• Price: subscription model, price not known yet
  • Manufacturer: Serato
  • More Info: Serato Studio Beta
  • Availability: official release unknown

Transitioning from DJIng to music production feels like a natural progression to many DJ’s, and now Serato has entered the game with a new app that tries to bridge that gap: Serato Studio.

To make things crystal clear, this is not a fully-fledged DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) like Ableton Live or FL Studio. Serato Studio is more of an expanded version of Serato Sample: a simple way for DJ’s to go beyond just playing music and start tweaking their own sounds.

If you are a Serato DJ user, the interface will feel and look very familiar:

Serato Studio Library view
Serato Studio Library view

DAW’s have the tendency to scare newcomers with a complex interface and workflow, but Serato Studio looks like DJ software on steroids. Load op some beats and samples, sequence them in the right order and you have yourself a track.

The software helps out with setting the right key for your projects, by automatically adjusting the key of your sounds to the project’s master key.

My Take

I think it’s a smart move from Serato to enter the music production game. I had the chance to play around with Serato Studio before the beta release, and it’s really well put together. I’m not really into music production, but I found myself having fun with samples and beats in no time.

It shouldn’t be hard to get the Serato DJ crowd to at least have a look at Serato Studio. At this point, the software is not ready to be a contender in the professional music production space, but as a tool to quickly put something together in a familiar environment, it’s pretty, pretty good.

I’m really looking forward to seeing how Serato Studio works with controllers, especially the Roland DJ line, since these have built-in sequencers that, hopefully, will interface with Serato Studio.

Key Features

  • DJ Style Library – Access your entire Serato DJ library with crates, cue points, BPM  and key information.
  • High-Quality FX – Tweak your beats using over 30 built-in FX presets that will feel instantly familiar to DJs.
  • Works with DJ hardware – Studio works with a range of DJ controllers and mixers, as well as MIDI controllers, or just your laptop.
  • Make Beats – Get inspired with over 300 pre-made drum patterns across a range of different genres.
  • Master Key and BPM – Let the project key automatically update as you start making your beat. Adjust the BPM to extremes with world-class Pitch ‘n Time stretching.
  • Play in Key – Play any instrument or plugin in key, without knowing music theory.
  • Quality Content Built-In – Studio comes with a huge amount of built-in drum kits,  instruments, audio loops and samples, with frequent content updates for subscribers.
  • Simple Sequencer – Get creative with your drum patterns using the simple and easy-to-use 808-style step sequencer.
  • DJ-style mixing – Mix your sounds using a familiar DJ channel mixing strip, with dedicated gain, EQs, filters and more.
  • Serato Colored Waveforms – See your audio and MIDI sequences in Serato’s famous colored waveforms.

Pricing and Availability

When will the new product be available, and at what price



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here