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Using Serato Play with Serato DJ Pro

Serato Play is a fully-featured expansion pack for Serato DJ Pro, allowing you to DJ with just your laptop, and does not require connected Serato Primary hardware.
Serato Play includes intuitive keyboard shortcuts for greater control, and allows you to use other expansion packs and features, such as FX, Flip, Serato Video, Recording & more.

Serato Play can either be purchased as a stand-alone license, or as part of a Serato DJ Pro subscription - visit the Serato DJ Play link below to purchase, or use the My Serato window in Serato DJ Pro to make a purchase:

The expansion pack should automatically activate upon purchase, but you can navigate to 
Setup --> Expansion Packs --> Serato Play to manually enable and disable the expansion pack.

Once enabled, you can reveal the Mixer Panel by clicking the appropriate button in the upper left-hand corner of the Serato DJ Pro user interface:
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Mixer Panel button, in blue
The Mixer Panel is then revealed beneath your virtual decks:Screen_Shot_2018-10-30_at_7.14.54_PM__2__copy.pngMixer Panel (pictured)

Serato Play controls

The Mixer Panel consists of the following items:

  • EQ: Click and drag on knobs to increase or decrease the level of Low, Mid, or Hi frequency bands.
    Hold ‘SHIFT’ while clicking and dragging to make fine adjustments.
    Hold ‘CONTROL’ (or COMMAND on macOS) while clicking on a knob to reset it to the default position, or click on the white dot above the knob, which will turn blue to indicate the EQ is not being applied and has been reset.
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  • FILTER: Click and drag on this knob to the right to increase the high-pass filter cutoff, or to the left to decrease the low-pass filter cutoff.
    Hold ‘SHIFT’ while clicking and dragging to make fine adjustments.
    Hold ‘CONTROL’ (or COMMAND on macOS) while clicking on a knob to reset it to the default position, or click on the white dot above the knob, which will turn blue to indicate the EQ is not being applied and has been reset.
    Filter_Play.png
  • CROSSFADER: Click and drag the crossfader to the left or right to blend audio between channels.
    Hold ‘SHIFT’ while clicking and dragging to make fine adjustments.
    Hold ‘CONTROL’ (or COMMAND on macOS) while clicking on the crossfader to reset it to the default, middle position.
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Serato Play settings

  • Use Split Headphone Cable: Enable this to allow pre-listening of audio via the use of an stereo-to-2x-mono audio splitter cable (also known as a male 3.5mm to Y splitter 3.5mm female cable) - simply connect your headphones to one output, and your speakers to the other. Use it to Cue songs through your headphones, while monitoring the master output, independently of each other.
    Click the Headphone Cue button in each deck, once the Use Split Headphone Cable option has been enabled, to send deck audio to the headphone output when using a splitter cable.
    Use the Cue Level knob to adjust the volume of the monitored signal.
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    Serato Play Hotkeys: Enables Serato Play Hotkeys Mode. This mode allows for control of mixer features and  playback functionality using alternative keyboard shortcuts. You can also turn on Serato Play Hotkeys by pressing ALT with + (respective of 'Playback Keys Use Shift' setting)
    Click on View Keys to display keyboard shortcuts.
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    View our Serato Play Hotkeys article to view the shortcuts online
  • Crossfader Assign: Click to Assign the channel output to the left or right side of the crossfader. Un-assign the crossfader per channel by clicking the appropriate button again.crossfader_assign_pro.png