I know without a shadow of a doubt that anyone who doesn’t work in my industry may be a bit confused, so let me explain… Serato Scratch is the industry standard for DJ’s. Essentially it gives you the freedom to take your entire digital music collection on the road, and it equips you with advanced features that add extra creativity to your DJing. Here are some Scratch Live highlights from NAMM Show 2011 in Anaheim, California featuring performances from Blakey, Forty One, and Gaslamp Killer.
Now that you know what Scratch IS, the real exciting some stuff comes in the form of the SL4. The Rane SL 4 for Serato Scratch Live is described by the website as “The ultimate high-end solution for professional DJs. The SL 4 is the first standalone DJ interface to offer two USB ports, superior sound with 96kHz sample rate and 24-bit digital audio processing and galvanic isolation to eliminate computer noise and interference. Teamed with low latency ASIO and Core Audio drivers, the SL 4 can also be used as a high-grade studio production tool.” Its essentially the iPhone of DJ gear. Feature and performance enhancements include:
- Inputs for four turntables or CD decks switchable in any combination.
- Two high-speed USB 2.0 ports for seamless DJ changeover and back-to-back performance.
- Aux Input for session recording or LiveFeed.
- Aux Output assignable to the SP-6 Sample Player and The Bridge.
- 48 kHz and 96 kHz sample rate switch on the SL 4 rear.
- 10-in 10-out USB sound card with any software supporting ASIO or Core Audio.
- Built in galvanic isolation for the purest audio signal.
- Four software-switchable analog Thru connections for regular vinyl or CD.
- Bus power from either USB port or the included external power supply.
As for Itch… It’s essentially Scratch, without having to use turntables. Not necessarily my steeze, but still fully capable of producing some great music when the right person is behind it. Check some footage from the 2011 NAMM show below.