DJ101 - Recording DJ Sets In Serato DJ

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numark serato recordinginseratomainpicRecording sets in Serato DJ is a  pretty simple process though there is more to recording than to just simply press the record button.  The more familiar you are with the recording process the easier it will be keeping your mixes sounding dynamic and professional.  In this day and age your mix can be a good way to help get you gigs, create fans, promote your DJ profile, increase your skills or just to enjoy a blend of your favorite tracks.  

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Recording DJ sets in Serato DJ

The most common reasons for recording a mix are:

  • Showcase a professional mix 
  • Web mix / podcast
  • Promo / demo CD
  • Friends & family
  • Online exposure
  • To critique your own style: listening and learning from your prior mixes helps grow your DJing skills 

Before you begin recording your mix, understand the basics of recording.

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Sound Resolution

Sample Rate: Anything with a sample rate below 44.1 kHz can be heard as having a lower quality, although anything above this is not easily recognized by the human ear unless you are using high quality sound systems.

Bit Rate: The jump from 16bits to 24bits can be dramatic. Professional audio engineers now use 24bits, and it is worth recording at 24 bits if you wish to edit your recording later.

NOTE: If a DJ is giving out promo CD's, compact discs are only able to handle 16bits, so you should convert (or dither) down to 16bits.

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Recording Gain & Audio Quality

Keep the audio at the highest possible quality throughout the entire recording process.  Sound editing is destructive in nature, so each step you take in this process will result in a loss of quality. Some steps can cause a distinct loss of quality (example: converting from a WAV file to an MP3) and should only be done once in a file's lifetime. 

Recording volume / Gain Structure:

  • Keep your signal as loud as possible but do not redline or clip the signal over zero dB into your recording device or sound card.  Redlining your channels can result in distortion or digital clipping.
  • Keep an eye on how loud your transitions are.  Adding two signals together can push the overall volume over into the red, even if each track's peak is under the limiter. 
  • Ensure that you have done a test recording so you know that your setup is working without any problems.

Recording in Serato DJ / ITCH

Recording your mix within Serato DJ or ITCH is easy, as the audio can be taken directly from the software.

To record:

  1. Setup your controller like you would normally and launch Serato DJ / ITCH.
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  2. Open the Record tab in Serato DJ / ITCH.  
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  3. Set the record source in Serato DJ / ITCH to Mix
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  4. Test that your record levels aren't clipping (you can use the Gain knob to adjust this level).
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  5. When you are ready, press the Record icon in Serato DJ / ITCH, and start your mix.
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  6. When you are finished, type a file name (i.e."DJ Mixtape 1") into the Filename box and press the Save icon. Remember to enter a filename, otherwise your recording will be lost if you press Record again before saving.  
  7. Recordings are saved in:
  • “MyDocuments\My- Music\_Serato_\Recording”  (on a PC)
  • "~/Music/_Serato_/Recording” (on a Mac)
  • "In your 'Recorded' crate in Serato DJ / ITCH crates" 

NOTE: Recording files are automatically split when the recording exceeds 3 hours (16-bit) or 1 hour 50 minutes (24-bit).  Recordings are saved as 24-bit by default.  Once you are happy with the recording of your mix; you may want to master your mix to make it sound professional.  Remember, there are tools that you can use to make a recording set sound more punchy and vibrant but there is no way to increase the quality of poorly recorded audio.  

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