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Misc : Automation

Automation is a great tool that can be used creatively in a range of ways. It essentially allows you to program tasks you wish Serato Studio to perform on particular decks in your project.

NOTE: You cannot automate the Master Mixer (Gain, EQs, Filter) or Master FX in Serato Studio.

Turn on Automation view by using the Robot icon in the top right of the Deck View, click the same icon to exit out of this view.


In Serato Studio, automation can be applied per deck or per pad within each deck. Use the Deck Automation Selector to switch between automating an individual pad or the entire deck.

Deck Automation Selector: Choose between automating individual pads or the entire Deck.


NOTE: The Deck Automation Selector will be hidden if 'Grid' is selected.

Once you have selected the deck or pad you wish to automate, use the Deck Automation Parameter Menu to chose the Parameter you wish to automate.

Deck Automation Parameter Menu: Choose a Deck Automation Parameter to view and edit automation.


If you wish to remove automation you have recorded or written in you can click 'Reset' to remove automation data.

Deck Automation Reset: Click 'Reset' to remove automation data for the currently selected parameter and reset it to the default idle value. 

Functions that have automation assigned to them will be highlighted in purple. These elements will move correspondingly as the play head moves through the sample or scene.


When automation is enabled, deck’s with automation are shown in purple



Automating third-party plugins

The ability to automate a third-party plugin is dependent on whether parameters are exposed in this plugin. If a third-party plugin exposes any or all plugin parameters, these will show under the Deck Automation Parameter Menu labelled as FX + [slot #] + [parameter] e.g. "FX 1 Output Pan"