Laptop DJing giants Serato will no longer provide updates to one of its key products, Serato Scratch Live (SSL).
Serato launched SSL 10 years ago, and the years since have seen it become one of DJing’s most popular tools – in short, it allows DJs to mix from their computer (and utilise loops, along with the rest of the perks of virtual DJing) through replica 12″ platters on turntables or discs for CDJs, meaning that – crucially, for many users – it retains the feel of traditional DJing. In a new video released by Serato, the company’s CEO Sam Gribben claims that trying to balance SSL with Serato DJ – a merge of SSL and Serato Itch launched three years ago – has become increasingly uncomfortable, and SSL will take the hit as a result of the company turning all its focus on Serato DJ. Serato DJ, from now on, will incorporate SSL’s DVS technology, becoming a system that allows both hands-on DJing and synched beat-matching, and promising a “less cluttered” interface with new effects and more.
Serato will continue to provide support for SSL until 2015, but no new features or upgrades will be implemented. SSL users will be able to upgrade to Serato DJ for free. For more information, you can watch Gribben explain the move below.