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 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:39:07 +0000 DJCity: Ichy the Killer & Bakon One http://serato.com/latest/blog/20124/djcity-ichy-the-killer-bakon-one Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:26:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20124/djcity-ichy-the-killer-bakon-one

Watch a new B2B scratch routine from DJ City with Battle Ave's Ichy the Killer and Bakon One, using the Mixars DUO for Serato DJ.

Take a closer look at the Mixars DUO for Serato DJ.

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Win Mastering from MixedByAli & LANDR http://serato.com/latest/blog/20122/win-mastering-from-mixedbyali-landr Wed, 17 Aug 2016 23:17:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20122/win-mastering-from-mixedbyali-landr
 

Our friends at LANDR have offered the chance to have one of your tracks mastered by the man behind the boards for Kendrick Lamar, Derek "MixedByAli" Ali.

Having been responsible for the engineering and mastering for Section.80good kid, m.A.A.d city, To Pimp a Butterfly and untitled unmastered, Ali has an incredible ear for quality. This competition is a great chance to have your own music get the best possible treatment to stand out amongst the rest.

LANDR, who develop online mastering software, are running this competition to promote their new Private Sharing feature which as they say "gives you everything you need to share tracks privately and securely, get valuable feedback and make better music all in one place".

Winner announced September 5th and remote mixing session will be arranged for mid-September.

Enter here

Terms and conditions

  • Participants must be registered LANDR members. If you are not yet a member, signup for an account here and instantly receive 1 free WAV.
  • Participants must send their track using LANDR’s new Private Sharing feature by sharing it with contest@landr.com and two other people of their choice
  • Track has to be original and unreleased with copyright belonging to the sharer
  • Submissions will be open on Aug. 15, 2016
  • Tracks must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. EST Sun., Aug. 21, 2016
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Forthcoming Denon DJ MC7000 http://serato.com/latest/blog/20120/forthcoming-denon-dj-mc7000 Mon, 15 Aug 2016 01:07:00 +0000 Eddie R http://serato.com/latest/blog/20120/forthcoming-denon-dj-mc7000

Denon DJ MC7000

Announcing, the Denon DJ MC7000 available in a forthcoming release of Serato DJ. Check out the video and images below for the first look at this controller and read why you should be excited.

The Denon DJ MC7000 is Denon DJs latest 4-channel Serato DJ Enabled controller with dual USB inputs. The two USB connections give the added functionality of being able to play B2B and make hand over between DJs a breeze. Not only is the MC7000 Serato DJ enabled, it also includes 3 Serato DJ Expansion packs - Pitch ‘n Time DJ, Flip and Video.

The dual 6-inch platters have a touch-capacitive design with rotational LED displays, giving maximum feedback to optimize track manipulation performance in real time.

The MC7000’s new dedicated Key Matching and adjusting controls for Serato Pitch 'n Time DJ give the ability to instantly and harmonically match or adjust musical keys of tracks for enhanced performance capabilities.

In addition, the MC7000 is Serato DVS Upgrade Ready, giving the ability to extend the setup with the MC7000 to include turntables or CJs with Serato control tone.

Key Features

  • 4-Channel DJ Controller with Digital Mixer
  • Dual USB Audio Interfaces - Connect 2 Computers at once
  • 3 Serato Expansion Packs Included (Pitch ‘n Time, Flip and Video)
  • 16 Velocity-Sensitive Performance Pads
  • New Dedicated Key Matching and Changing Controls
  • Solid 6-inch Touch Capacitive Platters with Tracking LED
  • 2 Mic Inputs with Dedicated Controls
  • XLR Booth and Master connections
  • Serato DJ DVS Compatible
  • Solid Compact Design 
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Serato DJ 1.9.3 Now In Public Beta http://serato.com/latest/blog/20118/serato-dj-1-9-3-now-in-public-beta Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20118/serato-dj-1-9-3-now-in-public-beta
 

Serato DJ 1.9.3 is now in public beta, adding a number of new features and improvements including:

  • The Serato DJ Sample Player has been updated from the classic SP-6 with two extra slots, as well as a number of changes to the design for better usability.
  • An improved and refreshed look for MIDI mapping.
  • Various bug fixes, changes and stability improvements.

Michael Redwood (Serato Product Team Manager) says: “The Serato Sampler gets some well deserved attention in this update, as well as continued improvements to stability and performance for working DJs. We appreciate all the support and involvement from our community and the Serato DJ 1.9.3 public beta is a great time to test out our latest update and give feedback directly to the team.”

Serato Sampler

  • Includes two extra sample slots, allowing a total of eight samples to be loaded at once.
  • Mapped across all supported hardware.
  • A redesigned interface with new simple / advanced view modes for ease of use and also flexibility for complex control.
  • More improvements listed in the full release notes.

This release also includes a number of important stability improvements for all Serato DJs. Read the full list of bug fixes, changes and additions in the Serato DJ 1.9.3 release notes.

Join the Serato DJ 1.9.3 beta: http://sera.to/-b5s5

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Announcing: Sample Music Festival 2016 http://serato.com/latest/blog/20119/announcing-sample-music-festival-2016 Sun, 14 Aug 2016 20:52:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20119/announcing-sample-music-festival-2016
 

Serato is excited to partner with Sample Music Festival in Berlin this year, the first international event for turntablists, finger drummers and beat producers. Two days of workshops, performances, keynotes and exhibitions.

Sample Music Festival 2016, 17–18 September @ Gretchen Berlin

Buy Tickets

17.09.2016 Saturday: 

Lectures:

  • Alex Sonnenfeld (QbertSkratchUniversity)
  • Dj Rob Bankz (6xDMC/IDA World Champion)
  • Johannes Kreidler (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg)
  • Tommy Tone (SAE Bochum)
  • D-Styles (InvisblSkratchPiklz, BeatJunkies)
  • DJ Raedawn (TTM Academy Brooklyn/NewYork)
  • Dj Rafik (6xDMC World Champion)
  • Ryan Ross Smith (Rensselaer Institut New York) 

Performance:

  • Skratch Lordz (UK/Ireland) Cutting Room
  • Finals dt. Turntablism Meisterschaft (IDA Germany) -close-
  • Dj Unkut (3xDMC WorldChampion)
  • Dj Rafik (6xDMC World Champion)
  • Doshy (Saturate, Rwina, Lowrider Rec.)
  • D-Styles (LowEndTheory L.A)
  • Skillz Machine (Belgien)
  • Soulmind (TroughMySpeakers Berlin)

18.09.2016 Sunday:

Workshops:

  • Ryan Ross Smith 
  • D-Tale/DJCity „Industry Insights & Promotion“
  • S-Trix „Turntablism Routines“
  • Tim Kroker „Finger Drumming“
  • Arkaei „Controllerism 2.0“
  • GRZLY Adams „Traktor & STEMS“
  • Doshy „Analog <> Digital“
  • Audio 88&Yassin „Q&A“
  • Sample Science Session

 

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Limited Edition Serato x Phife Dawg Pressing http://serato.com/latest/blog/20117/limited-edition-serato-x-phife-dawg-pressing Fri, 12 Aug 2016 01:16:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20117/limited-edition-serato-x-phife-dawg-pressing

Styles upon styles upon styles... This month we are honoured to celebrate the 5-Foot Assassin's legacy with "Nutshell", a Serato x Phife Dawg pressing.

"Nutshell" comes as a 2x12 pair and pays homage to the late legend's treasured team, the New York Knicks. The artwork features Phife, front and back, sporting Knicks gears, while the vinyl comes in signature Knicks' blue and orange with a marbled effect.

Comprising three Phife Dawg cuts, the pressing includes "Nutshell" produced by J Dilla, as well as the exclusive track "French Kiss" feat Illa J, produced by Potatohead People. It then comes full circle with "Dear Dilla", Phife's touch tribute to the late and great beatmaker, produced by Dj Rasta Root and V Rich.

Only a very limited number of these were pressed. Get in quick while they're still up for grabs.

Purchase from the Serato Online Store

Or buy from Smokin Needles Records here.

 
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Try SoundSwitch 1.0 - Available Now http://serato.com/latest/blog/20116/try-soundswitch-1-0-available-now Thu, 11 Aug 2016 03:05:00 +0000 Eddie R http://serato.com/latest/blog/20116/try-soundswitch-1-0-available-now

SoundSwitch 1.0 Now Available

SoundSwitch gives DJs the ability to seamlessly integrate DMX lighting with live audio by attaching lighting cues/effects to audio files so when played through Serato DJ the customised lighting display occurs automatically.

SoundSwitch 1.0 is now available, and you can now download and trial the software before purchasing the hardware, meaning you can set up lighting for tracks and give the software a go before purchase.

SoundSwitch key features include:

  • Familiar DAW style track based editing
  • Attach custom lighting scripts to individual audio tracks
  • Playback lighting scripts synced with Serato DJ
  • Use crossfader and upfaders to blend lighting Scripts and Autoloops
  • Cloud based fixture library
  • Autoloops
  • Venues Tabs let DJs setup seven different lighting rigs
  • Performance Mode hot keys

Learn more and Download

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UKF in the Mix: Beats http://serato.com/latest/blog/20115/ukf-in-the-mix-beats Tue, 09 Aug 2016 04:04:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20115/ukf-in-the-mix-beats

Check out the latest UKF: In the Mix video routine from Captain Crunch as he spins, cuts and blends his way through a selection of some of the finest halftime beats featured on UKF over the past year.

Check out the rest of the UKF x Serato "In the Mix" series.

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Numark Mixtrack Platinum with Serato DJ 1.9.2 http://serato.com/latest/blog/20106/numark-mixtrack-platinum-with-serato-dj-1-9-2 Mon, 01 Aug 2016 23:00:00 +0000 Eddie R http://serato.com/latest/blog/20106/numark-mixtrack-platinum-with-serato-dj-1-9-2

Numark Mixtrack Platinum

Available now with the release of Serato DJ 1.9.2 is the latest entry level Serato DJ Intro controller from Numark, the Mixtrack Platinum.

The Mixtrack Platinum works free with Serato DJ Intro software out-of-the-box, with the option to purchase an upgrade license to have full access to the professional features available in Serato DJ.

Based on its Predecessors, the Platinum is a 4-deck/2-channel controller with many of the features you have become accustomed to within the Numark Mixtrack range, along with exciting new features great for DJs from beginner to pro.

What you can find on the Platinum:

  • 16 multi-function backlit performance pads for control of Cues, loops and sampler within Serato DJ.
  • Filter and gain controls for each channel.
  • Dynamic FX control with the multi-function touch strip, with the ability to add 3 Serato DJ FX per deck.
  • 4-channel mixing capabilities with the new deck select function. Deck select enables you to switch to the desired layered deck and add another 2 decks to your performance. With the new LCD display screens, you can monitor your active deck within the job wheel.
  • 1.75" LCD display screens in each jog wheel. These exciting new screens give you easy access to information such as BPM, platter position, time remaining, key lock, pitch adjustment, and key lock, all displayed in real time. Meaning you can spend less time looking at your laptop and more time focussing on your performance.

Learn more about the Mixtrack Platinum and availability.

Download Serato DJ Intro

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Serato DJ 1.9.2 Now Available http://serato.com/latest/blog/20100/serato-dj-1-9-2-now-available Mon, 01 Aug 2016 22:03:00 +0000 Samuel S http://serato.com/latest/blog/20100/serato-dj-1-9-2-now-available
 

Serato DJ 1.9.2 is now available with a focus on stability, as well as important interface improvements for ease of use.

Library Changes

  • Smart Crates now support track key information.
  • Reset played tracks on restart - now an included option in the Library + Display setup screen. In the History tab, this is now called "Reset" rather than "Clear".
  • Increased contrast and changed color of scroll bars for better visual accuracy when scanning your library for tracks.
  • Smart Crates are now able to be Subcrates.
  • Secondary library sorting is now available. Ctrl/Cmd + click a column header to set custom secondary sort order.

Stability Improvements & Bug Fixes

  • Fixes for various crashes
  • Lower CPU performance with Serato Video
  • Various library bugs fixed.
  • Read an extensive list of bug fixes here.

Subscription Plans to Serato DJ

As well as purchasing full Serato software licenses, there is now an option to subscribe to all our Expansion Packs from USD9.99 p/month, Serato DJ for USD9.99 p/month or the Serato DJ Suite from USD14.99 p/month.

Download and update to Serato DJ 1.9.2

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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.

Check out more from Serato Artists.

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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!

Check out more from Serato Artists.

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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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