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The setup screen allows you to customize elements of Serato DJ Lite to how you want them to work. You can check for software updates by clicking the CHECK FOR UPDATES button in the bottom left corner of the Setup screen. You can also change the language that Serato DJ Lite uses by using the LANGUAGE drop-down menu in the bottom right-hand corner of the Setup screen.

Click the tabs to switch between groups of options; DJ Preferences, Audio, Library + Display, Mixer. Some options will only be available depending on the Serato DJ hardware connected.

DJ Preferences (Control Preferences)

Playback Keys Use Shift

Enable this to prevent your keyboard from accidentally triggering the keyboard shortcuts (play, pause, bend, pitch +/-, rewind, fast forward, censor and jump to Cue Points). If you do not have shift down or caps lock on pressing a key will take you to the track whose first letter matches that key (if columns sorted alphabetically).

Enable Hot Cues

When this option is enabled you can set cue points to empty cue points lots using the 1-0 keys without needing to press the control key.

Use Auto Gain

As part of the overview building process, Serato DJ Lite automatically calculates an auto gain value for each track. This value represents the gain adjustment required to match the perceived loudness of the track to
a reference level. If the Use Auto Gain option is checked, each time a track containing auto gain data is loaded to a deck, the track gain knob will be set to a value that matches the level of audio in the track to the reference value selected from the drop-down list to the right.

The drop-down list allows you to select from 89dB (quieter) to 98dB (louder), however, 92dB (default setting) is the recommended value.

Replace Sampler with Stems

Enable this to replace your DJ Lite hardware's Sampler pad mode with Stems controls.

NOTE: This option is only available with compatible hardware connected.

DJ Preferences (On Song Load)

Instant Doubles

Instant Doubles allows you to quickly match the playhead position of the same file on both decks.

When enabled, load a track to one virtual deck (or sample slot) that is already loaded on the other virtual deck (it must be the same file), the playhead will jump to the position of the track playing. This also copies the Keylock state, Sync state, and Looping settings.

If you are using 4 deck hardware, using the keyboard shortcuts to load the same le, will instant-double the file loaded to the corresponding active deck.

Enable Auto-cue

When loading a track to the virtual deck the corresponding channel fader Cue (PFL) on your hardware will automatically turn on, all other currently enabled cues will be turned off.

Analyze Stems

Enable this option to initialize Stems analysis on song load, rather than when a Stems function is triggered.

Turn Off FX

When loading a track to a virtual deck, the corresponding bank of FX will be turned off.

Audio (USB Buffer Size [Latency])

Serato DJ Lite processes audio data in small chunks. When smaller chunks are used, the movement of the platter is translated into audio more often, which results in a lower overall system latency. However, this requires more processing power and therefore a higher CPU load, so lower buffer size settings require a more powerful computer to produce uninterrupted audio.

Lowering the latency will result in tighter hardware-software response, for quicker scratching etc but will increase the load on your computer and may result in audio dropouts on lower spec computers. We recommend having the USB buffer size set to 5ms to begin with, and then adjusted to preference.

Audio Output

Enabling ‘Use Laptop Speakers’ will route the audio output from Serato DJ Lite through the operating systems selected soundcard. If the computer's built-in soundcard is selected as the playback device, the audio will play via your laptop speakers. Setting your operating system to output via another connected soundcard or audio device will also cause Serato DJ Lite to output audio via the selected device. 

Note: This option is only available when compatible hardware is connected.

Enabling ‘Make Audio Available to Other Applications’ allows other applications to monitor Serato DJ Lite’s audio output.

You will be prompted to install a Virtual Audio Device (VAD) when enabling this feature for the first time. Information on how to do this can also be found here - Getting Serato DJ Pro & Lite ready to Live Stream

Once the VAD is installed, and this option is enabled, Serato DJ Lite's Audio will be available to other applications via the VAD. The VAD will need to be selected as the Audio Input in the application that is receiving the audio.

Library + Display (Library)

Show iTunes Library

Enable the Show iTunes library option to show your iTunes library and playlists in the Serato DJ Lite library. You can collapse your iTunes playlists by clicking on the icon.

Disable Show iTunes library to remove iTunes playlists and iTunes songs from your Serato DJ library.

To add your iTunes music to your Serato DJ library permanently, drag and drop tracks from the iTunes playlists onto the word “All” (on the far left hand side of the Serato DJ screen), or into individual Serato DJ crates.

Any files moved to “All”, an existing crate, or a new crate will now remain in Serato DJ even when “read iTunes library” option is unchecked. Once a le has been permanently added to Serato DJ , the iTunes logo will disappear.

We recommend un-checking this option after you have added your music into the Serato DJ library.


If your iTunes library contains a large number of tracks it may take some time for Serato DJ to read it.
• Any changes made in Serato DJ to the file information of tracks in your iTunes library will not appear in iTunes until after you play the track in iTunes.
• Serato DJ cannot play files that have been protected by Digital Rights Management systems, such as those previously sold through the Apple iTunes Music Store.
iTunes Plus files are DRM-free.

iTunes is available for Mac and PC.
To get more information, visit

Library Text Size

Adjust this slider to increase and decrease the font size for the main library and crates area. You can also use the keyboard shortcuts control + and control – to increase and decrease the font size.

Library + Display (Display)

Hi-Res Screen Display

Enabling this feature allows Serato DJ Lite to scale the user interface for Retina, UHD and other higher-resolution displays.

NOTE: The Hi-Res Screen Display option may have a performance impact and requires a restart of Serato DJ Lite to take effect.

Send Anonymous Usage Data to Serato

Help Serato improve products and support by automatically sending information about Serato DJ Lite and how you use it. Data is completely anonymous and will not affect performance. You can opt-out by de-selecting this checkbox.

Music Streaming

Show Streaming Services Serato DJ Lite can read and display your Streaming library. Enable this option, then choose and log-in to a compatible streaming service to manage your playlists and DJ with streaming tracks.


Depending on your Serato DJ hardware, some options in the Mixer section of the Setup Screen may not be available for adjustment. This is because those options are adjusted using your Serato DJ hardware instead. SEE YOUR HARDWARE QUICKSTART GUIDE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Mixer (General)


Allows you to set the audio output to Mono or Stereo. 

Mixer (Monitoring)

Cue Mix and Master Cue

Mix between hearing the cue or the master in your headphones. Click the Master Cue button to override this setting and hear only the Master Output through the Cue.

Cue Volume

Depending on your Serato DJ hardware, this setting may not be available and instead adjusted from the hardware. Hardware without this functionality will have the Cue Volume in the software set to a default volume of 10%. Increase the setting on this knob to give the gain of the headphones an extra boost up to 12dB. To prevent hearing damage, be careful not to set this level too high.

NOTE: Adding cue volume can reduce audio quality so is only recommended if you are encountering problems with your headphone level.

Split Cue

Enabling Split Cue sums the Cue Bus and Master/Mix to mono, and splits them across the Cue output so you hear Cue in the left ear and Master in the right ear. Hardware dependent.

Mixer (Crossfader)

Adjusts the crossfader curve. Turn the dial to the left for a slow gradual fade or to the right for a fast, tighter cut. This adjustment will affect both types of curve, Linear and Power:

Linear: When Linear is selected and the crossfader curve is set to slow, the two tracks blend smoothly as the crossfader moves across. Both tracks are at half volume when the crossfader is in the middle, so for two distinct tracks there will be a dip in volume.
When the crossfader curve is set to fast, both channels are at full volume for nearly the whole crossfader range, and are cut o sharply when the crossfader reaches each side. The Linear curve with a fast setting is most useful for scratching or turntablism.

Power: When Power is select and the crossfader curve is set to slow, there will be an obvious dip in volume around the middle of the crossfader, where the audio from the track already playing fades smoothly out before audio from the incoming track fades in. When the crossfader curve is set to fast, although the two tracks still blend smoothly as the crossfader moves across its range, the incoming track will be heard in the mix almost straight away as you move the crossfader toward the side its channel is assigned to.

Reverse: Reverses the direction of the crossfader control. If channels assigned to the left side are in “Group A”, and the right side is “Group B”, then moving the crossfader from left to right fades from Group B to Group A.

Disable: Disables the crossfader, which can be useful if you only use the channel upfaders and wish to avoid making any mistakes by nudging the crossfader.

NOTE: Fader options may not be available for all Serato DJ hardware.

Mixer (Mic/Aux)
Adjusts the volume of the Mic/Aux input if your hardware supports software volume adjustment.