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Virtual Deck Play Modes

You can find and change vinyl control modes at the top left or right-hand area of the virtual decks. These modes are only available in Serato DJ Pro when connected to DVS enabled or DVS upgrade ready hardware. The complete list of DVS supported hardware can be seen below.

The keyboard shortcuts below can be used to jump straight into these modes.

  • F1 - ABS Mode (Left Deck)
  • F2 - REL Mode (Left Deck)
  • F3 - INT Mode (Left Deck)
  • F4 - THRU Mode (Left Deck)
  • F6 - ABS Mode (Right Deck)
  • F7 - REL Mode (Right Deck)
  • F8 - INT Mode (Right Deck)
  • F9 - THRU Mode (Right Deck)

ABS Mode

ABS (Absolute) mode can be seen as the most traditional way of using a DVS system. It is purely to replicate the experience of turntables but with digital files. When using ABS mode, the software is listening for the direction and speed as well as the exact location on the Noisemap™ Control Vinyl / CD. When you drop the needle through the record, it’s just like dropping through a regular record.

The downsides to this are that it can skip just like regular vinyl, and you can’t take advantage of any modern digital features such as cue points or loops.

The one exception to this rule is using the cue/loop controls on a CDJ with Control CDs. Since these features on the CDJ rely on absolute position, you will need to use ABS mode to use them.

REL Mode

REL (Relative) mode opens up the possibilities of digital DJing. Cue Points, Auto-Loop, Loop Roll, Slicer, Serato Flip and Sticker Lock are only possible with Relative Mode.

When in REL mode, Serato DJ will only be listening to the direction and the speed of the Noisemap™ Control Vinyl and not the absolute position.

You can also enable the needle drop to absolute position feature in the setup screen. This feature allows you to drop through the record to different parts of the track while still being able to use your cue points and loops. In addition to this, the needle drop to cues feature allows you to drop the needle on particular groove/s in your record, which in turn corresponds to your cue points.

INT Mode 

INT (Internal) mode doesn't take any notice of your Control Vinyl / CDs. It essentially directs all control of your music back to your computer. Although control via your Control Vinyl/ CDs is not present, you still have access to digital features that you see in the software, e.g. Cue Points, Auto Loop, Manual Loop, Serato Flip, the Sampler etc.

If you have a secondary MIDI device, MIDI mapping specific functions within the virtual decks or MIDI panel gives you extensive control to the digital features and library navigation, track loading, FX control, and more. Check out more information on MIDI mapping here.

INT mode helps situations where you're experiencing bad tracking from your needles or are having turntable/CDJ issues. You can quickly enter Emergency INT mode by either CTRL + CLICKing on the INT button in the virtual deck or using the keyboard shortcuts F3 (left deck) or F8 (right deck).


THRU mode allows you to throughput the audio from the device's inputs directly to the outputs. This mode is useful when wanting to play traditional vinyl records alongside your digital files. There is no need to change any cabling from the turntables, interface or mixer, or interface.

Like ABS Mode, you won't have access to digital features.
You're not limited to records either. THRU mode will also allow you to route instruments or another audio source into an available channel.

Please note that THRU Mode is hardware dependent.

WIR Mode

WIR (Wireless Mode) is only available when using MWM Phase Remotes with DVS supported hardware. This mode tells virtual decks 1 and 2 that you will be using the Phase remotes via a USB connection to control playback. You can see more information on the setting up of Phase here.