Use Serato Scratch Live Without Hardware

  1. Serato Scratch Live Software

Scratch Live 2.5 (Legacy)

Note: Serato Scratch Live has been replaced with Serato DJ.

The original and unrivaled vinyl emulation software for professional DJs. Scratch Live is vinyl emulation software that operates exclusively with Rane hardware. Mix and scratch digital music on your computer with Serato Control Vinyl or Control CDs. Dec 05, 2017  If your Serato isn't reading your new Hardware On your Mac follow these steps. Go to spotlight on the top right corner of your computer screen of your Desktop (Click the Magnify Glass) 2. Serato does a good job of supporting most of the major brands on the market when it comes to powerful yet easy to use hardware. Rane, Pioneer, Mixars, Roland are just a few of the major brands that are supported by various versions of Serato software.

IMPORTANT: Please read this known issue before updating to Scratch Live 2.5

Serato Scratch Live 2.5 comes loaded with a bunch of key features including: Support for Serato Remote, free Loopmasters sample content, plug-and-play support for Pioneer CDJ-2000nexus and MIDI Output Lighting.

What's in Scratch Live 2.5?

Support for Serato Remote

Serato Scratch Live users have support to download and use Serato Remote - Serato’s first official App for iPad®.

Designed to compliment an existing Scratch Live setup, Serato Remote will connect seamlessly to your Serato laptop software and work with all supported Scratch Live hardware.

Serato Remote lets you see and perform all of your favorite Scratch Live functions without needing to touch your laptop. Control Cue Points, Loops and Samples. Load tracks and manipulate FX in ways that weren’t previously possible. See Serato’s famous Virtual Decks and Track Overviews so you can focus on the crowd and free yourself from your laptop.

Have control at your finger tips and enhance your Scratch Live performance. Serato Remote can be connected wirelessly freeing you to move around the stage or connected over USB for ultra low latency.

Designed with real world performance in mind, using big easy to hit buttons focusing on the most important performance features.

Serato Remote is available now and can be downloaded direct from the App Store℠ for USD 19.99.

To watch Rui from Serato use Serato Remote, and for more information visit

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Pioneer CDJ-2000nexus plug-and-play support

With Scratch Live 2.5 you can throw away your control CDs and connect your Pioneer CDJ-2000nexus directly to your laptop.

Tightly mapped software controls give you low latency control over performance features in Scratch Live.

Serato Scratch Live Software

Control your Scratch Live library with your CDJ-2000nexus. See full color album artwork, waveform, cue/loop points and other important track information on the CDJ-2000nexus color display.

MIDI Output Lighting

Now supported with Scratch Live 2.5 MIDI Output Lighting enables the LEDs on your MIDI controller to light up when used with Scratch Live.

We've teamed up with our hardware partners to provide you with some presets for some of the coolest controllers out there.

You can also read this blog post for more information on how to use the presets.

Free Loopmasters Sample Content
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Scratch Live 2.5 comes with FREE samples from Loopmasters. Get 24 of the best Beats, Hits, Loops and Sweeps, free to you when you download the Loopmasters sample content installer. Download the sample content from within the Scratch Live 2.5 download and the samples will install straight to your Serato library as a crate.

For more information on how to get the sample content have a read of this Loopmasters blog post.

Scratch Live 2.5 Bug Fixes

Alongside these key features Scratch Live 2.5 also includes bug fixes to continue the unparalleled level of stability and performance that Serato software is known for.

Some examples of the bug fixes are:

  • Mixtape .als recordings now work with Ableton Live 9.
  • Fixed a bug where the beatgrid lock wasn't being saved and loaded to/from the file; it was only being saved to the database.
  • The Sixty-Eight record source is now correctly loaded from preferences.
  • Fixed a bug where the CDJ-350 was sending both MIDI and HID messages which meant it could possibly fire two different Scratch Live events at the same time.
  • Fixed a bug where the DJFX deck assignments wouldn't save to preferences if going from being 'on' initially, to 'off'.

For a full list of bug fixes see the Scratch Live 2.5 Release Notes

Read the full Scratch Live 2.5 release notes.

All Supported Interfaces / Mixers

Firstly, you don’t need any kind of software license with supported Serato DJ hardware (which now includes Rane devices).

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When you first connect you need to install drivers. There is an 'install drivers' button in the side panel (that you can open/close using the Online button in the bottom right corner). You will need to do this the first time you use any piece of hardware. Once you have installed, it’s done and you don’t have to do this ever again. It’s a good idea to try do this before you play or get to the venue early if possible. You don’t need to be online, the drivers are bundled within the software itself.

You should also update the firmware for your device. Check out the guide on updating firmware from Rane.

All your library information and cue points will be recalled from your Scratch Live library.

Calibration and USB buffer settings are not pulled across from Scratch Live so you will need to reset your buffer size and also re-calibrate your system using the scopes in the setup screen. Read this article which explains how to calibrate your system (this article is for Scratch Live but is the exact same process in Serato DJ).

You can also adjust the buffer size for the hardware in the Rane hardware control panel that can be found in your Mac system preferences or in the Serato setup screen on Windows. Rane recommends this hardware buffer size is set to 8ms. Adjust the buffer size in Serato DJ as per normal.

Remember to switch off Wifi and Bluetooth on your computer for best performance and to run Serato DJ without any extra applications open.

If you can’t find the Echo Out effect anymore, it’s because it’s now called Combo Fade Echo - available in the free Wolf Pack FX Expansion pack. You can activate this in the My Serato online window.

The control for choosing 33 or 45 RPM is now located in the setup screen.


SL 3

Recording input source (aux input channel) is now labelled as “3” in the recording input source drop-down menu.

SL 4

There is now the option to change the input / output channel arrangement from 1 2 3 4 to 3 1 2 4. You can change this in the setup screen in the Audio tab. If you are having problems with no audio from channels or no control of the virtual decks, this could be something you need to check.

The changeover system is also different. When the second USB cable is connected to the SL 4, there is now a “changeover” option in the play mode (ABS, REL) dropdown. Select this to free up that deck, then the second computer can take control.

Also check if you aren’t getting any audio that you are using the right primary decks. Hit the ~ key to switch between deck 1, 2 or 3, 4 in 2 deck view.

Sixty - Two

There are some additional controls for use with Serato DJ!

To turn on SYNC, just hit delete + in/loop on the side strip.

To turn SYNC off, hit delete + out/roll on the side strip.

To turn on Slip Mode for that deck hit delete + save/loop.

Still having trouble?

If you are still having any trouble or want help with anything, please open a help request for the support team. Even if you just want to get some re-assurance before you upgrade, they are happy to have a chat :)

If there is any feedback you have on things that have changed / that are missing / or that you just plain hate, please get in touch too. You can discuss these kind of things in our Serato DJ Feature Suggestions Area. It's where our product development teams do hang out and read up on user feedback. With the move to Serato DJ, there's bound to be a few things either missing or that have changed. We're keen to listen as there's lots of development to come :)

Also, if i've missed anything glaringly obvious out (which I probably did), get in touch in the comments and call me out.