Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Serato meets Pioneer

Serato and Pioneer have announced details of a new partnership which will link their respective Scratch Live and CDJ products.

Said to function simply through a "plug-and-play connection," Serato's new integration with Pioneer's CDJ-2000 and CDJ-900 models will grant DJs access to their Scratch Live music library via the decks' standard interface, with the option to flick between software and CDJ mode. Once the CDJs are hooked up with official Rane hardware, features such as crates, album artwork, track overviews and cue/loops point will become accessible via the CDJ's colour screen and hardware controls.

General Manager of Serato Audio Research, Sam Gribben, said of the collaboration: "The tightest integration is achieved with co-engineered hardware and software, and we are very pleased to have worked so closely with Pioneer to make this a reality. For the first time, DJs can enjoy the flexibility of software and a rich hardware display right at their fingertips."

The supporting Serato Scratch Live version 2.1 is scheduled for release in Q3 of 2010 though the Serato site, while the 3.10 firmware for CDJ2000 and CDJ900s—enabling integration with Serato Scratch Live 2.1—will be available as of July 12th via Pioneer DJ. Both will be available as free downloads.

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