Serato is moving fast on their new update, (fair enough considering that 1.9 is already on the horizon), and today have launched the new Serato DJ 1.8 version. The new version finally brings key detection into the software - keep reading for a full list of features in the new update.
Last year Serato introduced Serato Flip, an incredible feature that lets DJs record cue point automation to easily create and recall edits on the fly. For DJs that are new to production, Flip is an easy way to start creating edits that doesn't require a DAW. DJ TechTools reached out to the good guys at Serato to see if they could show some cool ways to use Serato Flip. Watch Kutcorners showcase 7 ways to use Serato Flip using the Pioneer DDJ SX2.
This morning Serato DJ is making an appearance in a lot of new pieces of gear at NAMM 2015 like the Mixtrack Pro 3, NS7III, Denon DS1 interface, and of course the updated Rane TTM57MKII. But Serato has been working behind the scenes to bring support for their software to many of the mainstay club mixers and is unveiling support for them on the NAMM convention floor.
It has been a few years since we've seen anything new come out of Rane, one of the most well-known DJ mixer manufacturers that has stayed prominent since their first DJ mixer back in 1986 (it was the MP 24, designed for a disco sound designer, Richard Long). Rane is today announcing an upgrade to a product that many thought was defunct, the TTM57. Read on to learn more about this new mixer, the TTM57MKII.
Mixed In Key has announced version 7.0 of their famous key detection software. This time they've added a powerful new feature for Traktor and Serato, automatic cue points. Placing cue points in tracks can be a time consuming process. DJ's have to load all their tracks individually, find suitable spots, then mark each cue point. With the latest update from Mixed in Key, the software will analyze tracks, detect the BPM/Key as usual, and it will set 8 cue points inside of the tracks.
As DJ technology continues to evolve, the division between controller DJs and turntable DJs seems to be getting bigger. Both styles of DJing have their advantages and ultimately try to achieve the same result. Even A-Trak commented on this subject saying DJing is about taking risks and not just what you use at the club.
One of the many advantages of using a DVS system for DJing, which is often overlooked, is the ability to play from just one vinyl deck or CDJ, in case of equipment failure. In this article we discuss the technique for doing so, and how to achieve it using both Serato DJ, and Traktor.
Serato DJ comes out with another strong release today that provides new functionality like Flip mode, along with some older loved features missing from Scratch Live such as AM mode (hide your tracks) and Chronological cues. A new MIDI Map panel also promises to provide deeper control over the software for those who may wish to dive deeper into the realm of customization. The update is available now from serato.com/dj.