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DJ Scott Mad Flip
August 12, 2011

Serato Itch 2.0 NEW Features

The latest version of Serato Itch 2.0 is now available and is bringing the heat.  Here’s a quick rundown on some exciting new features and improvements.

» New Interface
» Changeable Night & Day mode
» New SP-6 Sample Player including Sample Sync
» Multiple display modes to suit different styles of DJing – vertical, horizontal, stack and library views
» Re-optimized Serato SmartSync engine for precise grids and locked grooves
» Improved Library Management so you can easily copy crates & tracks to external drives for gigs
» Smart Crates which auto-fill using keywords from your music library
» Serato Playlists to share your tracklists either as you play, or online afterwards
» Album Art Views for enhanced browsing
» Improved Instant Doubles functionality, including support for 4 decks

As a Traktor and Serato Scratch Live user, I have to say that Itch 2.0 is the real deal.  Serato has really provided some great features and improvements and it is a one stop shop for all compatible controllers.  I am super stoked about using all of them with the new features.  Here are just a few of my favorite features right off the bat:

Perfect!

Day and Night

I can switch the look of Itch from the traditional darker black and grey with white text to black text on a white background.  This is perfect for day gigs when the sun glares on your screen.  I’ve decided to use the lighter skin at all times to match my headphones.

I keep my waves in the center console

FINALLY, I can emulate Serato’s Scratch Live layout with my waveforms displayed vertically in the center.  I can easily switch back without going into setup, too by clicking the icon on the main screen.  SWEET.  This allows many DJ’s that currently use Scratch Live an easy transition if they wanted to use a controller.  It’s a total gateway to switching.  Just saying.

I love the pretty pictures

Itch now has two additional modes to browse your tracks that include album artwork.  This appeals to me in any iTunes type of way and it really makes it easy to recognize tracks if I’m searching in a hurry. It’s really easy to switch from each mode by clicking the four tabs on the bottom left.  BRILLIANT.

STOP, Sample Time!

Itch has added the popular SP-6 sampler to it’s arsenal.  I now have 6 sample slots that I can use for “one-shot” drops or even for more elaborate looping for transitions and mash-ups.  You must still use your keyboard for now, but I anticipate midi integration in the future for use with controllers.  Hopefully.

Itch 2.0 gives us a lot of new goodies and fantastic improvements, particularly the ease of grid editing my tracks.  I am an avid Traktor user and believe me, I am having a good look at Itch for a possible swItch 2.0.  Maybe.  Anyway, you’ll be seeing more of this in some of our demos and video content very soon.  Until then, Cheers and happy gigs!

 

 

 

Comments

  1. DJ Rich says:

    My Favorite feature for the new Serato Itch 2.0 is how you can use the program with the beats running vertical & side to side. As a Serato user, i got very used to this visualization. Swtiching to Itch it was a bit of a problem getting used to the beats running horizontal. Loving the new serato itch 2.0, just gets better and better!

    -Dj Rich

  2. Steven T. says:

    Serato Playlists because other people from all over the world can listen to your music :D

  3. sonnic beatz says:

    today, i’m going to test it live, so wish me luck

    the thing i liked the most was that you can change know how it looks, i like the samples too but you can’t record them on the fly

  4. Andrew says:

    are you kidding me? expandable beat grid! i’ve always wanted to mix WITHOUT warping. granted, torq already has this feature, but serato just straight rocks. i am excited for this feature. “gotta have that.”

  5. DJ Spy says:

    I have to say, while I don’t currently use Serato, these new features look amazing. If they would just add video support I would be sold.

  6. George says:

    I can’t wait to use this with my twitch when I get it. I don’t care what elitists have to see controller based DJing is the future. The versatility and power of these devices, programs, and their interactions can only get better.

  7. Eduardo Beattie says:

    My favourite feature of Serato Itch 2.0 is the Library management system, which allows you to copy crates, playlists and such to external drives to other drives.

  8. Toshi says:

    Vertical tracks

  9. Angel says:

    So I got to mess around with the new Itch and I must say I love the SP-6 Sample Player. I definitely see endless possibilities with live remixes and sample dropping! :)

  10. Cristiano says:

    I love how the sync and the grid are easier than ever

  11. Kevin Liu says:

    My favorite feature has to be the SP-6 Sample player as it can add a bit of individuality to my mix or set. It looks intuitive to use and has the potential to be essential to any dj set.

  12. Mihaly,Stojka says:

    Well no question. SP-6 Sample and the Serato Playlists.

  13. Camille says:

    Very interesting points. Thanks!

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