UPDATE: Serato DJ v1.1.1 — Reloop gets the love


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Serato‘s steady rollout of their Serato DJ software continues unabated. And just in time for Christmas comes the update that gives Reloop‘s Terminal Mix 4 and Terminal Mix 2 customers their pathway to all the joys of iZotope effects, MIDI mapping and recording. Serato DJ v1.1.1 is here and ready for download.

First the words from Serato:

PRESS RELEASE – SERATO DJ 1.1.1 UPGRADE.
December 18th 2012

UPGRADE TO SERATO DJ 1.1.1 – NOW WITH SUPPORT FOR RELOOP TERMINAL MIX 2 AND TERMINAL MIX 4 CONTROLLERS.

Serato is proud to announce the upgrade for Serato DJ 1.1.1, our newest DJ software for professional DJs at the top of their game. This software delivers our best feature set for all-in-one controllers and is the much-anticipated upgrade option for Reloop Terminal Mix 2 (TM2) and Terminal Mix 4 (TM4) controllers.

Serato DJ delivers all the features and performance to meet the demands of DJs at the top of their game and sets the new standard for controller DJs.

The portability of all-in-one controllers, coupled with the advanced feature set of the new Serato DJ software, provides the much-anticipated upgrade option for all current Serato customers using controller software. Serato DJ’s new features and capabilities give DJs the scope to broaden their skills and impress their audience!

Serato DJ 1.1.1 can be downloaded direct from serato.com and now supports the Reloop TM2 and TM4 controllers with a purchased upgrade license. Support for other Serato DJ Intro controllers will be available this northern winter.

Upgrades for ITCH controllers will rollout gradually this coming spring.

Reloop TM2 and TM4 users can upgrade to Serato DJ for $199USD – this comes bundled with a license for the powerful Serato Video plug-in, usually priced at $149USD on it’s own. If you wish to purchase a Serato DJ upgrade only then this is available now from $129USD.

This will be followed by Serato DJ support for other controllers such as the: Numark N4, Numark MixDeck, Numark MixDeck Express, Numark MixDeck Quad, Vestax VCI-400, Vestax Typhoon, Vestax VCI-100 Mk2, in a gradual rollout.

Head to serato.com/dj/upgrade to purchase an upgrade to Serato DJ for your Reloop TM2 or TM4 controller. For Serato DJ Intro customers with other controllers and Serato ITCH customers you can also choose to sign up to be notified when Serato DJ is available for you at serato.com/dj/stay-informed.

Serato DJ 1.1.1: New Features

Serato DJ 1.1.1 launches with the following new features with more to follow throughout northern winter.

  • Great New FX Powered by iZotope Load your choice of high quality FX including: Delay, Echo,
  • Ping Pong Delay, Reverb, Phaser, Flanger, Distortion, High Pass Filter (HPF), Low Pass Filter (LPF) and Combo HP/LP Filter.
  • MIDI Mapping Take full advantage of Serato DJ’s features. MIDI mapping opens up the software to be mapped with a secondary MIDI controller.
  • Recording Make mixtapes and save your night’s work to listen to later. Record your mix at the click of a button.
  • Four Deck Mixing Mix with four decks on supported four deck controllers.
  • Brand New User Interface A greatly improved software layout that looks amazing and is simple to use. The new interface also offers two and four deck view modes for four deck controllers.
  • More Cue Points Set and trigger up to 8 Cue Points in Serato DJ to quickly jump to different sections in your track.

As well as these new features, Serato DJ Intro customers can expect to get all the same professional-level tools we offer, including:

  • Looping Manual Loops, Auto Loops and Loop Rolls are all available to creatively repeat and loop parts of your tracks in the mix.
  • Sync and Auto Tempo Matching Lock tracks together for seamless grooves. Less time beat matching, more time to get creative.
  • Channel Fader Start Start playback of your tracks by opening the channel fader.
  • Crates and Smart Crates Make library management a breeze with Serato Crates and Smart Crates. Build playlists, save your sets and organize your music.
  • SP-6 Sample Player Trigger all your favorite stings, samples and loops over your tracks. 4 Banks of 6 sample slots which can be synced to the playing decks.
  • Colored Waveforms See the music with Serato’s ground breaking colored track waveforms.
  • Plug-and-Play Connectivity Less time making it work, more time at the party.
  • Interoperable with your current Scratch Live, ITCH, DJ Intro and iTunes Music Library.
  • Serato Video Support
These are the full release notes, which Pioneer DDJ-SX owners would benefit from reading before upgrading their Serato DJ installation.

I was going to write “slowly but surely” but this feels like one after another in rapid succession to me. I’m currently neck deep with the Denon MC2000 which doesn’t really warrant the Serato DJ upgrade in my opinion. But the Terminal Mix 4 in particular, just like Pioneer’s DDJ-SX, looks made for Serato DJ. If I were a TM4 owner, this without a doubt would be an essential upgrade.

About that – I’m sure that it can’t have escaped people’s notice that this round of upgrades has a 2 tier pricing structure. It’s now $129 for the Intro only upgrade, and the previously “free” Serato video plugin is now a bundle for $199. I don’t know how many users went for the first round, but some must be a tad annoyed at having to pay $199 for the upgrade to get a free video plugin that they probably didn’t want. Perhaps Serato are simply responding to sales and making the upgrade more competitive against full versions of Traktor, VDJ and MixVibes, especially with the latter making moves into the video market.

Personally, I’m more interested in seeing what new Serato DJ units will be on offer. I’m sure NAMM will bring something, but as yet radio silence is being maintained. Obviously, we’ll bring you the news as it happens.