Recording Your Set with Serato DJ

Recording with a Controller

Serato DJ has the ability to record the Mix or channels (hardware dependant) of your Serato DJ controller. 

To record:

  1. Set the record source in your Serato DJ to "Mix".
  2. Test there is audio coming into the recording program and check the levels aren't going above zero dB on the recording channel.
  3. When you are ready, press record in your recording software, and start your mix.
  4. When you are finished, make sure you stop the recording, and save the mix to a location of your choice. 

Recording with SL 2

Because the SL 2 only has Left and Right inputs, you will need to use another audio program to record as the audio is mixed and blended outside of the software (inside your DJ mixer).

There are several recording programs you can use such as Audacity (free) or Ableton Live (paid, for more advanced options).

You will need:

  • 1 x SL2
  • 4 x RCA cables
  • 1 x USB cable
  • 1 x computer with line input (unless you have an external soundcard you wish to use)
  • 1 x Stereo RCA to 3.5mm mini jack cable. 

To record:

  1. Setup your SL 2 like you would normally and launch Serato DJ.
  2. Connect the Stereo RCA to 3.5mm mini jack cable from an additional output from your DJ mixer (i.e. booth, record, 2nd master) into the line input of your computer (or your external soundcard)
  3. Set the record source in your recording program to "line".
  4. Check the record settings/preferences are set to stereo 44.1 kHz and 16bits (more if you desire).
  5. Test there is audio coming into the recording program and check the levels aren't going above zero dB on the recording channel.
  6. When you are ready, press record in your recording software, and start your mix.
  7. When you are finished, make sure you stop the recording, and save the mix to a location of your choice.

NOTE: Because of the extra strain on your laptop's RAM and CPU while running Serato DJ and a recording program together, we recommend that you use a desktop or a separate laptop to record a mix if you are able to.

Recording with a SL 3

With the SL 3 you can use the AUX input to record your set using Serato DJ. Set up Serato DJ normally with your DJ setup and laptop. 

NOTE: Make sure to set the AUX channels dip switch on the hardware to line level when recording.

What you will need:

  • 1 x SL 3 
  • 1 x RCA cables (plus any other cables you need for your normal DJ setup)
  • 1 x USB cable
  • 1 x laptop

To record:

  1. Setup your DJ equipment like you would normally and launch Serato DJ
  2. Connect the RCA cable from an additional output from your DJ mixer (i.e. 'booth' or 'record' or '2nd master') into the AUX input of your SL 3. 

    SL 3 Aux Inputs
  3. Open the REC tab in Serato DJ.  
  4. Set the record source in Serato DJ to "Channel 3".
  5. Test that your record levels aren't clipping (you can use the Gain knob to adjust this level).
  6. When you are ready, press the red Record icon in Serato DJ, and start your mix.
  7. When you are finished, type a file name (i.e."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.  
  8. Recordings are saved in:
  • “MyDocuments\My- Music\_Serato_\Recording”  (on a PC)
  • "~/Music/_Serato_/Recording Temp” (on a Mac)
  • "In your 'Recorded' crate in Serato DJ crates" 

Recording with a SL4

With the SL 4 you can use the AUX input to record your set using Serato DJ. Set up Serato DJ normally with your DJ setup and laptop. 

What you will need:

  • 1 x SL 4 
  • 1 x RCA cables (plus any other cables you need for your normal DJ setup)
  • 1 x USB cable
  • 1 x laptop

To record:

  1. Setup your DJ equipment like you would normally and launch Serato DJ
  2. Connect the RCA cable from an additional output from your DJ mixer (i.e. 'booth' or 'record' or '2nd master') into the AUX input of your SL4. 
  3. Open the REC tab in Serato DJ.  
  4. Set the record source in Serato DJ to "AUX".
  5. Test that your record levels aren't clipping (you can use the Gain knob to adjust this level).
  6. When you are ready, press the red Record icon in Serato DJ, and start your mix.
  7. When you are finished, type a file name (i.e."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.  
  8. Recordings are saved in:
  • “MyDocuments\My- Music\_Serato_\Recording”  (on a PC)
  • "~/Music/_Serato_/Recording Temp” (on a Mac)
  • "In your 'Recorded' crate in Serato DJ crates" 

Recording with a RANE mixer

Recording your mix using a Rane mixer is easy, as the audio signal form the mixer is returned via the USB cable back into Serato DJ.

You will need:

  • 1 x Rane Mixer
  • 1 x USB cable
  • 1 x laptop

To record:

  1. Setup your DJ equipment like you would normally and launch Serato DJ.
  2. Open the REC tab in Serato DJ.   
  3. Set the record input source in the recording panel to "mix". 
  4. Test that your record levels aren't clipping (you can use the Gain knob to adjust this level).
  5. When you are ready, press the Record icon in Serato DJ, and start your mix.
  6. When you are finished, type a file name (i.e."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 Temp” (on a Mac)
  • "In your 'Recorded' crate in Serato DJ 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.