We've been treated to a lot of previews of the new version of Serato DJ via Roland's DJ-808 announcement and Ableton's Link news. But the software finally is rolling out to the public today, and has a host of new features. Read on for the full details.
When DJing, one of the worst things you can hear is sudden, unexpected silence. Audio dropouts with digital DJ gear happen all too easily. In today's article, guest contributor Tenova shares a guide of common solutions to problems that cause most audio dropouts for DJs.
About a year ago, Apple released OS X 10.11, El Capitan - and DJs around the world either experienced or heard about the many issues that plagued digital DJ software. Driver issues, controllers failing, audio output stuttering - even now, many DJs and producers have held off on updating. This week Apple releases macOS Sierra, 10.12. Read on to learn what the state of DJ software is with this new release.
Ableton launched Link, a technology for syncing tempos between softwares, last year. Since then, many iOS apps have jumped on the bandwagon - but major desktop apps have lagged behind. Today, Ableton is announcing that Serato DJ, Propellerhead Reason, and Cycling 74's Max are all integrating Ableton Link.
Serato should win the prize for “most often updated DJ software” – because they continue to keep rolling out new updates. Today, Serato DJ 1.9.3 went into public beta, incorporating a new sampler with additional slots, and an improved MIDI mapping interface. Read on for the details.
Not every DJ has a lighting designer and visuals team, but that doesn't mean that unique lighting effects have to be out of reach. With the new SoundSwitch hardware/software package, DJs will be able to write lighting scripts for songs in their library - it's like a DAW for lighting. When a track is played back with Serato DJ, the associated lighting cues and effects are played back automatically in time with the tracks in the mix.
Trying out a new DJ software is never easy. There are many reasons to avoid it - but with Pioneer DJ's newcomer, Rekordbox DJ, it's not as difficult as you might expect. Almost any Serato DJ or Traktor Pro gear can be used with the software, without paying extra or hacking.
Last week, Serato released the Serato DJ 1.9.2 beta, filled with bug and stability fixes along with a few "not flashy" but very useful features. Today, guest contributor DJ PDot shares insight into which features make the beta a boon for power users of Serato.