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What features does it come with? Up until I started using serato DJ when I got my ddj-sr controller in the fall of 2015, I mainly used virtual DJ pro. My biggest apprehension was learning a new program. When I first started using it I couldn't beat match to save my life, even with sync activated the tracks quickly fell out. This was because the tempo display was only set to show the the first decimal point, once I figured that out it was business as usual. It has a tendency to assign tracks in the wrong key, and calculate some tempo's in half time. The grid edit feature wasn't difficult to figure out, and I was able to fix the tempo on a few of the tracks it mis-calculated.

 

It comes with a few standard effects, reverb, delay, and a few other ones. Most of the native features in trakor, and virtual DJ pro, end up being extras you have to buy with serato DJ; including pitch and time, and different effects packs. That angers me with video games, and it angers me with serato. You can record your sets in either aiff or wav formats. Surprisingly I doesn't do mp3, so your long sets are going to be huge files. You can set your virtual deck speed, and set parameters for the sync function to quantize to. I've become very familiar with serato DJ, and have done some of my best sets using it. If the option was given to me though, I don't think I would go with it again. Before I bought my controller, I had read a lot of poor reviews on this software. All though it's not as bad as some of the reviews I read (probably because I got a better version than what comes with the lower end controllers) the fact I had to buy "pitch n' time" turned me way off. This product is just above average.

Serato DJ is made by a company based out of Auckland New Zealand called Serato Audio Research. When Steven West decided to take up the bass guitar, he wanted to slow songs down to learn solos. West created an algorithm that was able to do exactly what he wanted. Along with his co-founder A.J. Bertenshaw, they took this algorithm, and created "pitch n' time". They entered the DJ market in 2008 launching itch, and as of 2014 serato products dominate the American DJ market.

 
 
 

An other featured designed to assist in beat matching is it will take the top half of the wave form on deck 1, and the bottom of deck 2, allowing you to see how they line up. This is nice is some cases, or as a reference, but just because it's lined up doesn't mean it's matched. The important thing to remember is to beach match with you ears, not your eye.

 
 

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