Serato DJ 1.3 Supports Twitch & VCI-300, Gets FX Boost

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Last updated 18 August, 2014

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Serato DJ 1.3.0
Fuel up with the new FX plugins including “Back Pack”, that are one of the new additions to Serato DJ in its 1.3.0 release.

Serato has just announced the latest version of Serato DJ – 1.3.0 – which brings the software to the Novation Twitch and the Vestax VCI-300/VFX-1. Serato DJ 1.3.0 also gets two FX Expansion Packs – one of them free, the other costing US$19 via an in-app purchase or Serato’s online store.

“Each new FX Expansion Pack comes loaded with several base FX for use in Single FX Mode, plus, a large number of base FX variations for use in Multi FX Mode,” says Serato. There’s a promo video demoing them.

Serato DJ 1.3.0 lets you choose your favourite effects, customising those that appear in the FX drop-down menus in the software, so you can hone your set-up to only display the effects you want. The standard effects are now called “Base Pack”, with “Wolf Pack” provided as a free expansion containing Epic Verb, Bit Crush, Tremolo, Repeater, Braker and Rollout Echo, and “Back Pack” – the paid-for option – delivering Tape Echo, Looper, Time Stretch, Spiral Echo and Envelope Filter options with several variations among these.

In addition to the FX improvements, Slip Mode is now available for “supported Serato DJ controllers”, but can also be mapped to any external controller if yours won’t work out of the box with this feature. For the uninitiated, Slip Mode (called “Flux” in Traktor) lets you can manipulate the audio as normal (eg scratching, looping, triggering cue points etc), however, once you stop, the playback position is returned to where it would be if you had not manipulated the audio.

Finally, Serato has name-checked the Numark V7, Numark Mixdeck Quad and Vestax VCI-100 Mk2 as controllers that will get Serato DJ compatibility “in a gradual rollout this northern fall”.

• Serato DJ can be downloaded from here, and the full release notes are here.

Are you a Twitch user who’s been waiting for this moment? What do you think of the addition of new FX – and the fact you have to buy some of them? And are you now looking forward to getting Slip mode up and running in your set-up? Please share your thoughts in the comments.