Serato this week released new updates to their DJ Pro and Lite software offerings.
In spite of the now annual investment of development resources necessary for music software companies to maintain compatibility with Apple’s experience-breaking operating system updates, Serato has introduced a number of standout features with this latest edition. It does bear mentioning that Big Sur and M1 Mac users can finally use the DJ software with their computers as expected, but the additional inclusions and updates steal the limelight here.
Subscription audio services Beatsource LINK and Beatport LINK received updated integration with the addition of Offline Locker functionality. Users can now download and store as many as 100 whole songs from these services as local files, playable without the need for an active internet connection. Link Pro and Pro+ accounts are required for this functionality.
Serato DJ Lite can now utilize the virtual audio sharing functionality introduced to the DJ Pro package in version 2.4. DJ Lite users can opt to output audio directly to live streaming platforms such as Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) without the need for external audio cable routing. Windows users will need to install the Virtual Audio Cable (VAC) utility to enable this feature.
The popular Phase wireless digital vinyl hardware is now an official Serato accessory, which brings improvements in latency, scratch accuracy, and other upgrades to performance. Leaning into the trend of leaving physical audio cables behind, Phase can now be used with a single USB cable to control the Serato virtual decks instead of connecting directly to a DJ mixer. Additional integrations include LED feedback on the Phase hardware for song loading and track end warning, as well as battery indicators directly in the Serato interface.
Lastly, the new Reloop Ready intro controller is now officially supported by Serato as well. Designed to sit directly on top of the keyboard of a 13” laptop, the controller packs an impressively full set of hardware controls into a compact package, serving as a comprehensive workstation for beginner DJs.
Serato DJ Pro 2.5 and Serato DJ Lite 1.5 are available now on Serato.com.