Serato just announced a partnership with Roland, the Japanese music giant behind legendary synthesisers and genre-defining drum machines like the TR-808 and TR-909. The only detail shared was that the two companies are working on something that will "redefine what it means to be a DJ", which will be unveiled on 9 September 2016.
Serato just announced the public beta for Serato DJ 1.9.3 that includes an updated eight-slot Sample Player. It builds on the classic SP-6, which has had six sample slots since its introduction. The update also includes an improved Midi controller mapping interface.
Denon DJ just announced the MC7000 controller for Serato DJ at DJ Expo 2016. It's a four-channel controller that comes with two USB ports onboard for connecting up to two laptops, two 6" touch-sensitive jogwheels with 16 performance pads, and dedicated key sync and key change controls all housed in a rugged chassis.
The Denon DJ MCX8000 is a popular controller for Serato DJ, but it has an ace up its sleeve: It also works with Denon's own Engine software. Engine lets you analyse your collection beforehand, pop it onto a USB drive, then play with it on the MCX8000. And that, in our view, makes it the perfect backup solution for gigging Serato DJs.
Numark just announced the Numark Mixtrack Platinum, a controller for Serato DJ that comes with LCD displays at the centre of each touch-capacitive jogwheel. The onboard screens show track BPM, time, pitch fader position and the deck number you're currently controlling.
Serato just released a new update to Serato DJ. Version 1.9.2 lets you purchase the software and its expansions through subscriptions: US$9.99/month gets you Serato DJ, US$9.99/month gets you all the expansion packs, and US$14.99/month gets you the full Serato DJ Suite.
SoundSwitch, the hardware / software package that lets you create your own light shows, is now available for purchase. It's a hardware / software combination that runs in parallel with Serato DJ, allowing it to "talk" with industry-standard DMX lighting.