Serato has just made a huge announcement. The new Serato DJ 1.5.0 software update is now upon us and with it comes digital Vinyl and CDJ control. Serato DJ 1.5.0 will immediately work perfectly with the newly announced Rane Sixty-Four mixer, Pioneer DJM-900SRT mixer, and the Pioneer DDJ-SP1 sub-controller when they are released in October, with all of the SSL soundcards and Rane/Serato certified mixers following suit in November with the release of the Serato DJ 1.6.0 beta.
The big story here is of course the ending of Serato Scratch Live and the birth of Serato DJ 1.5.0 with Digital Vinyl System control. Everyone speculated that Serato would soon combine all of their DJ controller and DVS software into one bundle similar to the Traktor DJ model and the light is now clearly at the end of the tunnel. First, check out the video below for a quick explanation from the Serato CEO himself...
Now that both the SSL and Serato DJ software will combine to form the full Serato DJ software, everyone can take advantage of all the advanced features that are already found on the DDJ-SX controller such as slip mode, loop slicer, loop roll, and more. Imagine being able to scratch it up in the timecode vinyl decks while in slip mode, only for the track to continue where it left off as soon as you let the record play. That's going to be a lot of fun! Not only will all users take advantage of the new playback features, but they will also be able to access the new FX Packs that allow DJ's to purchase additional effects to suit their style of play.
The SSL software will still be supported by Serato until 2015, so there is no rush to convert just yet until you are comfortable. Remember that the only people who will be able to take advantage of the new Serato DJ 1.5.0 update will be the users of the new Rane Sixty-Four, Pioneer DJM-900SRT, and Pioneer DDJ-SP1 when they are released in October. All other SSL users including the Rane Sixty-One, Sixty-Two, SL2, SL3, and SL4 can update to Serato DJ 1.5.0 in November when the beta software is released. The SL1 and TTM-57 will not be supported in the new Serato DJ 1.5.0 update...
The new software layout in 1.5.0 looks like a good mixture of both past SSL and Serato DJ iterations. Everything looks cleaner on the screen and waveforms look more crisp. The BPM readout is larger, and the layout is more streamlined for the new controls. There are now eight hotcue points instead of five and DJ's can now use the Sync feature for beatmatching while using DVS vinyl and CD's.
We'll have a review of the new mixers and the new software update as soon as we get our hands on it, so stay tuned for the latest...For more information, check out the