Say Goodbye to Serato’s Scratch Live
After almost ten years on the market, Serato recently announced that it will be discontinuing its influential Scratch Live software. The time-code driven DJ platform which found a home with users like Bonobo, A-Trak, and Felix da Housecat, is being replaced by all-inclusive program Serato DJ 1.5, launching in October.
Scratch Live gained its large following thanks to its simple format, essentially taking a traditional DJ setup and digitally converting it. Users control the software with either turntables or CDJs and an analog mixer. The decks or CD players are then commanded by the computer’s time-code output. Serato also came out with ITCH, a program meant for the DJ who prefers mixing with a controller. Several mixers, controllers, and other accessories were manufactured for use with the programs.
Serato CEO Sam Gribben explains the DVS capabilities of Serato DJ and the future of Scratch Live in this video:
Along with the software modifications come some nifty looking new hardware. Pioneer’s DDJ-SP1 Subcontroller and DJM-900SRT mixer and Rane’s Sixty-Four mixer are slated to coincide with Scratch DJ 1.5’s release. Serato discusses the compatibility of existing gear in this Q & A.
One of the most notable losses in this venture is The Bridge that currently supports the linking of Ableton Live and Scratch Live will not cross over into Serato DJ. No word yet on wether they intend to develop it in the future. Scratch Live will continue to be supported until 2015, although no updates sans bug fixes will be issued.
We wonder what the techno community’s reaction will be to the new platform and hardware. This is a shocking change to many as almost every digitally-friendly DJ currently uses either Scratch Live or Native Instrument’s Traktor. Only time will tell.