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Intro : Setup

The Setup window can be opened via the cog wheel icon in the top right corner of Serato Studio.



Navigate to the Audio tab to set up your Audio preferences.


Audio Output: Select your preferred audio output device and channels - you can use the drop-down if you wish to use an external sound card e.g. your Serato DJ hardware's sound card.

Use the 2nd drop-down menu to select specific output channels on your interface. This option will be greyed out if there is only one channel available on your selected output.

Audio Input: Select your preferred audio input device for recording.

NOTE: Input channels can also be selected in the Recording panel in the Song View.

Sample Rate: Select your preferred audio sample rate. Serato Studio officially supports the following sample rates:

  • 44.1khz*
  • 48khz
  • 96khz

*We recommend using this sample rate setting.

Sample rate options are dependant on the specification of the audio output device selected under Audio Output.

NOTE: Using a sample rate setting other than what is listed above will still work. However, doing so may result in unexpected issues.

Buffer Size: Click on the drop-down menu to select your preferred audio buffer size. Smaller values will reduce latency, meaning controls in Serato Studio have a tighter response, but will increase CPU load. Higher values will increase latency, resulting in controls in Serato Studio feeling less responsive. Latency affects both controls on your computer and any connected MIDI hardware.
If you notice drop-outs, or distortion during playback of audio in your project, try increasing the latency.

NOTE: Depending on the Audio Output device selected, not all buffer size options may be available

Make Audio Available to Other Applications: This setting allows other applications to monitor Serato Studio’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 Studio ready to Live Stream

Once the VAD is installed, and this option is enabled, Serato Studio’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.


Navigate to the MIDI tab to set up your MIDI preferences.

Certain Serato DJ hardware is mapped to work with Serato Studio, alternatively, you can connect a generic MIDI device.

Any compatible MIDI devices that are connected to your computer will show up in the MIDI Devices drop-down menu.
Use the toggle in the image below to enable MIDI for your connected device.


Learn more about Serato Studio supported devices here.


Navigate to the Library tab to set up your library preferences. Here you will also find tools to help you locate missing files and / or content.


Show Serato DJ Library: When enabled, your Serato DJ Library will be shown in Serato Studio and any changes made will be saved to the library in both Serato Studio and Serato DJ.

Show iTunes Library: When enabled, your iTunes library and playlists will integrated into Serato Studio in an "iTunes" crate under the "Serato DJ Library" tab.

Relocate lost files: If you have moved around audio files used in your project, you may Click search to relocate any missing files in your library.

Relocate files in directory: Search within a specific location for missing files.

Re-scan file Information: Click scan to update your library content if it is not displaying tags correctly.

Crates Include Subcrates: When enabled, Crates in your Library will also show the contents of any included Subcrates. 

Library text size: This allows you to increase or decrease the size of the text of crates and assets in your library, allowing more to fit on the screen at the same time.


Navigate to the Plugins tab to set up your Plugins preferences.

You can use third-party plugins with Serato Studio. Supported formats are:

  • VST2 - 64-bit only
  • VST3 - 64-bit only
  • Audio Unit (AU) - 64-bit only

NOTE: 32-bit plugins are not supported by Serato Studio.


Re-scan Plugins: Force Serato Studio to re-scan your hard drive to find plugins in the Default and/or Custom locations you have set up.

Default VST Folder: Use plugins from the default system VST location.

Custom VST Folder: When using VSTs in a custom location, enable this option then browse to and select the custom VST folder location. 

Audio Units: Enable this option to have Serato Studio show Apple specific plugins (macOS only)


Navigate to the General tab to set up your key and data usage preferences.
You can find all other Serato Studio settings under the General tab.


Save Project as Default Template: Choose Save to save the current project as a ‘Default Template’, which will open if a new project is created, or the New beat option is selected from the Welcome Screen. Choose Reset to delete the current ‘Default Template’.

Show key as: Change displayed key format to either Camelot, Classical (default), or Open-Key in your library.

Reverse Pad Order: When enabled, the order of the pads for the Drum and Sample Decks are reversed. Pads will start at the bottom left and progress up. This can be used to match the controllers with ascending pad layouts.

Autoset Cues On Sample Deck Load: With this setting enabled, samples loaded to a Sample Deck will automatically trigger the ‘Find Samples’ auto-set function. This setting is enabled by default. See more information on Autoset & Autoset Modes, here.

Send Usage Data: Enabling this option will allow us to provide you with a more personalized experience and help improve products, features and support by automatically sending us information about how you use Serato Studio.