Answering the first obvious question that will make the following post considerably easier to understand — OSA stands for Official Serato Accessory. Consider yourself schooled in Serato jargon. But do we say Oh Ess Ay? Or Oh-Sah? Anyway, this release focuses on hooking Serato DJ Pro up to other gear and being able to have a little more control over mapping features.

Press release and release notes follow:

Serato DJ Pro 2.1.1 adds benefits for OSA users

Serato DJ Pro 2.1.1 is available now and adds new features and hardware support that are particularly useful for Official Serato Accessories users.

DJs will now be able to use different pad modes on each device when using an OSA with their Serato DJ Pro primary hardware.

“This allows DJs to use two different pad modes at the same time on the same track” Nick Maclaren, Chief Strategy Officer at Serato. “It really opens up performance possibilities, for example, you can now combine Pitch Play with Cue Points, adding an element to your set that hasn’t been possible before.”

2.1.1 also brings the ability to remap OSAs with MIDI functionality, allowing DJs to customize their Serato experience further.

“DJs can now create custom mappings, or remap parts of their controllers for easy access to features they use regularly,” says Maclaren.

Serato and Roland team up again to bring you TR-SYNC

DJs can now seamlessly add the legendary sound of Roland’s iconic drum machines to Serato DJ Pro setups with, OSA hardware support for the TR-8, TR-8S, TR-08 and TR-09.

This new functionality, named TR-SYNC, is available in Serato DJ Pro 2.1.1 and allows DJs to effortly match the BPM of TR drum machines with tracks playing on Serato DJ Pro.

“Serato DJ Pro takes care of sync, so DJs can focus on their performance, layering beats and loops over their tracks, or creating edits and remixes on the fly.” Maclaren says.

OSA support for the Reloop RP8000 MK2

Representing the new generation of turntables, the Reloop RP8000 MK2 was designed in close collaboration with some of the world’s best DJs.

“The RP8000 MK2 can control up to seven Serato DJ Pro pad modes, and with Platter Play mode, a new option for tone play, this turntable really gives DJs more freedom for creativity than any that have come before it” says Maclaren.

Download Serato DJ Pro 2.1.1

Serato DJ Pro 2.1.1 key features

  • Independent pad modes – DJs using OSAs in conjunction with their primary hardware can now use different pad modes on each device.
  • OSA remapping – DJs can now remap their Official Serato Accessories, customizing what functionality they control.
  • TR-SYNC – OSA support for the Roland TR-8, TR-8S, TR-08 and TR-09. Seamlessly match the BPM of these TR drum machines with tracks playing on Serato DJ Pro.
  • Reloop RP8000 MK2 – OSA support for this MIDI enabled turntable with the ability to control seven Serato DJ Pro pad modes.

Read the full list of changes and additions in the Serato DJ Pro 2.1.1 release notes.

And to save you a click, here’s the release notes:

New Features

  • Added the ability to re-map OSAs that have MIDI functionality (CDJ/HID devices excluded)
  • Added support for independent pad modes on OSAs with performance pads
  • Added OSA support for Roland TR-SYNC devices (TR-08, TR-09, TR-8, TR-8S)
  • Added Serato OSA support for the Reloop RP8000MK2

Other Changes

  • Fixed an issue where some large libraries would take a very long time to load
  • Fixed an issue where iTunes files would not show Key tags correctly
  • Fixed an issue where files containing foreign characters would be incorrectly marked as corrupt
  • Fixed an issue where Spacebar and Enter do not work with caps-lock in Play/Offline mode
  • Fixed an issue with Serato Video linked channel faders not fading video correctly
  • Fixed an issue where tracks could restart when toggling views/Setup screen while the Akai AFX is connected

Ever so slightly ajar

Serato is a notoriously closed system, with features being hard-coded to hardware with just a few doors open for mapping. But with the rest of the DJ world largely flinging their respective doors wide to the world, Serato must feel the pressure mounting on them to do the same.

It has been notable by its absence, but with expansion packs like Serato Play bringing keyboard control, and rudimentary fader and EQ controls appearing, the door seems to be slowly being edged open towards Serato DJ Pro being a considerably more open platform. It bodes well for the future.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6IOpmpdUh4

Here’s Miles Medina using 2.1.1 and the Roland TR-08S. I like this set because it uses tracks I used to play, and perfectly merges the sounds of Roland into the mix.