Denon DJ DS1 - Setup and Frequently Asked Questions

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DenonDJ ds1 mainThe DS1 is a breakthrough interface for users of Serato NoiseMap™—the system used to control a Serato-based digital music library when you’re using a turntable or CD player.  This article walks through a number of Frequently Asked Questions about the Denon DJ DS1.


Hardware Setup

Frequently Asked Questions



Hardware Setup and Software Download

Hardware Setup Example:

 DS1 Setup


DS1 Drivers:

The DS1 is class compliant (plug and play) for Mac OS X. Drivers are only required for Windows. Windows drivers are located at this link.


Serato DJ Software:

  1. Download the Serato DJ Software:
  2. Unzip the Serato Software package and extract them to your desktop.
  3. Run the Serato DJ Setup file.
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the software installation.

Note: Serato DJ 1.7.6 or higher is required for DS1 compatibility.



Frequently Asked Questions

Does the DS1 come with a full version of Serato DJ and Serato DVS expansion pack?

Yes, it comes with both. Serato will unlock as long as the DS1 is connected to the computer.

Please note: In order to use different hardware with Serato DJ, you may need to purchase additional licenses from Serato. Please see the link here for more info:


What are supported operating systems?

Any OS that supports Serato DJ 1.7.6 or later.  The latest Serato DJ system requirements can be found here.


Where can I download the software?

Serato DJ can be downloaded directly from the Serato DJ website. Serato will unlock as long as the DS1 is connected to the computer. 

Please note: In order to use different hardware with Serato DJ, you may need to purchase additional licenses from Serato. Please see the link here for more info:


Can I use this unit with Serato Scratch Live?

This unit is only supported for use with Serato DJ version 1.7.6 and higher.


Do you require a mixer for the DS1?

Yes. You will need a mixer (any brand) with 2+ channels.


What are the dimensions and weight?

Dimensions: (width x depth x height)
• 4.7” x 3.0” x0.9”
• 11.9 cm x 7.7 cm x 2.3 cm

• 0.55lbs.
• 0.25 kg


The blue LED on my unit is blinking, why?

If the LED is blinking, the unit is connected but it cannot recognize the drivers (Windows). Reinstall the drivers, which can be downloaded from this link.

If the LED is on, the unit is working and drivers are recognized as normal.


In Serato DJ, what is the difference between ABS, REL, and INT?

ABS stands for "absolute" where the vinyl mimics real vinyl. Dropping the needle at the start of a record will cue the beginning of the track. Lift the needle and move it half way down the vinyl and you will go to mid-way through the track, just like real vinyl.

REL stands for "relative" where the position you drop the needle on the record will cue to the relative position you are at in the track. Basically, you can drop the needle anywhere and it will start the track from the beginning, lift the needle and drop it half way down the vinyl and it will play from the same place in the song you lifted it from.

INT stands for "internal" where all track control is performed by keyboard shortcuts or midi input. The control vinyl does nothing.


When I connect my vinyl turntables to my DS1, I hear a consistent hum.  How do I fix this?

It is very important that when you connect your turntables to your DS1, you're connected correctly from your DJ mixer.  Follow the following steps to correctly setup vinyl turntables with the DS1 and Serato.

  1. Connect your vinyl turntables LEFT and RIGHT RCA's to the LEFT and RIGHT INPUTS on your DS1.
  2. From your DS1, set your PHONO|CD switch to PHONO.
  3. Ground your turntables by either using your DJ mixers GND or DS1's GND.
  4. From your DJ mixer, connect the LEFT and RIGHT LINE INPUTS to your DS1's LEFT and RIGHT OUTPUTS.  **Do not connect from your DJ mixers PHONO INPUTS.  
  5. That's it!


Can I record directly in Serato DJ with the DS1?

No, not currently. There is no Aux Input featured inside the interface and the audio is mixed externally in a DJ mixer, not in the Serato DJ software. Because the final mix does not come through Serato or the DS1, the mix will need to be routed back into the computer before it can be recorded.

We've put together a guide to walk you through an easy method of recording your mixes using a free software called Audacity. See the guide below:



Further Technical Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own a Denon DJ product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Denon DJ technical support team is available to help!

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.


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