Serato DJ Pro 2.0 Is Coming: How Will Serato Innovate?

We know that Serato DJ 2.0 is just over the horizon. The real question: what new features and functionality will the New Zealand-based DJ software company bring to the table. In today’s article, we take a speculative look at the features DJs might see in a new update to the software.

Author’s Note: This article is not based on any exclusive or confidential knowledge about Serato DJ, simply our own and other’s speculation.

Serato DJ 1.0: A Quick History

The other week saw the launch of 1.9.10. We suspect this will be the last update to the software before Serato DJ 2.0. It’s been over 5 years since Serato DJ 1.0 was released. At the time, this was a very careful transition for the company, which had two divergent software platforms: Serato ITCH (for controllers) and Serato Scratch Live (for DVS users).

Since 1.0, the software has built out their purchasable expansions. Beyond FX packs, DJs can buy Serato Video, Serato Flip, Pitch ‘N Time DJ, DVS, Club Kit, and iOS control. It’s remained a closed system, meaning that only approved hardware is compatible with the software – but the number of approved devices has grown dramatically compared to what SSL and ITCH saw.

Serato DJ Pro 2.0 In Private Beta?

A heavily-circulated screenshot of the official Serato Beta thread – note to Beta testers: don’t share screenshots if you want to stay in future betas 😉

We can confirm that an upcoming version of SDJ is already in a private beta state. A beta user anonymously posted a screenshot of the software and the associated beta forum on Serato’s site – and let it leak that the new name for Serato DJ will be Serato DJ Pro. When the company has put previous versions of their software into a beta, it’s usually 1.5 – 3 months before the final version goes public.

Our best guess is that Serato DJ 2.0 will launch at NAMM 2018, which takes place in the middle of January.

What Features Might Serato DJ Pro 2.0 Have?

Add your ideas to this article! Can you think of a killer feature that SDJ 2 needs? Share it in the comments and we might add it to this article..

Looking at the current state of Serato DJ, here’s some speculation about what a new version could include:

  • MIDI Mapping Overhaul: It would be great to see a brand new take on MIDI mapping in Serato DJ. More advanced logic and modifiers, as well as basic features like cue point color matching for MIDI devices would be magical.
  • Serato Sample Features Built In: Much of Serato’s resources for the last year have been used to build a powerful VST, Serato Sample. Why not incorporate some of that hard work by adding features from the VST to Serato DJ? For instance, imagine if you could quickly have the software suggest cuepoint placements on all tracks without cues already – similar to how the VST suggests samples.
  • Full Offline Player Mode – It feels a bit odd that SDJ is one of the few pieces of software that doesn’t allow you to do basic DJ mixing without plugging in hardware. If DJs are registered users, why not allow them to do basic mix testing in an “offline” mode?
  • Daytime Mode – In the days of Serato ITCH, there were white skins for the software. This allowed it to be easily used in bright sun (daytime gigs!). You can always just invert your screen, but having it built-in the software’s design would be superior.
  • Library Management (Track Purchasing, Tagging, Ratings): Essentially, why not take all of the ideas that were in the Beatport Pro desktop software and put them into a DJ application? Being able to tag music, sort it intelligently, and buy new tracks all within the software could be useful – if done right.
  • Spotify Integration (Post-Pulselocker): Serato just lost their fully-integrated streaming music library, Pulselocker. Wouldn’t it be amazing if they turned around and cut a deal with Spotify, like what Algoriddim’s djay has?
  • Echo Out Quality: A lot of DJs who moved over from Scratch Live have Serato DJ’s Echo Out effect high on their list of annoyances. Echo Out in Serato DJ can sound distorted, leaving many DJs to apply reverb or use the Break Echo effect instead.

Code Optimizations / Processor Load Improvements

After adding so many features and expansions throughout the last 5 years, it’s easy to imagine that the codebase is pretty messy and ready for an overhaul. We suspect that Serato isn’t oblivious to the Mac and Windows move away from 32-bit applications towards 64-bit – but it could present a big challenge for supporting older hardware that doesn’t/won’t have new drivers written for them.

Particularly of note here: we often have seen Windows users and people who use Serato Video complain of a high CPU load and audio dropout warnings. We’ve also seen reports of issue with GUI responsiveness and waveform jittering after the 1.8 version came out. These issues likely can be most easily fixed with a larger overhaul of the SDJ code – the kind you might expect from a 2.0 release.

New Companion Hardware?

When Serato DJ 1.0 launched, it was championed by the then brand new Pioneer controller, the DDJ-SX. The controller and its family has gone on to be one of the top selling all-in-one DJ controllers of all time.

SDJ 2.0 isn’t likely to have a new version of the of DDJ-SX championing it

Pioneer DJ clearly wants to prioritize hardware that promotes their own Rekordbox ecosystem, so it’s unlikely that we’ll see a DDJ-SX3 launching alongside the 2.0 version.

The obvious choice for a hardware partner is Rane. While they were sold to InMusic last year, the brand is inextricably linked to the Serato software in most DJ’s minds. Their two new products, announced in August, aren’t available in stores.

What Serato really needs beyond the Seventy-Two and Twelve is a new all-in-one controller that’s budget-friendly and gets new DJs interested in the software. In the past, it would be crazy to consider Rane releasing an all-in-one controller, but with their new owners shared engineering team (Denon, Numark), why not?

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  • Ben Solloway

    System requirements is a big issue for me.. I think Serato are in cahoots with Apple!

  • James DjRemix Libby

    1. touch screen scroll friendly. touch screen gui friendly.
    2. use 2 hardware on one computer. we can use 2 laptops on one mixer. it would be nice if we could now use 2 mixers or controller on the same computer… eg. 2 djm-s9’s or an s9 and controller in 4 deck setup.

    serato 2.0 has to come up with something radically different and new to stop current serato user from switching to rekordbox.

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  • Tee Didddy

    I always like the way Traktor showed just the top of the cover image, which was very reminiscent of looking through record boxes back in the day. It’s a small feature but it’s something I’d love to see incorporated into Serato.

  • Fernando Midi

    “Slice Flip” , Native Sequencer for Sampler, Quantize for each Deck and WARP.

  • zendoo

    How about a reverse gate that lets me mute DJ callouts that ware twice as loud as the rest of the track? I would like that very much. 😉 I’m trying to like Future, but half his songs are ruined by “DJ ESCO!!!!!” or some garbage right in the middle of the track that’s distracting as fck.

  • zero_kool81

    Great, another Serato DJ update, 3 years using Serato DJ and all this new technology and I still can’t use my MIDI controller offli………………….. oh wait………… so, you mean I CAN use my MIDI controller offline now? I can work do prep-work without being connected to my hardware? Oh uh, well, this is awkward. Umm, thank you…

  • Rosteteratintotere Wu

    Better beatgridding or no beatgrids at all.

  • Rosteteratintotere Wu

    I would like to see some new skins something with a turntable and iPad integration like dj pro.

  • Jack Stone

    Remix decks and shift bottom for mapping!!! come on Serato make it happen!

    • zendoo

      What are some good remix deck tracks you’ve bought? Where did you get them?

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  • e11world

    I would love to see further enhancements to the sampler especially after the release of dj808. More banks and a way to chop and make loops within serato would be awesome.

  • ????? ???????????

    I would like the four banks of the sampler to be in four different colors on the controller (DDJ-SX2, SZ ,ect.). This does not require the sampler to be opened on the screen. but I will know which bank is chosen.

  • Jason Dunham

    I need Sound switch to be built into my mixer….and I want it to interface seamlessly with my wireless DMX up-lights.
    Spotify integration would be amazing…esp if it was somewhat flexible…same song different version hosted locally….I would love if the program could recommend my last 5 songs I mixed into either before or after this song in the past….

  • Mauri Moore

    wow ! not asking for Master clock ?

    • Dubby Labby

      Some people is using Alink with Midi sync link app. In hardware realm one of the salespoint for Dj808 is midi clock (from the groovebox side obviously).
      Serato seems learnt a precious lesson with the Bridge and sync protocols. Midi clock from internal deck seems not present in their roadmap.

  • Spider J Hamilton 00

    STEMs compatibile, Dual GUI Option (Performance screen and Browser screen featuring a similar Preview Transiton cue set-start, in advance of the playhead/think Virtual DJ SandBox mode-Mixmeister timeline approach-RekordBoxDJ Dual Player mode), Updated SeratoRemote, 4 set playlist tracker featuring a played or grayed out indication and … can’t think of more, that’s it for , for now!

    • Oscar C

      Great suggestions! Best suggestions and comments so far!

    • Eddie Rue

      Dope suggestions

  • Caleb Kent Grayson

    Pyro already ‘integrates’ with Spotify. so they have that background..maybe waiting for some Algoriddim exclusivity deal to expire?
    but without downloading, like VDJ has, it’s realy not worth puting your repuation on the line.

    • Spacecamp / Dan

      Good point about Pyro (as quiet as that app has stayed since launch) being a developmental stronghold for Serato already.

      For now, streaming seems stuck in a “would be nice” featurelist for DJs – but the music industry as a whole seems resigned to it being the only clear path forward (aside from vinyl, amusingly).

      • DjLiquitATL

        Ive used dj pro for mac for over two years now alongside my serato turntable setup with the reloop beatpad 2… Ive had zero issues with mixing off of streamed tracks. Dj pro even saves cue points on those streamed tracks… So i dont see reputation issues as ling as you have a good wifi signal

  • Anthony Alonso

    I absolutely love Flip (and wish rekordbox DJ had something similar), so I wqould love to see it expanded upon (advanced midi mapping able to connect things like step sequencers to flip).

    • Bobbi Green

      Or tone play and flip!

      • Anthony Alonso

        I would kill to see something similar to Flip incorporated into Rekordbox DJ.

        • Spacecamp / Dan

          Rekordbox DJ has a sample sequencer, so Flip-like capabilities shouldn’t be that hard.

          • Anthony Alonso

            Agreed. I like how Flip uses the cue points, though. Currently, it is only possible within the samplere in Rekordbox.

    • Spacecamp / Dan

      Perhaps sequencing / automation recording of FX as well added to Flip?

  • Rolfski

    Maybe more of question: How will Native Instruments react? They clearly lost the initiative in this market for a while now. Hopefully they will really step-up now with their recent financial injection.

    • Caleb Kent Grayson

      i recall seeing several vacant postions in NI’s DJ department. thye’d need to fil those and reevaluate vision..several more years?

      i’m about to add Serato because of SoundSwitch, but love my S8 too much to replace. if NI just added SS and flex beat grids, i’d stay.

    • Spacecamp / Dan

      If we’ve learned anything from the last 5 years. NI will create and release products in their own time, won’t care about “reacting” to other industry positions.

      • Rolfski

        With boundaries blurring and brands like Pioneer increasingly invading NI’s space, this market is definitely on the move. The days that NI could afford to develop Traktor products “in their own time” are simply gone. If the company doesn’t pick up the pace fast here, it might find itself side-tracked in the DJ market faster than it could ever have foreseen.

  • Dubby Labby

    Full maneuver recorder (improved Flip) as mixtape feature replacement or vst plug for Ableton… ohWait! That’s exist and nobody cares anymore about turntables.

    Serato Pyro standalone hardware maybe lol

  • Russ Cole

    Record and Live Broadcast Built In, I would buy Serato if this functionality was added and not provide with a 3rd party application

    • deejdave

      Record has always been a feature of SDJ. Broadcast….. not so much.

      • Russ Cole

        Dave, Apologies I was aware of that it is mainly the Broadcast integration I would be interested in , A nice to have …..