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Migrating your Serato Studio library information, projects and files to a new location

If you plan to migrate your Serato Studio library information, projects and files to a new location (such as a new computer), we recommend following a specific process, outlined in the sections below.

Backing up your Serato Studio library and project information

NOTE: Please note that this process does not back up your Serato Studio and DJ files, just your Serato Studio library and project information.

Serato Studio automatically creates a master file of your Serato Studio library database, as well as backups of this database, project backups and deck presets. We recommend migrating all of this information when shifting your Serato Studio setup to a new location.

Your Serato Studio library and project information can be found in the relevant location on your internal drive:

  • macOS - Macintosh HD > Users > your.name > Library > Application Support > Serato
  • Win PC - PC > Local Disk (C:) > Users > your.name > AppData > Local >Serato 

Copy and paste this folder onto your external drive you intend to use for migrating all Serato Studio information.

Backing up your Serato Studio projects with samples

We recommend using the "Save Project with Samples..." tool in Serato Studio when migrating to a new computer.

This tool will create a .zip file that contains:

  • Your project file (.ssp)
  • A "Samples" folder containing all samples used in your project

Before migrating to a new computer, back up all projects you wish to migrate using this tool to the desired save location e.g. a folder called "Serato Studio projects". Once you have backed up all projects with samples, copy the folder containing your projects and paste this onto your external drive you intend to use for migrating all Serato Studio information. 

Backing up your Serato Studio files and content

We recommend that you manually back up all other files and samples you use with Serato Studio.

If you wish to continue using your Serato DJ Library with Serato Studio, use the steps "Backing up your data" in our knowledge base article here to back up this information:

If you wish to migrate your personal sample library with all other Serato Studio information, you will need to copy the root folder location where all of your samples are kept.

  • For example, if your samples are stored in "Users > your.name > Music > Samples", copy the "Samples" folder

Paste this folder onto your external drive you intend to use for migrating all Serato Studio information.

If you have been using Serato Studio content, we recommend that you re-download all Serato Studio content once you have set up all files on your new computer. 

Alternatively, you can copy this content from the relevant file path:

  • macOS - Macintosh HD > Users > your.name > Music > Serato Studio > Content
  • Win PC - PC > Local Disk (C:) > Users > your.name > Music > Serato Studio > Content

Paste this folder onto your external drive you intend to use for migrating all Serato Studio information.

Restoring your Serato Studio library information, projects and files in a new location

NOTE: These instructions intended to assist customers wanting to restore Serato Studio information to a new location. If you wish to merge Serato Studio information from two computers, please open a help request for further assistance.

Once you have backed up all information, you can set up or restore this information using the steps below:

1.) Download and install the latest version of Serato Studio here. If you have any trouble installing Serato Studio, please double-check you have installed the application correctly using the steps in the Serato Studio User Manual - Intro : Installation guide.

NOTE: If you have been using any third-party plugins, we recommend installing and authorizing these before completing any other steps below. 

2.) Open Serato Studio to allow the application to set up correctly, this may take a while. Please note that at this stage it is expected that you will not be able to see all of your own samples, files or library information at this stage.

3.) Close Serato Studio and begin migrating all information you have backed up.

4.) Restore Library and Project information - Navigate to the external drive and copy the backup of your Serato Studio library and project information (this was stored in the "Serato" folder). Paste the contents of the Serato folder in the following file path:

  • macOS - Macintosh HD > Users > your.name > Library > Application Support > Serato
  • Win PC - PC > Local Disk (C:) > Users > your.name > AppData > Local > Serato > Library

NOTE: If you are prompted about replacing existing information select "Replace".

Ensure that you have the following files in the Serato > Library folder:

  • audiounits.sqlite
  • effects.sqlite
  • master.sqlite
  • root.sqlite

5.) Restore Projects with Samples - Navigate to the external drive and copy the folder containing the .zip files created using the "Backing Serato Studio projects with samples" steps above. Paste the contents of this folder (.zip files) in the following file path:

  • macOS - Macintosh HD > Users > your.name > Music > Serato Studio
  • Win PC - PC > Local Disk (C:) > Users > your.name > Music > Serato Studio

NOTE: Once you have copied across all projects, you will need to unzip/extract the .zip files to access each project.

6.) Restore Files and Serato Studio Content - Migrate your library files from your external drive location to the desired location on your computer. For example:

  • For your Samples/Files - "Users > your.name > Music > Samples", paste your "Samples" folder here
  • For your Serato Studio Content - "Users > your.name > Music > Serato Studio", paste your Serato Studio Content here.

7.) Restore Serato DJ Library - Complete the section "Restoring the back-up on a new computerin our knowledge base article here to back up this information:

Once you have migrated all information to their new locations, open Serato Studio double-check that all library and project information have relocated correctly. If not, then complete the steps listed here:

You should find that all projects and library information are now restored in their new location!

What about my third-party plugins?

If you use third-party plugins in your setup, you will need to install and authorize all third-party plugins in their new location. If you need any assistance with this process, please contact the software manufacturer of the third-party plugins you are using.