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Getting Serato DJ Pro & Lite ready to Live Stream

Serato DJ Pro & Lite's audio output can be made available to other applications to assist in setting up Livestreams. This is done by routing the audio from Serato DJ Pro or Lite to a virtual input device on your computer.

The following guide covers:

Installing the VAD

In order to set up live streaming with Serato DJ Pro or Lite, you will first need to install a Virtual Audio Device (VAD) on your computer.


IMPORTANT: Users with macOS computers powered by Apple M1 processors are unable to install the iShowU virtual audio device suggested above. However, a Serato virtual audio device is available via a new Beta of Serato DJ Pro or Serato DJ Lite, please read more, here.

Once the Serato virtual audio device has been installed, please continue with the steps from the article below, starting with the Enabling Serato DJ Pro audio for other applications section.
Both the Serato virtual audio device AND the new Beta build of Serato DJ software is required for Apple M1 users, as you cannot use the new virtual audio device with an older version of Serato DJ software.

Please follow the steps on the developer's page below to install iShowU Audio Capture, the VAD supported with Serato DJ Pro and Lite on your Mac:

NOTE: iShowU currently indicates it does not support macOS 11 Big Sur, even for users with Intel-based Apple computers. Our tests indicate iShowU works with macOS 11 Big Sur, despite this warning.

NOTE: SWB Audio capture (the replacement for iShowU), is not currently supported, and iShowU should be installed on all supported operating systems.


Please follow the steps below to install Virtual Audio Cable, the VAD supported with Serato DJ Pro and Lite on your Windows computer.

  1. Download Virtual Audio Cable Lite setup from here -
  2. Right-click on the 'vac464' in your downloads and select 'Extract here'
  3. Open the 'vac464' folder and double click on 'Setup'
  4. Click 'Yes' when presented with 'Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?' 
  5. Click 'Yes' on the 'Do you want to continue?' installation prompt
  6. Read the license agreement and click 'I accept'
  7. Click 'Install' to start the installation process
  8. Click 'Yes' if you wish to change the default audio device
  9. The installation process has completed, click 'Ok'

Enabling Serato DJ Pro or Lite audio for other applications

Once the VAD has been installed you will need to enable the device from the Serato DJ Setup menu.

  1. Launch Serato DJ Pro or Lite.
  2. Click on the Setup Cog on the right-hand side of the top toolbar
  3. Proceed to the Audio tab
  4. Enable the 'Make Audio Available to Other Applications' checkbox

Audio from Serato DJ Pro or Lite will now be routed into iShowU Audio CaptureVirtual Audio Cable or the Serato Virtual Audio Device and available in other applications as a selectable input.


How to set up Live Streaming (OBS)

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) has proven to be a great option to use for live streaming. It’s free and easy to use provided your computer meets the minimum system requirements -

NOTE: OBS has been used for the purpose of this guide. Other live broadcasting and streaming software can also be used. 

Download OBS

  1. Download OBS free from here and install the application -
  2. Open Serato DJ Pro or Lite with your supported hardware connected
  3. Open the OBS application
  4. On the initial launch, you will be presented with an Auto-configuration message. We cover the steps of the Auto-configuration in this guide - Optimizing Serato DJ Pro and OBS for Live Streaming

Creating a ‘Scene’

  1. Click on the ‘+’ sign in the Scenes area in the bottom left of OBS.
  2. Label the Scene whatever you wish

Setting up your Audio Input

You’ll need to tell OBS what audio to capture from your computer. This can be done in the ‘Sources’ tab down the bottom of the application.

Note: The audio captured by Serato DJ Pro or Lite depends on your hardware. Some devices require some extra routing and not all hardware captures microphone or auxiliary inputs. Refer to this article for more information on your specific device - Live Streaming & Laptop Speaker Hardware Limitations

  1. Click the ‘+’ sign in the 'Sources' tab and select 'Audio Input Capture'
  2. Check ‘Create New’ to add a new device. Again, you can name this what you want.
  3. Choose the 'Device' you want to receive audio from. This will be the iShowU (Mac), Virtual Audio Cable (Windows) or Serato Virtual Audio (Mac 2.5.5 beta)
  4. Do a quick line check and make sure your audio is being received by OBS. You should see audio coming into the VU meter in the ‘Audio Mixer’ area of the software.

Note: Use the master volume knob in Serato DJ Pro or Lite to control the level of input into OBS. OBS also has its own volume mixer should you need to boost or reduce the input volume.

Adding an image

Adding a static image is a good way to add a quick visual element to your stream while minimizing the load on your computer. 

  1. Click the ‘+’ sign and select 'Image' from the dropdown menu
  2. Check ‘Create New’ to add a new image. Again, you can name this what you want.
  3. Click 'Browse' and locate the image you would like to use
  4. Once the image is located, click 'OK' to add the image to the scene
  5. The image will likely need to be resized. Do so by clicking on the corner of the image and dragging it so it the right size to fill the preview screen

For information on adding Live Camera and a GUI feed to your stream, click here.

NOTE: Adding more sources to your Scene increasing the impact on the computer and could lead to performance issues.

Going Live

Firstly you will need to choose your streaming service. For this guide, we have chosen Twitch however you may choose whichever platform you wish.

Once you have created a Twitch account, you will need to acquire your streaming key. On Twitch, this is located under your Account Settings in the Channel and Videos Tab or alternatively, click here.

Setting up OBS with the Stream Key

  1. Open the OBS settings menu and click on the 'Stream' tab.
  2. Choose the service you chose from the 'Service' drop-down menu.
  3. Copy the Stream Key from your platform and paste it into the 'Stream Key' text box.
  4. Save this profile and label it so you can get going quickly the next time you want to live stream.
  5. Press ‘Start Streaming’ located in the bottom right corner of the application to go live to your selected platform and start playing your tracks.