Serato is on a release spree today, based around the new Serato Remote app, but importantly adding a few cool things into the package as well. Landmark release Scratch Live 2.5 sees Serato Remote compatibility, as well as Pioneer CDJ-2000Nexus HID plug and play, and a smidgeon of free Loopmasters stuff. But the biggie for a lot of people (namely the mapping types out there) is the new MIDI out lighting ability.
As ever, the extensive verbiage from Serato HQ:
15th July 2013
For Immediate Release
SERATO ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF SERATO SCRATCH LIVE 2.5
Serato is pleased to announce the release of Serato Scratch Live 2.5, the latest free software update for Serato Scratch Live DJs.
Serato Scratch Live 2.5 comes loaded with a bunch of key new features including: Support for Serato Remote, free Loopmasters sample content, plug-and-play support for Pioneer CDJ-2000nexus and MIDI Output Lighting.
Sam Gribben, CEO of Serato, says: “For nearly ten years, Scratch Live has set the standard for professional DJs, and we’re very excited about what version 2.5 brings. With this latest version, DJs can now use Serato Remote, our first iPad® App. Whether you’re using turntables, CDJs, or a more customized setup, Serato Remote is the perfect companion to your rig. We’re also very happy to be adding support for the hugely popular CDJ-2000nexus, and providing a fresh selection of audio content for the SP-6. The new MIDI Output Lighting feature means you can now get a lot more from your midi controllers, and we expect to see a lot of community involvement in building custom presets. As always, we’ve put a lot of work into stability and performance with this release, and with a number of substantial improvements, this will be the most reliable version of Scratch Live ever.”
Key new features of Scratch Live 2.5
Support for Serato Remote
- Serato’s first official App for iPad. Available now from the App StoreSM for USD19.99.
- Designed to compliment an existing Scratch Live setup, Serato Remote will connect seamlessly to your Serato laptop software and work with all supported Scratch Live hardware.
- Serato Remote lets you see and perform all of your favorite Scratch Live functions without needing to touch your laptop. Control Cue Points, Loops and Samples. Load tracks and manipulate FX in ways that weren’t previously possible. See Serato’s famous Virtual Decks and Track Overviews so you can focus on the crowd and free yourself from your laptop.
- Designed with real world performance in mind, using big easy to hit buttons focusing on the most important performance features.
- Have control at your fingertips and enhance your Scratch Live performance. Serato Remote can be connected wirelessly freeing you to move around the stage or connected over USB for ultra low latency.
- To watch Rui from Serato use Serato Remote with Scratch Live 2.5, and for more information visit www.serato.com/remote
FREE Loopmasters Sample Content
- Serato have teamed up with Loopmasters to pull a range of samples from their immense and high quality catalogue of sound-wares.
- Get 24 of the best Beats, Hits, Loops and Sweeps FREE to you when you download Scratch Live 2.5.
- Simple installation. The Loopmasters sample content installer is included in the Scratch Live download and will install straight to your Serato library as a crate. Get all the information here.
Pioneer CDJ-2000nexus plug-and-play support
- With Scratch Live 2.5 you can throw away your control CDs and connect your CDJ-2000nexus directly to your laptop.
- Tightly mapped software controls give you low latency control over performance features in Scratch Live.
- Control your Scratch Live library with your CDJ-2000nexus. See full color album artwork, waveform, cue/loop points and other important track information on the CDJ-2000nexus color display.
MIDI Output Lighting
- MIDI Output Lighting now enables the LEDs on your MIDI controller to light up when used with Scratch Live.
- We’ve teamed up with our hardware partners to provide you with some presets for some of the coolest controllers out there. Grab them at www.serato.com/scratchlive/midi-presets
- Read this blog post for information on how to get the presets.
Scratch Live 2.5 Bug Fixes
Alongside these key features Scratch Live 2.5 also includes bug fixes to continue the unparalleled level of stability and performance that Serato software is renown for.
Some examples of the bug fixes are:
- Mixtape .als recordings now work with Ableton Live 9.
- Fixed a bug where the beatgrid lock wasn’t being saved and loaded to/from the file; it was only being saved to the database.
- The Sixty-Eight record source is now correctly loaded from preferences.
- Fixed a bug where the CDJ-350 was sending both MIDI and HID messages, which meant it, could possibly fire two different Scratch Live events at the same time.
- Fixed a bug where the DJFX deck assignments wouldn’t save to preferences if going from being ‘on’ initially, to ‘off’.
For a full list of bug fixes see the Scratch Live 2.5 Release Notes.
Scratch Live 2.5 is a free software update available now from www.serato.com/scratchlive/downloads
One by one:
Loopmasters content: A tiny sampling of Loopmasters extensive repertoire. I had 60 seconds of pad bashing fun with the supplied 808 sounds in the SP-6. Serato will have to go a considerable way to match the volume of audio that NI give away with Traktor, but it’s a start.
Pioneer CDJ-2000Nexus: For Pioneer owners and users in the clubs, this is a biggie. HID with CDJs was previously the stronghold of Traktor, but now thanks to the opened up 2 way communication with the Serato architecture, you can now use CDJs and Scratch Live without control CDs. This means full and complete 2 way information exchange, including album art and those all import waveforms. The only caveat in all this is no sync buttons, because Serato has still to add this function.
MIDI Out lights: While Scratch Live has boasted point-and-click MIDI learn for a very long time, it always felt a little unfinished, because unless support was hard coded in the software, the lights stayed off. But with MIDI out, you should be able to map you favourite lumps of controller and get some important visual feedback. I tried a little this morning and got some lights on my F1, but can’t see how to get RGB feedback going just yet. And the lights on the Behringer CMD Micro were on, but unaffected by MIDI out. I’m sure that’s more of a matter of playing a little more to fully understand what’s going on.
So the Serato Remote is nothing short of excellent, the Loopmasters content is a bit meh, the CDJ Nexus stuff is a massively important move that will help fend off Native’s attack on the booth, and the MIDI out couldn’t have been more overdue or more welcome. As well as some bug fixes, I’d say that Serato Scratch Live 2.5 is an excellent and free landmark upgrade. One last thing – for Mac users, OS X 10.5.8 is not longer supported. Time to upgrade your OS, if your hardware allows it of course.
Go download it today.