Befitting a bigger upgrade number, Serato DJ 1.7.2. brings a lot of cool things. MIDI lights will please the mappers, Sticker Lock will give Scratch Live users one more reason to migrate, and official Yosemite support will mean Apple users can upgrade their OS and Serato DJ version.
The controller paradigm is well established, and is only taking tiny steps forward with each iteration. But Numark has taken quite a leap forward by putting screens into their newest unit. The Numark NV aims to “change everything”, but can the inclusion of Serato DJ info at your fingertips really make that much of a difference? Mark Settle finds out.
For the braver among you, Serato public betas allows you to potentially trash your system and in return get an advanced play with their new hotness. Serato DJ 1.7.2 public beta is here and you are cordially invited to break your stuff for the greater good.
While we all wait for the Akai Pro AMX to arrive, Serato has been busy tinkering under the hood to bring support for it in Serato DJ 1.7.1 as well as despatching some bugs.
The Numark NV has certainly got tongues wagging, and was definitely in evidence on the Product Demo Stage. And while others used it as a basis for their own demoes, Rich Curtis broke out a wicked performance and on-point walkthrough at BPM 2014.
Having a few spare hours to kill, we did what any self-respecting DJ would do – bust out the video camera and record a Numark NV demo. And eat cookies.
The symbiosis between Serato and its hardware partners often means that new shiny is dependent upon our friends in New Zealand getting their ducks in a row and having everything ready for multiple partners. Such is the case with Serato DJ 1.7, which delivers Flip and DVS capability for a number of manufacturers. Read all about it after the jump.
While everyone gets damp downstairs about mothership controllers, it’s often the small ones that have the biggest impact. The Novation Dicers became a fairly standard fixture thanks to size and cost. And now the next generation of more capable but still affordable Serato controllers is here. The Reloop NEON is all that pad based goodness found on big boy controllers condensed down into a single unit.
While Denon’s MC6000mk2 might not easily sit alongside flagship units from Numark and Pioneer, it is still a very capable controller. And having snapped up by their unstoppable acquisition juggernaut, inMusic is keen to demonstrate commitment to the Denon brand, and has decided to ship all future MC6000mk2 units with the full Serato DJ package, and as announced previously, it will also be DVS expansion pack ready.
Time for a point release update from Serato. As mentioned in today’s Seratofest marathon of posting, Serato DJ 1.7 is key to unlocking new features and hardware. But there’s also a lot of long standing issues being addressed in this release. The public beta is up and ready for play. Sign up and give it a thorough hammering.