Serato Scratch Live combined with
Rane hardware is the ultimate solution
for professional DJs, giving you the
freedom to take your entire digital music
collection on the road and equipping you
with advanced features that add extra
creativity to your DJing.
This intuitive system replicates the
traditional DJing experience for “real feel”
usability. With unparalleled performance,
sound quality and stability, you’ll soon see
why thousands of DJs worldwide choose
Serato Scratch Live.
• Load music files onto Virtual Decks for
playback.
• Browse your music collection by custom
categories and album art.
• Prepare audio files for playback with
auto-gain and BPM calculation.
• Organise music with crates, subcrates
and smart crates.
• Choose from multiple play and display
modes to suit your performance style.
• Use visual aides, cues and loops to
perfect your mixing.
• Add extra creativity to your sets with DJFX, the SP-6 Sample Player and other
Scratch Live plug-ins.
Supported File Formats
Scratch Live supports multiple file
formats: fixed and variable bit-rate MP3,
MP4, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, ALAC, FLAC,
AIFF, WAV and Whitelabel (wl.mp3) file
types*. M3U playlists are also supported.
*See whitelabel.net about wl.mp3 files.
NOTE: Older iTunes Music Store DRM
files cannot be played back by Scratch
Live. iTunes Plus files are DRM-free.
Importing Music
Importing music is done simply by
navigating to your hard drive(s) via Scratch
Live’s File pane. You can also drag and
drop files directly from Explorer (Windows)
or Finder (Mac). iTunes users have the
option to integrate existing iTunes libraries
and playlists into their Scratch live library.
Importing audio files to your computer
is highly recommend, however you can
play files directly from CD and CD-ROM.
SERATO SCRATCH LIVE • DATA SHEET
Classic Vertical Mode
File Preparation
Build waveform overviews, check for file
corruption and use Scratch Live’s optional
auto-gain and BPM calculation with the
Analyze Files button.
Use the Offline Player to prepare crates,
audition tracks, and set cue and loop
points, without needing to have Rane
hardware connected.
Crates and Smart Crates
Create Crates and Subcrates to group
tracks within for quick recall and simple
organisation. You can merge these
crates onto an external drive for simple
migration to another laptop. Smart Crates
let you set rules and keywords for crates,
automatically updating when relevant
tracks are added or removed from your
library.
Keylock
When Key Lock is 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.
Stack Mode with the Rane SL4 and Rane Sixty-Eight
History
The history button opens a complete
log of all the tracks you have played
and allows you to export Scratch Live
session information as a data file for future
reference.
Serato Playlists export track play
information to your user profile on serato.
com. This can be done using the History
export function post-set, or you can
choose to live update during your set.
Cues and Loops
Create up to five Cue
Points with labels for
each track to mark
and trigger key parts
of your songs.
Create and save
up to nine Loops per
track, either manually
or using the Auto-Loop function.
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Virtual Decks
Music files are
loaded onto the
Virtual Decks, which
rotate as the music
plays, much like
regular turntables or
CDJ decks.
The 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 Virtual Decks
display pitched BPM information, and the
time and remaining time are displayed in
minutes and seconds.
Serato Control Vinyl and Control CDs
are included with Rane hardware. These
each contain the Serato NoiseMap™
Control Tone, a unique control signal
which allows Scratch Live to track the
motion of the record, simulating the same
movement with digital audio.
Track Overview Display shows an
overview of the track waveform, which
is useful for finding transitions in a track
and for jumping quickly to any part of the
song.
Colored Waveforms are by frequency
for visual identification of instruments and
vocals.
Scratch Live Plug-Ins
Optional plug-ins can be switched on and
off, allowing you to choose extra features
you would like to use when DJing.
SP-6 Sample Player allows triggering up
to six additional audio sources (e.g. sound
effects, drops). Store samples in multiple
sample bank slots, and choose output
options for each slot.
DJ-FX give you control of two FX units,
each with three chained effects slots per
unit. Customize and save preferred effect
parameter settings for quick recall.
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Scratch Live users get free access to
the Serato Whitelabel Delivery Network,
allowing you to receive fresh releases at
no charge and play them to crowds within
moments of downloading, bringing back
the meaning “for promotional use only”.
Visit serato.com/whitelabel.
Minimum System Requirements
for Serato Scratch Live
PLEASE NOTE: These are the minimum
requirements to run Scratch Live.
For best performance and for use in
professional situations we recommend
you buy a higher spec computer. We also
recommend Intel processors.
Visual Aids
When a track is playing several waveforms
and visual aids are displayed.
Tempo Display provides a helpful tool
for beat matching - each peak represents
the beats within a track. As you change
the pitch of a song, these peaks shift
position. When track tempos are in-time,
these peaks will be aligned.
Beat Matching Display emphasizes the
position of beats within a track alongside
the waveform display, for quick beat
matching.
The Bridge allows you to combine
elements of Ableton Live with
Serato Scratch Live to create unique
performances. The Bridge is free-ofcharge for users of Ableton Live/Suite 8.2
or above. Visit serato.com/thebridge.
Serato Video is an optional software
plug-in for Scratch Live which adds
the ability to play and mix video files.
Manage a variety of video clips from
within the Scratch Live library and load
them onto a virtual deck for control with
either vinyl or CD. Mix clips with a variety
of transitions, as well as apply exciting
effects to each clip. The mixed output
is sent to your laptop’s second display
output, connecting to external monitors or
projectors. Serato Video is supported and
available only from serato.com.
• Available 2.0 USB port.
• 1280 x 720 screen resolution.
• 5400 RPM hard drive. 7200 RPM for
high-resolution audio playback.
• 2 GB RAM (more for a large library).
MAC
• Intel 1.83 GHz Core Duo or better.
• OSX 10.5.8 or higher.
WINDOWS
• Intel processor, 2.2 GHz Core Duo.
• Windows XP with Service Pack 3.
• Windows Vista with Service Pack 2.
• Windows 7, recommended over Vista.
NOTE: Before buying a new computer,
read the FAQs at serato.com.
NOTE: If you use Scratch Live’s systemintensive features like the DJ-FX plug-in,
you may need a higher spec computer or
an optimized system. Read the Computer
Optimization Guide at serato.com.
SERATO SCRATCH LIVE • DATA SHEET
Serato Scratch Live Hardware Comparison
SL2
Software Features
2 Deck mixing
SL3
SL4
SL2
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4 Deck mixing
Visual Beat Matching
Key lock
Censor button
Repeat button
5 cue points
9 loop slots
DJ-FX
SP-6 Sample Player
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Virtual Deck trims
Master gain trim
Core Audio/ASIO
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USB 2.0
Sixty-Eight
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Mic input (¼" or XLR)
Second Mic input
Mic Input FlexFX
3-band full cut EQ
Magnetic faders
FlexFX loop
USB insert for DJ-FX
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USB In for SP-6 Out
SP-6 trigger buttons
Cue trigger buttons
Loop controls
Serato Control Vinyl & CD
Aux/Session Inputs
Serato Control Vinyl and Control CDs are included with Rane
hardware. These each contain the Serato NoiseMap™ Control
Tone, a unique control signal which allows Scratch Live to track
the motion of the record, simulating the same movement with
digital audio.
Aux/Session Outputs
Serato has certified a select range of new generation controllers
with USB connectivity. Scratch Live can send track information to
supported hardware on-board displays. Use the platters, buttons
and sliders instantly, as supported hardware has pre-mapped
controls for a no-fuss setup.
These models are Serato Approved USB Controllers:
• Denon DJ DN-HC1000S
• Denon DJ DN-HC4500
• Novation Dicer
• Vestax VFX-1
• Pioneer CDJ-350
• Pioneer CDJ-850
• Pioneer CDJ-2000
• Pioneer CDJ-900
• Pioneer CDJ-400
• Pioneer MEP-7000
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Software Thru Outs
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Official Serato Accessories (optional)
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Phantom-power Mic in
USB bus powered
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16-bit converters
24-bit converters
44.1 kHz USB audio
48 kHz USB audio
96 kHz USB audio
Serato Video compat.
Main outputs (XLR)
Main outputs (¼")
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