Serato, known primarily for their Scratch Live vinyl emulation software, has made inroads into the controller market before with ITCH, its professional controller-integrated software package, and DJ Intro, which was aimed at beginner digital DJs. While current ITCH users will be able to upgrade to Serato DJ for free (DJ intro users will have to pay $199 [approx R 1750.00]), it’s billed as completely new software. In addition to a new user interface, Serato DJ includes a number of new features aimed at controller users. The software has new audio effects from high-end plugin developer iZotope such as echo, ping pong delay, reverb and flanger. Users will also be able to incorporate and customize secondary controllers through MIDI mapping. In terms of mixing options, Serato DJ will expand the number of decks to four and the number of cue points to eight. Many popular features, like the SP-6 sample player and auto tempo matching, will make the move to the new software, and music libraries from Scratch live, ITCH, DJ Intro and iTunes will remain compatible.
Support for the software has been expanded to current ITCH and DJ Intro controllers and over the next few months these updates will become available. Numark’s Mixtrack Pro, Pioneer’s DDJ-Ergo and Denon’s MC2000 were recently announced as ready.