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 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:45:21 +0000 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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Burn Your Own Serato Control Tone CDs & USBs http://serato.com/latest/blog/20311/burn-your-own-serato-control-tone-cds-usbs Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:52:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20311/burn-your-own-serato-control-tone-cds-usbs
 



Losing your belongings in the club is a pretty easy thing to do. While we can't assist you getting your phone and wallet back we have your back when it comes to Control Tone.

 

If you're heading out to your gig and just remembered you left your Serato Control Tone CDs in the CDJs at last night's club don't stress. Just follow the steps from this article to download and burn the Serato Control Tone to either CD or USB.

 

It can also be handy to burn some of your favourite tracks/mixes to the same CD or USB for changeovers or emergency situations such as forgetting your laptop charger.


 

Download Serato Control Tone

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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 Kererū 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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Getting Started - Downloading and Installing Serato Sample http://serato.com/latest/blog/20288/getting-started-downloading-and-installing-serato-sample Thu, 14 Sep 2017 22:30:00 +0000 Eddie R http://serato.com/latest/blog/20288/getting-started-downloading-and-installing-serato-sample

Serato Sample is a powerful and intuitive new Sampler 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.

Will Serato Sample work with my DAW?

Serato Sample officially supports a number of high-end Production software including Ableton Live, Logic Pro, FL Studio and Maschine.

Serato Sample should also work with any production software that supports VST and AU plugin formats. Read your software manual to find out how.

How to Download and Install Serato Sample

It's easy to Download Serato Sample and Install it, check out our Installation Guide if you have any issues.

How do I find Serato Sample in my DAW?

Every DAW is different, so we've made Quickstart that will help you find and locate Serato Sample in your production software. If you don't use one of the four DAW's listed below, then please refer to the user manual of your DAW for more info.  

Ableton Live Quickstart Guide

Logic Pro Quickstart Guide

FL Studio Quickstart Guide

Maschine Quickstart Guide

Serato Sample Tutorials

You are now ready to get started.

We have a range of Tutorials to help you get up to speed with the various features in Serato Sample. Check them out below:

Serato Sample Knowledge base

If you need any further help, we have an awesome knowledge base, full of articles which will help you make the most of Sample.

There's also a great community of users on our forum and Facebook page

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New Release: Dia de los Muertos 'Mexico' Control Vinyl http://serato.com/latest/blog/20289/new-release-dia-de-los-muertos-mexico-control-vinyl Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:57:00 +0000 MDMcClung http://serato.com/latest/blog/20289/new-release-dia-de-los-muertos-mexico-control-vinyl
Dia de los Muertos is just around the corner and we’re joining in the festivities, with an exclusive 'Mexico' themed Serato Control Vinyl.


This 2x12'' pair of tricolor records pays homage to the colors of Mexico’s flag, where this tradition originated. The vinyl comes packaged in an exclusive black inner sleeve, with custom jacket and label artwork designs to match. 

 As always, each record contains the Serato CV02.5 Control Tone, giving you the tightest, most authentic digital vinyl experience on the market.

 

Don't miss out on this limited run.

 

You can also check out the 2015 Redbull3style USA champ and official DJ for the Oakland Raiders, DJ Espinosa showing a quick tease of the CV as he throws it down for 🇲🇽 

 

Buy now from the Serato Online Store    

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Serato DJ 1.9.8 - Pioneer DJ DDJ-SR2 & DJM-S3 Support http://serato.com/latest/blog/20287/serato-dj-1-9-8-pioneer-dj-ddj-sr2-djm-s3-support Thu, 07 Sep 2017 19:30:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20287/serato-dj-1-9-8-pioneer-dj-ddj-sr2-djm-s3-support

 

Serato DJ 1.9.8 is here and it includes support for two new exciting products from Pioneer DJ.

The DDJ-SR2, an evolvement of one of the most popular controllers ever built and the DJM-S3, a compact, affordable 2-channel scratch mixer.

Note: Click on the images below to view in hi-res

Pioneer DJ DDJ-SR2 

Introducing the sequel to the popular Pioneer DJ DDJ-SR. This 2-channel controller adds a myriad of improvements while still inheriting the familiar, simple layout of the past model.

 

Key Features

  • Serato DJ Enabled
  • Serato DVS Upgrade Ready 
  • Pitch 'N Time DJ bundled (license in the box)
  • Now with Key Sync, Key Shift and Pitch Play controls
  • 16 RGB Performance pads
  • Four Deck control
  • XLR, TRS and RCA outputs
  • 2 Phone/Line inputs
  • Run via external power supply or USB powered

 

Pioneer DJ DJM-S3

The DJM-S3 is a power piece without the expense. This mixer is a stripped back version of the famous DJM-S9, while still retaining the high-quality soundcard and Magvel crossfader. This is our most affordable Serato DJ and DVS Enabled mixer, ever. 

 

Key Features

  • Serato DJ and DVS Enabled
  • High-Quality soundcard
  • Magvel crossfader
  • Dedicated Filter knobs for each channel
  • XLR and RCA outputs
  • 2 Phono/Line Inputs
  • Separate Mic and Aux Input

 

Download Serato DJ 1.9.8 


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Mmmm pizza... Announcing new Crispy Crust Vinyl with Eskei83 http://serato.com/latest/blog/20272/mmmm-pizza-announcing-new-crispy-crust-vinyl-with-eskei83 Wed, 30 Aug 2017 21:00:00 +0000 Becky R http://serato.com/latest/blog/20272/mmmm-pizza-announcing-new-crispy-crust-vinyl-with-eskei83

This one's been cooking up for while now. So we're pretty fizzed to announce  "Hot & Fresh", our very first Serato x Crispy Crust Records Control Vinyl.

"Hot & Fresh" features six tracks from Crispy Crust heavyweights Eskei83, Drunken Masters, Tropkillaz, Ben Esser & Donkong, across a pair of clear Serato Control Vinyl. 

Packaged in a pizza box, this one isn't your average pressing. It also comes with all sorts of tricks like pizza slice sticker markers, a menu with track info, and pizza-embossed Butter Rug slipmats for a super slick scratching experience.

Check out images below and grab yourself a pair. 

Buy yours here  

Tracklist:

Side A: 1. Wax Wreckaz - Heavyweight Sound (feat. Dynamite Mc & Singer Blue)
             2. Eskei83 - Fire (feat. Bunji Garlin)
             3. Eskei83 & Drunken Masters - Rave (feat. Gunjah)

Side B: Serato Control Tone

Side C: 1. Drunken Masters & Tropkillaz - All Day
              2. Ben Esser - Love you More (Rafik Remix)
              3. Donkong - Burning

Side D: Serato Control Tone

 
 
 
 
 
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Serato DJ 1.9.7 - Support for the Numark NS6II http://serato.com/latest/blog/20266/serato-dj-1-9-7-support-for-the-numark-ns6ii Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:30:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20266/serato-dj-1-9-7-support-for-the-numark-ns6ii
 


Serato DJ 1.9.7 is out now and introduces support for Numark NS6II.  

Numark NS6II

 

The Numark NS6II is a plug and play, Serato DJ Enabled and DVS Upgrade Ready four channel controller.

 

The NS6II builds on its popular predecessor adding in-jogwheel LED displays with track information, updated performance pads and touch mode EQ and FX knobs to the now classic design.

 

Key Features

  • Dual USB ports for DJ handoffs
  • 2-inch color LCD display integrated into each jog wheel
  • Digital mixer with (2) phono/line inputs that can be mixed directly without software
  • Comes with Serato DJ (full version)
  • Touch-capacitive knobs
  • 6-inch multi-function jog wheel with smart learning capacitive technology
  • 4-channel USB Audio
  • Stereo XLR outputs, Master RCA outputs, Booth RCA Outputs
  • (2) 1/4” mic inputs
  • Stand-alone mixer 24-bit, 44.1K audio
  • USB 2.0
  • 4 in, 4 out with (2) phono preamp
  • Replaceable crossfader
  • Roll bar to protect front panel control knobs

 

Download Serato DJ 1.9.7 

Serato DJ 1.9.7 also supports the Serato DJ Upgrade Ready Numark DJ2GO2, that was recently released with Serato DJ Intro 1.2.9. The DJ2GO2 comes with Serato DJ Intro in the box but can be upgraded to Serato DJ with the purchase of a license.

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Serato DJ Intro 1.2.9 - Support for Numark DJ2GO2 http://serato.com/latest/blog/20267/serato-dj-intro-1-2-9-support-for-numark-dj2go2 Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:29:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20267/serato-dj-intro-1-2-9-support-for-numark-dj2go2

  

The release of Serato DJ Intro 1.2.9 delivers hardware support for the Numark DJ2GO2.

 

The Numark DJ2GO2 includes free Serato DJ Intro software, and is Serato DJ Upgrade Ready.

 

The DJ2GO2 is portable and will almost fit in your pocket. It is perfect for DJs who are just getting started, those who are in need of a back up controller, or for those times you need to DJ on the bus. It has two banks of four performance pads, two jog wheels, USB powered, all at a super-low price point.

 

Get started with the DJ2GO2 by downloading Serato DJ Intro.

Download Serato DJ Intro 1.2.9

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DJ Ruckus Seratocast http://serato.com/latest/blog/20282/dj-ruckus-seratocast Mon, 21 Aug 2017 01:16:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20282/dj-ruckus-seratocast
 


The latest Seratocast is a high-energy club set live from Omnia San Diego, brought to us by DJ Ruckus.

We asked the man hailed by GQ as “the most sought after DJ in the world,” a few questions to see what's happening in his world.

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

 

LA for three days to chill, finally, after a great month of July working and traveling.

 

Top 5 records doing it for you right now?

  1. Utopia - 4B 
  2. Rake It Up - Yo Gotti 
  3. Unforgettable - French Montana 
  4. Did U See - J Hus 
  5. Both - Gucci Mane ft. Drake (DJ Ruckus mix)

First DJ Setup, what was it?

 

Technics 1210’s (the black ones) and a silver Vestax PMC-03.

 

Favorite mixtape you've made. (Doesn't have to be released, eg for a friend or girlfriend)

 

A mix tape called “I Got Big Brothers” had a freestyle with Jazze Pha redoing big chips from R Kelly and Jay Z album, it was called Big Pimps.

 

Favorite City in the world and why?

 

Favorite city is LA. It’s the closest place to Miami where I grew up and a big city like New York.

 

What are you working on currently?

 

Working on working is what I always say. There is a never-ending job consuming music when you are an open format DJ, so keeping up with all the music alone is tedious. But now also expanding a brand and keeping the brand interesting.

 

Working on music releases remixes, and new deals I have with Don Julio 1942 and Hublot. Nurturing club residencies with TAO Group making my nights at Marquee (Las Vegas), Marquee (New York), Avenue (Los Angeles), and Marquee (Sydney) the strongest and most entertaining they can be!

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DJ Expo 2017: Numark DJ2GO2 Announcement http://serato.com/latest/blog/20278/dj-expo-2017-numark-dj2go2-announcement Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:00:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20278/dj-expo-2017-numark-dj2go2-announcement

In addition to yesterday's announcements of new, exciting hardware coming to Serato, Numark has also joined the party with the announcement of the DJ2GO2. A Serato DJ Upgrade-Ready controller, fully featured and small enough to tuck inside your jacket.

The DJ2GO2 will be supported in a forthcoming release of Serato DJ Intro and Serato DJ.

The design and functionality of the DJ2GO2 makes it ideal for every type of DJ. Traveling DJs will enjoy having the critical elements on the go to practice, prep, and adjust their set. Mobile DJs can use it as a back-up or for a small gig with a minimal setup. All the controls are at the DJ’s fingertips: simply plug in the headphones and connect the speakers through the master output.

 

Key Features

  • Portable two-channel DJ controller for Serato DJ Intro (free download)
  • Control the music with play, jog wheels and fader
  • Built-in audio card with headphone cueing to create the perfect mix
  • Song navigation and channel and master gain control
  • Perfect for performing or prepping your DJ set playlist and cue points
  • Fits perfectly on top of your laptop
  • 1/8-inch Headphone output
  • 1/8-inch main output


 

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DJ Expo 2017: Rane & Roland Announcements http://serato.com/latest/blog/20270/dj-expo-2017-rane-roland-announcements Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:00:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20270/dj-expo-2017-rane-roland-announcements

While we can't all be in Atlantic City for DJ Expo 2017, we can all get excited about the new products being unveiled at the event. Take a look at the new hardware from Rane and Roland announced at DJ Expo this year, all of which will be supported in forthcoming releases of Serato DJ.

Click on images below to view in Hi-Res.

Rane Seventy-Two Battle Mixer

 

Rane's new 2 channel Serato DJ Enabled battle mixer.

Key Features

  • Solid steel construction—built like a tank for non-stop, heavy-duty use
  • NEW MAG THREE tension adjustable faders for crossfader and channel faders with reverse, contour controls, and cut-in adjustment
  • 4.3” Touchscreen for moving wave display, FX control, song selection and user customizations
  • Dual Flex FX engines, one for each channel
  • Chain-integrated Serato Software Effect control plus one internal Flex Effect per channel
  • Dual USB connections for DJ handoffs
  • 16 Akai MPC-style performance pads w/RGB backlight, adjustable threshold and aftertouch, with independent mode controls per deck
  • Two microphone inputs – combo Neutrik, on/off, tone, mic/line level switches
  • RCA Phono/CD and CD inputs for each deck
  • RCA session Inputs/outputs, balanced XLR, Main Out, balanced 1⁄4”, Booth Out
  • SERATO DJ DVS license built in, Serato Control Vinyl included
  • Industry First – assignable USB controller inputs for Rane TWELVE Battle Controller

Rane Twelve Battle Controller

Rane's new motorized DJ control system, eliminating the risk of needle skipping or tone-arm hopping.

 

Key Features

  • Full 12” Vinyl with motorized platter to control playback
  • Traditional, familiar turntable layout, no need to learn something new
  • Strip Search with 8 hot cue triggers access
  • 5.0 kfcm High torque motor with Hi/Low torque adjust for more traditional setups
  • 4 decks of control so you can use one, two or more
  • Extreme precision—3600 ticks of platter resolution for seamless performance
  • MIDI interface via USB that can be connected to the SEVENTY-TWO or your computer
  • 33 1/3 and 45 rpm platter speeds
  • 8/16/50% pitch with precise dual resolution detented slider
  • Top Panel rotary and traditional Motor Off switch, allows traditional wind-down effects
  • Serato DJ OSA READY

 

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*

 

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
  • Serato 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


    *TR-606 and TR-707 sounds in a future update (date TBC)

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Limited Edition Performance Vinyl: Battle Ave-SMF-Serato Collaboration http://serato.com/latest/blog/20271/limited-edition-performance-vinyl-battle-ave-smf-serato-collaboration Mon, 07 Aug 2017 02:29:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20271/limited-edition-performance-vinyl-battle-ave-smf-serato-collaboration

To celebrate Serato and Sample Music Festival's (SMF) partnership this year for the festival in Berlin, SMF are releasing a limited edition 2017 Sample Music Festival Pink Control Vinyl titled, "At The Ave 3".

 

US-based turntablist brand Battle Avenue, known for their break records, are coordinating a scratch battle at SMF called the Cut2Cut. And have also partnered with SMF and Serato to provide production for the exclusive music download cards that will be inserted in the double-pack release.

 

The producers include Battle Ave's in-house production team and record label, At The Ave Records. As well as the U.K's Cut and Paste Records and USA-based record label, Raisin Heads. Each card will feature a mix of original music, instrumentals, scratch loops, and sentences.

  

Sample Music Festival begins September 1st and ends September 3rd. For more info visit www.samplemusicfestival.com

"At The Ave 3" Control Vinyl presented by Battle Ave, SMF, and Serato will include: - 2 Pink SMF / Battle Ave / Serato branded Pink Vinyl - 4 Exclusive Music Download Cards

 

Full list of Producers: At The Ave 3 Excess, Flow, Mister Remix, Rockwell, Revise, Antriks, Flow, Onedr, and CrippNipp

 

Raisin Heads - Dstrukt, Vinroc, Cutso, IFTW, SmoovGroovs, Shea, Rcade and RRS Feed (Raichous, Roza, Shred One)

 

Cut and Paste Records - Symatic and Darcy D

 

At The Ave Records - Flow & Mani Draper, Onedr, & Excess.

 

Official release date is September 1st via www.thebattleave.com Pre sales begin August 11th, 2017

 

Follow Battle Ave on Instagram and Facebook
http://www.instagram.com/battleave
http://www.facebook.com/thebattleave

 

Follow Sample Music Festival on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/samplemusicfestival/

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MIDI Mapping: DJM Club Kit Range http://serato.com/latest/blog/20262/midi-mapping-djm-club-kit-range Sun, 30 Jul 2017 20:00:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20262/midi-mapping-djm-club-kit-range

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

 

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

 

Sound Color FX

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

EQ Section 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Channel Faders 

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

 

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

 

Cue Buttons 

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

 

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

 

-Click here to purchase the Club Kit.

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Getting Started - What Hardware Should I Use With Serato? http://serato.com/latest/blog/20269/getting-started-what-hardware-should-i-use-with-serato Fri, 28 Jul 2017 03:29:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20269/getting-started-what-hardware-should-i-use-with-serato


Once you’ve made up your mind to step into the DJ realm you’ll need to start thinking about what DJ gear you’re gonna get, commonly known as ‘hardware’.

 

Below are a few important considerations to make before purchasing your first piece of hardware

 

Can I do the things I want to do with this gear?

 

You need to be able to achieve what you wanted to do when you first envisioned your DJ journey. Want to learn the ways of turntablism? Then you’d probably want to invest in hardware that supports the use of turntables(DVS Enabled/Upgrade Ready).

 

Want to have an array of tools to manipulate the music you’re playing? Then consider looking at hardware with performance pads.

 

Maybe you’re just in need of a means to seamlessly play the right tracks at a party. A simple interface or controller might be the right choice for you.

 

Serato DJ Enabled or Serato DJ Upgrade Ready?

 

You’ll notice our licensed hardware will come either Serato DJ Enabled or Serato DJ Upgrade Ready. Serato DJ Enabled hardware enables our full, professional grade software of the box. Serato DJ Upgrade Ready hardware comes with Serato DJ Intro - a more stripped back software designed for basic DJing. You can also use these pieces of hardware with Serato DJ with an upgrade licence or a subscription.

 

Assess your long term plan and choose whether you want to learn the basics with entry level software then upgrade later or jump right into Serato DJ and discover its possibilities as you go. 

Visit our hardware page to browse Serato’s supported range of gear. Use the filters on the left to narrow your search to what suits your price range and DJ needs.

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Dam-Funk & Spinna announce “Fresh Air” http://serato.com/latest/blog/20268/dam-funk-spinna-announce-fresh-air Wed, 26 Jul 2017 02:47:00 +0000 Becky R http://serato.com/latest/blog/20268/dam-funk-spinna-announce-fresh-air

A stinking hot summer is about to get hotter.

We're more than pleased to bring you "Fresh Air" - an exclusive Serato Pressing with Dam-Funk and DJ Spinna. 

"Fresh Air" features two full-length tracks from the funk pioneer across two clear records. The title track sees a Spinna collab swing into G-funk-driven house music. While Side C’s “Hittin” delivers a classic Dam-Funk cut punctuated with the neck-snapping snares and hazy guitar riffs we know and love. 

Each track hits the 10-ish minute mark, perfect for a DJ hand-over record. Very very good looking jackets and labels brought to you by Freddy Anzures.

Have a listen to the preview below (seriously, do it) and grab your copy below. 

Buy now

Dam-Funk also kindly stepped through our DTLA office to speak on this record. Have a watch here




Tracklist:

Side A: "Fresh Air" feat DJ Spinna (9:12)
Side B: Serato Control Tone (15:00)
Side C: "Hittin" (10:32)
Side D: Serato Control Tone (15:00)

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How I Use Serato DJ - Library Management W/ Jordan. Part 2 http://serato.com/latest/blog/20265/how-i-use-serato-dj-library-management-w-jordan-part-2 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:02:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20265/how-i-use-serato-dj-library-management-w-jordan-part-2

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

 

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

 

Downloading Music

 

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

 

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

  

 

Importing Music

 

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

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

  

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

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The Power Of Music http://serato.com/latest/blog/20261/the-power-of-music Mon, 10 Jul 2017 04:29:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20261/the-power-of-music

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Serato. The Power of Music.

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Serato Sample Available Now http://serato.com/latest/blog/20260/serato-sample-available-now Mon, 10 Jul 2017 04:10:00 +0000 Jordan L http://serato.com/latest/blog/20260/serato-sample-available-now

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

For tutorials on how to use Sample click here.

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