Over To You: How Do I Add More Effects Than Serato Offers?

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Last updated 13 November, 2017

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Our DDJ-SX-owning reader is disappointed by the FX available to him in Serato, and is thinking of switching to Traktor.

Digital DJ Tips reader Germán writes: “I have the Pioneer DDJ-SX and I think that the lack of effects kill my sets. (I don’t know why Serato and Pioneer tells to iZotope to put only six effects into the software!) So my question is, do you know if Serato-Pioneer are going to incorporate more effects into the software? Because I’m considering two things: firstly, to sell my DDJ-SX and migrate to Traktor (buy a S4 or Z2 but is very very expensive gear) or secondly, to buy the Pioneer RMX-1000 and cross my fingers to that gear fill my needs. So what do you recomend?”

Digital DJ Tips says:

The RMX-1000 would not be ideal as it is designed to be plugged into a mixer’s send/return loop, which the DDJ-SX doesn’t have. That means you’d have to plug it across the DDJ-SX’s master output, which limits its flexibility. I’d personally suggest that most audiences don’t really care a massive amount for FX, though, and that Serato has more than enough for most DJs, especially as you can now daisychain its effects – but that’s just my opinion.

If you’re one of those DJs who wants to do more with FX than Serato offers, then you’re right – switching to Traktor is probably your best bet. Just bear in mind that your audience probably doesn’t care as much as you may feel they do.

Over to you: Do you find Serato’s effects limiting? Are you tempted to make the switch the Traktor? Or is what’s provided sufficient? Please share your thoughts in the comments.