5 Incredibly-Useful Features In The Serato DJ 1.9.2 Beta

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.

Smart Crates As Sub-Crates

When Serato added the ability to make Smart Crates (one of the final features added to Scratch Live) it was a huge step forward for library organization nuts like myself. It gave Serato users the ability to make crates similar to iTunes smart playlists without having to use the iTunes ecosystem.

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Filter your crates with intelligent sub-playlists. This is very useful for finding songs that mix in well on-the-fly!

Why it’s great: Now Smart Crates can have an extra level of organization that was before missing. Smart filters inside other crates allows users to tidy up their crate lists making them easier to sort through. You can also give new life to some of your older crates this way!

Secondary Sort

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Sorting tracks quickly and effectively is key to playing a great set. Serato DJ now gives us the ability to sort by more than one column. This is a feature I never really considered but now can’t understand why it wasn’t already in the software.

Why it’s great: For example, sorting by artist, then by BPM from slowest to fastest can come in handy when you have a particular song in mind and you know the tempo but might not remember the song title. Especially great for quick mixing open format DJs like myself.

Label Saved Loops

Labels for loops: seems basic, right?
Labels for loops: seems basic, right?

Serato DJ already let DJs label your cue points, but the obvious next step, labeled loops, has been missing.

Why it’s great: Being able to label saved loops can be extremely useful performance routines or specifically planned mixes. In the middle of a routine, having another visual marker like a label can help avoid mistakes. This also gives users the ability to label how long a saved loop is, which can be helpful if you have a loop saved later in the track.

Reset Played Tracks On Exit

One thing I do every time I open Serato DJ is to resetting the played tracks. This helps me make sure that I don’t play the same song over in a set.

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A simple tick box in preferences for resetting tracks!

Serato DJ now makes this easier by giving the option to have your played tracks automatically reset when you close the software. I’m sure there are plenty of DJs out there that will appreciate this addition as it will save us all a step when getting ready to start a set.

Serato DJ Subscription Plans

The most surprising addition to 1.9.2 is the announcement of a new subscription service. A subscription model is something we’ve seen added to Pioneer Rekordbox with their new Rekordbox DJ product.

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Being able to try out all the features that Serato DJ has to offer without having to commit to spending the full amount of money will give more DJs a chance to try the software. I could also see this being useful if you are a Serato user and show up to a gig that doesn’t have a Serato box but has a DVS compatible mixer. You could pay the $9.99 and get access to the DVS expansion and avoid losing out on a gig.

Want a walkthrough? Check out PDot’s video below:

More important than these new features is the laundry list of bug fixes included in this beta. It shows Serato is continuing to making an effort to make Serato DJ as loved as Scratch Live was, especially in the stability department – something that other DJ softwares haven’t quite done so well with recently.

Go ahead and download this beta and give these new features a try, they’re all great additions to a DJ’s workflow during a set.

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