Serato Custom MIDI User Modes for the Pioneer DJM-S9 [Download]

updated April 10th, 2018 current version 1.0.1

I created 4 separate User Modes for the Pioneer S9 to work with Serato DJ to provide additional functionality. Out of the box, the S9 does not let you separate the samples from the cue points like the Rane 72 has that is about to drop. This MIDI Mapping  will add pad modes to offer both cues and samples together.

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Technics is releasing a new SL1200 for DJs

Yoga Frog was on Q-Bert’s Facebook Live and premiered a Technics film production they made on a recent Technics retreat which was awesome but the big news I think everyone probably wants to hear is the Technics is going to put a new SL1200 out for DJs that sounds like it will be at a lower price point than the recent 1200s re-released for audiophiles.

YouTube Link

They seem to be playing the same Live video on loop on the page right now as it has looped at least 4 times since I started writing this post. But this is great news for DJs as the SL1200 is the original DJ instrument that has stood the test of time! To have it coming back to the market is great news.

UI differences in Serato DJ Pro 2.0 vs Serato DJ 1.9.10 in gifs

I made these gifs to show the UI differences from Serato DJ 1.9 to Serato DJ Pro 2.0. As you can see the spacing and padding around all of the text in your library has increased giving everything a bit more room to breath. The new cuepoint layout is also much nicer in my opinion and everything seems to stand out more

The Exit Serato page is no longer tiny as well so it is very clear that you are exiting out of the program. this is great for everyone, especially those with bad eyesight. They also removed the Master Volume, Midi, Help, Setup, Battery, CPU meter and Clock from this screen as well which really didn’t belong there in the first place since you wouldn’t be using any of them on the exit screen anyway, except for maybe the clock.

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Run Serato DJ 1.9.x and Serato DJ 2.0 aka Serato DJ Pro on the same computer

Rename Serato DJ to Something else to run the old version alongside Serato DJ Pro
Renaming Serato DJ.app will allow you to install Serato DJ Pro alongside the old version.

If you would like to test drive Serato DJ Pro while not losing the ability to still run the Serato DJ version you are currently using you can rename the app in order to avoid Serato DJ Pro from overwriting your current stable version of Serato that you are running.

In the video below it shows how installing Serato DJ Pro will overwrite your current version of Serato DJ unless you rename the application from “Serato DJ.app” to “Serato DJ 1.9.10.app”* on your Mac. This example is on Mac OS Sierra (10.12.6)

*You can rename the app whatever you would like however it is best to rename it as whatever version number that particular installation is.

When was the last time you backed up your computer?

Use SuperDuper! to make a bootable backup of your Mac!
Use SuperDuper! to make a bootable backup of your Mac!

Serato DJ Pro was released yesterday and a lot of DJs downloaded it and upgraded as quickly as possible but when was the last time they updated their bootable backup of their computer? I’d take a guess that a LOT of people updated without running a backup.

I use SuperDuper! to create a backup since I use a Mac for my main computer. It was a no-brainer to purchase this $27.95 program to easily help me keep my backup up to date regularly with ease. If for any reason my computer died I could use this bootable backup hard drive from different Mac and boot directly from it to run my system set up and get by until I could repair or replace my computer.

You can also restore from the bootable backup hard drive to your machine or a new machine to get yourself back up and running if you needed to in the event of a system crash or you need to purchase a new computer for any reason.

If you aren’t running backups regularly one way or another, please look into it today. You don’t want to be that DJ who experiences a system failure and somehow loses all of their music and other files.

And don’t think just because you have all of your music on an external drive that it is any safer than running it from an internal drive. You still want to have a backup drive for that external drive. Basically if you don’t have your files in AT LEAST two places you run the risk of losing all of your music! You wouldn’t want that to happen, would you?

Serato Control Vinyl Weight Variations

Updated July 16, 2018, 6:45am
For a while now, my friend DJ Adub has sworn that he prefers black serato control vinyl because they are heavier over any of the colored. I’ve never really believed it. I also feel there are plenty of factors that contribute to how records feel in regards to weight, stickiness, performance etc. I’ve been using the same solid blue records pretty much exclusively since I got them back in early 2013.

Yesterday someone asked a question in a facebook group regarding the clearness of the Clear Serato Vinyl. Since I had the 10″ clears, the 12″ clears, and the USA Clears I posted up images of all three to show the regular clears are more crystal clear and the USA’s are more cloudy. The 10″s also seem to be more crystal clear. Someone commented that they prefer the clears because they felt they were heavier. Abub chimed in about the blacks being heavier again, and next thing you know I’m weighing multiple sets of Control Vinyl that I own in order to get to the bottom of the debate of what control vinyl is heavier.

Using a digital scale that weighs to 1/10th of a gram, I got to weighing  variety of the Control Vinyl I own. I still have more CVs to weigh so I may update this list The biggest surprise was the difference in weight that can occur between 2 records within a set. None of the records that I weighed were 180g vinyl. I weighed them each multiple times since I was so surprised by the discrepancies.

List of Control Vinyl Weighed for this post

Clear Blue

123.7g & 125.6g
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Solid Pink

121.2g & 127.7g
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Solid Yellow

122.0g & 127.7g
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Solid Brown

125.6g & 129.5g
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Solid blue

131.9g & 136.5
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Battle Ave 3 Pink

132.0g & 136.0g
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Glow in the dark

133.1g & 139.9g
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Solid blue with custom labels on top used regularly

129.0g & 139.0g
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Solid Black

134.1g & 134.6g
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Clear

148.1g & 145.1g
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USA Clear

185.4g & 193.5g
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So as you can see the black vinyl had the least difference between the set, the clears seem to be the heaviest, and all of them vary quite a bit. I’ll be adding to this post in the future when I decide to weigh more of my Control Vinyl but I think 11 is a good start to show the variance of the different weights. I do have a lot more of the transparent colored vinyl that would be good to represent here better too so stay tuned.

The Pinks and Blues were part of the “Offical” typo series when you could still get (mostly) solid colored Control Vinyl. I’ve been told by Serato Support that they cannot guarantee the transparency of their colored vinyl anymore and have not seen and real solid colors until the release of the Blue 7″ CVs but that story is for another post. The photos actually sort of show that they aren’t really 100% solid though but it is solid enough to not see your slipmats underneath your records which is my main issue personally with clear and transparent records.

“Offical” Typo Series Sleeves

Check out some of the previously released Serato Control Vinyl or buy some of your own from the current offering. And if anyone wants to gift me them pastel blues, feel free to send them my way. I’m so bummed I slept on those!

Update 1

I found a facebook Serato CV Group that has a list of all weights that I need to check against my weights and see if there are any further discrepancies.