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Serato Scratch Live 2.4.4 update

After a short period of beta, Serato Scratch Live has escaped its beta shackles and manned up to full fat 2.4.4, which fixes a long standing CD bug and generally makes your Serato world that little bit better.

The full release complete with download links:

Scratch Live 2.4.4 Release Notes

Release Notes

12 March, 2013

With this release we have focused primarily on fixing bugs and improving stability. In particular issues that have been reported widely on our forum, most significantly the CD drive crash and kernel panics seen with the Rane SL4, Sixty-One and Sixty-Two.

The other significant change is that the Scratch Live installer no longer installs the Rane Core Audio drivers on Mac. However, these Core Audio drivers are still included in the Scratch Live 2.4.4.dmg for users to install manually. This was a necessary step for OS X 10.8 support.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where playing files from the CD drive or ejecting a CD caused a crash.
  • Fixed a kernel panic occurring when hotplugging SL4.
  • Improved hot plugging stability for all devices for both Mac and Win (resolving kernal panics with the Sixty-One and Sixty-Two).
  • Scratch Live can now install on Windows 8 without the need to disable Windows security settings. (Note: Windows 8 is not currently officially supported by Serato).
  • Fixed a bug where video files without audio were labelled as corrupt.
  • Fixed an issue where you couldn’t save cue points, loops or autogain values to .mov or .flv files.
  • Fixed a bug where m4a files displayed ‘unsupported file type’ message if QuickTime not installed.
  • Fixed a bug where BPM field was locking up focus when the value was un-changed.
  • Fixed an issue where the Next Transition (Video) button could be MIDI mapped, but would not save to the MIDI XML.
  • Fixed an issue where you could get distortion when recording with the Sixty-Two.
  • Fixed an issue where no audio was being recorded in Mixtape when using the Sixty-Eight.
  • Fixed a bug with the Serato Video auto crossfader whereby it couldn’t reach far left or right when set to a fast speed.
  • Fixed a bug where the TTM-57 hardware audio effects are on, but Serato Video thinks they’re off and thus doesn’t apply the associated video effect.
  • The fader movements will now be added to shared memory so that Mix Emergency can use them without having to start/stop Serato Video first.
  • Fixed a bug whereby the TTM-57 phono functionality wouldn’t save to preferences. Note that both PGM channels must be set to phono for preference saving to take place.
  • Fixed bug where the year tag was not being imported from the iTunes xml file.
  • Fixed bug where doing a ‘relocate lost files’ on individual files or groups of files by either dragging tracks within SSL, or dragging tracks from finder/explorer, onto the ‘relocate lost files’ button, would not work.
  • Fixed potential instability when doing ‘relocate lost files’ on certain files.

Other Changes

Changed the following default preferences on first installation:

  • DJ-FX on by default
  • Playback Keys Use Shift off by default
  • Read iTunes Library on by default
  • Added BPM to default Library View (previously was song, artist, album, length & comment)
  • Added Artist to default History View (previously was name, start time, end time, playtime, deck & notes)

New Driver Installation Routine for Mac

The Rane Core Audio drivers are no longer automatically installed when using the Scratch Live installer. Instead, the individual Core Audio driver installers are now located in the Rane Device Drivers folder within the .dmg file.

Rane Core Audio Device Driver Updates

  • OS X 10.8 support for the Rane Core Audio Drivers for the SL2, SL3, SL4, Sixty-One, Sixty-Two and Sixty-Eight.
  • Fixed issue on OS X 10.8 where the Control Panel failed to open.
  • Fixed SL3 issue on 10.7.x and 10.8.x where iTunes would play an incorrect sample rate after setting the sample rate to 48kHz then reconnecting the device.

Known issue (all Core Audio on 10.8 only): If the buffer size is changed via the control panel while an audio application is open, the actual round trip latency jumps to approximately 350ms. Re-selecting the Rane device as the audio device within the application’s Preferences restores the correct latency. Rane is working with Apple to resolve this known issue. Note that the ASIO drivers are unchanged.

Download Links

We do seem to be edging ever so slowly towards v2.5 or v3 and whatever that is likely to bring. NI seem to be pushing Traktor to the max right now with remix deck workflows and iPad versions, leaving Serato with some ground to make up as far as features go. I can only assume that this edging is to do with possible big upgrades. I know the Scratch Live die hards are getting… I was going to say itchy feet, but that somehow seems inappropriate now. Restless is a much better word. I’ve got my eyes on the upcoming Musikmesse for something to happen. NAMM was somewhat bereft of the usual Rane and Serato news.

  • Ryan Supak

    If Serato reads this…I’d love to be able to drag a song straight from iTunes. I can tell it to read iTunes library, but if I download something during a gig it doesn’t show up unless I toggle-off and toggle-on this feature.

    If I’m unlucky enough to be playing an iTunes song when I do that, the song stops playing…

    Thanks, rs

    • Guest

      you can always drag it right from the finder into a deck.

    • you can always drag it form the finder/explorer into a deck.

    • You can already drag tracks from iTunes onto a Scratch Live deck or crate.

    • Ryan Supak

      Dragging a file from iTunes (not Finder) to Serato wasn’t possible last I checked. I just tried it and it works now.

      It’s only a second quicker than right-clicking on the iTunes item, selecting “Show In Finder” and so on, but when I’m racing against time… 😉

      Guess it has (somewhat) recently been addressed in an update!


  • If Serato reads this…

    1. MIDI Out!
    2. SPLICE to skip music seamlessly. Like a anti-loop. http://serato.com/forum/discussion/28236
    3. BEAT Jump. 4, 8 or 16 bar beat jump.
    4. KEY improvement.
    5. 8 Hot Cues minimum.
    6. SLIP Mode. Flux mode.
    7. SYNC SP-6 Sampler.
    8. SP-6 into SP-24 banks x 4. Remix decks like the bridge that you can scratch and not run a power hungry expensive Ableton Live.
    9. Duplicate to Deck 3, Deck 4 and the sampler in MIDI.
    10. 5 Star Rating.
    11. Analyze Key of track.
    12. Day Mode.
    13. Have Library Sync Folder structure. I had to purchase Alchimie Zinc for a feature that should be standard.
    14. View tracks not in a crate.
    15. Isotope Effects.
    16. Platter Support. Without a HC4500 hack.
    Serato DJ integration. Easier way for the developers to release updates instead of concentrating on 3 different software packages.

    What is the main reason to have the Loops and Cue Points separate? Just more confusion. Especially with all the new MIDI controllers coming out.

    Click Here===>http://www.poweronplay.com/content/uploads/Rane-Serato-LOOP.jpg

    We need a way to easily see:
    …..*Loops in order with Sort Cues Chronologically
    …..*Where ALL the loops are on the track
    …..*How many loops you have
    …..*What time the loops start
    …..*What loops are ON or OFF
    …..*Go from 1 loop to any other loop
    …..*Able to differentiate them with a different color.

    All these problems are solved with loops tied to the Hot Starts.

    • Linzmar

      Agree on SP 6 sync & midi out. Would like to add refinable bpm search.
      Com’on Sam 🙂

    • Linzmar

      Oh… There’s more to your post JJ 🙂
      I’ll agree with being able to sort with star rating as well.

  • I can assure everyone that Serato reads this. In detail. And mail me when I get it wrong. Right Sam?

  • So glad I switched fully over to traktor in 2011. Serato is seriously lagging nowadays and seems a lot less stable each release after 1.9 (I fully switched after 2.1). I look at my friends serato and its barely changed in that time.

  • Ian

    LOL… u guys still lives in ice age, while we traktorian lives with iPad.. even an inferior iPad apps have more functions than serato. LoL.

    • You should post a vid of you destroying it with your system. I’m curious to check out the future. Please post asap.

  • Ian

    since 2010, I am a traktor user, I bought SL-2 about a year ago because of the “sera to pressure” in local clubs, but I used it just about 2 weeks and sold it to some unlucky fella. I told the local clubs, either I play with traktor or I don’t play at all.. Hey they still loving me till today.

    A year since then, but still just some minor improvements in functionality. Sorry to say, but honestly I doubt that Serato and rane gives a heck about their users. Their joint agreement is coming to and end soon, honestly, I doubt they will invest in R&D for an ending agreement. just my dumb opinion.. Wish u serato users all the best! 😀

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  • tron

    isn’t serato developed and coded by two 24 year old girls, who live in new zealand. One of which djs, but as far as I can tell doesn’t do much more than a little light mixing of one track into another. this isn’t about being sexist, but it is about asking why these gals, who seem to be only barely involved with dj culture, and at the edge at best, are making a so-called “pro” software.

    • I’m trying to work out if this comment is soaked in sarcasm, an attempt at humour, or a genuine misconception that the fine people who used to handle PR at Serato where the sole coders. Hi Aroha and Brigid!

      To answer the question – Serato products are developed by teams of multi-disciplined men and women, all of whom work together to deliver an industry defining product.

  • I want to leave my two cents…. I am from the US i don’t do just edm music but when it comes on the fly mixing etc… Serato is my preference, plus I tried traktor twice and I just don’t like that too much preparation, plus the auto bpm anaylyzer on serato is more on point.., Too much of a learning curve… Probably you will see people that are turntabalist and that mix everything in between they use serato for a reason.. I strongly believe in serato. I have faith they will release something cool in the near future but for what I do at my gigs is more than sufficient…