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Do I need a Serato DJ Pro or DVS upgrade licence?

With Serato DJ Pro & Lite, there are three main categories of supported hardware:

  • Serato DJ Pro hardware unlocked
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    These devices are plug-and-play when the hardware is connected to a computer with Serato DJ Pro, and require no furthers activation or upgrade licenses.

  • Serato DJ Lite hardware unlocked
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    These devices are plug-and-play when the hardware is connected to a computer with Serato DJ Lite, but require the purchase of an upgrade license, to be used with Serato DJ Pro.

  • Paid upgrade to Serato DJ Pro
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    These devices require an upgrade license to be purchased and activated on your computer, before Serato DJ Pro can be used with the respective hardware. They can consist of either Serato DJ Lite hardware unlocked devices, which can be used in Serato DJ Pro with the purchase of a Serato DJ Pro license, or a Serato DJ Essentials mixers, which require a Serato DJ Pro license before it can be used with Serato DJ Pro.

Some of these devices also support the use of DVS. These are also split into two categories (explained below):

  • Serato DVS hardware unlocked
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    These devices activate the Serato DVS feature, when the hardware is connected to a computer with Serato DJ Pro.

  • Paid upgrade to Serato DVS
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    These devices require an upgrade Serato DVS license to use the Serato DVS feature in Serato DJ Pro. 

For a list of features and why you should upgrade to Serato DJ Pro, check out this feature comparison guide.

If you are using Serato DJ Pro with a Serato DJ Lite controller, you will need to purchase an Upgrade license before you can take advantage of all the features Serato DJ Pro has to offer.

The Upgrade license is only needed to be purchased once and is compatible with all Serato DJ Lite controllers. If you sell your controller and get another Serato DJ Lite device, your license can be used to unlock Serato DJ Pro for that controller too.

If you already own a Serato DJ Pro hardware unlocked controller, you can use this with Serato DJ Pro, but only while connected. If you wish to use another Serato DJ Lite controller with Serato DJ Pro, you will still need to purchase an Upgrade license 

For example:

You already have a Pioneer DJ DDJ-SZ (Serato DJ Pro hardware unlocked) that you take to your gigs, but want to purchase a Numark Mixtrack Pro II (Serato DJ Lite) to use at home or while you travel.
Since the Mixtrack Pro II is a Serato DJ Lite controller you will need to purchase a paid Upgrade license before it can be used with Serato DJ Pro.
When Serato DJ Pro detects the Mixtrack Pro II is connected, it will ask for a license to be activated before it can be used.

Note: Using Serato DJ Pro hardware and Serato DJ Lite hardware together, is not supported.

If you have any activation issues, please contact us with a detailed description of your problem, and the steps you have taken to troubleshoot your issue.