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!
So, how do you set up a crate in Serato? Very easily!
1. Click the ‘Add Crate’ button.
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.
4. Locate your music
Usually found along this path:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
If you want to learn more about live DJing with Serato, hit us up for more information on our DJ classes.