As DJ technology continues to evolve, the division between controller DJs and turntable DJs seems to be getting bigger. Both styles of DJing have their advantages and ultimately try to achieve the same result. Even A-Trak commented on this subject saying DJing is about taking risks and not just what you use at the club.
One of the many advantages of using a DVS system for DJing, which is often overlooked, is the ability to play from just one vinyl deck or CDJ, in case of equipment failure. In this article we discuss the technique for doing so, and how to achieve it using both Serato DJ, and Traktor.
Serato DJ comes out with another strong release today that provides new functionality like Flip mode, along with some older loved features missing from Scratch Live such as AM mode (hide your tracks) and Chronological cues. A new MIDI Map panel also promises to provide deeper control over the software for those who may wish to dive deeper into the realm of customization. The update is available now from serato.com/dj.
Serato DJ continues get serious feature additions in 2014 with an upcoming new release, 1.7, that will incorporate a new way of recording custom cue point juggles and playing them back. It's called Serato Flip - and it could be a killer feature for all kinds of DJs looking to build more intricate routines in a DJ software.
Some DJs would prefer to not hear this, but sync exists. In fact, while it may be new to some people (Scratch Live users), the technology has been around for years. Sure, plenty of DJs eschew it, but for those who don’t, it’s important to have the resources and knowledge to use it properly. In this piece, you’ll learn how to set beatgrids and use Simple and Smart Sync in Serato DJ.
Being able to dynamically jump around within a playing track was a major innovation that Serato introduced back in ITCH. Now, every Serato user has access to the function in Serato DJ - but like many advanced features it takes a bit of work to figure out when to actually use it. Watch today's tutorial for some great techniques on using the Slicer in a DJ mix.
At the end of a long night behind the decks, it's tough to remember all the tracks you've played over the course of a few hours. Thankfully, both Serato and Traktor have a few very useful built-in features for sharing your sets. Read on to learn some of the lesser-known playlist secrets in both softwares.
Serato doesn't have a booth at NAMM, opting instead to demo software at various other manufacturer's booths that come with Serato DJ. At the Reloop booth, we got a chance to play around with a beta of the upcoming Serato DJ 1.6 that had the recently announced Pitch 'N Time DJ plug-in installed. Does the algorithm really work, and how well? Watch our video inside.