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.
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Serato-sync - Define rules and map your folders to Serato crates (supports ScratchLIVE & ITCH)
Versions / HistoryIntroductionWhy the tool was created and why should I use it?How do I run it ?InstallationConfigurationExecutionScreenshotsBefore syncRunning the toolOriginal music collectionImported into Serato ITCHFAQI don't have Java installed on my computer. Will the tool work?What versions of Serato Scratch Live and Serato ITCH are supported?Will the tool delete any data from my Serato?Community & Support Versions / History0.2 (the latest), released on May ??, 2011. Download: http://serato-sync.googlecode.com/files/serato-sync-0_2.jar the tool is renamed to 'serato sync' ability to sync multiple serato databases (i.e. sync music on internal drive with serato db on internal, and sync music on external drive with serato db on external). useful when you use multiple drives flexible action-based configuration, allowing to specify which folders should be mapped to which crates ability to exclude certain folders from the sync process folder renames are handled properly ability to backup Serato database simplified configuration, Serato database path auto-detection improved GUI loads configuration files that end with '.txt' as well, to help Windows users crate file parser rewritten from scratch, should be bullet-proof now tested with Serato Scratch Live 2.2.0 and Serato ITCH 1.7.1 tested on Windows XP and Mac OS X 10.6.7 Introductionserato-sync is a helpful utility which allows to map your music collection to Serato library. It's an improved version of http://code.google.com/p/serato-itch-sync/ It is very easy to use - you just need to specify the location of your media library, and the tool will map your directory structure to crates and put all tracks inside -- so at the end you will end up with having one-to-one hierarchical mapping, one crate (or subcrate) for each directory with your music. If you want, you can also specify more advanced folder-to-crate mappings. Why the tool was created and why should I use it?Well, I personally don't let iTunes to organize and manage my music library. Just because I want a different layout of my music on the file system. Serato doesn't really support 'sync' with the file system, so you have to create the initial crate structure manually. And even worse - once you download and put your new media files into the existing directories, Serato will not pick up your new tracks automatically and you will have to manually add them to Serato. How do I run it ?InstallationThe installation process is very simple. You download the latest version of the program and put it into any directory/folder on your computer. E.g. you can create a folder called 'serato-sync' on your desktop. ConfigurationDownload the rule file template which better fits your needs and put it into the same directory where the program is: Mac OS, external drive Mac OS, internal drive Windows, external drive Windows, internal drive Double click your downloaded rule file. When asked about the program to open, choose 'Notepad' for Windows and 'Text Edit' for Mac OS. Edit the file, replace the path to your music library with your own path, save it and close the file. If you are creating the rule file manually, make sure to: make sure to use forward slash in the library paths for Mac OS users: the easiest way to create a configuration file is to open a 'Text Edit', go to 'Format' menu, select 'Make Plain Text', then enter the contents, and finally 'File' and 'Save As' giving it '.rules' name. the Windows users: the easiest way to create a configuration file is to open 'Notepad', enter the contents, and then 'File' and 'Save As' giving it '.rules' name. Make sure you saving the file as type 'Allï»¿ Files', so that 'Notepad' doesn't add '.txt' extension to the file name ExecutionDouble click the 'serato-sync-(version).jar' file. It will automatically read and execute all your configuration files that are located in the same directory and have '.rules' extension ScreenshotsBefore sync Running the tool Original music collection Imported into Serato ITCH Warning: please keep Serato ITCH closed before running the tool FAQI don't have Java installed on my computer. Will the tool work?No. You need to have Java >= 1.5 installed on your computer to run the tool. What versions of Serato Scratch Live and Serato ITCH are supported?Tested with Serato Scratch LIVE 2.2.0 and Serato ITCH 1.7 Will the tool delete any data from my Serato?No. The tool works only with crates/subcrates and tracks within them. So, Serato settings (e.g. global settings, play history, track color coding, id3 tags, beat grids, etc) are preserved. The tool modifies the following files/directories in Serato database: 'database V2' file - all tracks view 'Crates' and 'Subcrates' directories - individual crates and subcrates 'neworder.pref' file - crate sorting Community & SupportDon't hesitate to report bugs and enhancements using the 'Issues' tab. I will try to address them if/when I have time.
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Using an external drive with Serato Scratch Live for DJ'ing at WSUM.
Another article in the WSUM KB talks about how to set up an iTunes Library on an external drive so that iTunes can be used and sync'd against from different computers without having to burn up iTunes store authorizations (of which each iTunes Store account allows 5). This article will introduce using the same hard drive with Serato Scratch Live for DJ'ing.
WSUM provides Serato Scratch Live hardware and software in the Main and Production broadcast studios as an alternative to using iTunes for broadcast playback. Scratch Live is an effective tool for DJ'ing as it allows two separate playback decks for cross-fading between songs. Crossfading can often provide additional time during a show to allow an extra song or two to be played during a show. Crossfading also is a great way to prevent dead air.
Scratch Live is a free program available from Serato which provides many additional tools for effective playback as a performance. When using Scratch Live for playback, more advance techniques can also be employed to create a more appealing show:
- Match beats in transitions
- Loop tracks or portions of tracks
- Select music based on BPM
- Use sound effect audio more efficiently
- Use vinyl to control your audio playback
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Scratch Live can be downloaded from http://serato.com/scratchlive. While Scratch Live can be used without anything other than the program, many of the enhanced features are only available when connected to a Serato capable mixer like the Rane TTM57 mixers available for use at WSUM. As a standalone program without a mixer, Scratch Live can be used to build and prepare what are known as Crates to contain the music on an external drive. Scratch Live in standalone mode will scan all of the media on a drive for Track and Title information as well as analyzing the audio for BPM information. Additionally, cue points can be specified in songs to quickly access and loop a particular portion of a song for playback.
If Scratch Live is installed on a computer which also has Apple Quicktime installed, all music from an iTunes library can be used to build a crate. Instead of modifying the media on the hard drive for it's own purpose, Scratch Live will create a folder on the root of the external hard drive with the name _Serato_ to contain all of the additional information that will be needed to effectively use the music on that drive. Once this is done, the drive can be moved from computer to computer making it really easy to perform a kick-ass show without anything more than the external drive.
Creating a Serato Crate
If the guidelines in the iTunes Library Management article have been followed, an external drive with music is already available to create a crate. If not already available, download and install Scratch Live from Serato. A Serato-capable mixer is not required to set up the crate. When installed, go ahead and launch Scratch Live.
The easiest way to set up the first crate is to navigate to the iTunes Library folder on the external drive with the Files window.
Grab the iTunes Folder and drag it to the left-hand window that lists available crates. This will automatically start the process of media scanning.
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This is all that is required to create a crate. At this point, the file browser can be used to drag a media file from the library up to the playback deck to play a song.
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As mentioned before, Scratch does provide a host of additional tools to aid in music playback when connected to a compatible mixer. In order to maximize the effectiveness of using Scratch Live, this is a good time to Analyze Files. Analyzing files is only available in Scratch Live when NOT connected to a mixer.
Analyzing files will extrapolate all of the information needed to add BPM and patterns to the crate so that this work does not need to be done by the computer during a performance.
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Scratch Live takes the concept of sampling to new heights. Now that a crate is set up, it is easy to start setting cue points on all of the music in the crate. The cue points can then be used to trigger samples for looping. Scratch Live can do all of the work of selecting beat-matched samples for looping or just for starting a song at a particular point. The music can be used almost like an instrument now that all of the prep work has been done to the music. Now head to the station and plug into a Serato computer and mixer and start practicing! Scratch is designed with the performer in mind, and performance is exactly what a WSUM host does. While it may not feel the same as being a turntablist at a rave in front of a crowd, the principle techniques are still the same. So much more can be achieved when music is approached as a tool and the hour in the studio is considered a performance. Beat matching, cross fading, looping, and no dead air are the key principles to preventing a crowd of 1000 dancers from tripping over themselves. It is wholly appropriate to apply these concepts to a broadcast as DJ does mean 'Disc Jockey.' Broadcast DJ's are what started Turntablism in the first place.