Today we’re going to talk about a few steps that can help you trouble shoot in the club. You never know when you are going to run into a problem, so it’s best to be prepared for anything. Anything can happen when you least expect it… a faulty RCA cable, a damaged needle, or even the rca cables being plugged into the wrong input. Whatever it may be - as a DJ you need to be able to fix the problem quickly and still keep the music playing. Here a short useful guide to help you in the club.
3 POINT SETUP RULE:
This should be done EVERY TIME you setup and break down Serato, or plug your computer into another setup.
1. CALIBRATE! Always check your scope view to make sure you are getting those clean and round GREEN CIRCLES. Most importantly that your getting a signal to begin with. Make sure all cables running from your Serato Box to your mixer are in the correct inputs and outputs. Also make sure your needles are CLEAN! I recommend bringing a small bottle of rubbing alcohol to clean off the head-shell pins.
2. TURN OFF any programs that you are NOT using. Wireless, Bluetooth, Anti Virus, anything that requires memory (Ram) or processor power. Have any of these functions running and you will experience USB Dropouts.
3. KEY LOCK! This is huge when having to mix at a faster pitch….it keeps the song from sounding like an Alvin and The Chipmunks Remake.
· Use a USB port that has the most power going to it. On a Mac it’s normally the USB port that is closest to you. On a PC, it really depends on what make and model. If you experience any USB Drop Outs, switch USB Ports until it stops.
· TURN OFF PLAYBACK KEYS USING SHIFT! So much easier than having to hold down SHIFT and (Cue Point Key, Loop, or any KeyBoard short cut) and you don’t have to have your CAPS LOCK on. If you want to set Cue Points, ENABLE HOT CUES.
· Make sure your MP3s are at a good bit rate. Anything lower than 128 is going to sound pretty bad. Reconvert them in iTunes or another MP3 player that allows you to change Bit Rate.
· Build Overviews whenever you update your music library. You never know, the songs you may have imported may be corrupted or poor quality.
· The more Memory (Ram….not storage) you have, the faster Serato will respond. The minimum requirement is 512Mb, but we suggest getting more than this. Usually 2gb of ram is more than enough and most computers now come with a minimum of 2gb of Ram.
· Register with the Scratch Live Forums so that you can become part of the community and view other dj’s tips and tricks, and updates to the software.