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An industry standard in DJ equipment with a more compact design and improved software.

The Rane Serato Scratch SL3 USB interface connects 1 or 2 standard vinyl or CD turntables to your computer and the mixer of your choice. With regular turntables or CD players and the included Serato Scratch Live software DJs can use the Rane SL3 to scratch and mix files from their Mac or Windows computers' CD or hard drive.

Enhanced by studio grade preamps and 24-bit audio processing, the compact SL3 interface produces a warm punchy sound to heighten the senses. The auxiliary outputs 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.

SL3 comes with 12" vinyl LP records and control CDs that each have Serato's exclusive and unique control signal which allows SL3 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.

Scratch Live software
The included Scratch Live 3 software supports all these file formats: Fixed and Variable Bit Rate MP3, AIFF, AAC, 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/48kHz stereo file.

With the help of the SL3 interface, Serato Scratch Live can easily import your playlists and iTunes library. DJs can drag from Explorer (Windows) or the Finder (Mac) into the Scratch Live library. The crate and subcrate system helps organize libraries 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.

Serato Scratch Live's 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 SL3 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.

rane Serato Scratch SL3 Features:

  • Compact hardware design
    USB 2.0 high-speed audio interface
    Improved dynamic range (104 dB)
    Improved audio performance (24-bit converters)
    Higher output improves ability to easily match levels of various source types
    Galvanic isolation prevents computer noise from interfering with audio path
    Aux Input for Live Mix Recording or LiveFeed
    Aux Output allows use of the Sample Player as a Virtual Deck
    Aux Output opens the door for future expansion and creative configurations for DJs and electronic musicians
    High-grade phono preamps upgrade the performance of most mixers
    Software switchable Direct Thru connections for simplicity
    Independent Line/Phono-level selection for each input for greater exibility
    Includes international power supply to insure optimum performance and easy transfer between DJs

    What's in the box?
    SL 3 Interface
    Soft carry case
    Serato Scratch Live software install disc
    1 external universal 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
    Quick Start Guide
    Operators manual
    Warranty Card
    Soft carry case included


rane Serato Scratch SL3 Specifications:

  • USB power requirement: 400 mA, 5.0V
    USB audio channels: 6 record and 6 playback
    External power supply: 1060 mA, 7.5V
    Converters: 24-bit/44.1kHz or 48kHz sample rate
    DAC dynamic range: 104dB, A-weighted
    Line thru dynamic range 101dB, A-weighted
    Phono thru dynamic range: 98dB, A-weighted
    THD+N: 0.009% at 1kHz at 2 Vrms
    All inputs phono- or line-level switchable
    Line input: Unbalanced RCA
    Gain: Unity
    Maximum Input/Output: 3 Vrms
    Phono Input: Unbalanced RCA
    Sensitivity: Adjustable 2.5 mV to 10 mV

    System Requirements
    A DJ mixer with at least 2 channels
    At least one turntable or CD player
    Computer with available USB 2.0 port
    Screen resolution 1024x768 or higher
    Hard drive space for storing music
    1GB RAM

    PC: Pentium 4 / 1.5GHz, Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or higher, or Vista with Service Pack 1 or higher
    (Recommended) Windows XP over Vista for lower latency (for a better vinyl feel) and better performance in general

    Mac:
    Mac OSX 10.4 or higher
    G4/1GHz
    (Recommended) A higher spec computer with more RAM.


rane Serato Scratch SL3

3 year warranty if product registered within 10 days of purchase; otherwise, 2 year warranty.
No warranty on faders and transformers.

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  • It's the best out there so far...

    As reviewed by Rick T on 10/29/2010

    Had the SL1 and after trying the SL3 I never went back to the 1 again! Sound quality is very superior on the SL3, Rane supports their clients and I have no complains about the product, customer service and the software. Easy to learn, easy to play with, there are no competition out there. I know some DJ's like the Traktor but the real ones are using the Serato Scratch Live now, I don't think I'll need to go further on this review, try it and see yourself, no regrets for sure and it comes with international power supply and a very nice soft carrying case !

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  • Got it, Love it

    As reviewed by Mike Habit on 5/12/2009

    I dont know where to start. I never owned SL1 but SL3 is the real deal. I did own Final scratch 1 but that was a joke compared to this. The sound is great, easy install on MAC and Windows. I can mix/scratch for hours with no hiccup. Support/Info on the scratchlive site is great. Being an owner of Final scratch I felt that Native Instruments and Stanton screwed me and will never by another product from either comapany. Rane/Serato truly stand by and support this product.

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  • Great Purchase

    As reviewed by DJ on 5/27/2009

    I have been hesistant about using a computer to DJ with but after playing with a friends Serato I decided to purchase myself. I love it especially not having to drag around a bunch of CDs and vinyl anymore. Best purchase I have made in 12 years in the business

    42 of 50 people found this review helpful.
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