It might not be a straight DJing application in the ‘virtual decks and a mixer’ sense, but it’s hard to think of any other piece of technology that has revolutionised the way that electronic musicians perform in the way that Live has.
The long-awaited version nine was more about tweaks and refinements than radical changes, but there are plenty of small changes to keep DJs and performers happy. The ability to add automation to clips is a godsend to those performing loops and mixing tracks, as is the addition of automation curves. The vastly improved browser is great for grabbing tracks and samples on the fly too.
Serato’s latest offering, Serato DJ 1.5, certainly deserves and honourable mention in this category too. By finally uniting the digital vinyl and controller-focused incantations of the company’s application, Serato has laid the groundwork for (hopefully) a bright future to come.45 Stars
Read:Ableton Live 9 review
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Serato DJ 1.5