Effectively being the sun at the centre of Serato’s solar system, Serato DJ is the glue that binds all of their other offerings into a cohesive mass of DJ software matter. So having covered off a couple of complimentary releases in the shape of Serato Remote and Serato Video, we should take a look at Serato DJ 1.6.1 to see what has changed there.
Obviously, we’ll have a read of the press release first:
Serato DJ 1.6.1 Release Notes
25 March, 2014
New Software Features
Ability to open multiple panels (REC/FX/SP-6/VIDEO)
Change recordings location option
New Expansion Pack Features Serato Video
Video Mix Recording for devices that support recording
Syphon Support (Mac only)
Audio Linked Video Effects
Tempo based Video Effects now use Beatgrids instead of BPM
Added Slicer control
Added Serato DJ Accessory Support
Windows 8 Support
Serato Video application is included in Serato DJ installer
Rane Sixty-One drivers updated
Rane Sixty-Two drivers updated which includes new firmware (2.21) to resolve an issue where Scratch Live may crash when used with firmware version 2.14.
Mic/Aux Inputs not working for some controllers
Loop size cannot be adjusted until loop is engaged/multiple devices
BPM jumps when changing range in internal mode
Vestax VCI-400 uses wrong audio feed for recording
Drop to absolute position doesn’t work again when returning to REL Mode from Emergency INT mode if you click the INT button
Recording input selection is not saved
Analyzing files with “Set Auto BPM” unticked causes auto gain to not be saved
Reloop Terminal Mix 2 & 4 unable to activate Slicer loop mode on deck 2, 3 & 4
Pioneer DDJ-SP1 no longer controls offline player
Extended View does not remember setting of small waveforms across sessions
Cue Point Display is out of alignment with Cue + Loop tabs
Reloop Terminal Mix 2 Slicer quantize adjust (loop length knob) is not working.
Pioneer DDJ-SZ Loop Shift function is not mapped
Auto Loop Knob/Roll worked only for decks 1 and 2 on Reloop Terminal Mix 8
Serato Video Output window goes under the top menu and can’t be moved on Mac
Hang with Pioneer DDJ-SP1/SR when pressing SHIFT + PAD7 in Sampler Mode
Stack View mode does not display correct Sync state
Pioneer DDJ-SR auto loop value LED on controller does not light up unless active
Video files don’t loop seamlessly in Serato Video
Crossfader curve selection is incorrect on DDJ-S1
Faders not Mapped for Serato Video on the Numark MixDeck Quad in Serato DJ
No Time Remaining Indicator on Decks 1 and 3 when in Stack View
Noise Sensitivity threshold default now set to -48 instead of -72
Pioneer DDJ-SZ Can’t load to selected track to sample slot using SHIFT + Pads 1-8
The biggest feature for many will be another interface update. Serato DJ had the ability to show the various panels such as FX, SP6 etc — but only one at a time. Now, depending on your screen, you can show any or all of them at the same time. This makes me so happy as the endless and unhelpful switching was becoming tiresome.
Aside from the aforementioned Remote and Video, it’s things like Windows 8 support, Pioneer CDJ850 compatibility and a couple of Rane hardware fixes that make this release a pretty important one. As ever, it’s free and available now for Mac and PC.
Still on Scratch Live? You’re missing out on more goodies with every release that you put off installing.