There’s no denying that when Serato DJ came out, and with it the first dedicated controller in the shape of the Pioneer DDJ-SX, the DJ world collectively soiled its pants. There was a huge WOOT wave with subsequent insane sales, but as time passed, it was clear that there were a few things that could have been done better. The DDJ-SX2 is that unit that aims to do things better. Fully enabled for Serato Flip and DVS, with better pads and jogs, this is the DDJ-SX evolved.
It’s funny how things often come full circle. Serato gained fame via their Scratch Live DVS software. But once the controller revolution had got a grip, they turned their attention to that market. But now, with their Serato DJ DVS addon expansion pack, they want to make their controllers DVS friendly.
DJing and producing used to be disparate worlds. But now the line between them is increasingly blurred, with each camp wanting to dabble in the other. Serato tried to graft Ableton Live into Scratch Live with a great deal of promise but limited success. But now they’ve decided to work with Akai Pro to bring Serato DJ into the producer world via hardware that compliments APC units. The AMX and AFX controllers deliver a fair slice of the Serato DJ repertoire in a very familiar and cost effective way.
Serato does love vinyl. It’s at the very core of what they do, so they’ve made it part of their ethos to always keep a regular stream of limited editions coming for the established control vinyl collectors. And they won’t be disappointed with these Red Bull Thre3Style battle 10″ editions, coming in red, gold, and blue pairs. Hurry — these will sell in an instant and change hands for a lot more within a matter of months.
As a DJ, you should be focussed on your gear, and not the laptop screen. The Numark NV Serato DJ controller aims to do away with the vacant DJ laptop gaze.
MixEmergency 2.6.1 is an incremental bug fix release. But v2.7 is teased as being the next big release and promises to be pretty special. Can’t wait.
When Sam Gribben decided to leave Serato, they got him a leaving gift that money simply cannot buy. Behold the retro styling joy of the Pioneer SG-1.
Want four channels but are on a budget? Can the Serato powered Reloop Beatmix 4 deliver without cutting corners? Jared Helfer plays and writes.
The next update is here. Serato DJ 1.6.3 makes LEDs better, fixes the DDJ-SZ touch issue, and makes the CDJ-900NXS a Serato Accessory – no CDs necessary.
Serato has been an industry leader in time stretching, but not in the DJ world. But Pitch ‘N Time is in expansion pack form. Arkaei stretches his tunes.