To celebrate the release of Serato Studio 1.4, Serato and DJcity have collaborated on a beat making challenge. Aspiring producers have until January 28, 2020 for their chance to win $4000 worth of Pioneer DJ gear, Serato Studio and Serato DJ Suite licences, a one-year DJcity record pool subscription, and a $50 Beatsource gift card.
To enter, applicants must make a one-minute DJ edit using Serato Studio and the acapella provided by DJcity Records, Makasi & Gregoir Cruz‘ “Manos En Mi” featuring Tima Dee. Then, film your creation and share the video to Instagram (tag @seratostudio and use the hashtag #seratostudio in your post).
Click here for more details.
The release includes Serato’s signature beatgrids, free demo tracks to learn to mix with, plus a new in-app learning experience taking users through key features in the software.
“We’re always looking to make beginner DJs learning experience with our software more enjoyable and fulfilling,” says Chief Strategy Officer, Nick Maclaren. “Integrating Beatgrids into Serato DJ Lite prepares DJs for what to expect on DJ Pro, while the addition of demo tracks and a new in-app educational experience will support beginners learning how to DJ. We can’t wait to see who these new users become in the DJ world.”
Serato DJ Lite 1.3.2 can be downloaded now on Serato’s website.
Watch the update video above.
Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ controller (Source: Pioneer DJ)
Pioneer DJ has released a new all-in-one controller, the XDJ-XZ.
The device, which can be used with USB drives or a rekordbox-equipped laptop, “feels exactly like you’re using the CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2,” according to the press release. Serato DJ Pro support will be added in early 2020.
“It is the closest thing you can get to a full two deck [Pioneer DJ] NXS2 setup at around a third of the price,” DJcityTV’s Mojaxx says.
The XDJ-XZ is available now at $2,299. Watch Mo’s first look below and stay tuned for a full review.
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DJcity and Beatsource hosted two events at this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), which took place October 15 to 20. The first was a brunch with Serato and DJcity, and the second was a Beatsource mixer.
Watch a recap of the week above.
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Serato has released Serato DJ Pro 2.3.1, an update that provides support for the Denon DJ PRIME 4 controller and SC5000M media player. Upon updating DJ Pro and the Denon DJ firmware, the units will work as Official Serato Accessories with enhanced functionality like hot cues, FX, and more.
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Ozone 9 Elements comes with a selection of mastering presets that allow beatmakers to produce professional-sounding tracks. For a more tailored sound, the plug-in’s “Master Assistant” feature will analyze your track and create a custom preset based on your style.
Watch Serato’s Ozone 9 Elements video below and click here for more info.
DJcity has teamed up with Serato to host a series of Serato Studio workshops called DJs Make Beats. The workshops will teach DJs how to quickly transform their ideas into beats using Serato’s beat making software, Serato Studio.
The workshops will take place in five cities across the West Coast of North America during October. Check out the schedule below. Space is limited; RSVP is required.
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Fortune Sound Club
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Park on Fremont
Los Angeles (Hollywood)
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Los Angeles (West LA)
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Scratch DJ Academy
Download a free trial of Serato Studio here.
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Pioneer DJ has announced the DDJ-XP2, an add-on controller for rekordbox dj and Serato DJ Pro.
The DDJ-XP2 adds to the functionality of the DDJ-XP1, but retains the build quality and layout of the original unit.
Key new features include:
– Works natively with both rekordbox dj and Serato DJ Pro
– 32 performance pads
– Silent Cue feature available in Serato DJ Pro for the first time
– Unique Slide FX control
Watch’s Mojaxx‘s first look below.
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Serato users should wait to upgrade to macOS Catalina. (Source: Serato)
Serato has issued a warning telling users to hold off on updating to macOS Catalina. The software maker has discovered some performance issues with Serato DJ Lite and DJ Pro while testing the beta version of Apple’s upcoming operating system.
Here’s what Mojaxx has to say:
“At DJcity we always recommend that users hold off from doing major operating system updates until software developers and hardware manufacturers have given the definite all-clear for you to safely go ahead.
In the past, we’ve even seen new audio issues appear between the final beta and full releases of a new OS. So unless you absolutely HAVE to upgrade for some reason, we recommend you wait until you’re certain there won’t be problems.”
Stay tuned for more information from Serato.
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