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Today I'll be taking over Qbert's Scratch
We have already covered how to set up
Serato hardware.
But how do you set up Serato software?
Oh, soft.
I like soft.
Meow, meow scratch love soft.
Now, when you go to Serato, first, you
must install Serato into your computer.
You know the deal.
Insert disk, it will tell you what to do.
But what do you do before a gig?
How do you hook it up to serato box?
These questions many times ask, many times
I answer.
I'm getting too young for this.
So, first, let us open Serato.
For this example, we will open Serato
without the box attached.
Please note there is no USB on the
computer right now
connected to the Serato box.
This will be the screen you see, and if
you notice, I like girls.
This will be all the music.
You can have your music organized into
different categories.
If you wish to create crate, you simply
push plus sign, and you make new crate.
You could rename it, anything you like.
[NOISE] And all you have to do is drag
songs into crate.
But, let us get to something more basic
than that.
Something very important people do not
know is to build overviews.
So to build overview.
When you have a new song, you simply click
on song and
you could drag it over to build overview
It will continue to build overview right
What is build overview people ask.
Why do I build overview?
Build overview does many things for you
that you no longer have to do manually.
And Meow, Meow Scratch is all about
Build overview will count BPMs for you.
Not always accurate, but pretty good.
Build overview will also tell you how long
song plays.
For instance, I will now load this song.
Simply drag.
Now overview has been built as you can
Entire song you can see before your very
[NOISE] Also you can do, before hooking up
to Serato box,
you can create queue points, you create
This you will learn in other lessons I
teach here at the University.
[SOUND] Now, what does Serato look like
when you hook it up to the box?
Once you plug it in Serato will notice
there is a box plugged in.
It will change.
And there we go.
Now we have the screen for two turn
No microphone but two turn tables.
From here serato is now reading the
difference between-
Digital vinyl and normal vinyl.
We are using set auto's digital vinyl so
therefore it is reading the mp3.
I play forward, it goes forward.
I play backward, it goes backward.
Now we ask, one thing I did not know, what
is absolute mode?
What is relative mode?
What is internal mode?
If we put internal mode, vinyl is not used
at all.
It is all through computer.
Internal mode is very useful in times that
turntables do not work.
You will learn that later on as well.
Now for the old school true DJs, we prefer
absolute mode.
Absolute mode is as if you have real
vinyl, and it acts like real vinyl.
So, I, whenever I pick up needle, I drop.
And I drop wherever the record is.
It plays as if real record.
So when you are mixing, if you want to go
back to beginning, pick up and
go to beginning of vinyl.
Just like real lacquer.
Now if I use a relative mode,
it doesn't matter where you are.
It will still go [NOISE] So
let us say your running out of vinyl, oh
Pick up, put somewhere else, you never
loose que.
That is the difference between the three
[NOISE] Also, notice on screen,
things such as loop modes which I will
teach you earlier.
The different queue points.
You can have up to one, two, three, four,
five different queue points.
Many times we use keyboard, many times we
use mouse.
I prefer keyboard.
Keyboard has many functions.
If you like to use keyboard please do not
Have cap locks on.
If cap locks is off, keyboard shortcuts do
not work.
Again cap locks on.
Without cap locks on, shortcuts will not
If you do not memorize keyboards.
We have special overlay built for Serato.
You can easily find on various stores.
This special overlay will tell you what
all these different short cuts for
Serato are.
The green is for turntable 1, as we know,
is usually the left side.
The blue is for turntable 2, which is
usually the right side.
So, here, I have cue points.
Whenever I am not mixing with vinyl,
later on, I show how to use the keyboard
for mixing only.
And that is, that is the final lesson for
Serato scratch.
You know, more advanced stuff we show
later on.
But now you know how to hook up hardware,
you know how to set up software on a very
basic level.
Now you can start digital DJing.
This is Meow Meow Scratch.