Every DJ needs a good bag. The problem is they are expensive and its hard to tell if you are buying what you need until you bring it home and pack it up. If its too tight, then thats no good, if its too big, same problem. Like Goldilocks, it needs to be just right. I found one that fits my needs, and more importantly, all my equipment. I have fit a lot in the Jetpack bag including a Rane 57, and it all fits quite comfortably. But don't get me wrong, if you have less stuff, the bag can be collapsed down and be smaller, so thats good. Its the Jetpack DJ Bag. Checkout the video so see the rest of my take on this bag. Also there are many pics of this bag and more info, like where to buy it, after the jump:
Jetpack DJ Bag Review, by DJ Color TV
Serato + iTunes tip of the week. Consolidate your iTunes Libraries from 2 (or more) computers to 1 Portable iTunes Playlist.
If you are like most DJs, you manage your music through iTunes, then import the new music into your DJ program of choice, in this case Serato. But what if you use two computers? Usually you would have to use only one for your file management. Maybe you produce music on one computer (say an iMac/Tower) and use your laptop to DJ with. Or maybe you have a computer at work that you wish you could manage your music in some downtime. Either way, I bet you wish you could use one iTunes Library, right? Well you can, and here is how to do it, after the jump...
Ever want to get away from the computer but still use Serato? This projection concept allows for that, sorta. Check out the video, its a pretty interesting concept. Your tracks or waveforms get projected right on the records and the playlists are infront of you. I have no idea how they did this. And I dont really see a real life application for this, unless you were doing a special artsy show. But its cool nonetheless. Video is after the jump:
Ever want to painlessly move your files to another drive but were not sure how? Well, you are in luck cause Serato just posted tips on how to do this smoothly without hickups. Also, 2.3.3 just released so go get that . The tips cover Internal to External, Internal to Internal, External to Internal, External to External. Your head spinning yet? You should buck mark this page because you will eventually need this (if you dont need it now). Click through for the link and the list of improvements on Serato 2.3.3. Also, this video from serato is definitely an interesting use of the equipment.
Dubstep meets Hip Hop with Serato
Not the biggest of news, but it is noteworthy. If you have ever wanted to expand your mixing abilities to video, this is a great chance. Right now, Video SL, the plugin for Serato Scratch Live that allows you to play video files, is on sale for $99! That is half off the normal price of $199. Buy it from Serato. It is a great plugin and even if you don't use videos while you are mixing, it allows you to use MP4s (or other video files) like MP3s. Otherwise they wont even show up in your music library (however that might have been an old problem, but they wont play without the plugin). If you are on the fence, get off the fence and buy yourself a gift! Click through for some videos of some great usus of Video SL.
If you have been DJing in the last few years, then you know that controllers are becoming widely used. Personally, I use turntables with Dicers. But I just picked up a Traktor Kontrol X1 to expand my capabilities, mainly to control effects and loops. After testing some other controllers that are similar, I settled on this one, and its way better than some of the other controllers out there. However, it was NOT easy to set up. Watch the video below for a run-through and instructions, and click through for download links and more thoughts on this controller.
How to map Traktor Kontrol X1 with Serato, easy setup
First of all, for those of you that recently bought an SL 3 box, im sorry. Yes its superior to the previous box, but this new SL 4 is much better. The main difference is the fact that it now has 2 USB 2.0 ports for seamless switchovers or simultaneous DJing (like in the Rand 68 mixer). The SL 4 supports 96 kHz sample rate and high quality 24-bit digital audio processing. You may ask yourself, what does that mean? Well, it means its going to sound great! The MSRP is $899, but I am guessing you will be able to find it for cheaper when it hits the stores in April. Continue reading for the official statement from Serato and the video from NAMM 2011.
Apparently, at the DMC is making some changes. This was announced at the end of the World DMC Competition on October 18th, 2010. Tony Prince, the founder of the DMC, was reported to announce this news on stage after announcing the new heavy sponsorship from Rane and Serato. Personally, I am not sure if this is a good or bad thing. Its good that the competition is getting with the times, but on the other hand it could destroy the competition altogether. Click through for the full report with quotes from Tony Price and Serato, also for a list of pros and cons of this move.
Most of the time when DJing, everything goes swimmingly. You put up with the relentless requests from girls (I don't mind that part), you play the right songs at the right time, people sing and dance and every one has a good time. Other times... well things can go the other way. A catastrophe can happen that has the potential to ruin the party. This happened for me on Saturday, luckily, it only happened in the DJ booth. It was a chain of events that may have wrecked that club environment. Click through for the full story, also for more pictures of the night.
The wait is over. If you have the latest version of Serato and Ableton 8 (both need to be registered products) then you can start testing "The Bridge". If you missed the stories on what this program can do, click here, and here, but I will sum it up. "The Bridge" is basically Ableton Live running inside of Serato and its FREE if you already own both Ableton 8 and Serato. It also makes Serato the ultimate mixtape tool. If you have been craving multitrack recordings, it can do that, all while keeping any applied effects and fader adjustments all non destructive and editable. But you do need the Rane TTM-57 or the Rane Sixty-Eight for the extra controls (any mixer can do the multitrack recording, bonus!). More pics, info, download links, and video links after the jump: