Serato DJ Tutorial One | Using Multi FX Mode
Serato DJ software along with Native Instruments’ Traktor Pro are probably the two most popular and leading DJ programs used by professional DJ’s worldwide. Many DJs who use laptops will tell you that there is much more to DJing than simply mixing two beats together and in theory, they are all correct.
However too many DJs who use laptops do just that – simply mix two tracks together! They don’t make use of the many other features that can enhance one’s DJ performance beyond the standard segueing of two tracks seamlessly in a mix.
One of the best and easiest features to use, to -mash-up’ one’s music and create something different out of your track collection is the effects and Serato’s FX are designed by leading plugin creator, iZotope so anybody using this program is really selling themselves short by not experimenting with this part of DJing.
Lately there has been some amazing new gear released for Serato that really encourages the full use of the software…
How to Use Multi-FX in 4 easy steps
Select Your Effect
The first thing you want to do is open the FX panel open. This is done by simply clicking the FX button in the top left hand corner. This is on the main screen of Serato DJ.
Using the Effect
Once you’ve clicked the ON button, toggle the FX depth dial; this adjusts the amount of effect that will be applied and as you do this you should be able to hear the results on the track. Naturally the more you turn this the stronger the effect will be.
If you are using a DJ controller you’d simply use the rotary on your device and if you watch your screen you will see the corresponding software dial turn.
Create a Multi Effect Chain
Tweaking the Effect
Although the effect timing is linked to the BPM value to ensure your effect makes musical sense and stays in sync, you can also use the BEATS option to further increase or decrease the effect timing. The BEATS multiplier can be found on the right hand side of each effect unit.
The effect BPM automatically uses the BPM of the track which is loaded to the deck you have the FX unit assigned to.
You can also set up a manual timing if you want by using the TAP button and tapping in the BPM. Resetting the tempo is a simple click of the the ‘X’ button, or you can hold down TAP for 1 second and you shall see the automatic BPM return.
Assigning FX to a Specific Deck
You can also choose which channel the FX unit is assigned to on the far right hand side of the FX unit.
If you have a 2 Deck controller, you can assign either to Channels 1 and 2, or you can set it to the Master Output, by selecting M.
Naturally if you have a 4 Deck controller you can do the same as above except you have four individual decks/channels – Channels 1, 2, 3 and 4, and then Master as well.
If you are wondering why you’d want to assign FX to an individual channel instead of to the master, just think of the amazing layers one can create in the mix if the channel you’re introducing has a cool Multi-effect running!
For many of the above steps, you will be able to use your Serato DJ controller, rather than using your mouse. To find out more about the FX controls, download the Quick Start Guide for your controller.