Learn how to use FX in Serato DJ Pro
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Learn how to use FX in Serato DJ Pro

August 17, 2019


Serato DJ Pro has a great number of DJ-FX. The DJ-FX are powered by iZotope. When you purchase a Serato DJ license, you
will receive the Base Pack FX for free and you can use these for your DJ sets and mixes. Some of the DJ-FX that come with the Base
Pack include Echo, High Pass and Low Pass Filter, Delay and Reverb. Additional DJ-FX such as the Wolf Pack, the
Back Pack, the Jet Pack, and the Chip Pack are available to purchase as Expansion Packs
via the Serato website or in the app when you go to My Serato. You can use DJ FX in either Single Mode or
Multimode. Either mode can be assigned to any playing
deck inside of Serato DJ Pro. Here I am using the Roland DJ-505 controller
and will demonstrate how to use the Single and Multi Modes. In Multi FX Mode, you can select up to three
FX per FX UNIT, and adjustone parameter, the FX Depth. The FX are chained. One FX feeds into the next, allowing you to
create unique combinations of FX In the screen, above the left playing deck
is the FX button. When you press that your FX will drop underneath
your playing decks. Also on the screen, in the DJ-FX section underneath
the playing deck you can click the Multi FX Mode symbol, which has three dots in a line. You can click on the DJ-FX Select per slot
and choose an FX to load. Using the DJ-505 controller, above each playing
deck is the DJ-FX section. You can select the Multi FX Mode on the controller
by holding SHIFT and TAP. So here on the DJ-505, if I hold down SHIFT
and I press TAP, that will allow me to choose the FX mode that I want to use. The first one I’m going to choose is Multi
FX, Multi FX has three dots in a row. So here on the DJ-505 if I want to choose
an FX for the FX slot inside the Multi FX, I’ll hold down SHIFT and press the FX SELECT
button. As I do that, I can continue to press it and
go down until I find the FX that I want and when I let go, the FX loads in. I just chose the Clean Echo Out but I’m
going to change that back to a High Pass Filter, I’m going to do that actually in the screen
by clicking in that slot and then scrolling back up until I get to High Pass Filter and
I’ll click it to work. If I want to turn on the FX I can do that
either in the screen or on the controller. To do it on the controller I’ll press the
ON button for that slot and now that FX is activated. But now I can add the amount of the FX that
I want to be on the song by turning the knob above. If I want to turn off the FX, I’ll press
the ON button again and the FX will be off. To turn on the FX in the slot of the Multi
FX Mode on the DJ-505, you can press the DJ-FX Enable button. The button will light up to indicate that
it is on. Once the FX is on, you can turn the DJ-FX
Parameter knob in the slot to adjust the amount of the FX. It is possible to have three FX on at the
same time in Multi FX Mode. The FX are chained so one effect feeds into
the next. This combination will allow you to create
a great group of DJ-FX. So here I have three FX selected in Multi
FX mode, I’m going to use these FX to make some variations in the song that is playing. So in the screen next to the beat multiplier
I can choose where I want the FX to be assigned to for the channel. I have a Multi FX assigned to channel 1 right
now, but I could assign it to channel 2, 3, 4, or Aux. Aux in this case, because I’m using the
DJ-505 controller, is being routed to the TR and Sampler level. This controller is really great because it
has a drum machine built inside, so if I want the FX to go to the drum machine I can route
it to Aux and then that one goes for that channel. So if you want to do that here in the DJ-505
you can go next to the FX section and there you will find the channel assign, you can
choose channel 1, channel 2, channel 3 if you hold down shift, channel 4 if you hold
down shift, and also the TR Sampler. If you press TR Sampler it will send the FX
to either the drum machine or the sampler to be affected. So let’s talk about Single FX Mode. In Single FX Mode, you to select one effect
per FX UNIT, and can adjust multiple parameters within it- So I’m going to change this from
Multi FX to Single FX, by holding down SHIFT and pressing FX Mode. Here in the screen is now changed to a Single
FX, remember Single FX has one dot next to it instead of three dots in a row. If I want to choose an FX to work with in
Single FX Mode, I’ll hold down SHIFT and press on any of the FX Select buttons until
I get to an FX I want to use. To turn on the FX in the slot of the Single
FX Mode on the DJ-505, you can press the DJ-FX Enable button. The button will light up to indicate that
it is on. Once the FX is on, you can turn the first
DJ-FX Parameter knob for the slot to adjust the amount of the DJ-FX. The additional DJ-FX parameter knobs can be
used for secondary parameters in the DJ-FX. The additional DJ-FX Enable buttons can be
used to turn on secondary parameters. Each DJ-FX will have its own specialized secondary
parameters that can be turned on and adjusted from the controller. So couple great reasons to use FX. FX are great for adding color and sonic emotion
to a track or mix. A great DJ FX is the Echo out. This effect when activated will cut off the
volume at the section of the song that is selected and will also add an Echo with a
High Pass Filter. So here on the DJ-505 I’m going to have
a track playing on deck 1, I’m also going to have a drum pattern that I’ve created
playing from the TR on the drum machine that’s going to be synced up to the track that is
playing. On this track I’m going to use the Brake
Echo FX to stop this track and then while the drum machine is playing I’m going to
use a Clean Echo Out. So that’s FX in Serato DJ Pro. For more information, log onto serato.com

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