Been meaning to upgrade your in-the-box Serato DJ Intro software to Serato’s pro offering, Serato DJ, at the current offer price of $99?
If so, you’ve only got a day or so left to do so, as the offer closes May 31 2013.
Users of the Numark Mixtrack Pro, Pioneer DDJ-Ergo and Denon DJ MC2000 can now upgrade from the Serato DJ Intro software as supplied with their controllers to Serato DJ, Serato’s flagship DJ controller software.
The one-off US$199 upgrade is available as of today from the Serato website. It currently includes a free licence for the Serato Video plugin, normal price US$149, which lets you mix music videos or add visuals to your sets.
For a long time now, we’ve recommended the Numark Mixtrack Pro as the best DJ controller for beginners, as it’s cheap and it does the basics well. But the Denon DJ MC2000, which launched on Monday and which we’ve had the chance to have a thorough test of in the Digital DJ Tips workshop, looks like giving the Mixtrack Pro a real run for its money.
Supplied with Serato DJ Intro (one of the easiest pieces of DJ software to get going quickly with, and for which there is now a Serato DJ upgrade available), beautifully built in metal, and coming in at a competitive if not rock-bottom price, the Denon DJ MC2000 has, on paper, got a lot going for it. But with competition fierce at the lucrative entry-level end of the DJ controller market, does it stand out enough to be a success? Let’s unbox it and find out…
Professional-grade construction in a consumer DJ controller? That’s the promise of the new Denon DJ MC2000, which combines a high-quality build with a reasonable price and the no-frills software approach of Serato DJ Intro.
A quick glance at the layout and the feature set reveals tight one-to-one layout and mapping with the software – and with Serato DJ Intro widely lauded to be the easiest DJ software out there, that would potentially make this the most beginner-friendly DJ controller yet. Read on for our first thoughts, launch video and full photo gallery, or go to our full Denon DJ MC2000 review.
Following our recent tutorial video on when to use DJ effects, Digital DJ Tips reader John Spiegel writes: “I use a Numark Mixtrack with Virtual DJ LE. In the effects section there is no filter, either hi or low pass. I was wondering if there’s a way to either get around that or fix that.
“Also, on the echo section, I can’t quite figure out how to control the timing of the echo. When I turn it on it just goes crazy. I realize this is sort of vague, but any chance you could help me out?”
To complement its recently launched Terminal Mix 4, Reloop has also release the Terminal Mix 2 Serato DJ controller, which has just gone on sale and which we review here today.
Designed to work with the supplied Serato DJ Intro software (although it is also boxed with an alternative, Virtual DJ LE), the controller is a more basic version of the Terminal Mix 4, the biggest difference being that it has a two-channel mixer rather than a four-channel mixer. Coming in at a lower price, it is also more likely to appeal to beginners.
Serato, makers of pro DJ software Serato Scratch and Serato ITCH, has taken a show across the bows of both Traktor LE and Virtual DJ LE with its latest DJ software launch, Serato DJ Intro. (Update Nov 1 2012: It’s now also possible to upgrade this to Serato DJ.)
The new software, announced today, is designed to be packaged with beginner DJ controllers, a market that Traktor LE, but especially Virtual DJ LE, currently cater for.