How to Use Serato | DJ Lessons

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Learn how to use the DJ software Serato in this Howcast DJ video with expert Rock and Soul DJ School.

“This is how to use one of the most popular DJ software’s out there, known as Serato. This is what I use for professional use. First of all you’ve got to figure out if you’re going to use vinyl or CD players or the CDJ. I personally use vinyl turntables so the program comes with the vinyl controller. If you’re CD players of the CDJ’s then the program also provides the CD controllers. This is what allows you to pick up the signal from the program. This particular mixer that I’m using is the Ring TTM 57, it has Serato built in the mixer.

It has a USB port so I’m connecting directly from the mixer to my laptop. I’m using a Mac Book Pro and I’m running a Snow Leopard, that’s the operating system that I’m using on the Mac Book Pro. So I’m going to plug in the USB, if you notice once I opened up the program, the program provides you with a player. This allows you to go through your crates, as you see on the left, and within each crate I have music, I created a playlist.

So now the song is loaded, I held down the shift key and the left arrow and that allowed me to load up the song. As you see on the player it shows you the wave of the song and this white line here is the indicator of where you’re at in that song. I’m going to plug in the USB so you can see the full screen of what the program looks like.

I plug in the USB, give it a second, that’s the full program right there. You see this track that I loaded, I loaded on the left deck or the left player. There’s different ways you can actually look at the waves. You can choose to use the vertical display or the horizontal display. A couple of other displays are available.

This is how you will create a cue point, it’s simple you just pretty much, place your needle, if you are using a turntable, place the needle on the record, you can move the wave by moving the record. And you just bring the wave, see that white line? So, you can set it 2.5 by just by pressing this plus sign here, you can get rid of hitting the x. You’ll see a green, a green shade that appears and you select when to punch out and it will repeat. There’s your loop, so when it’s a solid green color that means that the loop is activated.

If you would like to actually try to give it a go and give it a little test run you can come to your local record store, like Rock and Soul, walk in and speak to one of those sales reps and hopefully they can set it up for you and give you a more in depth breakdown on how to use the program. Hopefully you’ll get to enjoy using this program as much as I do.


will park says:

Hello to any DJs! I’ve got a question I’ve been thinking about for a while.
Is it alright if I use a MSI GT70 as a DJ Laptop?
Screen Size 17.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Max Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ
Memory Speed 1600 MHz
Hard Drive 750 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA Geforce GTX770M
Graphics Card Ram Size 3000 MB
Wireless Type 802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 3

trickydisco36 says:

shit tutorial you showed us a green thing on a lap top

KerrankiSuomee says:

YES finally DJ tutorials ! :DD

sheshaman says:

dude! you need to renew the video cos you didn’t explain too much. Just mix
two tracks in next video and you are all set!

Cali Kid Tv says:


goldkutz2 says:

That only scratch live intro dj and itch are controllers

imthrowedasaball says:

you dont have to have the 57sl you can have a certified serato mixer or any
mixer of your choice you just need to have either the sl1 2 3 or 4 box for
non serato mixers and to have a setup like his you need either 57sl 61 62
or the or the 68 and or controllers to use itch

smexylul says:


transtormes says:

very good indeed!

MarcoFAlfaro says:

does it have to be the pro? where can i get serato

DJ Brittin says:

does the turntable go into line or phono?

Bas Wongprachan says:

@KerrankiSuomee hey search on youtube for ” ellaskins ” he a good DJ to
teach people how to DJ

imthrowedasaball says:

the songs are stored on your laptop or desktop and you load them into
serato or itch using crates and then you can play them from your computer
via usb using either control vinyl or control cds.

FrOsTyBeArKiD says:

if you slide the pitch fader on the TTs, does it change the BPM read out on
the screen or do you still have to do everything by ear?

ShadyAsh45 says:

does your mixer have to be like that or does it work with a normal mixer?

Илона Бессонова says:

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Bhavish020 says:

Is serato compatible with Numark Omni cotrol

moner65 says:

DJ Double Penetration one?

Bas Wongprachan says:

@BriceeHD there more tutorials how to be come a DJ on youtube done by ”
ellaskins ” search on youtube 🙂

Bas Wongprachan says:

@BriceeHD it alright! :)!

TheBazingacat says:

thumbs up if u r the 1.000 viewer

imthrowedasaball says:

depending on setup you don’t have to put it in phono or line. i use sl2 box
and i don’t need it. i think that you would use it like a normal mixer if
you have 57sl

TheBazingacat says:

jesus christ man how many videos do u have to do idiots

Dj Rafa says:

hey How to you put the name of the songs in color BLUE

JAAstudio says:

Why 24 vids?

Ivan Sumets says:

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Aalexa1997 says:

So wait. You actually load songs from your computer to the decks?

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