Rane SL3 - USB 2.0 Interface for Serato Scratch Live

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Scratch Live

Scratch Live supports all these file formats: Fixed and Variable Bit Rate MP3, AIFF, AAC, ALAC, WAV, OGG Vorbis, CD Audio and direct from the mixer. Record from your mixer's Aux output and immediately scratch as if it was on vinyl. Record direct from vinyl or CD and save as a 24-bit 48 kHz stereo file.

Easily import your playlists and iTunes library. You can drag from Explorer (Windows) or the Finder (Mac) into the Scratch Live library. The crate and subcrate system helps organize your library and sets. Hot-swap external drives with fast automatic library merging and retention of crates. Browse your music collection by album, artist, BPM, or genre, with optional album art display. Intuitive search function can be applied to any field to find things quickly. Edit ID3 tags with full Unicode support.

Preprocessing of MP3 files is not required except to detect corrupt files or use the auto-BPM and auto-gain functions. Auto-BPM detects tempo information for tracks without it, saving it with each file. A tap tempo button allows you to enter your own. Auto-gain lets you set a target gain on any or all songs in your library. You can also manually adjust individual gain, remembered in each song file.

The Virtual Deck shows everything about the speed and position of a track. As the vinyl rotates, so does the line on the label. The circular progress bar around the edge is a visual representation of the position within the song. The time and remaining time are displayed in minutes and seconds. The turntable speed as a percentage of pitch shift is on the left, and the pitched BPM is on the right.

Different operating modes can be assigned to each Virtual Deck:

Absolute Mode

Exact reproduction of record movement, needle drop through tracks just like normal vinyl. The beginning of the track is mapped to the start of the record.

Relative Mode

Skip-free scratching, jump to cue points, and pitch bend buttons combined with turntable control. This mode observes the relative forward and backward movement of the record, but does not regard the position within the record.

Internal Mode

Mix with just your laptop using features modeled on DJ CD players. Rewind, Bend down, Play / pause reverse, Play / pause forward, Bend up, Fast forward.

Auto mode

Play a sequence of tracks automatically.

With Key Lock on, the key or pitch of the song stays locked at what it would be if the track was playing at normal speed, regardless of the platter speed of the turntable or CD player. Key Lock has scratch detection, so it automatically turns off when scratching for a natural scratching sound.

Variable zoom waveforms centered around current position display horizontally or vertically. Waveforms are colored by frequency so you can distinguish instruments visually. Full track overview lets you quickly find where the beat drops, find breakdowns and choruses, and jump to any part of the song. The tempo display assists with rapid tempo matching of tracks. When the two tracks are matched to the same tempo, the peaks will line up. Beat display emphasizes the transients in tracks -- these are matched up when the two tracks are beat matched. Visual markers can be set for up to 5 cue points per song and triggered from the keyboard. Save up to 9 loops per track -- these loops are saved in the file, and will be present when you reload. Censor expletives on the fly with an instant quick-reverse and catch-up with no loss of timing or pitch.

MIDI control can interface USB controllers with Scratch Live. DJ controller support will vary.

Built-in help and tips in multiple languages are accessible anytime. There is even a low power warning when running off a laptop battery.

Control Vinyl Spares

Continuous control signal on vinyl allows smooth accurate scratching. Scratch Live has the lowest latency vinyl emulation system on the market. It has advanced vinyl groove and stylus modeling algorithm for a sound indistinguishable from the real thing.

Innovative positioning system allows fast and accurate needle dropping. The record has thin marks every minute, and a thicker mark every 5 minutes (played at 33 RPM). These marks assist you when using needle dropping to move through the track.

The Vinyl Scroll track allows you use your turntable or CD to scroll through your crate and pick the next song without touching your laptop.

Two copies of black vinyl are included with the SL 3. Side A: 10 minutes plus Vinyl Scroll track. Side B: 15 minutes. Control CD Download

Two 15-minute control CDs are included with the SL 3.

You can burn your own control CD if you have a burner and the right software after downloading the big control file (132MB). Scratchlivecontrol.zip requires an unzip utility to open, and includes two files. Scratchlivecontrol.wav is a stereo 44.1 file that you can drop into any burner application -- however, the track select portion at the end of the audio file reqires a special start time on a second track to function correctly. If you have Sony CD Architect?, you can load the scratchlivecontrol.cdp file and it will incorporate the correct second track timing. When using any other application, do not adjust the levels, make sure no auto-levelling is turned on, don't downsample or try another format, or the control signal won't function.

New Video-SL 1.2

Serato Video-SL is a software plug-in for Scratch Live which adds the ability to playback and mix video files. Manage a variety of video clips from within the Scratch Live library and load them onto a virtual deck for control with either vinyl or CD.

The controls allow you to mix clips with a variety of transitions, as well as apply exciting effects to each video clip. The mixed output can be sent to your computer's secondary display for connection to external monitors or projectors.

MIDI control enables you to use 3rd party controllers with Video-SL, highly recommended with an SL 3.

In the box, available from your Rane dealer:

Installer CD with bonus music videos and loops Quick Start Guide Manual TTM 57SL Mixer Overlays Stickers

The Video-SL package includes stickers and video samples not included with the download version.

The Bridge

Record your Serato DJ performances as Ableton Live Sets, and play Ableton Live Sets with your turntables or CDJs.

Perform your beats

Drag your Ableton Set onto a Virtual Deck in Scratch Live, then use the Deck to control Ableton Live's tempo and playback.

Ableton View

Live's Session View shows up inside Serato Scratch Live. You can launch clips and scenes, control instruments and effects, mix, mute and solo from within Scratch Live. The Ableton View also syncs automatically with your Akai Professional APC40, APC20 or Novation Launchpad.

Sync Player

Sync your Ableton Live Set to an MP3 in Scratch Live and free up a Deck. Ableton Live locks to the groove and timing of the track on that Deck.

Intelligent audio routing

Ableton Live's audio is intelligently routed to your Serato audio hardware; no secondary audio interface is needed.

Perfect your mixtapes

Record your Serato DJ performance as an Ableton Live Set, complete with song placement and fader movements (Fader and EQ automation is only available when Mixtape is recorded with a Rane TTM 57SL or a Rane Sixty-Eight.) Use Live's collection of effects, instruments and production tools to edit, enhance and polish your mix.

Important Notes

Free for registered owners of Serato Scratch Live hardware and Ableton Live/Suite 8 (and above). You may use The Bridge with the Trial version of Ableton Live, however after 30 days, a license is required to save, export or use The Bridge. The Bridge is not available for Live Lite, Live LE, Live Intro, APC or Launchpad Edition.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Manufacturer Rane
UPC 687499175930
Package Contents
  • (1) SL 3 Interface
  • (1) Soft Carry Case
  • (1) Serato Scratch Live Software Install Disc.
  • (1) External Power Supply with Country Adaptors.
  • (1) USB Cable
  • (4) Stereo RCA Cables
  • (2) Control CDs
  • (2) Control Vinyl Records
  • (4) Rubber Feet for the SL 3
  • (1) Quick Start Guide
  • (1) Operators Manual
  • (1) Warranty Card

Like the world standard Rane SL 1, the SL 3 connects one or two standard vinyl or CD turntables to your computer and the mixer of your choice. Using regular turntables or CD players, you can scratch and mix files from your Mac or Windows computer's CD or hard drive.

Enhanced by studio grade preamps and 24-bit audio processing, this compact new solution produces a warm punchy sound to heighten the senses. The Auxiliary Ouputs allow DJs and electronic musicians to intensify the mix with the Scratch Live SP-6 Sample Player. The Auxiliary Inputs provide a live input feed for creative sampling or recording your set. Use any combination of audio sources: control CD, control vinyl, MIDI or regular CDs and vinyl for more flexibility than ever.

The included 12" vinyl records and control CDs each have Serato's exclusive and unique control signal which allows Scratch Live to track the motion of the record, simulating the same movement with digital audio. Due to Serato's proprietary control scheme, the result is a feel and sound indistinguishable from playing vinyl.

Rane SL3 Interface for Scratch Live
Rane SL3 Interface for Scratch Live
System Requirements
Rane SL3 Interface for Scratch Live System Requirements:
PLEASE NOTE: These are the minimum requirements to run Scratch Live. For best performance and for use in professional situations we recommend you buy a higher spec computer. We also recommend Intel processors.
1 GHz G4 2 GB RAM* 1024 x 768 screen resolution OSX 10.4.11 or higher (See Note 2) Available USB port (USB 2.0 required for SL 3 & Sixty-Eight)
Intel processor, 1.6 GHz or better (See Note 3) 2 GB RAM* 1024 x 768 screen resolution Windows XP with Service Pack 3 or higher Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 or higher Windows 7 Available USB port (USB 2.0 required for SL 3 & Sixty-Eight)

*If you have a large library, you will benefit from having more RAM.Note 1: If you are using Scratch Live 2.0's more system intensive features such as DJ FX or the AUX Deck plug-in and are having issues, you may need a higher spec computer for best results, or make sure you have optimized your system: Windows 7 and Vista / Mac OS X. Note 2: If you are planning on using HID devices on Mac OSX 10.5 (Leopard), then you must use OSX version 10.5.6 or up. HID devices include Rane mixers such as the Rane Sixty-Eight or TTM 57SL and some 3rd party controllers such as the Pioneer CDJ-400, CDJ-900, or CDJ-2000 CD players. Note 3: Please read this FAQ if you are looking at buying a computer with an AMD processor: Problems with PCs using AMD processors.

Warranty Warranty Information
Product: Period:
Rane SL3 1 Year


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