DJ technology took another leap forward today, as the fruits of the collaboration between software titans Ableton and Serato have been revealed to the world. The result appears to be an integration of Ableton Live’s “session view” into the Serato interface, allowing the everyday Serato DJ to incorporate personalized drum, synth, bass, etc loops into their set. One of the most appealing factors? The plugin is free for those who own the full versions of Serato and Live.
The clear winners here are the Vinyl/CDJ + Serato loyalists who prefer the physical feel of traditional DJing and now have loads of extra creative power to play with to boot. I don’t really see this bringing the Ableton DJ back to vinyl/CDJs. Folks using a Traktor Pro + CDJ setup could very well be tempted to make the jump, however.
I’m not quite sold yet. It could very well be the best of both worlds, but it also just seems sort of unnecessary. There’s just something sorta funny about a DJ getting personal satisfaction out of beatmatching a track the traditional way and then tapping a button to automatically sync up an acappella or drum loop or something. Obviously I’d have to try it out myself or see an expert give it ago to pass judgment.
Until then? I’m happily sticking with Traktor.
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