DJTechTools Sep 27, 2016

We’ve been treated to a lot of previews of the new version of Serato DJ via Roland’s DJ-808 announcement and Ableton’s Link news. But the software finally is rolling out to the public today, and has a host of new features. Read on for the full details.

Serato DJ 1.9.3 Features

This new Serato DJ 1.9.3 release is just now being heavily pushed by Serato, with the bulk of the features having been announced or part of the public beta. Here’s the full list of features that are includedon this version:

  • Serato DJ’s Sampler is finally being refreshed. Say goodbye to the SP-6! Now its four banks of eight slots – and the UI design has been slightly altered as well:
Serato DJ's new sampler layout

Serato DJ’s new sampler layout

  • Additional bugs fixed, and other stability updates that fix CPU spikes, memory leaks, audio issues, and much more. This also includes driver updates that allow OS X El Capitan support for SL 2/3/4 sound cards.
  • Support for the Roland DJ-808 controller (this includes Pitch ‘n Play tone play cue mapping – but there’s no clear section for it in the user interface yet)
  • Ableton Link support (read more here) – allowing DJs to quickly link their tempo with other Serato DJ software, Ableton Live, and other devices on a wireless network. We’ve heard some really exciting news here with link that’s still top-secret as well… stay tuned. Serato has put out this video that’s a quick overview of Link:

  • A new MIDI mapping panel that allows much more advanced control over deck modes, loop sizes, library manipulation, and much more:
Serato DJ MIDI panel

Serato DJ’s new MIDI panel

Have you had a chance to use the new version of Serato DJ yet? Let us know how it’s going in the comments.

This is a free update to Serato DJ, available as a free download here on the official Serato site. Read the full release notes here.

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