As a big Serato fan I thought it would be good to take this week and take a look at the new Serato announcement and some of the good and bad coming with it. First,

The software
This is great news for DJs in general. I think itís important to always be looking for the best way to perform, this is a huge boost for Serato. Itís quite frankly impressive that Serato has stayed so relevant with the way the software has been split over itís various platforms.

Integrating different versions of Serato Software.
As with any big change lotís of people seem to be fretting but creating a single software platform is terrific news. First of all this means the whole development team can focus on integrating, workflow, interface for one single platform. This means it wonít be ĎSerato X has a better interface than Serato Y, but Serato Y has better FXí, it will be the best elements all going into the same software.

Improved device integration.
This is also great for device integrations. One of the things I always liked most about Serato was the fact that I had my Serato installed on my computer I could just plug into any Serato box or mixer and be ready to go no fuss. Now making this available to different controllers as well as more mixers (Weíll get to that later) makes even more usability options. Now I can use my Serato DJ at the club one night on the gear, and plug it into my friends controller the next night using the same software.

iZotope effects in Serato.
Another one of Seratoís weaknesses way inferior effects usability and quality compared to that provided by Traktor and of course built into mixers like DJM 900. With iZotope effects being put front and center in this press release one could speculate that more care will be taken to make Seratoís effects not only more usable and integratable into a DJs workflow, but also to a better quality of sound.

The hardware
More great news is the Serato has opened up to have hardware provided from multiple users. This means not only will we receive releases from quality Rane products but other providers (the other big name weíre seeing is Pioneer). Also a quick note some people seem unhappy with the lack of SL1 support, they will continue to be supported until 2015 by which time Iím guessing the feature set of Serato DJ will make the cost of a new SL box totally reasonable.

Where does Rane now stand.
People seem to be getting very excited with Pioneer throwing something into the mix for Serato users but itís important to not write off Rane here. If you have the chance to use any of the models of the Rane 62, I highly recommend giving it a try. It integrates so seamlessly into the Serato workflow itís easily my favorite mixer to use when using Serato. They fixed so many of the flaws with the 57 mixer, its important to keep an eye on what Rane will have to offer in the future especially with the increased competition.

Pioneer entering the Serato ring.
This is good news, but a complete initial let down. The DJM-900SRT seems totally rushed. It only has one USB port so switching between DJs will go back to the old days of having to throw on a record or CD. It offers zero new features that you couldnít obtain with just getting a normal DJM900. Pioneer seems to be overcoming this by also releasing a new Serato marketed controller to accompany it, the DDJ SP-1.

But at 150 dollar cost why wouldnít you just go and buy a new SL box and the controller, this seems to offer nothing other than encasing a single USB SL box in a DJM 900. The controller looks like it has some good features and hopefully we see some better hardware releases from Pioneer focused towards the Serato software in the future.

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