask in the first place. Luckily we live in a time where you can learn to do just about anything on the internet.

 

We've compiled a list of educational resources we recommend for learning to DJ, so you can jump straight in and save your time for actually practicing.


Serato Tutorials 

While we don't offer classes, you can find all the info you need on how to operate our software on our Youtube channel and support center.

 

Beat Drop 

Beat Drop offers both music production and DJ classes which can be done online or in person at their Calgary classrooms.


Scratch DJ Academy 

Scratch DJ Academy offers a range of DJ classes. From introductory courses, advanced courses and even one-on-one sessions if you're wanting a personalized feel.


School of Scratch  

An online school with each video lesson being taught by scratch legend DJ Short-E. The School of Scratch also has an online community where we can get feedback on your progress and talk to other DJs.

Crossfader 

Crossfader offers courses specifically about Serato DJ and also courses aimed at individual controllers. They also offer face-to-face workshops in Leeds(UK).

Digital DJ Tips 

Digital DJ Tips hosts an online course that takes you through the complete basics to the advanced features of Serato DJ.

Beat Refinery

Beat Refinery hosts classes over multiple states in the States. Check their website for availability or check their Youtube channel for handy online tips.

DJ Angelo 

Not only a complete master of the turntables but also a great teacher. Angelo structures his video lessons in a way that's very easy to understand and follow.

DJ TLM 

TLM also offers a Youtube series similar to Angelo. TLM talks about EVERYTHING DJing, from setting up your gear to talking on the mic.

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How To Make A DJ Routine http://serato.com/latest/blog/20323/how-to-make-a-dj-routine Tue, 28 Nov 2017 21:41:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20323/how-to-make-a-dj-routine

So you've acquired some skills and cool music, now you're ready to start putting together a routine with the two(if you haven't done either click on the links to get started).

 

Knowing where to start when making a routine can be the most frustrating part of your DJ life. We've found a bunch of walkthroughs from some of the best in the game to help you on your way.

 

Practice, practice, practice... practice some more and some more, then upload for all of us to see!

 

Make A Redbull 3Style Routine With DJ C-SIK

 

If you're looking to make a routine that focuses more on creative transitions for a competition such as the Redbull 3Style then this video is a great tool to help you on your way.

 

Redbull 3Style 2014 Canadian champion DJ-CIK shows the whole creative process of how he came up with one of the stand-out moments from his winning set

Make a Turntablism Routine With DJ Angelo

 

DJ Angelo's series of turntablism tutorials are the goto place when wanting to learn anything turntablism related.

 

This particular video shows you how to combine all the skills he taught in previous episodes into a turntablism routine ready for competition or to show off on social media

Creating A Solid DJ Routine With DJ TLM

Not so much a tutorial as the previous videos but DJ TLM does a great job of explaining what's required to create a DJ routine that'd suit a wide range of scenarios.

 

If you're looking to spice up your gigs with a little showcase of skill checkout TLM's video

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How To Use Serato DJ's Sampler - DJ TechTools http://serato.com/latest/blog/20314/how-to-use-serato-dj-s-sampler-dj-techtools Tue, 28 Nov 2017 21:00:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20314/how-to-use-serato-dj-s-sampler-dj-techtools

If you only use Serato DJ's Sampler for dropping air horns between tracks take a moment to learn it's true potential. After watching this video from DJ TechTools you'll be hitting out drum solos with your fingers and have loops syncing up behind your playing tracks.

To get started with Serato DJ's Sampler or expand your current selection, you can download a range of sample packs from our FREE catalog.

 

If you need a hand getting set up, read our article on Importing and loading samples.

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In The Mix With DJ Kenzhero http://serato.com/latest/blog/20322/in-the-mix-with-dj-kenzhero Tue, 28 Nov 2017 03:48:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20322/in-the-mix-with-dj-kenzhero

DJ Kenzhero is a veteran DJ from Johannesburg, South Africa. He recently visited our LA studio and threw down an exclusive set of tunes from his part of the globe.

 

Watch Kenzhero's set below.

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Serato Sample 1.1 is Here http://serato.com/latest/blog/20316/serato-sample-1-1-is-here Mon, 27 Nov 2017 21:00:00 +0000 Becky R http://serato.com/latest/blog/20316/serato-sample-1-1-is-here

Our first update to Serato Sample, the powerful new sampling plugin for producers, is here.

Serato Sample 1.1

First free update to Sample

We’ve listened to users’ feedback and added two major updates to speed up your sampling workflow and make Serato Sample even more intuitive and versatile. 

You can now use Cue Output Routing with Sample to process each pad individually in your DAW. Undo & Redo to correct your mistakes and try different iterations of a part of your project. As well as Pad Number/MIDI info display and macOS High Sierra support.

This is a free update if you already have a license. We’ve also reset all free trials so you can try Sample free for another 30 days if your trial has ended.

Download Sample for free now and make the most of these highly-requested updates.

Download Sample 1.1

Start a Free Trial 

 

For more details on Serato Sample 1.1 read our full list of release notes. 

 

 

Still new to Sample? 

Serato Sample is our powerful new plugin for producers that allows you to quickly find, chop, key shift and time-stretch samples.

It has the world-famous Pitch ‘n Time algorithm built-in, giving you the best time-stretching quality on the market. To get started learn more here

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How A-trak Creates A Routine http://serato.com/latest/blog/20313/how-a-trak-creates-a-routine Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:43:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20313/how-a-trak-creates-a-routine

Step into A-Trak's studio, see his ideas and thoughts before they materialize into the polished performances we regularly see him putting out.

 

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Remix Workshop With Suzi Analogue http://serato.com/latest/blog/20312/remix-workshop-with-suzi-analogue Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:24:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20312/remix-workshop-with-suzi-analogue

Check out Suzi Analogue as she walks through some of her process of creating a Remix and how Serato Sample plays an integral part of her workflow.

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Christmas Card Control Vinyl - Win a Pioneer DJ DJM-S3 http://serato.com/latest/blog/20309/christmas-card-control-vinyl-win-a-pioneer-dj-djm-s3 Wed, 08 Nov 2017 02:10:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20309/christmas-card-control-vinyl-win-a-pioneer-dj-djm-s3

Buy our new Christmas Card vinyl and be in to win a Pioneer DJ DJM-S3 and Serato DJ Suite license!

 

Enjoy a slice of Kiwi Christmas with our new Christmas Card control vinyl.

 

Featuring a triple gatefold cover with imagery of the KererÅ« AKA Hood Pigeon AKA Serato’s mascot and the Pōhutukawa AKA New Zealand’s Christmas tree. It is also a musical card, with a special Serato take on well known Christmas carols.

 

By purchasing the vinyl you can also go into the draw to win one of three Pioneer DJ DJM-S3s and a Serato DJ Suite license.

 

To enter:

 

1. Make a video or picture of yourself showing off the Christmas Card vinyl. There are no rules on what it should be - just make sure the vinyl is in there.

2. Upload it to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #S3cretSanta

 

We will pick our favorite entries to win one of three Pioneer DJ DJM-S3s and Serato DJ Suite licenses.

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Burial's Untrue: The Making Of A Masterpiece http://serato.com/latest/blog/20308/burial-s-untrue-the-making-of-a-masterpiece Tue, 07 Nov 2017 21:48:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20308/burial-s-untrue-the-making-of-a-masterpiece

10 years since the classic from Burial graced Earth. The dark, mood-filled album shaped the sound of dance music to come and influenced producer's methods that are still relevant today

 

Resident Advisor dives into Burial's masterpiece, uncovering the unusual source of samples and the unconventional production methods used to create his unique sound.

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Dillon Francis Answers DJ Questions From Twitter http://serato.com/latest/blog/20307/dillon-francis-answers-dj-questions-from-twitter Tue, 07 Nov 2017 03:43:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20307/dillon-francis-answers-dj-questions-from-twitter

Heavy-weight Festival DJ and music producer Dillon Francis took some time out of his busy schedule to answer a whole range of DJ related questions from Twitter.

 

Watch below for a few laughs and some valuable insight into the DJ scene as Dillon answers questions such as "How do DJs feel when no one is dancing to their music?" to more technical questions like "How do you DJ with no headphones?".

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Serato DJ 1.9.10 - Support For Denon DJ Prime Series, Mixars Quattro & macOS High Sierra http://serato.com/latest/blog/20304/serato-dj-1-9-10-support-for-denon-dj-prime-series-mixars-quattro-macos-high-sierra Sun, 05 Nov 2017 20:25:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20304/serato-dj-1-9-10-support-for-denon-dj-prime-series-mixars-quattro-macos-high-sierra

The release of Serato DJ 1.9.10 brings eagerly awaited support for the Denon DJ Prime Series. In addition, we also introduce support for the new Mixars Quattro, a 4-channel Serato DJ and DVS Enabled mixer.

 

Serato DJ 1.9.10 is now fully supported for use with macOS High Sierra.

 

Denon DJ Prime Series

 

Denon DJ introduces us to the new standard in club & festival setups with the Prime Series. The Prime Series consists of the powerful 4-channel X1800 mixer and the hugely flexible SC5000. Both are now supported with Serato DJ 1.9.10!

 

Denon DJ X1800 Prime

 

'The very centrepiece of the Denon DJ Prime Series', the X1800 Prime is a 4-channel mixer that is unlocked with the Serato DJ Club Kit license bundle (Serato DJ + DVS).

 

The X1800 Prime is fully equipped with 4 phono/line inputs, dual USB ports, BPM FX panel with 14 extra effects and each channel features high-quality Sweep FX as well as a dedicated filter knob

 

Denon DJ SC5000 Prime

 

The powerful, customizable new player from Denon DJ is now an Official Serato Accessory.

 

The SC5000 Primes comes with a 7-inch color LED touch screen and a jogwheel display for album artwork and track information. The eight RGB performance pads control Serato DJ pad modes, and you can also use the SC5000 Prime standalone for USB and SD card playback.

 

Mixars Quattro

 

The Mixars QUATTRO is a Serato DJ and DVS Enabled 4-channel club mixer, and the first to feature two sets of performance pads.

 

The completely MIDI mappable, 2-USB port mixer features all the gains, filters, inputs and outputs you'd expect on a 4-channel club mixer but goes a step beyond by incorporating 16 RGB Performance Pads and dedicated Sampler control.

 

The Quattro merges the 4-channel club mixer DJs are accustomed to with the flexibility of a controller giving you a professional sounding 4-channel mixer with extensive creative control over Serato DJ

 

macOS High Sierra Support

 

After the completion of testing, we're now happy to say Serato DJ 1.9.10 supports macOS High Sierra. For those of you that have been asking, feel free to update your existing OS or buy a new Mac with High Sierra installed.

 

Download Serato DJ 1.9.10 Here

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DJ Riz On Hot 97 http://serato.com/latest/blog/20303/dj-riz-on-hot-97 Thu, 02 Nov 2017 22:22:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20303/dj-riz-on-hot-97

Watch Brooklyn's own DJ Riz nail one of our favourite sets of the year. Your time will be well spent listening to the track selection alone, but the creative transitions and the relaxed style Riz has while throwing down makes this set something truly special.

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New Serato 7 http://serato.com/latest/blog/20302/new-serato-7 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:23:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20302/new-serato-7

Great news if you're a portablist or just a DJ in love with small records. Our store is now stocked with the first ever batch of Blue 7" Performance Control Vinyl.

 

Grab your pair of Blue 7" Official Control Vinyl here

 

Give your petite CV the perfect companion. The 7" Serato 'Butter Rug' Slipmats are now in stock, giving your 7" Control Vinyl a smooth, slippery surface to lay on while you scratch.

 

Order 7" Serato 'Butter Rug' Slipmats here

 

Watch our Serato Artist Relation reps Derrick & Sonny take the new 7" products for a test spin

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Mark Ronson @ TED Talks http://serato.com/latest/blog/17137/mark-ronson-ted-talks Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:18:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/17137/mark-ronson-ted-talks

A few years back Mark Ronson gave a TED Talk on the art of sampling and it's transformative effect on modern music - as well as slamming together a collection of moments from past talks in a quick video DJ set. Check it out!

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Serato DJ 1.9.9 - Support for the Roland DJ-202 & DJ-505 http://serato.com/latest/blog/20292/serato-dj-1-9-9-support-for-the-roland-dj-202-dj-505 Mon, 09 Oct 2017 20:29:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20292/serato-dj-1-9-9-support-for-the-roland-dj-202-dj-505

With the release of Serato DJ 1.9.9 comes official support for the Roland DJ-202 & DJ-505 that were announced earlier this year at the DJ Expo.

 

The DJ-202 is a Serato DJ Upgrade Ready controller and the DJ-505 is Serato DJ Enabled, so you can just plug in and play.

Both controllers are comprehensively equipped to control Serato DJ but are also armed with the ability to sequence drums and samples behind your mix. 

 

Roland DJ-202

 

The DJ-202 is a portable two-channel, four-deck DJ controller for Serato DJ Intro.

Key Features

  • USB powered for simple plug-and-play connectivity with Serato DJ Intro and is Serato DJ Upgrade Ready
  • Sequencer can trigger the 4-slot Serato Sampler within Serato DJ Intro using the performance pads
  • Independent sampler volume control
  • Easy grab handles and lightweight design
  • Largest platter size and lowest latency platters for its class
  • Durable, brushed aluminium top plate just like the flagship DJ-808
  • Built-in TR drum sounds, using Roland’s acclaimed ACB technology
  • Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Closed Hat, Open Hat, Tom, Rim, Clap, and Ride sounds from legendary TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines

Download Serato DJ Intro 1.3

 

Roland DJ-505

 

The DJ-505 is a compact two-channel, four-deck mixer/DJ controller for Serato DJ.

Key Features

  • Fully editable, built-in TR drum sounds, using Roland’s acclaimed ACB technology
  • Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Closed Hat, Open Hat, Tom, Rim, Clap, and Ride sounds from legendary TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines
  • In addition to the internal TR drum sounds, the TR-S sequencer can also trigger the 8-slot Serato Sampler within Serato DJ
  • Mix and match sounds, layer for bigger sounds, or use for performance dynamics
  • Large, ultra low-latency platters with an illuminated jog wheel outer-ring
  • Built-in sound card supports 48kHz sampling rate
  • High-end Roland audio output circuit for Master and Booth outputs
  • Balanced XLR outputs let you connect directly to a professional PA system
  • Monitor your mix via the Booth Outs as well as separate 1/4" and 1/8” headphone outs
  • Mixer can be used standalone via connection of multi-players or turntables using the line and phono inputs and is DVS Upgrade Ready
  • Purchase of DVS Pack allows for connectivity with turntables and Serato Timecode vinyl
  • Serato DJ Tool Kit included - This bundle includes Serato Flip, Serato Pitch 'n Time DJ, and all five Serato FX packs


    Download Serato DJ 1.9.9

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Hudson Mohawke @ Boiler Room - Blade Runner 2049 Special http://serato.com/latest/blog/20295/hudson-mohawke-boiler-room-blade-runner-2049-special Fri, 06 Oct 2017 03:11:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20295/hudson-mohawke-boiler-room-blade-runner-2049-special
 


Super producer, DMC finalist and Serato artist Hudson Mohawke recently returned to the Boiler Room for the Blade Runner 2049 special in London.

 

Check out HudMo's full set from the event below and join the internet in asking for the tracklist.

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Cursed Halloween Control Vinyl http://serato.com/latest/blog/20291/cursed-halloween-control-vinyl Thu, 28 Sep 2017 21:09:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20291/cursed-halloween-control-vinyl
 


Created in the depths of Serato HQ’s caverns comes 4 new pieces of cursed control vinyl.

The ‘Screams from the grave!’ and ‘Fangs under the full moon!’ sets are ready to order.

Make sure your decks are haunted by these monstrous creations on Halloween to ward off pesky requesters. 

Check out DJ Dstrukt as he takes each set for a test drive.

Get Yours Now

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Hold Off Upgrading to macOS High Sierra http://serato.com/latest/blog/20290/hold-off-upgrading-to-macos-high-sierra Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:42:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20290/hold-off-upgrading-to-macos-high-sierra


macOS 10.13 High Sierra has been released but is not yet supported in Serato DJ. We aim to complete testing and confirm compatibility as soon as possible, so please do not upgrade until we announce official support.


 

If you have already updated to macOS High Sierra, you may have had some trouble installing the driver for your hardware. This is due to a new security feature that requires user approval before loading new third-party drivers. Please read our 'macOS High Sierra 10.13 driver install issue' article for more information.

 

We are grateful for any feedback on any issues that you may encounter using macOS High Sierra and encourage you to open a ticket to report them, here.

 

Please note - if you choose to use the macOS High Sierra 10.13 release with Serato DJ, you do so at your own risk. Please be aware that to resolve issues you may need to roll-back to a supported macOS operating system.

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