Serato has just released a massive update to its beat making software, Serato Studio.
Serato Studio 1.4.4 now offers a feature-limited edition that is completely free to use, save, and export projects.
“Serato is really excited to get this latest update out, especially to those who are starting out in their beat-making journey,” says Nick Maclaren, Chief Strategy Officer at Serato. “We want everyone to be able to make music and share their tracks. With this new version, anyone can jump on and stay busy making music for as long as they want to, without any time constraints.”
The release also brings a highly-anticipated new free feature, Auto Chord Mode. This allows you to instantly generate chords using only one note, without the need for any music theory knowledge.
What does the free edition include?
The free edition of Serato Studio includes most of the functionality in Studio’s full edition. Though is limited to four Decks, four Scenes, one Audio Track, MP3-only export, and Automation is disabled.
“We wanted to offer the best tool for people to start making beats and DJ edits,” says Maclaren. “This version allows you to make a full track using Studio and get creative with features like FX, sampling, instruments, or building layers in your track while reserving advanced features for the full edition, like Automation, stem exporting, and access to additional sound packs.
“You can also use Audio Tracks to load a full song into Studio which makes it the perfect free software for making DJ edits. Just load up an acapella or full track to chop up, make a mashup, or create a quick intro edit so it’s ready for your DJ sets,” he adds.
There is still the option to take a free 14-day trial using the full edition with all the features in Serato Studio.
No need for music theory – Auto Chord Mode out now
Serato Studio 1.4.4 adds one of its biggest feature updates this year: Auto Chord Mode.
This allows you to simply play one instrument note and instantly generate chords in your project key between 2 – 7 notes. There’s also the option to adjust the “Feel” of the chords, which alters the note timing and velocity of the chord for a more natural, human sound.
“There are a ton of producers out there, even at the top level, who make incredible music but don’t have a music theory background,” says Maclaren. “Auto Chord Mode solves this problem, and makes Studio that much more friendly for people starting out with music production.”
Since Serato Studio launched in June 2019, tens of thousands of DJs, producers, and beginners around the world have used the software.
While world-renowned producers like Just Blaze, Flosstradamus, and TRAKGIRL have made their mark with curated sound packs, exclusively for Serato Studio.
Serato Studio starts with a feature-limited free edition. For the full-featured edition, there are options to buy outright for USD 199 or subscribe for USD 9.99/m.