Serato Scratch Live 2.4.4 Beta Now Public

Serato’s been pretty quiet recently, focusing mostly on rolling out new compatibility for Serato DJ controllers – until last night’s announcement of a new public beta of Serato Scratch Live. The public beta of 2.4.4 is mostly focused around improving stability and reducing bugs – something that a lot of older SSL users will be glad to hear.

Users can get in on the public beta right now on the Serato website.

The major fixes are related to kernel panics that users have been seeing around the Sixty One, Sixty Two, and SL4 hardware – but the full list of fixes are below:

Scratch Live 2.4.4 (changes since 2.4.3)

Bug Fixes

• Fixed an issue where playing files from the CD drive or ejecting a CD caused a crash.
• Fixed Kernel Panic when hotplugging SL4.
• Improved hot plugging stability for all devices for both Mac and Win (resolving Kernal Panics with the Sixty-One and Sixty-Two).
• Fixed a bug where video files without audio were labelled as corrupt.
• Fixed an issue where you couldn’t save cue points, loops or autogain values to .mov or .flv files.
• Fixed a bug where m4a files displayed ‘unsupported file type’ message if QuickTime not installed.
• Fixed a bug where BPM field was locking up focus when the value was un-changed.
• Fixed an issue where the Next Transition (Video) button could be MIDI mapped, but would not save to the MIDI XML.
• Fixed an issue where you could get distortion when recording with the Sixty-Two.
• Fixed an issue where no audio was being recorded in Mixtape when using the Sixty-Eight.
• Fixed a bug with the Serato Video auto crossfader whereby it couldn’t reach far left or right when set to a fast speed.

Other Changes

Changed the following default preferences on first installation :
• DJ-FX on by default
• Playback Keys Use Shift off by default
• Read iTunes Library on by default
• Added BPM to default Library View (previously was song, artist, album, length & comment)
• Added Artist to default History View (previously was name, start time, end time, playtime, deck & notes)

More changes and fixes in the link above.

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  • Spencer "Thunderball" Thayer

    This is clearly an update to fix bugs. It doesn’t have new features and that’s great. DJ software should be updated with bug fixes more than it should be updated with new features. There is a reason why Serato is more stable than Traktor and it’s because Serato focuses their development teams on fixing bugs while NI waists their dev time on new bullshit like the F1.

  • dj goldfinger

    Linzmar has a point!

  • Linzmar

    Once again another update that doesn’t add any useful features.
    As you can tell by only 2 other comments on this, that the excitement is kinda missing. I can’t remember the last update that I was excited about.
    I love ssl but I wish they’d add something useful for all users such as a ‘refine search by bpm range’ feature. Every user would find that tremendously helpful. Instead they’re too busy giving all their attention to every little controller that comes out.
    I know Serato DJ may end up merging with ssl but don’t forget about improving ssl all together.
    end rant.

    • Spencer "Thunderball" Thayer

      Bug fixes are exciting. I wish Native Instruments felt this way and just released bug fix updates without rolling out some new feature that is broken. Fix your shit first then worry about new stuff.

  • Tony Letesque

    Wait a minute… I thought Serato was so widely known/used because it was extremely “stable”, all those bugs don’t look too stable haha

    • Spencer "Thunderball" Thayer

      When Serato began using MIDI and built in FX they lost their stable environment. But it takes DJs 10 years to notice things. Even so it’s still more stable than Traktor because Serato focuses on fixing their problems before rolling out new features.

    • Bis


  • gowstpop

    Any news on serato dj and the bridge intergration??