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by Josh Lloyd, Serato

PREPARATION Learning the Ropes In preparing for your first gig with Scratch Live, the time you spend before the gig is going to pay dividends that night. This is especially true for those who have only just purchased an SL interface but are already gigging DJs with experience in clubs; you need to be familiar with the differences and new opportunities to be creative if you are going to maximize your 1st gigs potential. This guide assumes you have already read the manual and have a library of music in Scratch Live. If this isnt you, please do so before proceeding. A great way to get to know Scratch Live is via the tooltips; click the (?) next to the Scratch Live logo to enable tooltips then hover over parts of the interface with your mouse cursor to get info about them. The Modes Scratch Live uses three distinct modes for operation, they are detailed in the manual. Most people start with absolute (ABS) mode, since that is closest to normal vinyl. If you dont want any chance of skipping while you scratch, change into relative (REL) mode, if you need to play a track and arent going to control it with a turntable, use internal (INT) mode. The Markers Markers speed up DJing, its that simple. Go through your tracks and place markers at key points in the track where you usually cue from, mix into the next tune or scratch samples etc. If you DJ with doubles sometimes (same song on both decks) the markers can really add to your routines, and keep you oriented within the track. The Setup Screen It cant be emphasized enough how important this screen is to the health of your Scratch Live. Learn it, re-read the manual section about it, and become comfortable with what it is used for. Once youre familiar with it, setting up Scratch Live should take about as long as swapping carts with the previous DJ (unless you have to swap in your SL interface). Some points of note: USB audio buffer size This is the key setting as far as performance is concerned; a smaller buffer size (slider to the left) results in tighter record control. Gradually lower the setting, while mixing (and/or scratching) until you get a stuttery display or you reach the lowest setting possible. This setting should be established well in advance of your gig, and if you dont feel confident that the setting is appropriate, then increase the buffer size one or two ms to be safe. Auto fill overviews This checkbox is under the Library tab in Setup. If youre playing tracks which youve just added to your library, and dont have overviews built, this option will build them for you with spare cpu cycles. This will reduce the performance of Scratch Live if your CPU is already maxed. Calibration You must calibrate whenever you set up, and regularly with a permanent install. The scope on your setup screen is an indispensable tool for checking your turntables and needles. Look at Scope Readings and Fixes in the back of your manual for a selection of various scope signals and their likely causes. The threshold is the level below which Scratch Live ignores the input, this is to prevent noise from being interpreted as control signal.
Analyze Files The overview of each track is stored within the file itself and provides an overall view of the content; if youve got one of those songs with 2 minutes of talking before the beat drops, look at the overview while you needle drop through. Its a good idea to build overviews for all your files before you play with them, its one less thing for your computer to be doing while youre playing to an audience. Unplug your Rane device, and the Offline Player screen appears, letting you auditon tracks anytime without your Rane mixer or interface connected. Click the Analyze Files button, and Scratch Live will work through your library building all the overviews and calculating your BPMs. Having BPM values lets you enable lots of cool beat-synced effects in the DJ-FX panel. Organizing Your Library Entering ID3 Tags Having correct information in all your tracks will mean you can find any song when you need it. There are numerous third-party applications which you can use to enter information into the tracks, or if you are ripping your tracks yourself from CD, you may be able to use the CDDB to retrieve the track names from the internet. To find some applications which are popular among our users, check out the What MP3 tools are you using? thread in the forum at Browse and Search Browse view can find a track very quickly if the tags are correct. For a set which you havent completely planned out, get used to the browse function to help you find songs which meet criteria on the fly. For instant access to a specific song, type keywords into the live search. As you type, the songs visible in your library will be narrowed down accordingly. Making Crates If youre used to ordering your record crates according to your set, then the crates in Scratch Live will be handy. Make new crates by clicking the (+) button under the crate list and drag songs from your library into them. Once the songs are in there, click on the crate and order them how you like. One song can be in any number of crates.

iTunes iTunes integration in Scratch Live is very good, so if youre already organizing your songs with it, your library and playlists will already be there when you start up Scratch Live. Though AAC files are supported, the songs you buy from the iTunes music store with DRM wont played through Scratch Live. If youre using iTunes to rip CDs, you can change the import settings to MP3, WAV, AIFF or with the third-party plug-in: OGG vorbis. Raising the CBR bit rate to 256 or 320, or VBR to 0 will produce the best sounding files. External Drives External hard drives are inexpensive, portable, and take a load off the internal drive.With most people using Scratch Live on laptops, external drives are the most popular way to add storage and performance for reasonable cost. However, check the speed of the drive before you buy it. Any drive with less than 5400 RPM wont be reliable for playing live. If you build a library including songs on an external drive, you will be able to plug your drive into another Scratch Live DJs setup and have your songs available on the fly. External drives also help system performance since the heads on the internal drive are free to fetch information for the system, while the song data can be read whenever it is needed. One point to remember is that if your external drive is USB 2.0, you may have a shortage of USB bandwidth if you run it on the same hub as your SL 1, keyboard, mouse, bluetooth dongle etc. So test it out! If you have problems, search the Scratch Live forum and try some of the solutions listed there. If you dont know what any of this means, call that computer nerd friend of yours and ask them. Or call or email one of the Rane DJ experts at 425-355-6000 (8:30AM to 5PM Pacific Time, West Coast USA): Shaun Zach Chad Rafael (English & Espaol)
Stress-testing your setup Its worth putting your Scratch Live in the worst-case scenario so you know how far you can push it on the night. If youre not going to be using your own computer at the gig, it is important to gain access to it so you can be confident that everything is in order. Some things to try (all while two songs are playing): Rapidly scrolling through your library Copying songs from a CD-R to your hard drive Backspinning through one track as fast as you can Playing songs from an audio CD in the CD-ROM drive If you get drop-outs, try adjusting your USB buffer size, disabling extra processes like WiFi, power management, bluetooth, antivirus, etc. If youre still getting dropouts, before you rush out buying new gear, come onto and let us and the other users know whats going on. Its a great resource and the people there really know what theyre talking about. Chances are someone else has already gone through what you have. Disk System Play two wave files and needle drop through them, see how it performs. Wave files are large and therefore read from the disk a lot. They also sound great and are (slightly) easier on the CPU than compressed files. CPU Needle dropping through compressed songs like MP3s and backspinning rapidly can test how your CPU performs under load. Remember to disable useless background processes like your antivirus and power management systems which will slow down your CPU on purpose. Needles / Vinyl DJ for a couple of hours. Now check your Setup screen, are those scopes still nice and clean? Do you need to brush your needles and records? Unlike with normal vinyl, you wont get the usual cues something is going awry; e.g., if your tracks are getting summed to mono by a faulty tonearm connection, with normal vinyl at least the music wont stop, with Scratch Live that would mean having to switch to internal mode as you wont be able to track the record correctly any longer. Temperature After the DJ session above, feel how hot your computer is, especially underneath. If its hot, you should consider getting some extra cooling. A desk fan pointed at the laptop can be all you need, there are also 3rdparty coolers which will do a great job of keeping your laptop cool. Remember, it can often get hot at venues and micro-electronics such as that in your laptop can malfunction.

What to pack Essentials SL 1 Control Vinyl and CDs Laptop Laptop Power Adapter External Drive(s) Laptop Stand Headphones Needles and Headshells Flashlight Your keys Optional Equipment SL 1 external power supply (if you are trading sets with another DJ and dont want to power down). Slipmats Back-up music sources Take a few records or CDs and maybe an iPod to your first gig so you can play with the confidence of a backup (I doubt youll need it!). Maintenance Equipment Record brush Needle Brush CD / Monitor wipes Flashlight Pack some duct tape for taping down things. Spare RCAs, headshells if you got them. Deoxidising spray if you have any (club mixers can often have noisy faders).
Setting up at the venue Installation Scratch Live needs some installation to be integrated into a DJ setup. If the venue doesnt already have a Rane interface or mixer wired into their setup, work out how much setting up you will need to do, and how much of it can be done prior. Leads/plugs Make sure the turntables are correctly grounded to the mixer and that they are plugged into the correct inputs of the SL interface. Bring up Scratch Live on your computer and make sure that tracks play forwards with the record movement, sometimes poorly serviced turntables have their RCAs swapped and this will result in the tracks playing in reverse. Connect the thrus to the phono inputs of the mixer and the line outs to the mixer line ins. If youre playing with other regular DJs, you may need a power adapter for your SL interface or to leave your laptop plugged into it to provide thrus. Situation of gear Try to retain good access to your mixer while being able to reach your computer quickly. Make sure your laptop doesnt get in the way of the mixer, and that the position of your SL interface isnt placing any stress on leads. Ensure that with lighting system on you can see your screen clearly and reach the controls quickly. Swapping out Dealing with a mess of cables in the dark can be a pain. Playing with other DJs usually means mixing into the last track they play, if youre unable to install your SL interface beforehand, practice swapping the leads while one deck is still playing, dropping a tune in Scratch Live and then connecting the other leads. This can be fiddly, so bring a flashlight, and make sure you know which plugs are which so you can do it before the music dies!
Calibration / Sound Check Its important to check your setup beforehand so you know what to expect when you start DJing. All calibration should be done at the volume you will be performing at, with all potential sources of interference, especially lighting, on. Scopes Install your headshells and play the control vinyl from the start, check the scopes are the circles clean? Make sure the TTs are correctly grounded to the mixer, and that the SL interface is set to the correct level are the turntables line-level? If your have an SL 2 , SL 3 or SL 4, check the little switch on the back to match each input for Phono or CD (Line). If you are using an SL 1 interface, make sure that Phono is highlighted in the Hardware tab of the Setup screen. Tweak the P/A and L/R knobs to get the innermost circles as round as possible. Threshold Stop the records, play a track in internal mode, and click Estimate with the needle on the record. Check the tracking percentage, is it hovering around 100%? If not, why not? Are there speckles in the scopes? This can mean noise and interference being picked up, if the tracking is bad try moving lights, moving power leads and turning off unused equipment. Sound Check Run through some of your set with someone listening, are any of your tracks so compressed that they sound bad? Mark them in Scratch Live so you dont play those. Make sure you dont get drop outs and that the level from Scratch Live is loud while not clipping the mixer. Check what the gain settings on the mixer should be, remember: those other DJs might not know what theyre doing!

Interference Remember to keep your cell phone away from your DJing equipment, and find out who you should talk to if you get interference during the gig. Other DJs If youre playing with other DJs find out whether any of them use Scratch Live, maybe you can share an SL interface and save some setup time. The SL 4 was made for this, so if you do this regularly and dont have one, it may be upgrade time. Getting an external 9VDC power supply can help SL 1 and SL 2 users. It allows signal to pass thru from your decks to the mixer when you unplug the USB cable to the computer. Radio Shack carries these, bring your SL interface to the store to be sure you get the right barrel connector. Find out who is before you, if you need it, request they play a longer track to finish up so you can swap in your gear. Show them Scratch Live, tell them how great it is, and where you bought it from. Promoter/Owner Hes the guy you will be talking to about getting paid at the end of the night. Make sure hes around to see how good you are. Sound Tech There shouldnt be any difference sound wise, but if the venue has a sound tech, let him know what youre using as a courtesy. Find out if there is any spare equipment (turntables, mixers, headshells etc) and where its kept. If some of the clubs gear fails youll know what to ask for. Facilities Find out where you can keep your gear before and after the show, where the closest bathrooms are and how hard it is to get to them with a crowd. Parking, if any, and where is safe to park is also good to know.
The Gig Put in your headshells, and go through the calibration sequence again. Check your levels and make the crowd go wild etc. Clean your needles and control vinyl during the course of the night. Keep an eye on the tracking indicator. Make sure everyone whos interested knows where they can buy Rane products for Scratch Live. Its a good idea if you can, to record your set and listen back afterwards to see what went right, wrong, and how it all sounded. With an extra soundcard, this can be achieved with the same computer that you play from. Check out the Scratch Live forum at for lots of help and ideas. Potential Problems Its unlikely that you will run into problems, but if something strange happens, you should know a few basics to figure out whats wrong. First things to check are: The tracking indicator Dust on the needles Temperature The scopes in the setup screen Is your control vinyl clean Other applications, running tasks If you see the USB light coming on and sound glitches, the first thing to try is to switch to the Setup screen and raise the USB buffer. If its maxed out and you still get dropouts, make sure your cooling is working, your other programs arent running and the tracks youre playing arent corrupt somehow. It might be a good idea to throw on some backup audio and restart your computer. This is another situation when the external power supply is valuable. Make sure you dont play that file again until youve verified what the problem is. If your computer crashes, that iPod might come in real handy. Dont be scared, almost all of our users have never had a crash in a live situation, but try and remember the track you were playing. Come onto serato. com and tell us about it, so we can make sure it never happens again. If it turns out your problem was caused by a particular file, we need to know about it, so please retain the bad file and send it to us at some point (make a topic on the forum and well let you know how).

SOFTWARE Scratch Live supports all these file formats: Fixed and Variable Bit Rate MP3, AIFF, AAC, WAV, OGG Vorbis, CD Audio and direct from the mic input. Import files easily by dragging from Explorer (Windows) or the Finder (Mac) into the Scratch Live library. Easily import your playlists and iTunes library. You can play and scratch tracks direct from CD and CD-ROM. Includes extensive keyboard shortcuts for efficient function access. Built-in help and tips in multiple languages are accessible anytime. Low power warning when running off a laptop battery. No preprocessing of MP3 files is required except to use the auto-BPM and auto-gain functions. Auto-BPM detects tempo information for tracks without it, saving it with each file. A tap tempo button allows you to enter your own.
Scratch Live has different operating modes that can be assigned to each Virtual Deck. Absolute Mode exact reproduction of record movement, needle drop through tracks just like normal vinyl. The beginning of the track is mapped to the start of the record. Relative Mode skip-free scratching, jump to cue points, and pitch bend buttons combined with turntable control. This mode observes the relative forward and backward movement of the record, but does not regard the position within the record. Internal Mode mix with just your laptop using features modeled on DJ CD players. Rewind, Bend down, Play / pause reverse, Play / pause forward, Bend up, Fast forward. Auto mode play a sequence of tracks automatically. Record from your Mic and immediately scratch as if it was on vinyl. Record direct from vinyl or CD and save as 16-bit 44.1 kHz stereo file. The crate and subcrate system helps organize your library and sets.
Tempo display assists with rapid tempo matching of tracks. When the two tracks are matched to the same tempo, the peaks will line up.
Beat display emphasizes the transients in tracks these are matched up when the two tracks are beat matched.
The scope display is invaluable for troubleshooting turntable problems. Customize your interaction with the many options in the setup screen.

Hot swap external drives with fast automatic library merging and retention of crates.
MIDI control can interface USB controllers with Scratch Live.
The Virtual Deck shows everything about the speed and position of a track. As the vinyl rotates, so does the line on the label. The circular progress bar around the edge is a visual representation of the position within the song. The time and remaining time are displayed in minutes and seconds. The turntable speed as a percentage of pitch shift is on the left, and the pitched BPM is on the right.
Variable zoom waveforms centered around current position display horizontal or vertical. Waveforms are colored by frequency.
Auto-gain lets you set a target gain on any or all songs in your library. You can also manually adjust individual gain, remembered in each song file.
CONTROL VINYL & CDs Side A: 10 minutes plus Vinyl Scroll track. Side B: 15 minutes. Continuous control signal on vinyl allows smooth accurate scratching. Scratch Live has the lowest latency vinyl emulation system on the market. It has advanced vinyl groove and stylus modeling algorithm for a sound indistinguishable from the real thing. Innovative positioning system allows fast and accurate needle dropping. The record has thin marks every minute, and a thicker mark every 5 minutes (played at 33 RPM). These marks assist you when using needle dropping to move through the track. The Vinyl Scroll track allows you use your turntable or CD to scroll through your crate and pick the next song without touching your laptop. Two 15-minute control CDs are included.
Full track overview: Quickly find where the beat drops, find breakdowns and choruses, and jump to any part of the song.
With Key Lock on, the key or pitch of the song stays locked at what it would be if the track was playing at normal speed, regardless of the platter speed of the turntable or CD player. Key Lock has scratch detection, so it automatically turns off when scratching for a natural scratching sound.
Visual markers can be set for up to 5 cue points per song and triggered from the keyboard.
Save up to 9 loops per track these loops are saved in the file, and will be present when you reload.
Censor expletives on the fly with an instant quick-reverse and catchup with no loss of timing or pitch.
Browse your music collection by album, artist, BPM, or genre, with optional album art display. Intuitive search function can be applied to any field to find things quickly. Edit ID3 tags with full Unicode support.
When a track is loaded, the track name, artist and length are displayed in the track title bar, and the Virtual Deck shows a solid black line. The track starts playing as soon as it detects the signal from the control vinyl (or CD).
Turntable lock feature only allows loading on a stopped deck to prevent accidental track changes.

Instant doubles load the same track on both decks at the same point for instant flange effect and back-to-backs.
Serato Scratch Live Hardware Comparison Guide
SL 1 NEW! SL 2 SL 3 NEW! SL 4
This detailed comparison of Ranes ofcial hardware for Serato Scratch Live includes reference to differences within Scratch Live software.

TTM 57SL Sixty-Eight





2 Deck mixing 3 Deck mixing 4 Deck mixing Visual Beat Matching Key lock Censor button Repeat button 5 available cue points 9 available loop slots DJ-FX SP-6 Sample Player Additional SP-6 output MIDI mappable controls Core Audio / ASIO drivers Serato NoiseMap

USB 1.1 USB 2.0 Two USB ports Grounding posts Internal phono preamps XLR Mic input " Mic input Phantom-powered Mic in Two Mic inputs Mic input tone controls Mic Input FlexFX USB bus powered Self powered Aux/Session Inputs Aux/Session Outputs RCA Thru Outputs Software Thru Outputs 16-bit converters 24-bit converters 44.1 kHz USB audio 48 kHz USB audio 96 kHz USB audio Video-SL compatible Pre-mapped Serato Video-SL controls Mixer tone controls Mixer faders Main outputs (XLR) Booth outputs (") Flex FX loop Two headphones outputs (" and 3.5 mm) Built-in mixer effects Headphone monitoring Split cue monitoring

Scratch Live Minimum Computer Requirements
Please Note: These are the minimum requirements to run Scratch Live. For the best performance, professional use, and future software upgrades, we recommend you buy a higher spec computer. Available 2.0 USB port (USB 1.1 acceptable for TTM 57SL) 1024 x 768 screen resolution. Hard disk space for storing music. 5400 RPM hard drive. 7200 RPM for high-resolution audio playback. 2 GB RAM (more for a large library and better performance). MAC 1 GHz G4 (2 GHz Intel Core Duo for SL 4) OSX 10.5.8 or higher WINDOWS Intel processor, 1.6 GHz or better (2.2 GHz Intel Core Duo for SL 4) Windows XP with Service Pack 3 or higher Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 or higher Windows 7. We recommend Windows 7 over Vista. See before buying a new computer.

2011 Rane Corporation, 2011 Serato Audio Research Scratch Live and the Scratch Live logo are trademarks of Serato Audio Research. Scratch Live is licensed exclusively to Rane Corporation.


Serato Scratch Live combined with Rane hardware is the ultimate solution for professional DJs, giving you the freedom to take your entire digital music collection on the road and equipping you with advanced features that add extra creativity to your DJing. This intuitive system replicates the traditional DJing experience for real feel usability. With unparalleled performance, sound quality and stability, youll soon see why thousands of DJs worldwide choose Serato Scratch Live. Load music files onto Virtual Decks for playback. Browse your music collection by custom categories and album art. Prepare audio files for playback with auto-gain and BPM calculation. Organise music with crates and smart crates. Choose from multiple play and display modes to suit your performance style. Use visual aides, cues and loops to perfect your mixing. Add extra creativity to your sets with DJ-FX, the SP-6 Sample Player and other Scratch Live plug-ins.

Classic Vertical Mode

Virtual Decks
Music files are loaded onto the Virtual Decks, which rotate as the music plays, much like regular turntables or CDJ decks. The Virtual Deck shows everything about the speed and position of a track. As the vinyl rotates, so does the line on the label. The circular progress bar around the edge is a visual representation of the position within the song. The Virtual Decks display pitched BPM information, and the time and remaining time are displayed in minutes and seconds.
Stack Mode with the Rane SL 4 and Sixty-Eight

Tool Tips

Handy built-in Tool Tips provide a simple guide to learn the software and the applications of each feature. A list of keyboard shortcuts are also in the Tool Tips.

Importing Music

Importing music is done simply by navigating to your hard drive(s) via Serato Scratch Lives File pane. You can also drag and drop files directly from Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac). iTunes users have the option to integrate existing iTunes libraries and playlists into their Scratch Live library. Importing audio files to your computer is highly recommend, however you can play files directly from CD and CD-ROM.

Supported File Formats

Scratch Live supports multiple file formats: fixed and variable bit-rate MP3, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, WAV and Whitelabel (wl.mp3) file types*. M3U playlists are also supported. *For more information on wl.mp3 files visit NOTE: Older iTunes Music Store DRM files cannot be played back by Scratch Live. iTunes Plus files are DRM-free.


Browse your music collection by album, artist, BPM and genre. Additional column sort options can be selected for custom needs. Tracks in your library can also be browsed using three different album art modes. Scratch Live includes an intuitive Search function to help you find tracks quickly.

File Preparation

Build waveform overviews, check for file corruption and use Scratch Lives optional autogain and BPM calculation with the Analyze Files button. Use the Offline Player to prepare crates, audition tracks, and set cue and loop points, without needing to have the Rane hardware connected.


Crates and Smart Crates

Create Crates and Subcrates to group tracks within for quick recall and simple organisation. You can also merge these crates onto an external drive for simple migration to another laptop. Smart Crates allow you to set rules and keywords for crates, which automatically update when relevant tracks are added or removed from your library.


When Key Lock is on, the key or pitch of the song stays locked at what it would be if the track was playing at normal speed, regardless of the platter speed of the turntable or CD player.

Scratch Live Plug-Ins

Optional plug-ins can be switched on and off, allowing you to choose which extra features you would like to use when DJing. SP-6 Sample Player allows you to trigger up to six additional sources of audio (e.g. sound effects, drops). Store samples in multiple sample bank slots, and choose individual output options for each slot.

Visual Aids

The history button opens a complete log of all the tracks you have played and allows you to export Scratch Live session information as a data file for future reference.

Play Modes

Scratch Live has three different play modes which you assign to each Virtual Deck. Absolute Mode most closely resembles the properties of regular vinyl; needle dropping, scratching, rubbing and other turntablist techniques are most faithfully reproduced in this mode. Absolute Mode is the recommended mode to use when using the standard hardware functions on CDJs. Relative Mode allows for skip free scratching and the use of Scratch Lives cueing, looping and censor controls. Internal Mode lets you play and mix files without external vinyl or CD control. Internal mode contains a start/stop function, a pitch slider and pitch nudge controls. It is also the emergency mode Scratch Live defaults to when the end of a control record or CD is reached.
When a track is playing several waveforms and visual aids are displayed. Tempo Display provides a helpful tool for beat matching - each peak represents the beats within a track. As you change the pitch of a song, these peaks shift position. When track tempos are in-time, these peaks will be aligned. Beat Matching Display emphasizes the position of beats within a track alongside the waveform display, for quick beat matching. Track Overview Display shows an overview of the track waveform, which is useful for finding transitions in a track and for jumping quickly to any part of the song. Colored Waveforms by frequency for visual identification of instruments and vocals.
DJ-FX give you control of two FX units, each with three chained effects slots per unit. Customize and save preferred effect parameter settings for quick recall. Serato Playlists export track play information to your user profile on This can be done using the History export function postset, or you can choose to live update during your set.

Serato Video-SL

Playback video files using the Serato Video-SL plug-in, and mix them using creative effects and transitions which compliment the audio. Serato Video-SL is available to buy separately. Visit

Display Modes

Four different Display Modes allow you to choose the best Virtual Deck arrangement to suit your style of performance. Library Mode simplifies the deck arrangement with a larger view of the library and no waveform matching. Classic Vertical Mode displays two decks on the left and right side of the screen with vertical waveforms in the middle. Classic Horizontal Mode displays two decks on the left and right side of the screen with horizontal waveforms in the middle. Stack Mode displays the decks and waveforms on top of one another horizontally, which is useful when using more than two decks (with supported Rane hardware).

Cues and Loops

Create up to five Cue Points for each track to mark and trigger key parts of your songs. Create and save up to nine Loops per track, either manually or using the Auto-Loop function.

The Bridge

The Bridge allows you to combine elements of Ableton Live with Serato Scratch Live, to create unique performances and to perfect your mixtapes. The Bridge is free-of-charge for users of Serato Scratch Live 2.1.1 (or above) and Ableton Live/Suite 8.2 or above. Visit


A detailed comparison guide of Ranes official hardware for Serato Scratch Live. This includes reference to the differences within the Scratch Live software for each piece of hardware.
HARDWARE USB 1.1 USB 2.0 Two USB ports XLR Mic input Mic input Phantom Powered Mic input Two Mic inputs Mic input tone controls Mic input FlexFX USB bus powered Self powered Aux/Session inputs Aux/Session outputs Software Thru outputs 16-bit converters 24-bit converters 44.1 kHz USB audio 48 kHz USB audio 96 kHz USB audio Video-SL compatible Pre-mapped Serato VideoSL hardware controls Mixer tone controls Mixer crossfader & upfaders Main outputs (XLR) Booth outputs () FlexFX loop Two headphones outputs ( and 3.5 mm) Built-in mixer effects Headphone monitoring Split cue monitoring SL 2 SL 3 SL 4 TTM 57SL Sixty-Eight SOFTWARE FEATURES 2 Deck mixing

Complete descriptions of Rane hardware, including controls, connections, accessories and detailed specifications are available at
SL 2 SL 3 SL 4 TTM 57SL Sixty-Eight

3 Deck mixing 4 Deck mixing Visual Beat Matching Key lock Censor button Repeat button Manual looping Auto looping Loop roll 5 available cue points 9 available loop slots Tooltips DJ-FX SP-6 Sample Player Additional SP-6 output MIDI mappable controls Virtual Deck gain trims Master gain trim Core Audio / ASIO drivers

LIBRARY MANAGEMENT iTunes playlist compatibility Crates, Sub & Smart crates Real time tempo metering Auto BPM detection Multiple display view modes Album art browsing History (play logs) Serato online playlist compatibilty
SETUP SCREEN OPTIONS HARDWARE Adjustable USB buffer Adjustable phono sensitivity Adjustable joystick direction Adjustable footswitch type Switchable deck control source Selectable primary decks Adjustable headphone tone Button backlight option Adjustable LCD contrast Adjustable recording bit depth PLAYBACK Track end warning Lockable playing deck Hi-fi resampler Play song from start Instant doubles mode Play song from first cue point Braking adjustment Mono or stereo audio output VINYL CONTROL Adjust loops with vinyl Next song on vinyl flip Vinyl scroll Reverse vinyl scroll Needle drop to absolute position Needle drop to cue points LIBRARY Customize crate views Center on selected song Show all file types Include subcrate tracks Autofill overviews Import AAC files DISPLAY Adjustable screen update rate Adjustable audio cache size PLUGINS SP-6 Sample Player DJ-FX SL 3 Aux Deck Serato Playlists Serato Video-SL The Bridge

Serato Control

Mix and scratch files from your computer hard drive using Serato Control Vinyl, Serato Control CD or Approved USB Controllers. Serato Control Vinyl and Control CD (included with Rane hardware) The Serato Control Vinyl and Control CDs each contain the Noise Map Control Tone, a unique control signal which allows Scratch Live to track the motion of the record, simulating the same movement with digital audio. Serato Approved USB Controller (optional) Serato has certified a select range of new generation controllers with USB connectivity. Scratch Live can send track information to supported hardware on-board displays. Use the platters, buttons and sliders instantly, as supported hardware has pre-mapped controls for a no-fuss setup. These models are Serato Approved USB Controllers: Denon DJ DN-HC1000S Denon DJ DN-HC4500 Denon DJ DN-HD2500 Novation Dicer Numark iCDX Numark DMC2 Pioneer CDJ-2000 Pioneer CDJ-900 Pioneer CDJ-400 Pioneer MEP-7000 Vestax VFX-1

Scratch Live Minimum Computer Requirements
Please Note: These are the minimum requirements to run Scratch Live. For the best performance and in professional situations we recommend you buy a higher spec computer. Available USB port (USB 2.0 required for SL 2, SL 3, SL 4 and Sixty-Eight) 1024 x 768 screen resolution 5400RPM hard drive. 7200RPM for high-resolution audio playback. 2 GB RAM* MAC 2 GHz Intel Core Duo OSX 10.5.8 or higher WINDOWS Intel processor, 2.2 GHz Intel Core Duo Windows XP with Service Pack 3 or higher Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 or higher Windows 7. We recommend Windows 7 over Vista. Note 1: If you have a large library, you will benefit from more RAM. If you are using Scratch Lives more system-intensive features such as DJ-FX or AUX Deck plugins, you may need a higher spec computer. See the Computer Optimization Guide for Digital DJs at Note 2: If you are planning on using HID devices on Mac OSX 10.5 (Leopard), then you must use OSX version 10.5.6 or up. This includes the Rane Sixty-Eight or TTM 57SL and some 3rd party controllers such as the Pioneer CDJ-400, CDJ-900, or CDJ-2000 CD players. Note 3: Before using a computer with an AMD Turion or Athlon processor, please read the Scratch Live FAQ at Note 4: Before using a Windows PC with an Intel i-series processor with the TTM 57SL, first read the Scratch Live FAQ at

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