• eugene

    Do we really need a guide on how to use sync?

  • J Williams

    Nice Vid, just started using Serato DJ 10days ago. Long time Traktor user until I switched to Ableton last year . But I wanted to DJ on just 2-4 decks like I use to and found Serato DJ to be perfect . The software is very easy to use, maybe a few quirks, but pretty easy. The software is not glitchy like Traktor(“lost collections anyone”). The interface is dull but functional and you have the added bonus of video(Serato Video is ok , but Mix Emergency is the one).

  • ESKEI83

    nice video Chris! I think you can use the quantize mode for Cue Points to do the Cue-Cue-Cue trick, right?

    • Chris Brackley

      Hey Eskei, thanks for reading.

      The Quantize mode does achieve that to some degreee, but it still knocks the system out of smart sync. That’s not the end of the world, of course.

  • Haden Mills

    Really helpful, thanks.

  • Jay D

    Chris, you wouldn’t believe how much time I’ve spent scratching around looking for a decent Serato beatgridding tutorial. You’ve nailed this. Serato owe you a debt of gratitude as their own video is woefully inadequate such that I was actually losing faith in the product. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

  • Kutmaster TeeOh

    It’s not why “DJs like Craze” don’t use headphones or stare at the screen, that’s called being a DJ. You don’t need sync to do that, it’s knowing your music. The majority of music now has no swing and is quantized so you don’t have to worry about performance or studio induced drift and the little bit that comes from deck drag is minor adjustments if any. Besides most of the time the music has the same BPM and is easy to mix (100bpm to 100bpm). If not it’s close and all you have to do is simple math to adjust the pitch. Hardly anyone is jumping 20 BPM for a blend or transition, and the ones that do edit the track so it doesn’t sound warped.

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    Nice Video Chris! We are proud and happy to have you contributing to the Dj TechTools community.

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    Nice Video Chris! We are proud and happy to have you contributing to the Dj TechTools community.

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    Nice Video Chris! We are proud and happy to have you contributing to the Dj TechTools community.

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    Nice Video Chris! We are proud and happy to have you contributing to the Dj TechTools community.

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    Nice Video Chris! We are proud and happy to have you contributing to the Dj TechTools community.

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    Nice Video Chris! We are proud and happy to have you contributing to the Dj TechTools community.

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    Nice Video Chris! We are proud and happy to have you contributing to the Dj TechTools community.

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    Nice Video Chris! We are proud and happy to have you contributing to the Dj TechTools community.

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    Nice Video Chris! We are proud and happy to have you contributing to the Dj TechTools community.

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    Nice Video Chris! We are proud and happy to have you contributing to the Dj TechTools community.

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    Nice Video Chris! We are proud and happy to have you contributing to the Dj TechTools community.

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    Nice Video Chris! We are proud and happy to have you contributing to the Dj TechTools community.

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    Nice Video Chris! We are proud and happy to have you contributing to the Dj TechTools community.

    • Chris Brackley

      It’s an honour to be part of the crew Ean… Thanks!

  • DJ Android

    Really great video Chris! I’ll definitely use the keyboard shortcuts now instead of the mouse–great time saving tip! Also like how you demonstrated how Smart Sync works in use, I’ve been using Simple Sync because I could never really understand why Smart Sync “didn’t work” properly.

    Thanks for the tutorial sir!

    Question: Where can I find that trans of “Bird Machine”?

  • Dj L-BIZ (BEAT3)

    Great Video – I may finally be a bit closer to understanding beatgridding. I still just use Serato with my dvs setup rather than SDJ (but i’m glad you mentioned the wow & flutter situation, I guess it would better if they just stayed locked but hey ho!),

    I mainly have been using Simple Sync with my vci380. I cant quite get my head around beat gridding funk tracks and tbh i still enjoy tweaking the platters to compensate for drift. The one thing i would love to see a video on though is beatgridding acapellas as i like to stick those in the sampler while playing/mixing two tracks. Getting those to stay locked without beatgrids is a bit of a ball ache the pitch buttons end up taking me away from the main mix. Any danger of an example of gridding an acapella in the future would be gratefully recieved.

    Either way great vid look forward to seeing more Serato based content on djtt

  • John

    Hi Chris Great Video …
    If i use a lot of downmarkers (RED markers) means use more RAM or CPU or Virtual Memory?

    Thanx

    • Chris Brackley

      I’ve just done a test in offline mode, threw a ton of downbeat markers into a small section of a track, and watched the Activity Monitor in OSX.

      There doesn’t seem to be much (if any) difference.

      That might be different when syncing multiple decks though, so I’ll play with that next time I have a system set up and let you know.

      • john

        Special Thanx Chris
        waiting report :)

  • Klaus Mogensen

    Thanks for this

    I normally only use simple sync, and I really just use it to get the tempos alligned.

    I don’t think the beatgridding is really for the mobile DJs. When I mobile DJ i simply bring to much music for me to have time to check/change the grids on all of it – ever. For (semi-)planned set DJ’ing where I bring way less music (maybe 1% of what i bring when mobile DJing) it’s a good thing

    I do miss an even simpler sync for mobile DJ’ing, where the tempos are just alligned, without locking the tempos together. I need this for 70′s music, where I often have to do a little pitch adjust afterwards on the incomming track before mixing. In Serato i need to sync, figure out that the adjust is needed, disable sync, do a manual tempo allignment (no sync) and then mix, whenever I experience this (at least thats the only way I know how to do it). On other softwares the simple sync-tempo-and-leave-it-be is possible

    • Chris Brackley

      I’m afraid you’re a bit stuck there – by default SDJ will only detect multiple or varying tempos when you tweak the beatgrid – otherwise it decides on the closest single BPM it can.

      With practice, it’s very quick to grid tracks; something like Rapper’s Delight would take ages (personally I wouldn’t bother with that one!), but it is something you can definitely do on the fly at gigs for most music, especially if you’re only bothered about the intro and outro.

      • Klaus Mogensen

        Not perfect is fine by me. Since i don’t put in the effort into getting all my beatgrids correct, I don’t expect them to be :)

        But since I then will work with pretty-much-ok bpm’s, I will often need to adjust them on the fly. As I see it I can’t do this with simple sync, since adjusting using the pitch fader adjusts both tracks. So in this case I need to disable sync, and do it manually.

        It would be great if there was an even simpler sync function that just sets the incoming songs bpm to the same as the current one, and then let me adjust the tracks bpm without adjusting the current track. So in effect it would do a quick simple sync, and then “unlock” the tracks from each other again but leave the bpm to the sync’ed value, so I could “take it from there”

        But I should (and will) look into being able to do quick beat gridding on the fly, and see if that turns out to be the way of the future :).

        • Dj Faker

          I use that “sync-unlock technique” in Traktor. I check all my track, grid the ones that are gridable, and for the other ones, I use the Tap button to get the BPM right. When I mix a gridded track with a non-gridded one, I use the sync button to automatically set the pitch, then I un-sync. The Pitch adjustment remains, so I can take it from there with minor adjustements, saving me some time looking for the right pitch. But never rely on the bpm the autogrid found, check ‘em out manually before actually using them.

  • Frederik Tollund Juutilainen

    I’m not sure if I understand this correctly. Is it possible to beatgrid and keep the changing tempo (eg. maintain the funk) as opposed to the way it’s done in traktor and ableton?

    • Chris Brackley

      That only applies when Smart Sync is activated and the track is synced to another track.

      For example:

      Funk synced to a house track (house track is tempo master) = funk track plays back quantized to the rigid house beat.

      House track synced to funk track (funk track is tempo master) = house track plays with the swing of the funk beat.

      So it’s not quite like either Ableton, where the track will always be rigidly quantized, or Traktor, where it can’t be, as the grid is at a fixed BPM.

      None of that applies at all when Simple Sync or no sync is used.

      Hope that clarifes it a little!

      • Frederik Tollund Juutilainen

        That’s it, I’m getting serato!.. Thanks for clarifying!

  • DJ BRUAEL

    Great vid, and I finally understand the subtle differences between simple sync and smart sync on SDJ now! I was wondering why i was out of sync with cue-cue-cue-cue-start!

  • Doddstar

    Great video Chris – nice to see someone else presenting alongside Ean. Nice to see some detail on the Serato features – makes me consider going back to it. I enjoyed Serato for years, but it became hassle when playing smaller/shorter gigs that didn’t have equipment. Moved to Traktor so I could use a controller, or plug in to house CDJ’s/Turntables. Pretty versatile.

    Would always prefer turntables. Interested to learn more about Serato in the same way that Ean covers Traktor. Is that what you’ll be doing at DJTT?

    • Chris Brackley

      Thanks Doddstar!

      Like yourself, I’ve moved towards Traktor over the last year, for much the same reasons.

      But I’m a long time Serato SL/Itch/SDJ user, and I’ll continue to be; I’m a big believer in using native hardware where possible, and whilst I own hardware like the DDJ-SX, I’ll still be using SDJ too.

      It just happens that most of my gigs are now back on DVS with vinyl, and I’m preferring the NI ecosystem for that (for now).

      So I’m not the ‘Serato Correspondent’ for DJTT, but I’ll certainly be doing lots more stuff about Serato moving forward. ;)

      • Kutmaster TeeOh

        Thank God, it’s about damn time. lol