With the first beta version of this subscription-only service launching today, Serato Studio hopes to appeal to budding music producers who can use a DJ-style workflow to dip their toe into the world of music production. Serato Studio hopes its intuitive design will "eliminate the steep learning curve commonly associated with music production" while simultaneously catering to more experienced producers with a whole host of advanced features such as automation, stem exporting and third-party plugin support.
"Serato Studio builds on what DJs already know so they should feel right at home with it," says Serato's Chief Strategy Officer Nick Maclaren during a chat with Mixmag. "DJ Mixer channel strips, your Serato DJ Library, scrubbing a song and setting cue points - these are all things DJs are familiar with and will see when they open up the software".
When asked how the Serato Studio's workflow differs from that of DAWs like Ableton or Logic, Maclaren had this to say: "Serato Studio focuses primarily on speed and power so you can spend less time hitting roadblocks and more time having fun making something. When you load up Studio there's a drum kit ready to go, adding samples will sync right to your project and when you load up an instrument, Studio will show you which notes work with the sample. When people feel inspired, we want them to be able to open up Studio and get their ideas down fast".
Serato Studio Public Beta is now open until it reaches member capacity, after which Serato will schedule semi-regular openings to add more members before the official release.
Join the Serato Studio beta here.
Check out Serato Studio's interface images and list of key features below.
Cameron is Mixmag's Jr. Editor. Follow him on Twitter
Read this next!
Serato delivers essential upgrades to bring its software into the future
Serato's DJ software becomes the first to integrate with SoundCloud
Serato and Sinden: "If there is a need for something, technology will always find a way"
Serato Studio - Key Features:
DJ Style Library - Access your entire Serato DJ library with crates, cue points, BPM and key information.
High Quality FX - Tweak your beats using over 30 built-in FX presets that will feel instantly familiar to DJs.
Works with DJ hardware - Studio works with a range of DJ controllers and mixers, as well as MIDI controllers, or just your laptop.
Make Beats - Get inspired with over 300 pre-made drum patterns across a range of different genres.
Master Key and BPM - Let the project key automatically update as you start making your beat. Adjust the BPM to extremes with world-class Pitch 'n Time stretching
Play in Key - Play any instrument or plugin in key, without knowing music theory.
Quality Content Built In - Studio comes with a huge amount of built-in drum kits, instruments, audio loops and samples, with frequent content updates for subscribers.
Simple Sequencer - Get creative with your drum patterns using the simple and easy-to-use 808-style step sequencer
DJ-style mixing - Mix your sounds using a familiar DJ channel mixing strip, with dedicated gain, EQs, filters and more.
Serato Colored Waveforms - See your audio and MIDI sequences in Serato's famous colored waveforms.