Serato 2.0?!?

It’s been FIVE YEARS since Serato DJ 1.0 was released. What will we see in Serato 2.0? DJ Tech Tools speculates that a new version could include:

1. MIDI Mapping Overhaul
2. Serato Sample Features Built In
3. Full Offline Player Mode
4. Daytime Mode
5. Library Management (Track Purchasing, Tagging, Ratings)
6. Echo Out Quality

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How to Create Smart Crates in Serato

This tutorial will guide you through the process of creating crates and smart crates in Serato DJ

Being prepared for a gig is crucial to being a successful DJ. Having the proper equipment, the right software (Serato DJ in our case), and a colorful song list will make you look nice and professional, and set the right tone for your night. People will know you mean business and came to set the party off. Something most beginning DJs overlook is creating a crate before a gig. A crate is a digital box to organize your music in Serato, essentially like Serato playlists. Using a crate allows you to plan ahead to cater to the type of party you are DJing. The point of having a crate is so you do not end up frantically foraging through your massive music library trying to find similar songs that fit your party’s tone during the party. That just looks bad and people can inevitably tell when you end up rushing transitions. Planning ahead goes a long way!

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So, how do you set up a crate in Serato? Very easily!

Normal Crates

1. Click the ‘Add Crate’ button.

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2. Right click the crate to rename it.

Give it a good name that encompasses the type of music you want in the crate. It can be as convoluted as “HIP-HOP, BPM 100-130, KEYS 1-5,” or as simple as “HIP-HOP”

3. Click the ‘File’ button to add music

To go through your music library in Serato, click the File button located on the top right of the song section. Now search for the songs you want in the crate, and click and drag.
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4. Locate your music

Usually found along this path:
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5. Add music to crate

Now, click and drag songs to update your crates! Look at this example to see how to efficiently organize your crates:
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Smart Crates

To take your crate game to the next level, try using Smart Crates. Smart Crates are created with a set of rules that automatically updates and curates the crate so you don’t have to keep adding new songs as you get them.

1. Click the ‘Add Smart Crate’ button next to the ‘Add Crate’ button.

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2. Click the ‘Add Rule’ button to add rules.

Rules are what separate smart crates from crates. With rules, Serato will automatically know what songs to add to the smart crate and do it for you.
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You will find that there are all types of rules you can set, from “song added before 12/31/2012,” to “bpm equal to 128,” to “artist contains Major Lazer,” etc. Pay attention to the ‘Match All of the Following Rules’ checkbox; check it if you want songs that follow all the rules for the crate, leave it unchecked if you want all the songs that follow all the rules.
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3. Finish Smart Crate

Once you finish making all your rules, hit ‘OK’ and watch Serato do its magic! Look over your new smart crate and make sure your rules encompasses all the songs you want to include. Additionally, you can manually add songs to your smart crate if they do not follow the crate’s rules.

Now that you created your crates and smart crates in Serato, it is time to put them to the test and be one step ahead of the game for the next gig you play!

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Intro To DJing w/ DJ Rugged One

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In this Friday’s workshop you learn the foundations of DJing w/ Serato:

— How to create crates
— Moving the tracks to the decks
— Looping
— Que points
— Linking iTunes music to Serato
— Basic Mixing

We will discuss the difference between Vinyl vs. Digital vs. Controller. You also will use Serato to learn tempo and pitch, and basic mixing tips for beat-matching.

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DJ Rugged One has been in the game for many years and has firmly established a name for himself as a professional deejay and producer. Spinning at numerous bars, lounges & clubs, he effortlessly creates a vibe that keeps the dance floor packed and continues to be recognized for his style and grace. His passion for music naturally led him into the realm of music production, where he actively takes on remix projects and creates brand new material with a plethora of skilled artists.

Rugged One earned his stripes during his years as a competitive DJ, placing as a finalist in many battles, never failing to intimidate and turn heads!

He continues to be sought after and commissioned to create mix CDs for respected organizations in the hip hop realm (including Undergroundhiphop.com, Brick Records and others) all while juggling his own independent releases.

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Receiving notable praise in a vast array of publications & websites, Rugged has evolved over the years to become the “total package,” a DJ who can satisfy the purest of hip-hop heads, the wildest of college club-goers and everything in between – taking you on a musical trip in the process.

He enjoys what he does and is a true entertainer. DJ Rugged One…the man, the myth, the DJ… go on, go on and GET DOWN!

Make It New with Young Marco [9/22]

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Another Make It New, another DJ with extraordinary crate-digging skills.

It should come as no surprised that Marco Sterk (aka Young Marco) began his musical journey at the Rush Hour record store in Amsterdam. Try and try again, he failed at producing quite a few parties in the Dutch mecca, but, as he told Resident Advisor: “You can be an adventurous DJ when you’re playing to an empty room.”

Flash forward to two acclaimed albums, a raft of remixes, and a reputation for magically turning dancefloors into dust … and you can rest assured that the rooms Marco plays to now?

They’re not empty anymore.

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Featuring a special appearance from Matt Gavris.

Make It New w/ Young Marco + residents Baltimoroder & Coralcola
+ special guest Matt Gavris
Thursday September 22
Middlesex Lounge
315 Massachusetts Ave.
Central Square Cultural District
Cambridge, MA
$10 before 11pm / $15