It’s clear that Apple threw the pro audio industry under a bus with the release of OS X 10.11 aka El Capitan. And before I realised the gravity of the mess that this had caused, I was less than generous with my words to the DJ industry. Normally they’re just slow to adapt, but this time round it would seem that they’ve been properly screwed over.
In an unusual turn of events, Pioneer DJ announced that a fair percentage of their DDJ controller line was screwed Serato wise in the current beta (i.e. not even released yet) version of OS X 10.11.4 — yes even before the public release, the industry is issuing warnings. But thankfully, Serato pushed out Serato DJ 1.8.2 that amongst other things hopefully fixes the issues that the few lemmings who updated to the beta OS version have been experiencing.
The full chain of events: Firstly Pioneer DJ posted this on their website:
OS X v10.11.4 (El Capitan) and Pioneer DJ controllers compatibility
We have identified that Serato DJ and Serato DJ Intro will not recognise the listed Pioneer DJ controllers if updated to OS X v10.11.4.
Please refrain from updating to OS X v10.11.4.
DDJ-S1 Serato DJ Edition
And now the word on Serato 1.8.2 that incidentally is so much more than just fixing broken Pioneer DJ stuff:
Serato DJ 1.8.2 Release Notes
8 March, 2016
New Software Features
AMX Touch Strip Scrub
Added Serato DJ Hardware Support
Added Serato DJ Accessory Support
Mac OS X 10.11.4 specific connection change for Pioneer devices
Bundled new OS X drivers for Allen & Heath Xone 43C, DB2 and DB4 mixers
Audio and performance optimisations
CPU and general performance optimisations
HID mode not consistently working on Pioneer CDJ’s with OS X El Capitan
Audio artefacts when scratching backwards slowly
Potential hang when using censor actions during Flip playback
Potential crash when editing beatgrids
Potential hangs on connection/disconnection for MIDI devices
Certain video files causing a crash on import
Potential hang when tapping tempo after adjusting beatgrid
Potential hang on exit with corrupt FLAC files
Potential connection issue when hot plugging a device using a USB hub
Dragging and dropping outside of SDJ not working correctly
Unable to scroll and organise crate lists correctly
Album art is not displayed on supported CDJs
Recording meter showing max volume at all times
When doing an Instant Double waveforms not displaying correctly on controller screens
GUI popups not layering correctly causing visual artefacts
GUI stalls when rescanning ID3 tags
Analyse files button does not light up when tracks are dragged over the top of it
Song time text position incorrect
Selecting track with unloaded album art can cause all CDJ album art to not display
Slicer status bar message for beatgrid displaying even when slicer not enabled
Dock Icon bouncing on OS X during startup of SDJ
Autoplay stops playback after it skips a missing file
Scope view alignment issues when using SDJ in French and Spanish languages
BPM does not go blank when the BPM column value is changed to zero
Record Panel timer breaks after recording for 100 mins
Midi XML not saving when umlauts used in OS user account names
Tracks which save metadata to an external file won’t deck analyse BPM if ejected early
Pickup on MIDI for OSA devices does not register correct value on connection
That’s a bunch of fixes as well as enabling inMusic’s latest and greatest hardware. Pulselocker however is not in this release — that’s still planned for v1.9 and is still in public beta.
To be clear, OS X 10.11.4 is still in beta. So it’s likely that the number of pro DJs who have updated is relatively small. And those that did update their playing out Mac to a beta of an acknowledged borked OS really deserve everything they get. I thought I was pretty trigger happy when it comes to beta releases, but even I have limits.
I am however perplexed by Pioneer DJ issuing a statement saying that Serato’s software is broken, only to have Serato issue what looks to be planned update within 24 hours. Are they not talking to each other? Are we seeing the start of an acrimonious divorce? Who gets the kids? I think Serato will let them keep the CD collection though.