Serato Remote for iPad – What DJs Should Know

Is The Serato Remote App Worth $20?


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For you DJs out there who have decided to lighten your load from one gig to the next, Serato has a new iPad app to make life a little more convenient. The Serato Remote provides wireless control, which let’s face it is pretty awesome, since we’re all just getting acquainted with the whole DJing on a touchscreen thing.

In fact, this budget-friendly app does its job so well that those of you reluctant to take to your iPad for DJing, might want to test drive it using this wireless controller from Serato. Before you roll your eyes and refuse to hop on board, keep reading to find out what you should know about Serato Remote for iPad.

For Starters

If you’re at all intrigued by the fact that you can wirelessly control your Serato DJ software, then you probably also don’t care that you can control samples, FX, loops, cues and even deck loading wirelessly either.

What’s even more is that instead of a complicated software installation the Serato Remote is an easy to download app from, you guessed it, the App Store. Plug your iPad into your computer to pair it (once it’s done, it’s always done) and you are good to go. Of course you do have to already have Serato software on your laptop, the hardware will pair without problems.

It’s Wireless

Yeah, its wireless so you can connect to an existing Wi-Fi network, or set up the wireless network from which you work most often. This is all located in the Preferences menu, which makes it easy to take care of your setting up front.

Serato Remote Features

Any and all DJ software will succeed or fail based on the features it offers. One of the biggest complaints that DJs who use their iPad  have is that they only have access to bare bones software that only does half the job of traditional software. The good news is the Serato Remote app offers quite a few features that working DJs have to love.

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Cue Points are easy to use with nothing more than a tap of your finger. Control five to eight cue points depending on the software your DJ laptop utilizes. The buttons are big and colorful so you can easily control them in the midst of a gig.

FX Controls work like a dream, offering DJs more creativity when control Serato DJ FX or Scratch Live. Simply choose your most used or most loved FX and decide which mode (temp or latched) you want to control them in and you’re ready to get started.

SP-6 located in the performance tab called ‘Sampler’ so you can store your favorites or use it to map out your set for the next gig. There are 4 banks, each containing six sample slots that you can retrieve from Extended Mode or Virtual Deck.

Loops & Doubles can be controlled easily—by hand. Use the ‘Pads’ tab to control auto loop or loop rolls. Drag and drop virtual decks to double them up on the iPad. Thanks to the wireless controls you can know manage this with a flick, swipe or tap of the finger.

There’s An App For That

While it is great that Serato is offering this wireless control app, the one downside is that it is only available for Apple users. Once again Android users are left in the dark, which I get, but it also kind of sucks. But aside from that I have very little bad to say about the Serato Remote app.

But if you’re itching for a reason to buy this app, try the $19.99 price tag. Sure, it’s pricey for an app but it’s a great deal for the convenience and features this app offers. If you already have Serato software, getting this app doesn’t require deep thought. You have the software and you have an iPad, so use those extra performance controls like the pro you are.

On those occasions when you’re DJing a party you can step away from the DJ area—to get a drink or a phone number—and still control the current track. Unfortunately you can’t chat up the cutie because there is no mixing on the fly with Serato Remote and that next track ain’t gonna mix itself!

Should you download this app now?

I can’t tell you what to do but what I can say is the Serato Remote app does everything it is supposed to do well. Of course the wireless performance is based solely on your wireless connection, but this can help limit the amount of hardware you have to lug around like cables and midi controllers.

Technology is supposed to make life easier, even the lofty life of a DJ, and Serato Remote is the next phase in lightening the load of the mobile DJ.

I hope I helped you move further into the digital age with Serato Remote. Email in the box below to get access to Free video DJ lessons that will answer all of your questions on how to become a DJ and learn what DJ software is right for you!

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