The verdict is in: Serato Scratch Live by Rane is way more reliable and easier to use than earlier digital/vinyl interfaces. Using regular turntables or CD players, DJs can scratch and mix files from ... Click To Read More About This Product
The verdict is in: Serato Scratch Live by Rane is way more reliable and easier to use than earlier digital/vinyl interfaces. Using regular turntables or CD players, DJs can scratch and mix files from their Mac or Windows XP computer's CD or hard drive, add in a live mic input for scratching, and even bypass to standard vinyl if you wish. The Rane Serato's unique control screen gives you unprecedented realtime side-by-side visual command with color-coded frequencies so you can distinguish bass and snare hits for flawless beat matching. Serato Scratch Live even lets you control song selection from the vinyl.
The Rane Scratch Live SL 1 interface connects one or two standard vinyl or CD turntables to your computer. This extremely rugged, portable, high quality, bus-powered USB interface features 2 switchable phono or line inputs, a microphone input, 2 line outputs, and pass thru outputs for the phono/line and mic.
The DJ software comes with 12" vinyl records that each have a Serato exclusive control signal which allows Rane Serato 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. As a producer and DJ, the track you finished today can be played on a real turntable tonight. You'll never have to cut a dubplate again!
Reviewed by 23 customers
I've had Serato since it came out and I've stood by it 100%. Real DJ's no longer have to resort to buying CD Turntables because they're tired of carying massive crates spending large amounts on records. Serato gives you the best of both worlds! Scratch and manipulate just like a regular record and you can have your WHOLE music collection stored on your hard drive. No more picking through your record collection to see what records you should bring to your gig. Just bring your hard drive! It is a little expensive but if you're an established DJ Serato will be the best investment you'll make in years.
This thing simplifies all the basic DJ work so much that it makes it infinitely easier to focus on being an effective DJ. No more looking through printed song lists or flipping through Promo Only CDs trying to find a song that you know you have *somewhere*. Just type the title or artist and Serato finds it for you. With the newest update, it'll even count the BPM of every track in your library. One of the previous updates also added key (master) lock. I had actually stopped bringing my turntables to gigs because I preferred the quality and simplicity of CDs, but this thing makes CDs look like a hassle. I couldn't type enough positive things about this program... obviously the best part is never having to carry a CD or record to a gig again, just rip it all to a laptop, bring a mixer and a PA system (and turntables if you want the control like I do), and you can do a gig without ever handling a CD or record. It's flat out great. For just over $500, you have ALL the features of the most expensive DJ CD players on the market.
My only gripe is that you spend $500 for the thing and it doesn't come with a power adapter. Also make sure you pull all of your music on an external hard drive and that your USB cables are not too long. Once you cover these 3 things, there shouldn't be any audible dropouts as long as your PC is fast enough to handle it. The sound is also great as long as your MP3s are encoded at a high enough bitrate. Other than the adapter not being included, it should have 2 more USB ports for the possibility of adding more hard drives.
How can make a great DJ better? Serrato! I've used it for over a month now and snap! What can you say...If your a money making DJ then this is a no brainer. If your a hobby spinner than this will bring you to the next level. If your just starting out? Stay ahead of the curve and spin with the big boys. The best industry tool in 15 years. Hands down-
I recently purchased Serato Scratch Live, a major investmentment, but well worth the money!! The capabilities are limitless, amount of music you can bring to a gig, the ease of setting up, its very user friendly and its a Rane product, which has quality written all over it!! I don't know where I would be without this product!!! 4 1/2 STARS!!!
I love the fact that you can bring your whole music collection with you instead of picking a crate of records out of your collection. The interface is amazingly simple to use and there's absolutely no lag whatsoever. I'm runnin on a MacBook 13" a dual core 1.8ghz processor and 2 gigs of ram. The best money I have ever spent in the DJing business, no more carrying around 100 pounds of records!
Serato makes it so easy to create new tracks that you can only dream of without it. The features from Real-time to antiskip to a full functional onscreen turntable....... All with real vynil. Beatmatching made easy... scanning through tracks without a touch of the keyboard or mouse.... Even record insturments or vocals just to turn around and mix them in an instant......Serato is Sick!
I have used vinyl since the late 70's. I never dreamed of being able to use the computer manipulate vinyl until I saw D.J. Jazzy jeff live using the software. I Immediately went out and bought the software. I LOVE IT!!! If you have a fast enough processor in your computer you will not know the difference between vinyl and the computer.I only encountered a few problems. I had to build a computer that would support the software to its full potiential. I have i-tunes and all my music that was AAC encoded could not be read, so I had to change it over to Mp3. Not a big deal. Lastley you have to watch the monitor not the vinyl for your reference point. Overall I beleive it to be one of the best investments I've made. No more CRATES!!!! YES!!!
Last night I was scheduled to play a 'rave' in southwest ohio. About 3 years ago, I switched from vinyl to CDJs, and as such part of my contract stipulates that the promoter provide two CDJ-1000s. Well, as happens sometimes the promoter just ignored that portion and I showed up to a party with no CDJs. Luckily one of the other DJs had brought Serato and was kind enough to let me use it. It took me all of 2 minutes to be comfortable with the interface, and I played a flawless show using it. I'll be purchasing soon!
I've had Searto for a little over three months, and I can tell you this software is the easiest and best software you can buy. I'm a DJ that travels to different cities, states, and even different countries doing my thing, and this is one of the best investments on equipment I have made. If you're a DJ on the move like me, I recommend this too you. NO MORE BUYING, PACKING, and CARRYING VINYL!!!!