Serato just announced that its Serato Studio software is now available. It’s a streamlined music production app for Mac and PC that lets you quickly come up with beats using a Serato DJ-inspired interface that will look familiar to digital DJs. The way it works is you add drum sounds, basslines, music loops and effects from Serato Studio’s library, which you can then arrange into chunks to form a tune.
Serato Studio makes all of this easy because it automatically syncs your musical elements to your project’s musical key and tempo, increasing the chances that your beat’s individual elements will “fit” with each other.
New features have been added to this release version of the app, including a Master Key Change control for quickly pitching your entire project up or down, the ability to add swing and to draw triplet notes in the step sequencer, and a Master Deck Waveform that lets you see your project’s waveform in real time as you make changes to it. Serato Sounds has also been launched, which gives you fresh Serato Studio sound packs to play with every month as part of the Serato Studio subscription.
We’ve had a chance to play with Serato Studio during its beta phase and we were impressed at just how easy and fast it was to come up with a beat. We especially liked the “Make Beat” feature, which is basically a button you press that tells Serato Studio to generate a random drum pattern in a genre of your choice. It’s a quick way to come up with beats for scratching or for MCing over (great for live performances), and we do like being able to use our Serato DJ-compatible DJ controllers with it.
Check out the promo videos below, along with our First Look talkthrough. Also, check out our tutorial on how to make redrums with Serato Studio, along with the top five DJ/producer features of the app.
• Serato Studio is available now as a subscription: either US$14.99/month or US$9.99/month billed annually. To buy it or try it out for free, check the Serato Studio site for more details.
Have you tried Serato Studio? Are you keen on giving it a go? What about it do you like the most? Let us know in the comments.