The area in the top right of Serato Studio is known as the Scene Player. This is where you build a Scene by creating drum, sample and instrument sequences.
When you first open Serato Studio, a Scene called 'Intro' will load by default with one drum deck.
Scene Player Header
Here you can find the controls for the Scene Player that are applied across all Decks for the selected scene.
Scene Play: Play / Stop the currently selected scene. The Play button will change to a purple colour when a scene is playing. Click the Play button to stop playback. A white playhead will move through each page across all Decks in the scene player during playback.
Scene Record: Record notes into the Scene Player as you trigger them. The Record button will change to a red colour when recording is active.
Scene Overdub On / Off: This enables you to loop record and add to existing notes in the selected Deck for the current Scene.
Please note that when recording with 'Overdub Off' selected, recorded notes are overwritten each time a scene is played through during an active recording.
Scene Size Increase: Extend the size of the active Scene. Scenes can be extended to a maximum length of 4 pages (16 bars).
Scene Size Decrease: Decrease the size of the active Scene. Scenes can be reduced to a minimum length of 1 page (4 bars).
Scene Pages: Shows the currently active page of a scene. Click through other pages to view and edit each section of the scene.
Loop a scene page
Click on the currently selected scene page button to loop that scene page. Click again to toggle scene page looping off. Scene looping also respects record overdub.
Selection Mode On / Off: Toggle Selection Mode On / Off. Turn on Selection mode, then click and drag an area in the sequencer to select multiple notes. When Selection mode is enabled you can double click to add/remove notes.
NOTE: You can also hold shift while left-clicking and dragging around a selection of notes to temporarily engage Selection mode, instead of toggling it on or off.
Automation On / Off: Toggle automation On / Off. You can apply automation overtime per deck when this is selected.
This is the area inside the Scene Player which allows you to navigate between and create new decks.
Add Drums Deck: Create an empty Drum Deck. Load a kit from the Drums library tab by using the 'All Drum Kits...' crate to show all drum kits. Alternatively, load individual sounds from the 'All Drum One Shots...' crate.
Add Sample Deck: Create an empty Sample Deck. Drag content from your library onto the deck. You can add samples from your Serato DJ Library, Drums and Audio Samples library tabs.
Add Instrument Deck: Create an empty Instrument or Plugin Deck. Drag instruments or plugins from your library onto the deck. You select an instrument from the Plugin or Instrument library tabs.
NOTE: If you wish to duplicate a deck, simply select the deck you wish to duplicate then use the keyboard shortcut ⌘D
Deck Control Bar
These are the various controls that relate to each Deck per a scene in your project.
Deck Name: Each deck is given a default name, right-click on the Deck name and select 'Rename Deck' to customize this.
Deck Sequence Waveform: This is a waveform overview of your deck sequence.
Deck Collapse: Collapse the selected Deck in the Scene Player.
Drag & drop decks on top of each other to reorder existing decks in the Scene player.
Once you have a few Decks created, you can use Mute and Solo to help fine-tune your scene during playback.
Deck Mute: Mute the selected Deck by clicking the volume icon to the left of the Deck name to stop hearing this Deck during playback.
NOTE: Mouse-over drum deck pads to reveal ‘mute’ buttons for each deck pad.
Deck Solo: Solo the selected Deck by holding shift and clicking the 'S' icon to the left of the Deck name to solo this Deck during playback.
Hold Shift + Click 'S' icon to 'solo' a Deck during playback.
NOTE: Mouse-over drum deck pads and hold shift to ‘solo’ individual pads in the drum deck.
Make Beats: Use this to generate a random or genre specific beat in the Step Sequencer to quickly build a pattern.
Swing: Use Swing to move notes off the grid and give your beat a more natural feel. Click and drag the Swing knob to adjust the amount of swing. You can refine swing further by adjusting the Swing grid size parameter menu from 16th to 8th notes.
Drum Deck Grid Selection On / Off: Displays Double Grid ('x2') and Triplet Grid (3) buttons in Drum Sequencer when On, hides grid options when Off. Click 'x2' then program in your drum hits at smaller intervals.
Sample Deck Double Grid On / Off: This doubles the grid size, allowing for MIDI notes to snap to grid at a smaller interval.
Deck Sequence Clear: Clear all sequence data for the selected deck across all pages in the currently selected scene.
Deck Resize: Click and drag the expand button to see more of the Deck Sequencer.
NOTE: Drum Decks cannot be resized.
Deck Automation: See Automation for an in-depth look at how to use Automation on a Deck in Serato Studio.
Deck Pad Area
This is the left area of a Deck. Each pad represents a note, cue or sample loaded to the deck.
NOTE: Pad view may differ depending on whether Keyboard mode and/or Play In Key are ON / OFF.
In a Sample Deck you have the option to set up to 8 slices. The pads in the Sample Deck View are assigned Sequencer Pad Numbers. These correspond to the Deck Pad Number shown in the Deck View.
The drum samples in a Drum Deck, show the coloured pads corresponding to the same sample in the Drum Deck View, making it easy to see which sample you are triggering and/or sequencing.
This is the right area of a Deck. Create or record notes or steps, otherwise known as a Deck Sequence, in the Deck Sequencer.
Scene Playhead: A white playhead displays the play position in the Deck Sequencer for the corresponding Scene being played. When you trigger playback, the Playhead will move through each Scene page in the selected scene.
Deck Sequence: This is the note or step data created / recorded in a pattern within each Deck in a Scene.
The note or step data in a Drum Deck work differently to Sample and Instrument Decks. The Drum Deck has a Step Sequencer split into 16 steps per a Page. Adjust the amount of steps per a Page using the Double Grid and Triplet Grid options.
Select & edit multiple Notes: Hold [shift] and use the mouse to click and drag over a group of notes to select multiple notes. You can then adjust length, velocity or placement of these notes while the notes are highlighted.
NOTE: Length and placement of steps in the drum sequencer cannot be edited.
Adjust Note Velocity: Hold [command ⌘] (Mac) / [ctrl] (Windows) while hovering the mouse over a note / step on the selected deck to view Note Velocity. Using the same keys, click and drag your mouse up or down to adjust Note Velocity. Velocity can be adjusted between the values 1 and 127. Right click on a note and select "Reset Note Velocity", or "Reset Selection Velocity" for a selected group of notes, to set reset the note velocity value back to default.
Copy & Paste Notes & Steps:
You can use the Cut or Copy tools to copy any Sequencer Notes / Steps to another page, scene or deck.
Hold [shift] and use the mouse to click and drag over a group of notes to select multiple notes. You can then use the following keyboard shortcuts to copy your sequence:
- The keyboard shortcut for the Copy tool is [command ⌘] + [C] (Mac) / [ctrl] + [C] (Windows)
Once you have selected, then copied a sequence, click on the page and then the deck you wish to paste this sequence to. If you wish to copy a sequence to another scene, select the scene, then select the page, then the deck before using the paste function:
- The keyboard shortcut for the Paste tool is [command ⌘] + [V] (Mac) / [ctrl] + [V] (Windows)
NOTE: Steps (drum sequencer) cannot be shifted from one drum pad to another (vertically).
Automation Sequencer: Click on the Automation icon to view the Automation sequencer. See Automation for an in-depth look at how to use Automation in Serato Studio.
You can select, add, delete, move and rename Scenes in the Scene Bank. A white border denotes what scene you currently have selected.
To rename a scene select, then double-click (or right-click > 'Rename') to edit the scene name.
Use Scenes to create parts of your song - you can create 8 unique Scenes per a bank, and up to a total of 16 unique Scenes.
Copy the currently selected scene or create an empty scene in the Scene Bank Selector to add more scenes and build your song. Hover over a blank scene slot, you will see the options 'Copy' and 'Empty'.
Select Copy to Create an identical copy of the currently selected scene, select Empty to create an empty scene.
If you wish to edit the arrangement of your scenes simply select a scene, then drag and drop it to its new position.
You can create up to 32 Scenes, with 8 Scenes per a Scene Bank. Move between each Scene Bank with the Scene Bank Selector (arrowheads at each end of the Scene bank).