Here we are, in a place I was told we would never be. “You’re not going to do that silly Traktor point 10 and point 11 thing right?” I asked while senior Serato people smiled back at me via Skype. Laughing, they promised — yes promised — not to commit such a heinous version numbering crime. So imagine my surprise when the press release for Serato DJ v1.9.10 arrived in my inbox, and with it the doors opened for v1.9.∞.
Actually, given that the below things were already known, this comes as no real surprise at all, so here goes:
Serato delivers new club standard with Serato DJ 1.9.10
Serato’s latest update is now available and brings support for the eagerly-awaited Denon DJ Prime Series and Mixars QUATTRO.
Serato DJ 1.9.10 is now also fully supported for use with macOS High Sierra. Denon DJ SC5000 Prime
The recent winner of two DJ Mag Tech Awards and a powerful new option for the pro-DJ booth. This exciting new media player is packed with versatile features like an HD touchscreen, performance pads and four-deck control per unit.
“Denon have changed the game with the SC5000, taking a traditional media player format into the modern DJing era,” Nick Maclaren, Head of Strategy says. “Built-in performance pads and an intuitive touchscreen mean DJs can finally make the most of Serato functionality within a digital media player.”
Other highlights include jogwheel album art display, dedicated beat jump controls, colored cue points and simplified, intuitive switching between four decks.
“It’s not just ‘big-name features’ in the SC5000. Denon have paid really close attention to the details so there’s nothing left to be desired,” says Maclaren.
Denon X1800 Prime
As part of Denon’s Prime Series, Serato today announced support for the Denon DJ X1800 Prime.
“The X1800 ticks all the boxes for a professional 4-channel mixer,” says Maclaren. “And special extras like touchstrip control and dedicated sweep/BPM FX will allow DJs to get really creative with their performance.”
The X1800 also includes dual USB for back-to-back mixing and easy changeover, built-in FX with Send/Return, and is Serato DJ & DVS Upgrade Ready.
“Denon’s Prime Series is a powerful contender for the professional club setup. It’s a big leap for the pro DJ booth,” says Maclaren.
Building on last year’s popular DUO is the Mixars QUATTRO, a powerful 4-channel mixer with advanced Serato DJ integration. The QUATTRO marks Serato’s first 4-channel mixer with performance pads and is plug and play with Serato DJ & DVS, straight out of the box.
“The QUATTRO goes far beyond the line of duty for traditional 4-channel mixers,” says Nick Maclaren. “As well as built-in FX, a dedicated sampler fader and dual USB, it’s completely MIDI-mappable to suit your own style of performance.
“We’re also really excited about the on-board transport controls in the pad modes. This means DJs can play a full set on the QUATTRO without using media players or turntables. It’s one of our most powerful mixers to date,” says Maclaren.
For a full list of improvements read the Serato DJ 1.9.10 release notes.
And because this release impacts on Denon DJ’s latest and greatest, they have words too:
SERATO DJ NOW SUPPORTS THE AWARD WINNING DENON DJ PRIME SERIES
Control of Serato DJ software further enhances Denon DJ’s Prime Series creative performance possibilities.
Cumberland RI, USA (November 6, 2017)—Denon DJ (www.denondj.com), a leading manufacturer of premium DJ products and solutions, today announced that their revolutionary SC5000 Prime media player and X1800 Prime club mixer are now fully Serato DJ Upgrade Ready. The SC5000 Prime unlocks the new controller mode giving artists natively-mapped control over Serato DJ software functionality with an effective and attractive visualization of all essential performance information on the SC5000’s touchscreen, while the X1800 Prime steps up to becoming the centerpiece of any DJ’s rider with DVS and Audio Interface support added.
A quick re-cap of the stunning Denon DJ SC5000 Prime media player: Winner of two DJ Mag Tech Awards for ‘Innovative New Product’ and ‘Ultimate Club Deck,’ the SC5000 Prime sets a new standard for ease of use and comprehensive creative features. It is a professional unit with 7-inch multi-touch display that enables gestures and swiping for the ultimate DJ expression and immediacy of interaction. Adding dual-layer playback on a single unit, making it possible to mix a full DJ set on just one player, plus on-board trigger pads for expressive live performance, the SC5000 represents the future of professional DJ performance, right here, right now.
The new Serato Controller Mode delivers numerous powerful and seamless interaction features:
• Controls primary navigation, track-load and playback workflow from a single SC5000 Prime unit
• SC5000 on-board HD touchscreen shows Serato track collection, waveform overview and vital DJ performance data
• Addresses and controls up to 4 Serato DJ ‘decks’ using just one SC5000
• SC5000 performance trigger pads enable expressive manipulation of standard Serato DJ pad modes.
• X1800 Prime mixer acts as Serato DJ audio interface, introduces DVS to DJs with the Serato DJ and DVS Licenses (sold separately) offering a full hardware DJ mixing experience
Controller Mode integration is the latest example of Denon DJ’s commitment to continuous improvement for their revolutionary Prime Series equipment. It is available via Serato DJ 1.9.10
Digital DJ Tips says, “This [the SC5000] is the singularly most impressive piece of DJ technology we’ve ever reviewed and ushers in a new era of DJing.”
Serato Controller Mode will be part of SC5000 Prime media player and X1800 mixer, starting in November 2017.
U.S. retail pricing for the SC5000 Prime Media Player and X1800 Prime Club Mixer is $1899. They are available globally now.
So in the space of a week, Denon DJ’s Prime series has had two updates, and rather serious ones at that. This one makes a lot of sense, as Serato would dearly love to assist Denon DJ in usurping Pioneer DJ’s position in the booth. And offering another demographic of the DJ market reasons to jump ship is a wise move.
We’re working hard to incorporate these new features into our Prime Week feature. Fingers crossed, we can get it all rolled in for next week.