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In this tutorial, you are going to have your first Serato lesson. If you are new to Serato DJ or you are looking for a beginner lesson on Serato , then this is the video for you. This video teaches you about Hot cues on Serato DJ. It also teaches you about crates on Serato DJ. This is the best beginner lesson in Serato that you need to watch.
hey guys just a really quick intro to say if you enjoy this video and you're a complete beginner perhaps you come and check out my full TJ course on beginner DJ lessons.com there'd be a link under this video I go ok so I wanted to start off with the absolute basics which is the program that I use to help me DJ so this program is called Serato DJ you can just google that and you'll be able to download this program for free now I have to explain this course is mainly about digital DJing although I do know you can use Serato with vinyl I'm not sure if many people do them and also if you using D DJ's you don't have to actually use urato you can just do with the little screens that come on the actual DJ decks but you still can plug Cerato into most digital DJ decks and I also have to explain that Cerato is not the only program there are other programs out there it's just the one that I learn how to DJ on I find it really easy and straightforward to use it's free and even if you don't use this program the things I'm going to teach you in this series are so simple they will be able to be applied to all different programs so I'm going to give you a quick run-through sarasu but you'll probably find or whatever program you use it will have the exact same setup as this so and one last thing I want to say is well I'm not going to go into too much detail I'm just going to teach it the very basics that you need to know and honestly with DJing the basic stuff is 90% of it and then the last extra bits are really if you want to get really technical and honestly it's best to keep things simple so when you first open up Salah so it's going to look like this these show four different decks so you can have four different decks actual DJ decks if you've got the d DJ there but or if you have the same decks as mine which is these ones here the DDJ sx2 and you can actually have buttons here which will shift from one deck to another deck and then there's another one here from one depth to another deck so you can actually have four tracks lined up if you wanted to but again I have to tell you I never do this I always have one deck here with music on and one deck here with music on and it's so much simpler so I'd recommend only ever having two decks this side and this side running music and not having additional decks because it really over complicates things and this is a beginners course so you'll click this button to take it down to just two decks now when you add music you it needs to do this you add a folder you can Doug double clicking this and then call it whatever you want so songs then what you do is you will bring in your own music so let me just open up this and show you what I'm talking about if you now I'm going to Mack on them again I'm sure this will work exactly the same way if you did this with a PC you can literally take songs and you just drag and drop into that file okay so then you'll have this file here and again you can add another file if you want so if you you can make as many files as you want so you can sort your songs into et MS which is beat per minute which is how fast the track is or you can sort it by genre or you can do whatever you want really but that's how you do it so you can add as many as you want and the other thing you might need to know is you can drag crate they're called crates but that basically folders you can drag the crates inside each other so if you said these are all my hip-hop songs and then you could open it up and you can have different sub crates or subfolders with all the different genres of hip-hop within that okay now if you wanted to delete these folders you can hit backspace sorry you can't hit backspace and they've done that specially so you don't easily remove a whole crate you have to hit command + backspace to delete it and so that's how you have songs and the only other thing I need to explain to you here is this song is not now loaded onto Serato this is just linked to the file that you just drag it in from so this sirata now knows to find this file it needs to go here so if I was to go to this song and remove it it would no longer be on sirata so you can't just drag all your favorite songs into Serato then delete them and expect them to be there they are just being played through Cerato and located from wherever you drop them and I have a special this isn't actually it but I have a special memory card that I have one my music on this one isn't actually of them okay so that's adding songs okay so the next thing I need to tell you is let me have a look at my list so the next thing I need to explain is my DJ decks which again I'll bring back up which are these ones this all this device here does is control this program so everything I'm doing on this only works if it is controlling things that happen on this program and with most digital DJ decks they will work a bit like that and so that's one thing you need to know so if I hit play on here all this is doing is telling this program to hit play so that's something else I need to explain to people is this program is really doing all the actual work and the DJ decks is just a MIDI controller which means it just controls what's going on in a sirata okay so I've explained over that so the next thing I want to explain is what I will be doing one I'm DJing so I will look down less to find a song but I like and I'll drag it into the relevant deck so if I drag it upward to hear the song roads here which will load it into this space or if I drag it up here it loads into this space here okay and I'm actually going to load one of the track in which is this one here DJ course drum track and I'm just going to drag that into there so you can have one track yet the plays and then one track here lined up to playing so that's all you really need to know from Serato and the other thing you need to know is when you hit play the one track will move at the top and if you hit play on the second track and by the way all and doing here is hitting this button here on the left to make the left-hand track play or I hit this button here which is play on the right hand deck to make the right hand play so I hit the right hand plane that happens okay so the other things that you want to explain really quickly is the color system which will help you a certain points so all you need to know is actually guys I'm going to just change something quickly so if you click here and click extended this is actually a much easier view so basically this is the track up here and then this is this track here and this comes in quite handy when you're actually DJing because you can see more the track and it helps with lining up beats which again will be explained more in later data in later videos okay now they will explain something with the colouring system here so red color usually signifies it's quite basic it's quite a base the area and then green is more of a it's not such a baseet color and that's basically all you need to know you're also seeing this track here is just a five minutes of one beat which are created to help with the beat matching which I'm going to explain later on so this isn't actually a very good example but as you can see with this track driving up here you can see the full track is here and you can see where it builds up here to a drop and then you can see where it's red there when there's another drop and then if the drop fades out and then you can see a build up in green to another drop over here purple and Red's usually signify deeper parts of the song and green is usually lighter parts of the song which on so bass heavy so that means that a glance you can quickly work out where the drop of a song is or where the main part of the song is which is going to be the main dance bit which is going to be the basis bit of the song and where the other bits aren't so it just relevant to bear that in mind the color system here just to help you at a glance work out where you are with the track and the other thing you need to know is and you wouldn't want to do this while the track is playing but let's say this tractor is playing and you would you wanted to cue up this song here you can actually move this to the part of the song you want to start playing and then you can cue it up and I explained cueing in the first video but I will explain a bit more detail in a moment so I'll explain in the first video where you can put your finger on the trackpad at the top you can also do the same by just clicking on the song and dragging along here or clicking to a certain point so clicking here will have the exact same effect as putting your finger on the trackpad which is this bit here which I explained in the first video mewling vassal on is the same thing as moving your mouse along in this video okay so that's the kind of visuals of the song explained now in terms of skipping forward on a track there's two ways to do it the one is the one I just explained which is moving your thing your mouse cursor along here which will really quickly get you a certain point of the song or you can actually drag directly on this song and line it up exactly how you want it to where you want it to be now I have to tell you these two things I never do in surah so I use my DJ's ex to do this and I will be explaining that in a few in another video but I just want to let you know you can move the track alarm and as you can hear when you drag it over you can actually hear it so I put the which kind of has that classic scratching effect but again you would never do that on the computer and okay so one other thing I wanted to explain was I have explained in the first video you can cure a song by pressing this button here so you'll go to a certain point of a song by literally doing this dragging to the point you want it to be get it to the exact point and then you can click the cue button which is right here vacu button there and I yeah okay and now I'll you never actually use this cue button because I've got these DJ decks I actually use these buttons here which are also they also act as cue buttons and the Curris on these relate to the colors which are here so for example if I dragged it to this point and I'm on this track here if I dragged it this point here and I said I wanted the beginning of that I can add a cue point point by just clicking that button there and then that turns red now again I'm going to show you this in another video but that will then turn red to signify that that button there what instantly played the track from that point so hitting and holding that button will have the same effect as me pressing play on it on this screen here slave to mr. zucchini rare and then you take your finger off and it stops again so that's cueing and you can add as many cue points as you want so you might say 1 another cue point there I want another cue point there and so on and again I have to tell you I never do this inside the program I always use my DJ's ex to do this which again I will explain in another video but I just want to explain that when you add these cue points they're also adding them on this program here so you can have different points of the song ready to go and I'll save them there as well so if you go to a different track and you slide this one in and then you go back to the original track you'll see those cue points are there for another time you go back to do some DJing those same points will still be there ok so that's something else now I've kind of explains you with 99% of what I ever actually do within this program but just a couple of other quick basics when you play a track this number here will tell you the beats per minute which is how fast the track is this number here will tell you how far into the track you are so 1 minute 11 12 13 and you've probably already guessed this number here will tell you the countdown of how long you've got left so if you've had it here you can give it a 13 12 11 seconds left to the end of the song and that's quite useful to be honest with you I always use this to see so for example if I put this here and press play you can see let's move them along so when I'm actually jiaying if I want to see how long left of the Sun I've got I'll instantly look at this visual cue of the white marker moving along before I look at how many seconds I've got last down here so this is the white marker look at if I wanted to know how long I had left of the song and then you know the two things I did want to mention is as I mentioned in my first video these buttons along the top a different effect that you can add in by increasing the knob or decreasing the knob so for example if it was a reverb effect you can turn this up and more and more reverb will come on to the song and then you can turn it down again you can change what effects are on these buttons through Serato so when you click effects it'll drop them and you can see that these drop them here will correlate perfectly to this this and this so you can say on the first one here I want this to be an echo on the second one I want there to be a flanger effect on the third I want there to be a pan delay and you can just say you can say whatever effects you want and then when you turn those knobs you'll see that they'll also show on the screen as well which again means you can click it and move it up and down on the screen there again I would never really do this in the program but it is quite useful for deciding what effects you want on those knobs and again I'm sure this will apply to all DJ programs and once you've done you don't need to take up too much of the screen so you can just close it again afterwards and final thing I wanted to mention about serrata is you can record your DJ set so if you click this record button here and you have to go into setup and preferences to say where you want this to be recorded to so you might record it to your desktop or you might record it to your hard drive or where do you want to record it but as soon as you hit yes it will start recording oh you have to hit this and then as soon as you are here is the record location so you can click that and it will take you to select what location you want to record it to and as soon as you hit this record button that timer will start counting and whatever DJ set you record will be recorded so I have done this quite a lot if you want to do a mix of all your favourite songs to go to the gym or to go on a run or something like that you can hit record record a 30-minute set of all your favourite music and then stop by hitting the record button again then you can go to this location and you can listen to your entire track or you can upload it to mix cloud or you can send it your friends or whatever okay so this is the absolute basics of Serato and to be honest with you even though it's the basics it's most of it and that's 90% of what I use this program for one last thing that might be handy for you is there's a history of all the DJ sets you've done here now this is a brand new program here and so I haven't got a history oh well I have about the history of today so you can see tonight or today you can see there's all the songs we played and in order so it means if I was to do another DJ said tomorrow I said I love the g j7j yesterday I can go through and pick out which songs went down really well the other thing that some of you may have noticed as well is that once you've played a song it'll turn blue and it will show you that you've already played that song so if you do need ejuice that you don't play the thing song again or if you hand it over to a friend that friend knows ok he's already played these tracks not to play that same track but what you may want to do is go back at the beginning of every set and select these tracks and make sure that they're all white again so you can do this by just selecting them all and just go into clear and close history again and they're white again so again show you I drop this in there and they hit play it's now tuned blue because it says live all these played the track okay so that's everything about Serato in the next video I'm going to teach you the basics of beat matching again using this program it guys we can enjoy that video and you're interested in learning more come and check out beginner DJ lessons calm there'll be a link underneath this video I've created a full 8-part tutorial series I'll teach you everything you need to know about DJ right from the basics as to advanced mixing techniques and perfect beat matching there'll be a link underneath this video