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 S... Click To Read More About This Product
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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!
Bus-powered USB interface
Unprecedented accuracy and reliability
Unique side-by-side control screen
Color-coded frequency wave forms
2 switchable phono or line inputs
2 line outputs
Pass thru outputs for the phono/line and mic
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!!!!
I've been using Scratch Live for about 3 months now and I love it. It takes alot of reading and getting used to, but once you get a hang of it, it beats having to carry all those records around.
Well, it seems that nobody can really touch SCRATCH LIVE! The comp has come out and fallen short fast. Get it Serrato!... And Rane, of course. Thanks for putting out the best from the get!!! Keep it up... FOR THE PEOPLE, the peps!
The Rane Serato Sratch Live is by far the best newest technological advancement within the music industry in a while. I have used Rane Serato Scratch Live and absolutely love it! It takes some practice and time in learning the readings, but it makes it possible for me to scratch with the best of the big boys. I can spend more time focused on my crowd versus lugging around heavy cases filled with records. I have the power to make my crowd go crazy with the click of a mouse or the touch of my finger. With the precise mixing capabilities I'm never off, I am always on...and the sound quality will never give you away, so why struggle with a hand truck and fumbling through record cases in a dimly lit club versus clicking on the latest hip-hop crowd pleaser of your choice on demand. I'm a student and money is tight but please believe Rane Serato Scratch Live is on the top of my Christmas list!
When I started DJing the 1200's was the buy of the century.. Then came mixable cd players with pitch... Then DAC controllers...and now SERATO... when I purchased Serato, I was sceptical. However, when I started using it.. WOW! My mix shows only became less of a hassle and more fun for not only me, but my vast audience. GET SERATO.. BEST BUY OF THE CENTURY!
Expensive but worth it for a real vinyl feel with a solid rep. Very basic. Gives you just what you would get if using vinyl, nothing more.
Ive had it for about 2 yrs and it has been by far the best investment ive every made. I havent bought a record since i got the program. They are always comeing out w/ new versions of the software to keep it up to date. I strongly recommend this program to any one who is starting off.
I used this at a party upstate NY while co-djing with a good friend of mine. I was always hesitant about it, I knew about it for white some time, but the first time I laid hands on it, I fell in love, and it?s just as easy as using real vinyl. I just received my preferred player card in the mail last night, and I?ll be purchasing this later on tonight!
I have been a DJ for over 20 years and Serato is the closest thing to working with real vinyl without all the back breaking labor of carrying crates. I purchased a competing product and could never get it to work to my expectations, so I finally bought Serato and it has brought a whole new dimension to the art of DJing. It works great with iTunes and makes it easy to organize and search for music to play. The program it self is designed with the DJ in mind form visual cue points that act like break cues on the vinyl, to auto BPM detection, and more. I am not a scratch DJ but with my eyes closed, I couldn't tell the difference between Serato and REAL vinyl, it is just that good.
I stated as a hip-hop dj during the vinyl days because i didnt want to go out and spend mo ney on house and hip-hop, double the expense. So i stuck to hip-hop, reggae, rnb. Now with serato, the game has changed, the effect this one program has on the dj and music game is crazy. Record labels do not pres vinyl anymore, its strictly for the collector. I can play clubs, mobile, radio and do mixcda of all types because serato allows me to compact all my music digitally and utilize it in anyway possible for whatever my deejays needs are. This is the best possible investment you can make and you will never regret it. For the traveling deejay, no more lost records or records that didn't arrive with you or ended up somewhere else. Best money you will ever spend
I have used this software for 3 yrs. now, & I love it.It was a big investment for me at the time I bought it, but it paid for itself soon after, and continues to payoff now. i have a partner who swore off computer djing but after using my setup w/ scratch live, he has made plans to purchase it himself.
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