DJTechTools May 17, 2017

One of the long-standing online DJ and production schools, Dubspot, is being accused by former students of never providing classes, but taking potential students' money nonetheless. As reported first on Thump, students are claiming that the school swindled them out of their money. Keep reading for insight from reviews, former teachers, and more.

The post DJs Beware: Dubspot Ripping Off Students, Not Paying Teachers? appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DJTechTools May 16, 2017

It has been two years since the Stems were introduced to Traktor and since then we have seen the format slowly grow with more and more producers releasing Stem tracks as well as DJs making their own. These Stems serve as powerful tools to build dynamic DJ sets and today Jos Cabello is back with his latest Tecnica Futura video, Stems Stories.

The post Routine: Stem Stories with Jos Cabello appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DJTechTools May 16, 2017

In a new update to the DJ Conversion Utility (first featured last month on the blog) comes a powerful new feature: converting playlists and collections out of DJ software and into iTunes. This type of forward-and-back conversion has been high on feature request lists for every iTunes integrated software for years, and now a powerful third-party utility has beat everyone to the punch.

The post DJ Conversion Utility 1.3: Converts Traktor + Rekordbox Playlists To iTunes appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DJTechTools May 16, 2017

The moral acceptability of trainspotting (figuring out what a DJ is playing) is a longstanding debate in the DJ community. But in recent years, new tools and communities have changed how the process works - and one DJ, Jackmaster, took issue with it last week in a heartfelt opinion. Read on for a breakdown of what both sides of the issue think and to share your own opinions on the concept.

The post Trainspotting A DJ’s Tracks: Is It Lazy or Legit? appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DJTechTools May 16, 2017

Ableton has just launched a new online appgeared towards teaching people the fundamental music theory behind production. The goal is clear – they want to help everyone learn the basics of making music. The new site, Learning Music, is impressive, and a great place to share with the next person who asks you “how do […]

The post Ableton Launches “Learning Music” – Production Education Web App appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DJTechTools May 16, 2017

Early in the development of Rekordbox DJ, Pioneer added MIDI mapping (in the 4.0.6 update). Almost every function in the software was MIDI mappable, except for jogwheel control, which was kept exclusively for Pioneer's own DDJ controllers. In today's article, we take a closer look at one method for using any MIDI controller's jogwheels in Rekordbox DJ.

The post How To Hack Rekordbox DJ To Use Any Controller’s Jogwheels appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DJTechTools May 16, 2017

Sampling fundamentally altered the course of music production when it started being used in the 1970s/80s. The biggest changes since then are how easy it is to turn a sample into a song, but conversely how hard it has become to be allowed to use those samples. Tracklib, a new online music store, is aiming to clean up the minefield that is modern sampling by creating a catalog of tracks to dig through that can be licensed for release as well. Read on for the first details.

The post Tracklib: A Music Store That Will Promote Sampling? appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DJTechTools May 16, 2017

Inspired by a conversation with Ean last week, today we’rekicking off our first-ever DJ Track Trade. The goal:once a month, for the DJTT community to share what new tracks, edits, remixes, and releases worked especially well on dance floors. We’ll share a few of our favorites, things that we’ve heard personally, trainspotted, or seem to […]

The post DJ Track Trade: What Was Hot In April 2017? appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DJTechTools May 16, 2017

As a DJ, one of the most difficult skills to learn is how to play to a crowd. It's a challenge, particularly for DJs that don't have weekly or monthly residencies locked down. So what are the best ways to get that same positive nervousness and tension that you experience when playing in front of a crowd? Keep reading for some great ideas.

The post How To Practice DJing When You’re Not At A Gig appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DigitalDJTips May 16, 2017
This time, we'll cover how you can maximise your productivity to get bookings even when you are asleep. There are loads of resources that when setup properly, require minimal extra effort to maintain and serve as a constant advertisement of your DJ services. The post 7 Ways To Get Gigs While You Sleep appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips May 16, 2017
The death of the MP3 file format was announced last week by none other than its creators. They said that MP3 has been surpassed by better, more efficient formats, such as Apple's AAC format, which is jockeying to become the de facto format for compressed music files. So what does that mean for DJs? We take a look... The post The MP3 Is Dead, Say Its Creators: What DJs Need To Know appeared first...

DigitalDJTips May 16, 2017
You might have already exhausted all of the "standard" options when trying to get yourself a gig. If that is so, why not think outside the box and find your own niche? It may well lead to you getting gigs. In this 7 Ways To Get A Gig article, we'll talk about landing DJ gigs in less conventional venues... The post 7 Unusual Types Of Venues To Approach For Gigs appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips May 16, 2017
Alongside this week's launch of our 7 Ways To Get A Gig series, we wanted to hear tales of how you landed your first gig and how it went. What bit of advice would you give a beginner DJ before their first gig that you wish you had known before yours? My first gig was bizarre to say the least... The post Over To You: What Was Your Very First DJ Gig? appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips May 16, 2017
"I?ve recently started DJing and have a monthly gig at a bar in Southeast London. I was surprised at the popularity of my music and am loving DJing, so I want to gig here more frequently. How would you suggest I promote myself so I can get more bookings at this bar?" The post Your Questions: How To Convince The Bar Owner To Give Me More Gigs? appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips May 16, 2017
Just like owning a van and offering to schlepp a band's gear around was a great way for musicians to get gigs in the past, having your own PA system these days can have the same effect. Check out how having your own PA system can get you rocking a party. The post 7 Ways To Get DJ Gigs By Owning A PA System appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips May 16, 2017
In this week's Friday Roundup, we lead with crucial advice on "making it" and having a career in the DJ world from DJ/producer Doorly. We've also got videos on the history of sampling and house music, a tribute to trance producer Robert Miles, along with a profile that proves DJing is an all-ages activity. The post Friday Roundup: 6 DJ Tips For Total World Domination appeared first on Digital DJ...

DigitalDJTips May 16, 2017
So you've just got in from hard day's work, grabbed a drink and are ready to put your feet up. However, a DJ who wants to get more gigs, the action doesn't stop there (does it ever stop?). These seven tips aim to cover the things that you can do from your sofa to score the extra gigs the you crave... The post 7 Ways To Get Gigs Without Leaving The House appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips May 16, 2017
We're concerned with the technical and musical aspects of DJing when we start out, but a lot of the work that a busy DJ does has to do with getting your name out there in order to get gigs. And you definitely need to do some good ol' human face-to-face interaction. The post 7 Ways To Get DJ Gigs When On A Night Out appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips May 16, 2017
The Soundbrenner Pulse is an app-controlled metronome you wear like a watch. DJs can use this to stay in time when practising tricks like cue point juggling, or even for practising scratching, which adds a different "physical" feel to the tempo. It works silently, sending vibrations to your wrist that are in time to the tempo that you've set. The post Soundbrenner Pulse Is A Metronome On Your...

Serato May 16, 2017

We were lucky enough to get a mix from the oldest son to the legendary DJ Jam Master Jay for the SeratoCast mix series. Jam Master J'Son is carrying on his fathers legacy as a top class DJ and producer, the current Tour DJ for RUN-DMC and Tour DJ for Mann. 

Check out Jam Master J'Son's mix below and a quick interview to get to know him a little better.


OP Miller: Tell us where you are at right now and why are you there?

Jam Master J'Son: I currently reside in the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area.  I live closer to my family in Georgia and it is one of the music capitals of the world. Living in Atlanta allows me to literally live within and immerse myself in the culture of music.

OP: Top 5 records doing it for you right now?

JMJS: Yung Book feat. London Jae - H.I.T.V.

Moneybag Yo feat. Yo Gotti - Section
Rich The Kid feat. Jaden Smith - Like This
Lil’ Brudda Haitian - Gone Bad
Montana of 300 - Ice Cream Truck

OP: First DJ Setup, what was it?

JMJS: My first DJ setup was the Numark NS7 original.

OP: Favorite mixtape you've made.

JMJS: My favorite mixtape I’ve ever made, the world has never heard. 
It’s a mixtape tribute to my late father Jam Master Jay.  One day I plan on releasing it for the world to hear.  Who knows? I may remake it with original songs with so many artists and DJs on there, because my father influenced so many people musically and helped so many people establish themselves in the music industry during his life.  It can be a mixtape/original album project featuring the biggest stars in music.  Could you imagine Rev Run and DMC doing new songs with Jay-Z and Drake for the project?  It would be like music time crystals; sounds forever frozen in time.

OP: Favorite City in the world and why?

JMJS: I’ve been blessed to perform all over the world in so many countries and cities.  To narrow it down, I would have to say Bangkok, Thailand.  The place is beautiful and the people showed Iyaz and myself so much love when we performed there.  If Warner Bros. Pictures ever films “Hangover 4: The Return To Bangkok” I have to be in the scenes in filmed in Bangkok. 

OP: What are you working on currently?

JMJS: I am currently working on beginning some mixtape DJ projects in the hip-hop genre, a video project with popping dancer Marquese Scott, an EDM album, and filming a series of commercial’s for Numark.

Check out more from Jam Master J'son:


Serato May 16, 2017

Preferences found in Serato DJ’s Setup menu are often an overlooked option when it comes to MIDI mapping.

Have a read below of our favourite 5 MIDI-mappable setup options you can map straight to your controller, removing the need to enter the SETUP screen.


*To map any of the following features click on the MIDI button to enable MIDI mapping then click on the SETUP menu and navigate to the appropriate tab.


Start/Stop time









These options are handy if your Serato hardware does not have a dedicated start/stop knob, or when using one or more decks in INT mode. This parameter will give you control over the time it takes tracks to reach their normal speed when started or the time it takes for them to stop, great for creating different braking effects.


Quantize Value  




Scroll through the Quantize beat values to select the setting most suited to your performance. Have a lesser value when wanting to go crazy on the cues then move it up to a larger value when wanting to simply drop your cues on the 1.









A great tool to have enabled the majority of the time, but you may want to have the option to toggle this off at times when you’d like to make subtle pitch or platter movements.


AM mode 










Super heroes don’t have to enter a setup screen to enable their powers - have AM mode ready at the press of a button to make your track names disappear.

Pitch N Time DJ  

PnT DJ provides the ability to shift your track’s BPM by huge values and still retain great quality, however you may wish to have PnT DJ turned off while scratching as it can interfere with the desired sound you’re trying to create.

*Mapping the ‘enable Pnt DJ’ checkbox in the SETUP menu will allow you to toggle PnT DJ on and off - with the handy addition of keep Serato’s Keylock feature on when Pnt DJ has been toggled off*. This will give a smoother, less noticeable switch compared to toggling PnT off without keylock.

Serato May 16, 2017

Thanks to everyone that made it out to Serato’s Masterclass tour of the UK and Ireland.

Workshops were held in key stores and music schools over London, Newbury, Bristol, Dublin and Birmingham with every stop either being full or over booked!


Radikarl hosted each class, giving the guests demonstrations of basic Serato DJ functions to advanced techniques. The guests were also given something slightly more round and vinyl looking to walk away with too.

If you'd like to catch the next one make sure you like our Facebook page for all updates.

Serato May 16, 2017

Serato is excited to announce the Public Beta launch for Serato Sample: a fun, fast, high-quality production plugin that allows you to quickly find, chop, key shift and time stretch samples.


Until now, producers have struggled to freely manipulate samples while maintaining high-grade audio quality. This has been solved with Sample, an intuitive sampling tool powered by Serato’s original plugin, Pitch ‘n Time.


Serato CEO, Young Ly, says, “Over the years we’ve seen huge growth in the crossover between DJing and producing so it feels like a natural next step for us to return to the world of production. And in turn it made sense to leverage our successful plugin, Pitch ‘n Time.



Serato Sample’s feature set accommodates the needs of producers wanting a powerful, convenient sampling tool and also provides a familiar, intuitive workflow for DJs to delve into beat making.


Key Features:



Works in leading music production software
Including Ableton Live, FL Studio, Logic Pro and Maschine.


Flawless key detection and shifting
Find the key and then shift it with the power of Pitch ‘n Time.


Find the best samples with Autoset
With one click our algorithm finds 16 of the best samples to work with.


Familiar Cue Point workflow
Use Serato DJ's popular Cue Point workflow to set and trigger pads.


Change samples beyond recognition
Manipulate each pad individually. Mess with key, bpm and more.


Serato’s famous colored waveforms
Visually understand tracks without having to listen to them. Red for bass, blue for highs.


Jump around tracks with ease
Find what you’re after with waveform scrub and needle drop.




For more info and to join the beta visit Serato Sample

Serato May 16, 2017

SeratoCast Mix 64 is bought to us by the Super Smash Broz. The DJ Duo and brothers consisting of DJ Fresco x DJ Nomz have put together a SMASHING mix of everything hot in Hip Hop right now. Check this mix and get a pen and paper ready for your new playlist.

OP Miller, our Artist Relations manager from Studio 2 in NYC also asked the Super Smash Broz a couple of questions about what they're up to, what they're feeling and what they've got in the pipeline. Check it out below to find out more, and get the goss on their upcoming project.

OP: Tell us where you are at right now and why are you there?

SSB: We are in Boston right now, Roxbury to be exact. We are here because this is our hometown - we love the city and are determined to put it on the map. 

OP: Top 5 records doing it for you right now?

SSB: It's tough, because there's so much good music always coming out. However, I'd have to say the top 5 records doing it would be: Sahbabii - Pull Up Wit Ah Stick (this song is gonna be everywhere by the end of the summer), Ed Sheeran - Shape of You, Davido - If, Future - Mask OffMigos - Slippery (feat. Gucci Mane)

OP: First DJ Setup, what was it?

SSB: Our dad used to DJ back in the day, so we used to play around with his equipment. However, our first DJ setup that belonged to us was probably a Numark Mixtrack Pro. 

OP: Favourite mixtape you've made. (Doesn't have to be released, eg for a friend or lover)

SSB: I think the answers are different for both of us. 

Noma Nomz:Get Your Vibes Right 2. I like to break records, and I feel like a lot of people reacted well and caught on to our wave in our city around then.

Muyi Fre$co: My favorite mix is probably Get Your Vibes Right 5. I'm a perfectionist, and though this mix isn't perfect, it's really a dope look at our growth as DJs since we first started. 

OP: Favourite City in the world and why?

SSB: We're biased, so we Idon't necessarily want to say Boston. So besides Boston, probably Lagos, Nigeria or Toronto. Lagos because we're of Nigerian descent (Omo Naija!) and there's nothing like being around your people. Everyone is so authentic and the food is marvelous. Toronto is up there too because that city and its people are so beautiful. It's a great melting pot, super diverse and the natives are so welcoming.

OP: What are you working on currently?

SSB: Currently, we're busy finishing our upcoming project, titled Family Cookout. It's essentially a for us, by us tape featuring the top talent coming out of Massachusetts. The Boston music scene has been slept on for far too long and we feel like it's up to us to help curate the vibes and sounds that our city's scene has. So much of our talent doesn't have the right platform to get noticed by the masses and we hope to help change that. The project will be releasing a bit later this year, so be on the lookout for it! Music lovers and DJs, get ready to get your vibes right and absolutely have these songs in your Serato! 

Check out our new single "Adjacent" coming out on our new project this year.

Follow us on Instagram, Soundcloud, YouTube, FaceBook, MixCloud - @SuperSmashBroz and Twitter @_SuperSmashBroz


Serato May 16, 2017

Soundiiz allows you to unify all your playlists from different music platforms in one place. More Importantly for DJs, you’ll now be able to import all of your playlists from consumer, home-use music streaming services such as Spotify and Soundcloud into Pulselocker for DJing out in the wild.


Transferring playlists in Soundiiz is dead simple. Create an account, link all of your music steaming accounts, select the platform you wish to transfer the playlists from, then select Pulselocker to import them to. You’ll need the Soundiiz Premium Plan to have platform-to-platform playlist conversion abilities, the subscription cost is very modest with a monthly price of $4.50 or $3.00 a month if you choose to pay for the entire year upfront.


The interface is a breeze to use with plenty of customizable options to suit your needs . Download the app from and give it a go for FREE.

Serato May 16, 2017

You may have noticed that over the past year we have released a series of videos called From the Studio.

This is curated by our Artist Relations teams at our LA and NY Studios (and when they're on the road).

We have so many artists come through our studios to catch up with the team and get up to date on everything Serato, that we thought it would be an opportunity missed if we didn't get the camera gear out and film some of these artists giving us a quick routine when we can.

Check out our From the Studios playlist below for some routines from the series, and keep an eye on our Facebook page for more to come.

Serato May 16, 2017

Get familiar with Kris Karns. The Denver-born DJ aficionado holding down the trifecta of battle titles - a DMC Championship, x3 Thre3style wins, and a runner-up spot of VH1’s “Master of the Mix”.

He’s produced tracks for Mayor Hawthorne, has toured with Yelawolf, and is a current member for electronic outfit Pretty Lights.

We’ve always admired Chris’ refreshing approach to DJing, and the way he uses Serato. So we thought we’d catch a moment with him to talk about it a little more.

Check our interview with Chris below for his take on touring with a live band (Pretty Lights), the run down of his setup, and how he incorporates Serato DJ, Pitch ‘n Time DJ for added key functionality, and Ableton Link.

Grab Pitch 'n Time DJ for yourself and give the Key Shift, Key Sync and Pitch Play for yourself.


SeratoCast Mix 63

While on the road in Cali Chris also recorded a SeratoCast mix live, check it out.

Serato May 16, 2017

Using SoundSwitch, DJs are able to attach lighting cues/effects to audio files so that when played through Serato DJ, the customised lighting display occurs automatically, to the beatgrid, as the DJ intended. SoundSwitch also has a back up feature called Autoloops, which are lighting scenes that sync with DJ software beatgrid. It allows DJs to elevate their performance and create a superior experience for their crowd.


The release of Soudswitch 1.2 provides huge additions to the existing functionality with an array of new features, options and general performance improvements.


Key SoundSwitch 1.2 Features


  • Additional Attribute Control
  • Create Attribute Cues in Master Track to control:
    • Gobo
    • Zoom
    • Prism
    • Built in Programs
    • UV
    • +more
  • Auto Amber White Color Mixing
  • Updated Fixture Library and more fixtures
  • New Effects:
    • Color Chase
    • Follow Chase
    • Alternating Chase
    • Multiple Pulse Chases
    • New Color Palettes
    • Position Effects
    • Strobe Effects
    • Drops, Build Ups + Breakdowns
  • Position Flags Displayed in Tree
  • Adding Multiple Fixtures option
  • General Stability and Performance Updates

For More info on using SoundSwitch with Serato DJ CLICK HERE

Serato May 16, 2017

In our month packed full of SeratoCast mixes, next up for SeratoCast mix number 62 is oriJanus of Soulection and emcee on WordLyfe.

oriJanus brings the vibes on this one with a stack of his own tracks, remixes and token Soulection vibes.

We also asked him a couple of questions to find out what he's on at the moment. Read below.

Matt Perry: Tell us where you are at right now and why are you there?

oriJanus: I'm at the Serato Studio 3 in Little Tokyo recording a Seratocast on my birthday. :) 

MP: Top 5 records doing it for you right now?

OJ: 1. Thundercat - Friend Zone, my friend Mono/Poly produced it and he's from Bakersfield as I am.

2. This unreleased Zikomo remix that's going to be put out soon. Sssssh, lol.

3. Terrace Martin - Valdez off Crenshaw, I STILL play this song religiously.

4. SiR - W$ Boi, great song that tells a more common story. SiR is such a cool dude.

5. Temu - Boogaloo Blues, that bassline....ungh!

MP: First DJ Setup, what was it?

OJ: First setup I had was a pair of Yamaha Ion turntables my grandma bought me from a JC Penny's catalog for Christmas when I was about 10 years old. They were really fragile and the stylus picked up any little touching of the tables but it got me through, lol.

MP: Favourite mixtape you've made. (Doesn't have to be released, eg for a friend or lover)

OJ: I recorded a mix of my favorite hip-hop tracks as a kid (Black Moon, Smif-N-Wessun, Wu, Jamal, Redman etc.) that I've been playing out. Might put it out someday, lol.

MP: Favourite City in the world and why?

OJ: Miami! I've been there twice in the past few months and I love it. I'm puerto rican so I was welcomed with open arms. I loved the latin conga bands on the corner and the women!

MP: What are you working on currently?

OJ: Currently recording and working on my self-produced, debut rap project entitled "7000 Auburn - EP". Been taking me quite some time but I'm getting it out this year. Be on the lookout for that!

Serato May 16, 2017

We have been very lucky this month to receive mixes from a bunch of artists to get the SeratoCast mix series back into full swing for 2017.

This week we received a mix from the talented Orange Calderon who brings a refreshing mix of brand new and classic Hip Hop/Rap. Perfect for your next party or get the office turnt up proper.

We also asked her a  a few questions about what she's been upto lately. Check it out below.

Matt Perry: Tell us where you are at right now and why are you there?

Orange Calderon: Live from the trap house. I literally just finished recording this mix so I’m still sitting at my setup, answering these Q’s before I send it all off, Loll. 

MP: Top 5 records doing it for you right now?

OC: There’s so much music coming out right now, it literally changes every week. This week I’m excited about this Omniboi Remix of Bad And Boujee. I’ve moved on to other records off the new Migos album, but that remix is so fire. I really love ‘Shining’ Dj Khaled, Beyonce,& Jay-Z. Slide - Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean & Migos is a great record. Jazz Cartier - Tempted, Wizkid - Sweet Love, Clean Bandit’s remix of Flume - Say It ft. Tove Lo thats 6 and its killing me to not keep going lol, 5 is not enough! 

MP: First DJ Setup, what was it?

OC: Pioneer DDJ-SX. A little over 2.5 years ago a couple friends finally got it into my head that I should be doing this. I walked into Guitar Center a couple days later and picked one up. Everything I needed to get started immediately for under $1,000. Clutch. 

MP: Favourite mixtape you've made. (Doesn't have to be released, eg for a friend or lover)

OC: Probably 'Spain in September’. I felt like a vessel during that recording process. I don’t remember making one active decision, it’s like it made itself. & it very accurately capsulizes my experience, sonically, while over there. It’s a true soundtrack to that trip.  

MP: Favourite City in the world and why?

OC: That’s tough, but if I can only have one I'd have to say Paris. As a DJ, something just clicked my first time over there. I’d been progressing at a steady pace up to that point around month 4/5. I spun a couple gigs, went out to the clubs to see their DJs, & I remember leaving early one night so inspired that I had to get home to my equipment. I was still so new then that there was just a level of unsureness I had about it all. Something clicked that night and I understood something I hadn’t understood before then. I wasn’t scared anymore, and that allowed me to leap ahead several levels on the learning curve. Paris will be special to me forever for that. 

MP: What are you working on currently?

OC: I have another mix I need to get done for a late March drop, & currently mapping out these next couple travel runs through Asia, Africa, & Europe. Other than that I’m 'spring cleaning' the brand, if you will. I've got new things coming on all fronts from merch and the Radio Show, to a new site, app, and video content. It’s quite the undertaking so I don’t wanna say too much before I get it all done. :) 

Serato May 16, 2017

To kick our SeratoCast mix series off for 2017 we had DJ Brace put together a mix of music he's feeling right now.

To find out a bit more about DJ Brace and what makes him tick, Matt Perry our head of Artist Relations in LA asked him a bunch of questions, check them out below.

Matt Perry: Tell us were you are at right now and why are you there?

DJ Brace: Florida by the Ocean

MP: Top 4 records doing it for you right now?

DJ B: Your Old Droogs

Sound Craftsman 3

Markey Funk - Delights vs. Audio Montage 7"

DJ Woody Point of Contact

MP: First DJ Setup, what was it?

DJ B: 2 x Gemini BD-10's and a Gemini Skratchmaster

MP: Favorite mixtape you've made. (Doesn't have to be released, e.g. for a friend)

DJ B: A series I made back in the day called Take. It was a one take series I made circa 2000, I did a total of 6, gems to me.

MP: Favorite City in the world and why?

DJ B: Lijiang, China right now, people are so open, music is everywhere and the food is great.

MP: What are you working on currently?

DJ B: New 7" EP is out now! Order here.

New Full Solo LP on Costume Records dropping soon

New 7" Scratch Record on Fresherthan Records called Champ Cuts by DJ Vekked & Brace. This is a combination of the two world champions best sounds from their winning DMC online routines.

Fretless Fridays, a new series I started exploring music on the Fretless Fader, watch it here.

There's more, but that's all for now, stay tuned!

Serato May 16, 2017




DJ Mist from Dub Academy in Texas, shows us how to "Chop" using the Slicer, and Screw tracks by setting the control tone to 45 in the Serato DJ setup menu.  

Check out the Pro Tip HERE

From wikipedia - 

"Chopped and screwed (sometimes called screwed and chopped or slowed and throwed) refers to a technique of remixing hip hop music which developed in the Houston hip hop scene in the early 1990s. This is accomplished by slowing the tempo down to between 60 and 70 quarter-note beats per minute and applying techniques such as skipping beats, record scratchingstop-time, and affecting portions of the music to make a "chopped-up" version of the original.

DJ Screw is largely recognized as the innovator behind the chopped and screwed genre.

DJ Screw's key technique involved playing the same record on both turntables with a delay between them of one beat and quickly moving the crossfader side to side. This created an effect where the words or beats in a song were repeated without interrupting its tempo.

Today it is still common to see screwed and chopped versions of mixtapes and albums released alongside the regular speed versions, sometimes in a double disc format with one disc screwed and the other regular speed."

Serato May 16, 2017

While we were at SXSW at Dub Academy, we got a chance to catch Austin native DJ Diggy Dutch get down with a dirty (south) routine for this special edition of "From the studio"... check it out ?


Keep checking the blog for more updates from SXSW.

Serato May 16, 2017

The Digilogue is excited to announce Serato's collaboration with Microsoft on April 7th! Serato Artist Relations team OP! and Dstrukt will be leading the workshop demonstrating key features in Serato DJ, using the Microsoft Surface.

Basics of Serato DJ 1.9.6

  • Sync
  • Beat Gridding
  • Beat Jumps
  • Slicer
  • Serato DJ FXs
  • Key Detection and Pitch n' Time DJ
  • Pitch Play
  • Smart Crates


The workshop will be controller focused. OP Miller and the Serato team will bring five different controllers for people to test out after the workshop.


There will be a raffle for a Serato DJ Suite, Serato DJ licenses, and other goods.

Register here

Serato May 16, 2017

Building on it's predecessor the Numark NS6, one of the first 4-channel controller to be supported by Serato, the NS6II brings some great updates to this iconic Serato DJ controller.

The Numark NS6II will be Serato DJ Enabled and Serato DVS Upgrade Ready. Read on for more features that you will find on this controller once released.

Features include:

Dual USB Outputs

A Numark first—giving the ability to connect two laptops to Serato DJ simultaneously.

Built-In Hi Res Display

Built-in full-color 2-inch hi-res displays for monitoring BPM, platter position, time remaining, pitch adjustment and keylock.

Performance Pads

Rubber MPC performance pads give you quick access to hot cues, auto loop/roll, manual loop mode sampler and slicer. Each function duals-up with sub functions to give you access to a total of 16 velocity-sensitive pads.

Additional Features:

  • Serato DJ Enabled
  • Serato DVS Upgrade Ready
  • Digital mixer with (2) phono/line inputs that can be mixed directly without software
  • Touch-capacitive knobs 
  • 6-inch multi-function jog wheel with smart learning capacitive technology 
  • 4-channel USB Audio 
  • Stereo XLR outputs, Master RCA outputs, Booth RCA Outputs 
  • (2) 1/4” mic inputs 
  • Stand-alone mixer 24-bit, 44.1K audio 
  • USB 2.0 
  • 4 in, 4 out with (2) phono preamp
  • Replaceable crossfader
  • Roll bar to protect front panel control knobs
Serato May 16, 2017

With the release of Serato DJ 1.9.6 comes additions and improvements for DVS users. DJ’s who spin on turntables will find at least one or all of the below feature updates very beneficial.



Using turntables gives a lot of platter control to the user, but it doesn’t come without a cost. Wow/Flutter is a common nuisance that you'll experience when playing vinyl, caused by variables of the turntable or vinyl itself, resulting in unexpected BPM fluctuations.

 The introduction of Anti-Drift combats wow/flutter by calculating the rotational speed of the vinyl and ignoring every abnormal rotation by applying an average. After a few rotations, your deck's BPM will be sitting at a stable number, resulting in a much more reliable beat-mixing experience.


You can enable Anti-Drift by checking the box found in the CD/Vinyl tab of the SETUP screen.

Smart Sync

Controllers have had an abundance of practical and performance enhancing features since their beginning. Smart Sync is one of the more commonly used features that DVS users have been patiently waiting for.

Smart sync is the more intelligent, more popular brother of simple sync who can lock track’s beatgrids in sequence and have decks follow the BPM of the master deck.

Enable Smart Sync by checking the box found in the DJ Preferences tab of the SETUP screen.


Needle Drop/Sticker Lock improvements

We’ve dialled in the sensitivity of our needle dropping features allowing our turntable users to utilize these handy tricks in their room, a club or battle with precision and assurance.

To enable Needle Dropping and Sticker Lock, enable the features you wish to use from the CD/Vinyl tab in the SETUP screen.

 DJ's wanting to use DVS that own DVS Upgradable hardware or Club Kit Mixers, will need to purchase the DVS Expansion pack from either inside the Expansion Packs & Activations window of Serato DJ or from the Serato Online Store.


Download Serato DJ 1.9.6

Serato May 16, 2017

Previously exclusive to a select number of controllers, including the Denon DJ MCX-8000, Roland DJ-808 and the Pioneer DJ DDJ-SZ2, Pitch Play is now available to use with a variety of Serato supported hardware.

Pitch Play uses Pitch 'n Time DJ, allowing Cue Points to be played across a range of keys. This feature brings a new musical element to DJing, offering creative DJ’s a melodic, fun approach when composing sets.


Pitch Play Supported Hardware

Owners of the below hardware with Pitch 'n Time DJ activated can use Pitch Play with SDJ 1.9.6.
Enable Pitch Play mode by pushing the button combination assigned to your hardware.

  • Pioneer DJ DDJ-SX - [SHIFT + SAMPLER]
  • Numark NS7II - [SHIFT + SAMPLER]
  • Numark NS7III - [SHIFT + SAMPLER]
  • Numark NV - [SHIFT + SAMPLER]
  • Numark NVII - [SHIFT + SAMPLER]
  • Akai Pro AFX - [SHIFT + SAMPLER]

How to use Pitch Play

Once enabled the first Cue Point of the loaded track will be spread across the 8 performance pads, each pad letting you trigger the Cue in a different key. There are 3 different key ranges you can cycle through once Pitch Play is enabled, giving you the option of going up in key, down in key or both.


Toggle through the ranges by pressing the parameter left or right button.

To change the Cue Point you wish to use within Pitch Play, hold the shift button on your hardware then press the performance pad corresponding with the Cue you’re wishing to use.


If you have any questions, ask us in the comment section below.


You can purchase Pitch 'n Time DJ within the Expansion Packs & Activations panel of Serato DJ or from the Serato Online Store


With the release of Serato DJ 1.9.6, we've also reset all free trials taken to date, so if you don't own Pitch 'n Time DJ and would like to try it again... then you can. Just download Serato DJ and start a free two-week trial.




Serato May 16, 2017

Serato DJ 1.9.6 introduces new additions and improvements to the existing looping feature. Creating a reliable, user-friendly tool that every DJ can benefit from. New performance enhancing tools are also added in the release letting users disable setting Cues and save Favorite FX Banks.



Looping can be utilized by every type of DJ, from a practical use such as extending the intro/outro of a track to performance enhancing techniques such as energy building rolls. Serato DJ 1.9.6 improves on the existing looping feature, providing deeper Loop management and bug fixes, resulting in a more user-friendly and reliable tool for DJ’s.


Watch this video below on Chronological Loops + Reordering Loops.

Chronological Cues and Loops

When the "Sort Cues and Loops Chronologically" option is turned on, each track’s saved Loops and Cues will be displayed in the order they appear throughout the track, rather than the order they were created in. This heavily requested feature simplifies the workflow of saving and triggering Cues and Loops.

Reordering Loops

After creating your Loops you may wish to have them saved in a specific order. This addition to the looping feature will let you drag saved loops to the position of your choice.

Feature Improvements

We’ve fixed an issue where scratching will no longer cause the playhead to jump outside of an active Loop, providing a reliable feature for scratch DJ’s to use in creative performances. 


Enable/Disable Hot Cues

We’ve brought back the option from Scratch Live to enable and disable setting Hot Cues. Turning off this feature will stop the frustration of accidentally setting cues on unwanted spaces for those that thrash performance pads. You can toggle this setting in the DJ Preferences tab of the SETUP screen.


When Hot Cues are disabled, Cue Points can only be set by pressing control + numbers 1-0 on your computer's keyboard. Cue Points will not be set with the press of a single button/key on your hardware or keyboard.

Favorite FX Banks

You can now have two entirely different FX Banks saved, available to load whenever needed.

Each bank when saved will remember the FX loaded with each parameter that was set. This is useful when wanting to switch between two configurations. For example, you could have Bank A for Single FX and Bank B for Multi FX, or Bank A for subtle FX such as Reverb, Filter and Bank B for performance FX such as Pitch Looper, Tremolo.


Once you've got a Favorite FX Bank saved you go on to use other FX inside Serato DJ, then recalling your favorite is as easy as clicking back on the A or B bank button.



Serato DJ has a number of built-in FX, or you can purchase the whole Serato FX Expansion Pack for only USD 29 from the Serato Online Store or in-app within Serato DJ.


If you have any further questions or comments then add them below.


Serato May 16, 2017

In celebration of International Women's Day. We pay homage to some of our favorite female DJs getting busy behind the decks.

DJ Perly


DJ Perly has been one of the only few females to compete in The NYC DMC DJ battles. In 2016 she took out the NYC DMC battle becoming the first ever lady DJ to win a DMC US Regional DJ Battle. She then went on to become the 2016 Vice USA DMC Champion.


Check out Perly's segment at Turntable Lab



DJ Short-E/Emma Holmes has been scratching since 2000. After mastering the craft she now dedicates her time to running the online School of Scratch. School of Scratch students can make use of the high quality, step by step tutorial videos made my Short-E, connect with other students on the Discussion Forums and meet up for jams in the live Scratch Room.

Short-E's Scratch Combo of the Month hosted by DJ-City

DJ Killa-Jewel

DJ Killa-Jewel has been one of the most revered DJs in the scratch scene for well over a decade. Recently Killa-Jewel expanded her respect outside of the scratch community with an exceptional, fun party-rocking set at the Redbull Thre3Style Canadian finals.

DJ Killa-Jewel's Redbull Thre3style set of the Canadian finals

DJ Diamond Kuts

Part of Serato's own artist line up, DJ Diamond Kuts not only boasts an impressive DJ resume but has also produced tracks for Nicki Minaj, Sissy Nobby and Lumidee.


DJ Diamond Kuts DJ-808 performance and interview

Serato May 16, 2017


From Bedroom to Big Room, come and join us for an evening Masterclass in all things Serato.  We’ll be covering the basics and all the way through to Pro tips.  This is a free event and open to everyone.  We’ll also be exclusively showcasing the amazing new Roland DJ-808.

Serato Masterclass schedule.

  Masterclass Schedule

 To register and find out more info click HERE.

Serato May 16, 2017

Late last year, Serato reached out to 3 individuals to help film a quick video, showcasing a live use of LINK (the new wireless midi protocol connection created by Ableton) which is now available in Serato DJ. 

We wanted to highlight the three individuals on their chosen platforms, 2 on Serato DJ and 1 on Ableton Live. Stro, 14kt and Manwell, had all known of each others work and in some cases worked together before, so the chemistry was already there.

The 3 gentlemen, came to the Serato Studio the day before, we explained the rules, which were...

  • You all have to be Linked together via LINK
  • There has to be a Tempo Change at some point
  • You have to use your own music 

They had no problem in working a routine out together and were pretty impressed at the way you could link the 3 setups (Turntables, Controller, and Ableton) up to enable a defined shared tempo. Stro on Ableton Push 2, Manwell on the DJMs9 and turntables, 14kt on the Roland DJ808 controller.


Check out the finished product below.

After the performance, we asked the boys on their thoughts of LINK.

Stro - "This situation was the first time I've used it. Was a pretty simple setup. Straight to the point provided the network is capable."

14k - "This was my first time using it in this performance. It didn't take long to understand how it works. It was pretty simple and an extremely helpful feature."


Thanks to Ableton, and Rome for their support and shout out to Z-Trip who stopped by to check out what was going down.

Serato May 16, 2017

One of our planet’s most pressing issues calls for people in every field to play their part. The social influence and presence of a DJ make them an important figure in spreading awareness and encouraging response to Climate Change.

We talk to Sammy Bananas, the founding member of DJs for Climate Action to find out more about the group’s purpose. We discuss how you can join the coalition alongside other members such as A-Trak and RJD2, and what songs he’d have in his Climate Change mixtape. Read the interview below.


For those of us who may not be familiar with what "DJs for Climate Action" is, can you tell us about what you are trying to achieve?


We're working to use the power of music to amplify our community’s role in protecting the planet’s future.  This includes using the cultural visibility of DJs, and the unique way music can bind and motivate people, to promote awareness and provoke response to the Climate Crisis.  We’re encouraging DJ colleagues and fans alike to join the Climate Movement to help shift our world back to a sustainable path.


How did you come to be a part of this project, and what was your inspiration?


I originally started it in '08 after my touring schedule picked up and I was flying all over the place.  At the time I was thinking a lot about the environmental impact of that lifestyle and it forced me to learn more about the Climate issue.  Ultimately, we’re not asking people to stop flying, but figure out what we can collectively do to move the needle in the right direction.  That might be things like fundraising for established advocacy groups like NRDC, or organizing DJs to participate in the upcoming People’s Climate March on April 29th.  


What other dj's are involved that are as passionate about helping slow climate change?


You can find some of the most well-known members of the group featured in the new minute-long clip we launched last week!  DJs like A-Trak, Soul Clap, Louisahhh!!!, RJD2.  Right now this Pledge for Action campaign is really about getting our message out there and welcoming other people to join.  You don’t have to be a big name to take part, you just have to care about the issue and what you can do.  As we grow the coalition we’ll be able to put on more events and do bigger projects to increase our impact.  You can take part at !


Traveling is a big part of a successful DJ's life, do you think this sometimes gives you a different perspective on issues such as Climate Change?


Well first off, I now know there are lots of successful and talented DJs who never travel. BUT it is true that the biggest names are constantly on the road.  For me, playing all over the world gave me the perspective that it’s actually a smaller place than you think.  It breaks down the differences between people, shows how interconnected we all are and cements that we have to work together to solve the issues of the planet.


If you had to make a Climate Action themed mix, what would be your top 5 song choices?


  1. Public Enemy - Fight the power
  2. Roy Ayres - Everybody Loves the Sunshine
  3. Earth People - Dance
  4. Caribou - Sun
  5. Michael Jackson - Heal The World


Where can people learn more about how to help prevent Climate Change?


Here are some great resources:

Follow DJs For Climate Action on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @DJs4CA

Serato May 16, 2017
Pro Tip

The Roland DJ-808 has countless features and settings that you can adjust to suit your work flow. Before customizing the DJ-808 you will need to enable the controller's system setting mode by following the steps below.

While holding down the [PANEL] button, press the [POWER] switch to turn on the power.

The DJ-808 is in system setting mode, and the [START/STOP] button of the TR-S section is blinking.


Press the TR-S pad or button that corresponds with the setting you want to make.

The display shows the current value. Use the [VALUE] knob to change the parameter.

Now you're ready to try our Top 3 customizable settings for the Roland DJ-808

1. Margin at both ends of crossfader

Make changes to this setting by pressing the number TR-S pad 7. Turn value knob anywhere between 1-10. Specifies the margin at both ends of the crossfader. Higher values increase the margin, providing more play at each end of the crossfader. Scratch DJs will keep this preference at 0.


2. Jog dial illumination mode

Press TR-S pad 11 then turn the value knob to 0 and only the indicator at the playback position will be lit (it's lit). Turn it 1 and only the indicator at the position will be unlit.


3. Change the TR-S pad Colour Scheme

Cycle through and change the available TR-S pad color schemes by pressing Serato Sampler buttons 1-5

t  tt  t t

When you’ve finished making settings, press the blinking [START/STOP] button. 



Serato May 16, 2017

When used with the Serato DJ Club Kit (Serato DJ & Serato DVS Expansion pack license bundle), the Pioneer DJ DJM-900NXS and DJM-900NXS2 mixers are available to use plug-and-play with Serato DJ.

Also available are the Pioneer DJM-850, Rane MP2015, Allen & Heath Xone:DB2, DB4 or 43C.

This plug-and-play functionality means you can connect your laptop with Serato DJ directly to the mixer without the need of an external sound card/interface and have control over both the mixer and Serato DJ features.

Even if you don't own these mixers, but you use them in the club, you can still trial or purchase the Club Kit to use them with Serato DJ.

It's easy to use these mixers with Serato DJ.

  1. Download and install the latest version of Serato DJ.
  2. Connect your hardware and activate a FREE 14 day trial in the My Serato window in-app, or purchase and activate a Club Kit license bundle.
  3. Install the drivers by following the prompt in the side panel.
  4. Start DJing!

Here's a few things to note:

  • If you already have a Serato DJ license you’ll be able to connect to Serato DJ. However, to have platter control you will need to purchase the DVS expansion pack unless you’re using HID mode with supported accessories.
  • Drivers for these mixers are bundled within Serato DJ. If you have trouble connecting after driver install, try hot-plugging the USB cable or restarting your machine.
  • Ensure your mixer has the latest firmware installed for best performance.
  • "Primary Decks" options are available in the Audio tab of the Setup screen to change the inputs/outputs of the hardware that are to be used for Decks 1 and Decks 2 in the software.

Pioneer DJM-900NXS, NXS2 and DJM-850 specific

  • These mixers have a 'Setup Inputs' button in the Audio tab of Serato DJ Setup. You can set your mixer inputs to Phono or Line here, as the mixer doesn't have hardware controls.
  • You can record the software mix in a similar way to the DJM-900SRT. Open the driver panel and select 'REC OUT' in the dropdown for one of the channels to give it up for recording. In the Serato DJ record panel, select the same channel as the REC source - you're good to go!
  • In order to use software features that require MIDI such as Serato Video faders, EQ effects and EQ coloured waveforms, users will need to turn on MIDI on the mixer. This is a button labelled ‘On/Off’ in the MIDI section on the top right of the mixer.

Get started:

If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line in the comments below :)

Serato May 16, 2017

Serato DJ 1.9.6 is now in Public Beta and with this release, we’ve focused on feedback from users to deliver one of our best updates yet. Including significant improvements for DVS users, new Pitch Play mappings for supported hardware, feature improvements and much more. 


This release includes: 

  • Significant DVS improvements including the new Anti-Drift option to stabilize BPM, Smart Sync and improvements to needle drop sensitivity.
  • Feature improvements including Favorite FX banks, Chronological Loops, Reordering Loops and Enable /Disable Hot Cues as an option.
  • Pitch Play mappings for supported hardware* (requires Pitch ‘n Time DJ license).
  • Significant stability & performance improvements.

DVS Sync Improvements

Serato DJ 1.9.6 beta includes a number of exciting and important improvements for DVS users:

  • New Anti-Drift option which allows DVS users to stabilize the BPM of playing tracks, perfect for long mixes and blends.
  • Smart Sync is now available for DVS users. Sync multiple tracks and sources together easily without tracks falling out of beat.
  • New option to allow pitch adjustments to make the BPM of all decks in sync follow.
  • Improvements to Needle Drop sensitivity, for increased performance with the Sticker Lock feature and more.

Performance Enhancements

Below are some great performance enhancements focused on improving your workflow:

  • Pitch Play mappings for supported hardware, including the DDJ-SX, DJM-S9, NS7III, NVII and more (requires Pitch ‘n Time DJ license).
  • Favorite FX banks option allows you to easily recall your favorite FX configurations.
  • Chronological Loops option for saving your Loops in chronological order.
  • Loops can now be reordered into your preferred order.
  • Enable/Disable Hot Cues option in setup menu.

Stability Enhancements & Improvements

We’ve been listening closely to our users and worked to include significant stability improvements on your most requested features. This includes:

  • Dictate Smart Crates by key notation.
  • Scratching no longer jumps out of a Loop.
  • Playhead no longer jumps out of Loop when censor is released.
  • Audio optimizations.
  • Memory optimizations.


Join the Serato DJ 1.9.6 public beta to try this update early and give feedback.

Read the full list of bug fixes, changes, and additions in the Serato DJ 1.9.6 beta area.

Join the Serato DJ 1.9.6 beta:


* Pitch Play mappings for supported controllers

  • Pioneer DJ DDJ-SX - [SHIFT + SAMPLER]
  • Numark NS7II - [SHIFT + SAMPLER]
  • Numark NS7III - [SHIFT + SAMPLER]
  • Numark NV - [SHIFT + SAMPLER]
  • Numark NVII - [SHIFT + SAMPLER]
  • Akai Pro AFX - [SHIFT + SAMPLER] 
Serato May 16, 2017

The final day of NAMM was a torrential downpour so, needless to say, there was a lot less people than the previous days. However it was a great opportunity to catch up and say by to all our friends and partners at the show. Thanks to our friends The Playlist Alumni, Beat Junkies, Scratch Academy, Beat Refinery, Musicians Institute, the Serato Control Vinyl Collectors Group. Partners Pioneer DJ, Roland, InMusic, Mixars, Reloop, Allen & Heath, Stokyo, Izotope, Ableton, QSC, Go Pro, Urbanears, Soundswitch and anyone we got to meet or hang out with, we appreciate you!

Serato May 16, 2017


Day three:

Saturday had a slew of big name appearances with none bigger than the two legendary Invisibl Skratch Piklz - Mix Master Mike and Q-Bert performing together at the Pioneer DJ booth. The booth was packed to see these legends demonstrate why they are the innovators of turntable culture and still revolutionising the limits of it.


DJ Paul of Three6Mafia was emphatically impressed with the DJ808 at the Roland booth, accompanied by the OG Mannie Fresh.


Serato’s own Dstrukt had an incredible performance there as well, which we are all very proud of and you can check that out HERE


After the convention closed we headed over to the after party in Orange, where the SCVCG (Serato control vinyl collectors group) were holding their annual NAMM event.

There was a very special announcement and debut of the forthcoming 7” Serato Control Vinyl release. You’ll likely start seeing these grace the turntables of portablists and donut lovers worldwide!

Check out the Seratohq snapchat for more highlights and in the moment info for the last day today!

Serato May 16, 2017

Day two:



Starting off the day at the InMusic booth we got a chance to see the new Denon Prime Series ( . The VL12 turntable was really fresh with a great build quality, feel and adjustable light that surrounds the platter (a very nice touch). The SC5000 CD Player was again great build and feels amazing to cut on. The platter has a lovely smooth feel and weight to it, making it ideal for those that like to cut and scratch. Last but not least the X1800 Mixer had a great clear sound and clean layout too. Should be a lot of fun to play on these if you find them in the club or on display somewhere.

Over at the Roland both 3 Style USA champ did his incredible routine ( ) on the DJ808 live for the NAMM audience.

Lots of Scratching going down at the Mixars booth again, with performances all day long. The Quattro and Primo looking lovely behind the glass. It will be exciting to see how it performs once it gets a proper release.

The Legendary Grandmaster DXT, Jazzy Jay, Keith Shocklee (Bombsquad) and Breakbeat Lou were in attendance and it was great to see them checking out all the new goodies and walk the floor.

Shout out to DJ Revolution, Mike Relm, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, DJ Eko and Expo, for coming through to say hi!

It should be exciting to see who is set to perform at the Pioneer booth today for Day 3! I’ve heard it might be invisibl? ;)

Check out the pics below and be sure to check our Snapchat - Seratohq for some live videos from the floor.



Serato May 16, 2017

NAMM 2017 Blog


The Serato Squad started the day in Anaheim, California for Day one of the NAMM 2017 convention. Located in the massive convention centre the 4 day event is spread out on several floors and thousands of square feet of floor space.

There was a lot of interest in the many new products on display for the first time, such as the Reloop RMX90 4 channel mixer that was getting worked over in real life for all to see by the legendary Chris Karns. That poor fader had its fair share of abuse to prove it’s durability.

The Roland Booth on the Second floor was jam packed with superstar DJ’s and producers like LA Legend Battlecat who took a liking to the Roland DJ808 and had a quick impromptu Jam on it with Dj Descry to assist.

The Beat Junkies, Jazzy Jeff and a collection of “The Playlist Retreat” Alumni, (Stro Elliot, Eric Lau, Excel, Ferno, Dayne Jordan and Daniel Crawford) where there to witness the Beat Junkie’s Melo D put the DJ808 through its paces from a turntablist and beat junkie perspective.

If you were downstairs you would have also got a chance to check out the Canadian 2016 3style Champ Trapment demo the DJM-S9 at the Pioneer Booth, which also had the brand new DDJ-SZ2 on display along with the newly supported NXS2 kit working with Serato DJ.

Finally over at the MIXARS booth Eliza May, Big Wiz and some guest DJ’s all jamming out in between. There was the new QUATTRO on display too.

Roland had Sinden closed the evening out with an incredible performance utilizing the Sequencer and Sampler on the 808 flexing his production chops live.

It was great to see lots of familar faces at the show, shout out to our friends at DJ City and Rekordbuddy.

Check out these pics and follow our snapchat : Seratohq for the latest



DJTechTools Feb 8, 2017

Regardless of the equipment DJs use, they're tethered to the power source for their gear. Turntables, mixers, and CDJs each need power, many controllers with audio cards sound better with their own power source, and laptops need to stay charged. Generally, DJs use a multitude of power strips and surge protectors to make sure that the music stays on. In the last few weeks, we've seen both Numark and American DJ heavily promote dedicated power strips designed for DJs - learn about them inside.

The post Numark + ADJ’s Surge Protectors / USB Hubs Designed For DJs appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DJTechTools Feb 8, 2017

We recently saw another site sharing information on the top-selling DJ controllers in 2016 - but it was based on a single online store's sales figures. In this article, we've used industry sales reports to share the top 10 selling DJ controllers in 2016.

The post What Were The 10 Top Selling DJ Controllers In 2016? appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DJTechTools Feb 8, 2017

A new version of Serato DJ - 1.9.6 - went in to a public beta last week. There's a number of features in this new update to the popular DJ software, especially for DVS users. To get a better handle on what the new features are and how they can be enabled, DJTT contributor PDot offers a full explanation.

The post Serato DJ 1.9.6 Public Beta Feature Walkthrough appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DJTechTools Feb 8, 2017

At CES, we first caught wind of the Technics SL-1200GR, a lower-cost version of the new generation of turntables. At 1,300 / $1,600, it's still not a cheap DJ turntable. That said, a surprise over-the-weekend press release came in, announcing not only a new all-black SL-1210GR model, but also reaffirming Technics' commitment to DJs. Keep reading for details.

The post Technics Set To Release A Black SL-1210GR Turntable appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DigitalDJTips Feb 8, 2017
We just ran our most successful coaching webinar for our members ever, on the subject of making more money from your DJing. One thing that came out of the research for this webinar, as well as having the pleasure to talk to some of the hundred of DJs who attended, was that pretty much all DJs who get success regularly play - or have played - more than one type of gig. The post 5 Reasons Why You...

DigitalDJTips Feb 8, 2017
This is something we immediately dismissed as ridiculous. It is a tiny wrist-worn device that fools your body into thinking it is, in fact, a subwoofer. Nah, we thought. But then things start to pile up. A good friend leaves an established music company to join the company that makes this. Another CEO of an equally large company shows me one excitedly, saying "you gotta try it". I an suddenly...

DigitalDJTips Feb 8, 2017
There's nothing wrong with wanting to make money from your DJing. Whether you're motivated by needing to justify the amount you spend on gear, music or training, or you want to DJ as a part-time job, to supplement your income, or even go full time in order to leave your day job entirely, it's eminently possible. The post Make More Money From Your DJing - Free Coaching appeared first on Digital...

DigitalDJTips Feb 8, 2017
Digital DJ Tips member Rodwell writes: "I am a bedroom DJ from Zimbabwe who has played a couple of house parties and two public performances. I recently entered and won an opportunity to open at one of the biggest music festivals. I love to mix deep house/tech house and dance. I am feeling very nervous because I have never performed for more than 10 to 20 people." The post Over To You: How Do I...

DigitalDJTips Feb 8, 2017
The 2017 Digital DJ Tips Gear & Software Guide is out now! It's jam-packed with up-to-the-minute advice around what DJ systems, hardware, software and accessories to go for if you're buying your first DJ set-up, or looking to replace or expand your current system. Buy right, and avoid expensive mistakes. The post New! Grab Your 2017 DJ Gear & Software Guide appeared first on Digital DJ...

DigitalDJTips Feb 8, 2017
In one of our occasional nods to a musical genre or style that changed the world, this week we're sharing Fabio & Grooverider's recent 25 Years of Drum & Bass mix... Happy weekend, and enjoy the rest of the roundup too. We'll see you on the other side. The post Friday Roundup: A Drum & Bass Primer From Fabio & Grooverider appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips Feb 8, 2017
This isn't the first time we've seen something like this (American DJ had something similar on show at NAMM 2017, which we covered in our Best of the Rest post), but it is worth revisiting the simple yet practical idea you see here, in this instance, in the Numark Production Hub. The post Ditch Those Leads With Numark Production Hub appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips Feb 8, 2017
Serato software is moving inexorably towards Serato 2.0 with the release of Serato DJ 1.9.6, which is now in public beta, it was announced today. This release has among its new features a whole host aimed at DVS DJs, plus a number of small but useful changes, of which we pick out our favourite below. The post DVS Improvements & More In Serato 1.9.6 DJ Public Beta appeared first on Digital...

DigitalDJTips Feb 8, 2017
It certainly seems like our members aren't scared of playing anywhere and everywhere. A recent post where a member related his strangest gig has led to a whole load of stories from others. From swingers to bird-watchers, everyone needs DJs... Here are 12 of our favourites. The post 12 Of Our Members' Weirdest DJ Gigs Ever... appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips Feb 8, 2017
Owners of Denon DJ's flagship MCX8000 controller need not worry that they'll be left behind as the company develops its Engine software platform for its latest SC5000 Prime media player, we have been told. The reassurance follows disquiet among MCX8000 owners since Engine Prime was announced as not compatible with their units. The post Denon DJ Moves To Reassure MCX8000 Buyers Over Software...

DJTechTools Feb 3, 2017

About a year ago we first saw a prototype of an incredibly unique bit of turntablism kit that removes the turntable altogether: the SliderKut. First imagined and championed by 2012 DMC Online World Champion DJ Fong Fong, the SliderKut is "linear timecode" - signal sent to a DVS system via a straight line control surface instead of a round vinyl record. Keep reading for details, and to find out how the Kickstarter hopes to turn a one-off prototype into a ready-for-purchase, portable, DJ scratch tool.

The post DJ Fong Fong’s SliderKut Scratching Tool Heads To Kickstarter appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DJTechTools Feb 1, 2017

One of the more annoying processes in the current digital DJ world is recording, processing, and publishing a mix or live DJ set. Setting up a digital recorder, checking levels, making sure you have the right cables, batteries, etc is only half the battle. A new device, MixBox2, aims to bring a portable, rapid solution to record DJ sets right onto your phone, and publish them online. Read on for details.

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DJTechTools Jan 31, 2017

A brand new version of Serato DJ 1.9.6 has gone into Public Beta today - with a host of improvements focusing around DJ workflow, DVS control adjustments, and stability enhancements for the software on a whole. Keep reading for the complete list straight from Serato HQ.

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DJTechTools Jan 31, 2017

For many DJs, the rigors of club life can often create more problems than we're prepared to handle. In the most extreme of circumstances, nonstop gigs can reap havoc on one's career, health, and personal life. In today's feature, DJTT contributing writer Tom Hricik has compiled wellness tips from eight professional DJs - from Santero to Laidback Luke - to find out how they manage to stay healthy.

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DJTechTools Jan 29, 2017

Being new to the DJ/Producer world often is confusing, with all the constantly changing available technology. How many kinds of entry level DJ controllers are there? What software do you use? Just choosing the right DJ software can be difficult - let alone a controller to go along it. Want to get started or know someone who does? Here's our list of solid beginner controllers to help you find you start your journey!

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DJTechTools Jan 29, 2017

We're starting a brand new Serato DJ series focused around quick pro tips from real DJs. Today, Marc Santaromana shares a tip on how Serato users can install audio drivers before going to a venue. Learn why it's so important and watch a quick video explanation inside.

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DJTechTools Jan 29, 2017

There’s been a small bump of news for DJ and production technology for NAMM 2017, but on the whole, the convention felt a bit lackluster compared to years past. Keep reading for an overview of what we saw that was new, and what booths were missing at the show. Missing Or Quiet DJ Companies at […]

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DJTechTools Jan 29, 2017

A pair of DJ mixer images cropped up this morning. One's of a four-channel Kontrol Z4, and the other is a Casio/Serato branded Vestax-style mixer, the XW-SM1. They're both very well-done Photoshop creations. But if they had been announced this week at the NAMM show, we suspect they might have completely dominated the news cycle.

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DJTechTools Jan 29, 2017

While on the whole NAMM 2017 has been very quiet, we managed to get the scoop on a new pair of updated turntables from Stanton. The new STR8.150 M2 and ST.150 M2 units are coming soon – get the details inside. ST.150 M2 + STR8.150 M2 Turntables Product:ST.150 M2 / STR8.150 M2 Manufacturer: Stanton Release […]

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DJTechTools Jan 29, 2017

As part of the NAMM 2017 show, Pioneer DJ is introducing the TORAIZ AS-1. AS stands for Analog Synth - and as with the SP-16, it has been designed in collaboration with Dave Smith Instruments. What's a DJ company doing making a synth? Keep reading to hear about the new AS-1, modeled after the Prophet 6, and $500.

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DJTechTools Jan 29, 2017

NAMM 2017 starts tomorrow, and Gemini DJ are introducing two new products to their line up. They're getting into standalone again, with a four-deck all-in-one, the SDJ-4000. They've also got their own take on an APC, called the MAS-1. Keep reading for the details!

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DJTechTools Jan 29, 2017

Adding their voice to the fray of companies making product announcements at NAMM 2017 is Reloop. They're announcing the RMX-90 DVS, a digital mixer that includes a full DVS interface for Serato DJ. Keep reading for the details.

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DigitalDJTips Jan 2, 2017
Today we're taking a look at the new KRK V6 S4 nearfield studio monitors. They?re two-way active studio speakers featuring a 6" woofer and a 1" tweeter and are designed for accurate audio reproduction in pro environments - like your high-end home DJ studio. The post Review & Video: KRK V6 S4 Studio Monitors appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips Jan 1, 2017
Every year we ask you to share your DJing goal for the next 12 months with us. This year is no different - we'd like each and every Digital DJ Tips member reading this to hit "Reply" at the bottom of this post, and let us know the one biggest thing you want to achieve in your DJing this year. The post Tell Us Your DJing Goal For 2017 appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DJTechTools Dec 31, 2016

One or more record pool subscriptions can be essential to many modern club DJs. Record pools can help to streamline the search for new tunes and broaden one's musical horizons, while being far more cost-effective than purchasing each record individually. In this feature, contributing writer Tom Hricik reviews five common DJ record pools.

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DigitalDJTips Dec 31, 2016
Just about to pack up your music and DJ gear and head out to play a New Year's Eve gig? Once you've had a final check, why not take five minutes to scan through this list of tips to help make sure your DJ set goes with a bang... The post 5 Essential Tips For DJing On New Year's Eve appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips Dec 31, 2016
Now, if you haven't seen it - this is what creative DJing is about right now. DJ Puffy won the Red Bull Thre3style World Final just before Christmas, performing a DJ set that had scratching, juggling, controllerism... and yet kept good old fashioned musical programming at its heart. It's one of our favourite DJ sets of the year, and if you haven't see it - do! The post Friday Fun: DJ Puffy's...

DJTechTools Dec 29, 2016

What is it about New Year's Eve that is so different? It's a holiday of both reflection and excitement - and celebrated almost universally around the world. As we enter the last few days of 2016, we've collected a few of the best tips for playing a New Year's Eve DJ set. Have knowledge to share? Hop in the comments and contribute!

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DJTechTools Dec 29, 2016

Think those Shawn Wasabi Midi Fighter videos are cool, but have no idea what's going on? Just pick up a Midi Fighter 3D and want to get started right away playing beats? This article is for you. Inside, get a better understanding of what's actually happening in the videos, and some tips for getting started.

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DigitalDJTips Dec 29, 2016
We occasionally cover the idea of IEMs (in-ear monitors) as an alternative for DJ headphones in the DJ booth here on Digital DJ Tips. Well, I decided to take the plunge myself recently after a lot of thought, and in this post, I'll tell you what DJing with IEMs is really like. The post My First DJ Gig With Custom IEMs appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips Dec 29, 2016
The past 12 months saw lots of new hardware, software, collaborations and integrations in the world of DJing, many of which point to exciting things to come in 2017. Today, we take a look back at the important developments from 2016 that you need to know about, and make a few predictions as to what 2017 might bring. The post All The Big Changes In DJ Technology From The Past 12 Months appeared...

DigitalDJTips Dec 29, 2016
Lesser known Mac DJ app MegaSeg has become the first DJ app that lets you DJ with all your music in iTunes - whether that's your own music files or music you've added to your library as part of an Apple Music subscription. This development blurs to the point of it not mattering the distinction between music you own and music you effectively "rent" via Apple Music. The post MegaSeg Becomes First...

DigitalDJTips Dec 29, 2016
So you got a DJ controller for Christmas. That's awesome - welcome to the big, wide world of digital DJing. You've come to the right place to get started, as we are the world's biggest digital DJ training site, with everything you could possibly need to get going. The post Welcome! 5 Things Brand New DJs Should Do First appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips Dec 25, 2016
Happy Christmas to you! I hope you have a lovely day, wherever you are in the world. I wanted to show you quickly an awesome gift I got for Christmas from Steve Canueto, who many of you will know from Digital DJ Tips. Watch the video to see what it was... The post Here's What I Got For Christmas. And You? appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DJTechTools Dec 24, 2016

Digital DJs have a drastically different landscape than they did ten years ago. Instead of highly specialized tools, there now a handful of options that all have a near-comparable feature set. But which one is being used by the most DJs? We try to find out in this article.

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DJTechTools Dec 24, 2016

Have you used the desktop version of DJay Pro for Mac or iPad and wished for the same functionality on your iPhone? Algoriddim just launched a newiPhone application thatbrings more pro features seen only on Mac/iPad versions of their djaysoftware. Keep reading for their thinking and the launch details. Algoriddim, djay, and iOS Algoriddim is […]

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DigitalDJTips Dec 24, 2016
Digital DJ Tips reader Germain writes: "Question: I want to record a mix using music from a Spotify playlist in Algoriddim's djay Pro software. There is no record button when you use the Spotify library in Djay Pro. I am wondering if anyone can help? I have a MacBook Pro and I have a WeGO Controller." The post Your Questions: How Can I Record A Mix In djay Pro Using Spotify? appeared first on...

DigitalDJTips Dec 24, 2016
Welcome to our last "full" Friday Roundup of 2016 (we're taking a couple of weeks off rounding up the latest news from around the DJ web, as everyone is publishing "best of 2016" posts, so there's precious little real news to bring you). But we've nonetheless found you some good bits from this last seven days... The post Friday Roundup: Will EDM Survive Another Year? appeared first on Digital DJ...

DJTechTools Dec 22, 2016

Some touring DJs will play a very different sets every time you see them. Others will stick to a successful formula that works well for them. And sadly, some DJs play the exact same set of songs every single time they play a show for an entire tour. Keep reading to find out which DJs are the most and least original.

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DigitalDJTips Dec 22, 2016
Last month, we ran our Digital DJ Census 2016, and over 12,000 of you entered it to share your thoughts about the DJing world today. We'll be publishing a special post sharing those results with you early in the new year, but today we're announcing the winners of the prize draw. Thanks once again to all of our partners who kindly donated prizes for the draw. The post Digital DJ Census 2016 Prize...

DigitalDJTips Dec 22, 2016
Algoriddim has just announced the release of its flagship djay Pro software for the iPhone. The app - which is already available for iPad and macOS - is the first DJ app to use the iPhone 7's haptic feedback and 3D touch capabilities. It will sit alongside Algoriddim's 20-million selling djay 2 platform on iPhone, as it does on iPad. The post djay Pro 1.0 For iPhone Lets You Feel The Beats...

DigitalDJTips Dec 22, 2016
After four years of running a successful mobile DJ business in my small town, I've been thinking about the future of my DJing career and decided to take an indefinite hiatus. I actually played my last gig of 2016 on Saturday, and it went very well, so at least I had one good gig to send me off. So why have I decided to quit? Here are my reasons: The post "I've Decided To Quit DJing. Here's...

DigitalDJTips Dec 22, 2016
Pioneer DJ has upgraded its flagship Serato DJ controller to create the DDJ-SZ2. This new four-channel controller gives hands-on control of the latest additions to Serato DJ, including key shift, key sync, pitch play and Serato Flip. The post Pioneer DJ Launches DDJ-SZ2 For Serato appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips Dec 22, 2016
Earplugs are something that smart DJs and musicians use before they need to, knowing they're necessary to reduce the risk of irreparable tinnitus and other ear damage through over-exposure to loud music. The rest of us? We get a scare then realise we have to do something (I had one of those this time last year). Either way, at some point, practically every DJ decides "it's time". Earpeace HD...

DigitalDJTips Dec 22, 2016
How To Digital DJ Fast course student Kelly writes: "I am looking for some help in this course in regards to material, as I do not have a library of digital music and would like to practise these skills that I have observed in the course videos. It would also be helpful for a list of music that is key and tempo compatible for experimentation to reduce the frustration and needless waste of time...

DigitalDJTips Dec 22, 2016
One of the bugbears of Apple's constant tinkering with the way it lets you interact with your music library that particularly upset DJs was the removal of the star ratings option on iOS. Well, good news is that Apple has relented, and it's back. The post Star Ratings Return To Apple's iOS Music App appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips Dec 22, 2016
Want to jam along with your DJ mates while you throw down some beats on your Maschine? Thanks to Ableton Link, now you can. That story leads the pack, but there are many more as we undertake out our tour around the best bits from the DJing music interweb this last week... The post Friday Roundup: Maschine & Traktor Playing Nicely Together appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.