BPM 2014: Serato Control Vinyl… But What’s The Software?

Phil Morse | Founder & Tutor
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Last updated 6 November, 2017

Spotted at the BPM Show: Serato timecode vinyl. Nothing unusual there… but what software was it controlling?

What you’re looking at is Serato timecode vinyl, as part of a digital DJ set-up. Having played on the set-up you can see pictured here, I can tell you that it sounds and performs like the very best digital vinyl systems that are out there… but it’s definitely not Serato software that was being demoed. Want to know what it is? Read on…

Virtual DJ 8: Now with world standard DVS

So that’s Serato timecode and Virtual DJ DVS, which is now a top class performer.

So the full picture gives the game away: Virtual DJ has relaunched its DVS engine as part of Virtual DJ 8, and the company is showing it for the first time here at at the BPM Show. Using Virtual DJ 8 and any 2-in, 2-out sound card, you can now DJ using any DVS timecode vinyl – and the performance is every bit as good as any other system out there, we can report.

In a pragmatic display of cross-brand promotion, Virtual DJ is actually recommending the use of Serato as the preferred timecode to use, but the company says that any timecode will do; it has programmed the software to be compatible with anything you can throw at it.

Do you like the idea of using Virtual DJ with any timecode vinyl, without the need for a licensed Serato (or Traktor) audio interface? Is this a democratising development? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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