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Serato DJ Pro Tips: How To Install Audio Drivers Before A Gig

We’re starting a brand new Serato DJ series focused around quick pro tips from real DJs. Today, Marc Santaromana shares a tip on how Serato users can install audio drivers before going to a venue. Learn why it’s so important and watch a quick video explanation inside.

Why Does Serato Even Have Drivers?

Serato has been one of the most popular DJ softwares for a long time. With the introduction of Serato DJ, they brought together DVS users with controller users. Combining Serato Scratch Live and Serato Itch allowed for more modern features, but this push forward wasn’t without growing pains. SSL users bragged about the ability to “plug and play” into any device with Scratch Live, but with Serato DJ this was no longer the case.

Unlike Scratch Live, Serato DJ asks DJs to install audio drivers when they plug in their computer instead of installing the drivers as part of the installation process. This can be problematic for DJs that show up to a gig and plug in a minute or two before the are supposed to get on, only to find out that they have to install something and restart their computer. By just taking a few minutes before a DJ leaves for a gig, DJs can have the plug and play experience that Scratch Live users loved.

Installing Serato DJ Audio Drivers On Mac

Installing all the Serato audio drivers on Mac can be done quite easily. Once you have Serato DJ installed you won’t need anything else. Follow these steps and you’ll be ready for any Serato hardware before you get to the gig:

  • Open the Applications folder
  • Locate the Serato DJ app
  • Right click or control click Serato DJ
  • Select “Show Package Contents”
  • Open the “Contents” folder
  • Open the “Resources” folder
  • Open the “Packages” folder
  • Install audio drivers

That’s it! Find the “hidden” folder and install the audio drivers for all the devices that you might use. Some drivers might require a restart so be aware and make sure you have enough time to complete that.

Installing Serato DJ Audio Drivers On PC

Installing the audio drivers on PC is more straightforward in some ways, but is also more of a chore. To download the PC drivers visit the following link and download the drivers from each manufacturer:

The drivers are not included like with the Mac version, but a quick visit to this support site and you can grab all the drivers that you might need.

If you use Serato DJ, I recommend taking the short amount of time before you head out for a gig to make sure that all the necessary drivers are installed. This reduces the chances of a huge hardware headache when you get to a venue. One last thing to worry about so you can focus more on the important part, DJing.

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    Interesting point of view with installing all drivers..
    to be honest i dont think its such a good idea. Every single driver that you instal is in the process cycle from the moment you instal it – this means there is a lot of driver processing cycles not even needed and the drivers are on stand-by waiting for a device to be plugged. check out your activity monitor on your mac to see what i mean.

    i have the best experience just instaling the driver that i need and deleting the others using the delete script that serato or rane offers. less cycles on a processor means more processing threads for serato dj to breathe ..

    what i would recommend serato is to make a serato dj that you choose which hardware you will use and it would load only the necessary stuff needed for the specific device – Like when you are loading a computer game and it has the screen where you setup the resolution and other stuff like high graphics etc – it would make the software more stable (i think) and not big 250mb file full of stuff i would never use anyway.. scratch live is 20mbs.. hope you guys know what i mean.

  • eggy

    I wasn’t able to install the SZ2 or DM900NXS2 drivers because I’m using OSX11.1. Anyone else get this message?

    • eggy

      oops–I was able to in the end

      • Do you know what the issue was? Worth sharing here so others can learn 🙂

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  • killmedj

    Can you do a video to teach Serato how to make their software HID compatible with older CDJ units? They appear to be having trouble with it. =/

    • PDot / Marc S

      Which CDJ models in particular are you having issues with?

      • killmedj

        anything under the CDJ2000NXS2
        And yes I know you can do it if you connect your box, but what a pain in the A!

        • Pretty sure the original NXS units work — you just then need a Club Kit mixer and the Club kit pack

          • killmedj

            That’s true, but to get a “Traktor” like HID function, meaning, Audio passing through the CDJ’s and not a certified mixer, you need to use the CDJNXS2 decks. I would LOVE to be wrong about this, but I have bought all the extra kits required for “True” HID function and still they fall short when it comes to CDJ integration. I can take Traktor to just about any venue, and as long as it has a HID compatible CDJ I’m good to go. (there’s not too many that aren’t) But by all means it would bring me much joy if I’m completely wrong about this, I’d love to get some use of of the software I bought =/

  • Linz&Mars

    Great to know!!!
    Also I’m happy to see more Serato content coming in the future.

    • Glad you like it!

    • PDot / Marc S

      Thanks for checking this out! We definitely have more Serato content on the way!