How to do echo transitions in Serato DJ

Using the Echo effect can be an easy way to quickly cut to your next track, without necessarily having to beat match the songs together. It's great for making large tempo jumps and smoothly transitioning between different styles of music, especially ones that don't beat match easily.

SELECT THE ECHO EFFECT

Firstly, to be able to see what you are doing, ensure that you have the FX panel open, by clicking the FX button in the top left hand corner of the main screen of Serato DJ.

NOTE: You do not need to have the FX panel visible to use FX, but it can be a helpful visual aid. The below tutorial is using Multi FX mode.

Select the Echo effect from the drop down menu. You can do this by either clicking on the drop down menu, or using the "Select Effect" controls on your DJ Controller (see your controller's Quick Start Guide to learn how to select effects).

Now adjust the FX depth to the amount your prefer. The depth amount andBEATS can change the sound of the effect greatly. As an example, I would recommend setting the FX Depth to approximately the 3 o'clock position on the dial, and have the BEATS set to 1.

LOAD YOUR NEXT TRACK 

Pretty straight forward, load your next track to the deck, get it in the right position where you wish to start the track, and push the channel fader up.

APPLY EFFECT AND TRANSITION

The next step can be done a number of ways to achieve the same result, so this is just one of them:

1. Hit the ON button for the Echo effect (deck 1).

2. Press the PAUSE button (deck 1) to stop playing the current track and then move the crossfader to the middle.

3. Press the PLAY button on the next track (deck 2).

The above steps are worth getting comfortable with, so you can do them quickly enough to make it sound good and have the timing right.

Try adjusting the FX depth, changing the BEATS, or even using the DELAY effect for some different variations. Get more information on how to use effects in Serato DJ.

For all of the above steps, you will be able to use your Serato DJ controller, rather than using your mouse. To find out more about the FX controls on your specific hardware, download the Quickstart Guide for your controller.