March 31, 2014
Often is the case with many new products on the market, that you feel compelled to buy something new. For a DJ who already has what they need, this can be the worst case scenario. A newer version of what you have has just come out on the market, but this version now adds a new feature that is something you’ve never had. Will you actually make use of this feature? You won’t know until you buy the new rig and test it out. Many DJs have found that they were just fine with what they had before, and that there is no reason to venture out into something new – yet they feel compelled to buy.
This is sort of the case with Serato DJ as well. Many people who are migrating to it, are doing so because it seems like an upgrade from their bundled DVS which may …
February 18, 2014
Serato might be changing their ways –but they are doing a good job of making sure that their old customers still have something to play with. If you have ever stepped foot inside of a store like Guitar Center or Best Buy, you would be lucky to see a functional NS7 demo or other MIDI controller setup ready for you to play with. The odds are that you will never see a scratch live setup – but you will easily find Serato DJ setups ready to go. Why is this? I think that most of these store don’t want to go through the hassle of setting up Scratch Live – nor do they want to have needles and turntables ready for demo.
They know that whatever is put out on the floor will take some serious abuse. A turntable and needle wouldn’t last long in the hands of someone who …
February 10, 2014
Of all the DJs who are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to hardware, the scratch DJs are perhaps the least enthused. If it was not for the scratch DJ, DVS in general would not be what it was today. Imagine if a DJ only mixed and nothing else. There would be no need for high torque turntables, and there would be less of a need for accurate lag times in DVS. Because of our complaints and struggles, Serato has become to go to for a DJ who wants a stable and reliable system. The only complain we have now is that old hardware is being dropped from the support cue in favor of newer technology.
On one hand, I do not fault Serato for their move. They need to make sure that their hardware is consistent with the times, and as we know, computers tend …
May 7, 2013
There is one thing I still don’t understand, and that is why Serato has chosen to pick and choose which piece of software gets what. Clearly, the big boys who use the main version of Scratch Live should get first choice the best features with their hardware and software combo – but it seems like Serato DJ has features of its own that make for a tough decision when looking for either a DVS or a controller system. For one, the layout and GUI of Serato DJ is just plain pretty. Items and icons are larger and shown in color, whereas Scratch Live will leave much empty space on the screen when they could easily have made it easier to see.
Another big question is the features in general. Serato DJ makes use of multi FX, meaning that FX can be layered on top of each other in a way …