Serato updates Serato DJ to v1.7.2

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Serato has released version 1.7.2 of its Serato DJ professional DJ software for Windows and Mac.

Serato DJ delivers all the features and performance to meet the demands of DJs at the top of their game and sets the new standard for controller DJs. Our best feature set for all-in-one controllers.

Changes in Serato DJ v1.7.2

  • Support for OS X Yosemite — Now with official support for OS X Yosemite.
  • MIDI Output Lighting — Map various features to your secondary MIDI controller and have the LED’s illuminate in response to your actions. Create custom mappings that are highly visible in the club.
  • Sticker Lock — Keep your routines tight with Sticker Lock. A new feature based on a Scratch Live feature that allows you to place a sticker on your control vinyl that will line up exactly when your track starts or cue points everytime. Combine this feature with drop to cue and instant doubles for more control without having to look at the screen.
  • Instant start for motorised platters — Instant Start feature added for all controllers with motorised platters. To enable, turn your controllers start time knob to the zero position.
  • Support for Remote 1.2 — Serato Remote 1.2 introduces PLAY, SYNC, QUANTIZE and CUE POINT NAME DISPLAY features to all Serato DJ users. Along with some quality and stability improvements. Play & pause tracks, activities sync and toggle quantize directly from Serato Remote without having to touch your laptop or controller. Know exactly what cue you’re triggering with Cue point names and colors inherited directly from Serato DJ.
  • Various maintenance and bug fixes, details here.

Serato DJ is available for purchase for $129 USD.

More information: Serato / Serato DJ

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Serato updates Serato DJ to v1.7 + Flip & DVS Expansion Packs released

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Serato has announced the release of version 1.7 of its Serato DJ software.

Serato DJ 1.7 includes Serato Flip and Serato DVS Expansion Packs, new hardware and Official Serato Accessory support, library optimization, the introduction of some of the classic Scratch Live features including; MIDI Panel, Chronological Cue Points, AM Mode, Rearrange Cues, and changes such as smaller Quantize values and more.

All of this is alongside a large dose of maintenance and a huge number of bug fixes for continued stability and performance.

Changes in Serato DJ v1.7

  • Serato Flip Expansion Pack
    • A new Expansion Pack for Serato DJ that allows you to create custom edits, extend and reimagine your music. This is possible by recording your cue point and censor actions / automation, which can be saved and looped, ready to re-trigger and start an instant.
    • Use Serato Flip to create and save up to 6 Flips per track, ready for playback in the studio or the club.
    • Serato Flip can be purchased/activated in-app within the Serato DJ ‘My Serato’ window or from the Serato Online Store for USD29.
  • Serato DVS Expansion Pack
    • A new Expansion Pack for Serato DJ that allows users with compatible/supported hardware to expand their setup and connect Turntable or CDJs to their controller setup. Supported hardware includes; Denon DJ MC6000MK2, Numark N4 and Pioneer DDJ-SX2. With more to come.
    • Serato DVS Expansion Pack can be purchased and activated in-app within the Serato DJ ‘My Serato’ window or from the Serato Online Store for USD99.
  • New Hardware and Official Serato Accessory Support — Support for the Pioneer DDJ-SX2, Numark NV, Pioneer DDJ-WeGO3, Akai Pro AFX and Reloop Neon.
  • Library Optimization — Serato DJ now handles significantly larger music libraries. With Serato DJ 1.7 you can load up to 5x the size of your Scratch Live library. A huge improvement for DJs with very large music collections.
  • MIDI Panel — A new MIDI Panel inside Serato DJ that allows you to MIDI map additional software features such as Library Scroll, Loop Rolls, Instant Doubles, Loop Shift, a dedicated combo HP / LP filter for each channel + much more.
  • Other New Features
    • AM Mode – Hide the artist and track information displayed in the Virtual Deck area.
    • Chronological Cue Points – A highly popular Scratch Live feature, now available in Serato DJ.
    • Rearrange Cues.
    • Smaller Quantize Values.
    • And much more.
  • Maintenance and Bug Fixes — Serato DJ 1.7 also includes a large amount of maintenance and huge number of bug fixes.

Serato DJ for Windows and Mac is available for purchase for $129 USD. The Flip Expansion Pack and DVS Expansion Pack are available as an in-app purchases for $29 USD and $99 USD respectively.

More information: Serato

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Akai Professional omtrps AFX & AMX controllers for Serato DJ

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Akai Professional has announced the AFX and AMX, two new controllers for Serato DJ.

Akai AFX and AMX controllers
Over a USB connection, AFX and AMX each add extensive hands-on controls to a variety of DJ setups ranging from Serato NoiseMap Control Vinyl (DVS), minimalist controllers, HID-capable CD transports, and more.

AFX, a controller for both modern electronic dance music artists and turntablists, features an intuitive array of knobs, pads and buttons for advanced track manipulation. Ten pad modes enable DJs to trigger samples, set and launch hot-cues, slice songs, and assemble loops on the fly from 8 velocity-sensitive, backlit pads. Touch-activated FX knobs provide sound sculpting prowess with a creative twist – a Touch mode allows the knobs to respond with a turn, a tap, or both. An endless controller with LED readout delivers needle-drop access to any point in the track for efficient workflow.

AFX is the first Official Serato Accessory to include exclusive controls for Serato’s newly minted Serato Flip Expansion Pack. Serato Flip allows users to record their Cue Point and Censor actions, which can be saved and looped, ready to re-trigger and start in an instant. Serato Flip lets users create and save up to 6 “Flips” per track, ready for playback in the studio or club. Voucher codes for the Serato Flip Expansion Pack and the popular Back Pack FX Expansion Pack are included with every AFX.

AMX is a plug and play mixing control surface with inputs for Serato NoiseMap control signals. AMX unlocks the full-version of Serato DJ, and features a 24-bit, 96 kHz audio interface for sending the mix to a speaker system. With gain, EQ, Filter knobs, two line faders, and a mini innoFADER crossfader, AMX is the ideal central hub for a Serato DJ setup utilizing turntables or CD controllers with Serato NoiseMap (DVS). Further, AMX is the first interface to take advantage of Serato’s newly announced DVS Expansion Pack. Each EQ and Filter knob is touch-activated for generating all-new sonic expressions. Transport and library navigation controls complete the mouse-less experience that combines the power and flexibility of Serato DJ with the hands-on hardware experience DJs demand.

“Producers and DJs exist in worlds that have been colliding at a rapid rate. Today’s leading artists want to manipulate music in real-time with the level of control Akai Professional has made famous in the studio, ” noted Dan Gill, Akai Professional Product Manager. “AMX and AFX let DJs of all walks expand their control set and take advantage of every ounce of performance power Serato DJ offers.”

AFX features

  • Expands audio command control of Serato DJ; FX, loops, cue points and more.
  • Serato Flip-capable -create custom edits, extend your music or re-imagine it altogether in the studio or club.
  • Includes Serato Flip and Back Pack FX Expansion Packs, a $49 value.
  • 4 decks of control over a single USB connection.
  • 9 touch-activated knobs for effects tweaking and EQ kills.
  • 8 velocity-sensitive, backlit pads with RGB feedback.
  • 10 pad modes for triggering hot cues, loops and slices.
  • Powered by a single USB connection.

AMX features

  • Mixing surface with 24-bit/96 kHz audio interface for Serato DJ.
  • Plug and play with Serato DJ (included) – no upgrade purchase required.
  • 2 sets of phono/line inputs for Serato DJ timecode signals such as DVS & HID (DVS Expansion Pack sold separately).
  • 9 touch-activated knobs for cutting-edge EQ kills and Filter sweeps.
  • Pro-grade, adjustable mini innoFADER crossfader.
  • Powered by a single USB connection.

The AFX and AMX will be on display at DJ Expo, Booth 416, August 12-14th in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The controllers will be available for purchase this fall priced at $199.99 USD/£139.99 GBP/179.99 EUR for the AFX and $249.99 USD/£179.99 GBP/229.99 EUR for the AMX.

More information: Akai Professional

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Serato introduces Serato Flip Expansion Pack

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Serato Flip

Serato has introduced Serato Flip, a new Expansion Pack for Serato DJ that allows you to create custom edits, extend and re-imagine your music.

Available this September with Serato DJ 1.7 – Flip allows you to record your cue point and censor actions which can be saved and looped, ready to re-trigger and start an instant. Use Serato Flip to create and save up to 6 Flips per track, ready for playback in the studio or the club.

The original idea of being able to record and playback cue point information in a simple way was first pitched to us by NZ producer P Money, who was already using Serato to put beats together by manually triggering cue points.

Not only a great beat sketch pad, Serato Flip can also be used as a powerful DJ tool. The simple, yet effective control set designed with the DJ in mind allows you to use it in your set in a number of ways:

  • Make clean edits of your tracks by recording censor actions.
  • Extend intros, breakdowns or outros for better mixing.
  • Create transition sections in your songs for changing tempo or beat structure.
  • Advanced tone-play and performance.
  • Auto-skipping verses or choruses in songs.
  • Making beats.

Serato Flip features

  • Record Cue Point & Censor Automation — Click record once to arm recording. Once you hit the first cue or censor, recording begins. Hit record again to set the end point of your Flip.
  • Prepare & Edit Tracks In Offline Mode — Use Serato Flip without your hardware connected.
  • Flip Saving — Save 6 different Flips per track. Serato Flip information is saved to your tracks metadata and doesn’t edit the audio of the track. You can delete cue points and your Flip will still be remembered.
  • Hardware Controls, Keyboard Shortcut & Midi Mappable — Control Flip directly from your computer or your controller with a keyboard shortcut and hardware controls being mapped for supported current and future hardware. Flip controls are also MIDI mappable for use with the MIDI controller of your choice.
  • Looping / Loop Snap — Choose whether your recorded Flip plays through once or loops. Select whether your looped Flip will snap to an end-point that’s on beat with your track.
  • Recall and Replay — Turn Flips ON / OFF and start your Flip on track load or whenever you like.
  • Make perfect edits — Platter movements aren’t recorded so you can move the platter to an exact point and trigger a cue point to make the perfect Flip.
  • Name your Flips — Just like Serato DJs nameable Cue Points you can also name your Flips. The name of your Flip will appear in the deck info area when the track is loaded.

Serato Flip will be available as a paid Expansion Pack in Serato DJ 1.7, coming this September. It will be available for purchase in-app and on the Serato Online Store for $29 USD.

More information: Serato

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Numark intros NV controller for Serato DJ

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Numark has announced NV, an intelligent controller for Serato DJ.

Numark NV
Featuring high-resolution color screens that provide extensive visualization of Serato’s flagship DJ platform and advanced interactive controls, NV opens all-new doors for the modern performing artist.

With two 4.3-inch, full-color screens integrated into its sleek, compact chassis, NV completely redefines the software-hardware experience for professional DJs. Using NV, performers experience feedback of Serato DJ – an award-winning software platform for digital DJ’ing – within critically acclaimed Numark hardware. Another first for DJ controllers, NV includes downloadable Remix Packs from world-renowned Toolroom Records, allowing artists to remix with audio stems from the leading electronic dance music label.

NV’s backlit performance screens deliver vivid, real-time visualization of Serato DJ; complete with spinning Virtual Decks, effects (FX), Cue Points, waveforms and more. Supporting four decks of control, its screens also provide song library navigation and detailed waveforms respective to each deck. Now, performers can manage set elements with the source laptop closed or out of sight without sacrificing functionality. Further, eye travel from the laptop screen to the controller is eliminated for seamless operation.

“NV has that ‘x-factor’ DJs have been searching for,” says Karl Detken, Numark Marketing Director. “It completely re-imagines the DJ experience while infinitely expanding creative performance options. Feedback elements are placed in the middle of the action, not away from it. The crowd will never again question what the DJ is doing in the booth, nor will the DJ question what they are doing with their hands.”

Incorporating the groundbreaking touch-activated controls and performance pad modes introduced with NS7II, NV empowers progressive track manipulation on-the-fly. FX, EQ and filter knobs are capacitive – responding with a twist, a touch or both. Now, DJs can unlock textures and transitions limited only by the imagination. All-new touch-activated metal platters provide jog, scrub and scratch duties while intelligent adaptive platter technology optimizes touch-response based on the user and host environment. Users can expect the tactility and reliability needed for the stage’s biggest moments, every time. A total of 16 velocity-sensitive pads provide intuitive control over 10 pad modes for finger drumming, sample slicing, effortless looping, hot cues and more. The ultra-thin NV and its intelligent controls were painstakingly crafted to inspire confidence in transit or in the booth.

“With its embedded, full-color screens, the Numark NV is a breakthrough in digital DJ controller technology,” noted Serato CEO AJ Bertenshaw. “Numark has achieved an unprecedented level of integration with Serato DJ that blurs the line between hardware and software. We cannot wait for performers to experience it first-hand.”

Numark NV features

  • Integrated displays let you focus on the music, not the computer.
  • Full-color, 1:1 real-time visualization of Serato DJ software.
  • Intelligent, touch-activated EQ, filter and effects knobs.
  • Groundbreaking effects tweaking, EQ kills, and filter sweeps.
  • 16 velocity-sensitive trigger pads with backlit RGB feedback.
  • Plug and play with Serato DJ (included) – no purchase necessary.
  • 4 decks of cutting-edge Serato DJ control.
  • 10 pad modes for triggering samples, cues, loops, and slicing.
  • 2 dual-zone wheels with adaptive touch technology.
  • Includes Toolroom Records Remix Packs.
  • Toolroom Records Remix Pack features audio stems from the world’s premier dance music label.

NV will be showcased at the DJ Expo, August 11-14 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. NV will available for purchase this fall, priced at $699.99 USD.

More information: Numark / NV

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