Serato
DJ Courses

Beginner to advanced

overview

Serato DJ is one of the leading DJ software on the market. With two versions, Serato DJ Lite and Serato DJ Pro, there is a lot to learn with so many creative possibilities. Whether you’re just getting started as a DJ on your new DJ controller or have been mixing for years our Serato DJ courses can help you go from a beginner to advanced DJ and everything in between. Learn everything from fundamental mixing techniques, EQ control and transitions to sophisticated mashup mixing, acapella hot cue play, using effects, mixing between genres and much more!

We pride ourselves on not just showing you what a button does but how to use it creatively. The lessons all work in chronological order so that as you master one skill, you’ll be able to combine it with others, instantly improving your creativity. Each DJ tutorial within the courses features screen grabs and overhead shots of the equipment, making it easy for you to follow along step by step.

Serato DJ courses

common questions

Why Have we split the lessons into 4 courses?

We have split our Serato DJ lessons into 4 DJ courses, DDJ SB3, beginner, intermediate and advanced. If you’re a DJ that already knows the basics we don’t want you to have to watch hours of video footage that’s just not relevant to you. However if you’re just starting out and you’ve already spent lots of money on DJ equipment we don’t want you to have to spend a fortune for all the lessons if you won’t need them right away. This means you don’t have to spend money on all the advanced lessons until you really feel you need or want them!

What’s the difference between the DDJ SB3 Course & Serato Beginner Course?

The Pioneer DDJ SB3 Course is filmed with the SB3 controller using Serato DJ Lite. It’s aimed at helping you get started as a DJ if you own this specific unit. The videos in this course are embedded in the Serato Beginner Course, meaning you don’t need to enrol in both. In the Serato Beginner Course, there are also other videos showing the same techniques on other controllers such as the DDJ SX2 and Numark Mixtrack Pro 3. If you own something different to the DDJ SB3, then start with the Serato Beginner Course. If you have a DDJ SB3, then start with the SB3 course and move onto the intermediate Serato course after.

Which course is right for me?

Here is a breakdown to help you choose the right course to start with:

Serato Beginner DJ Course
The Serato Beginner Course is the perfect starting point if you’re just getting started with Serato or your DJ controller. If you’re struggling to beat match by ear manually or need to master phrasing and music theory, this is the place to start.

Serato Intermediate DJ Course
The Serato Intermediate Course is the perfect DJ course to start with if you already know how to beat match manually by ear and can mix intro to outro confidently. This course will help you discover all the creative tools available within Serato and your controller. You’ll learn how to start mixing creatively using the tools available. This course will help your mixes stand out from the crowd with new techniques at your disposal.

Serato Advanced DJ Course
Are you already a confident DJ who knows their equipment and Serato inside out? Are you looking for more inspiration on how to combine the performance features to create routines and perform advanced mixing techniques? If so, this course is for you. You’ll learn how to mix confidently between different genres, make creative transitions using multiple DJ techniques combined and more!

What equipment will I need?

To make the most of this course, you will need some Serato ready DJ equipment.

Most Relevant Controllers:

  • Pioneer DDJ SB3
  • Pioneer DDJ SB2
  • Pioneer DDJ SR2
  • Pioneer DDJ SR
  • Pioneer DDJ SX3
  • Pioneer DDJ SX2
  • Pioneer DDJ SX
  • Pioneer DDJ SZ2
  • Pioneer DDJ SZ
  • Denon DJ MC2000
  • Denon DJ MC4000
  • Denon DJ MC6000MK2
  • Gemini Slate
  • Gemini Slate 4
  • Hercules DJControl Jogvision
  • Hercules DJControl Starlight (Beginner Course Only)
  • Numark DJ2GO2 (Beginner Course Only)
  • Numark DJ2GO2 Touch (Beginner Course Only)
  • Numark MixDeck
  • Numark MixDeck Express
  • Numark MixDeck Quad
  • Numark Mixtrack Edge
  • Numark Mixtrack Platinum
  • Numark Mixtrack Pro
  • Numark Mixtrack Pro 3
  • Numark Mixtrack Pro II
  • Numark Mixtrack Quad
  • Numark N4
  • Numark Party Mix
  • Numark Party Mix Pro
  • Pioneer DJ DDJ‑SB
  • Pioneer DJ DDJ‑WeGO
  • Pioneer DJ DDJ‑ERGO
  • Reloop Beatmix 2
  • Reloop Beatmix 4
  • Reloop Terminal Mix 2
  • Reloop Terminal Mix 4
  • Roland DJ-202
  • Vestax Typhoon
  • Vestax VCI‑100 mk II
  • Vestax VCI‑400
  • Denon DJ MC7000 (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Denon DJ MCX8000 (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Denon DJ PRIME 4 (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Mixars PRIMO (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Novation TWITCH (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Numark NS6 (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Numark NS6II (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Numark NS7 (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Numark NS7 II (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Numark NS7 III (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Numark NV (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Numark NVII (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000SRT (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Pioneer DJ DDJ-SR2 (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Pioneer DJ DDJ-SX (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Pioneer DJ DDJ‑SR (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Pioneer DJ DDJ‑SX2 (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Pioneer DJ DDJ‑SX3 (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Pioneer DJ DDJ‑SZ (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Pioneer DJ DDJ‑SZ2 (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Pioneer DJ DDJ‑S1 (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Reloop Mixon 4 (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Reloop Terminal Mix 8 (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Roland DJ-505 (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Roland DJ-707M (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Roland DJ-808 (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Vestax VCI‑300 (Serato DJ Pro Only)
  • Vestax VCI‑380 (Serato DJ Pro Only)

If you own another Serato DJ enabled controller, then the course will still be applicable. However, you may find that some performance modes can’t be accessed directly from your controller and instead controlled via your laptop.

DVS Setup:

If you’re using a digital vinyl system (DVS) to control Serato DJ with turntables, then our courses will be applicable depending on what other devices you’re using to control the software. If you have a DJM S9 or DDJ SP1/DDJ XP2 add on controller, these will help you perform all the techniques taught in the lessons. Please note that we don’t show you how to control turntables or tips for nudging the record manually.

What music should I use?

Inside all of our courses are free to download links to third-party music. This list gets updated every few months with loads of new tracks to help build your library. Some of these tracks may be used inside your course to help you follow step by step, and other lessons feature paid for music. All the techniques taught can be applied or adapted to most music libraries. Our aim is for you to be able to get creative and mix confidently with your music library. 

 

There is also a free direct download for our Crossfader Music Pack filled with exclusive music from friends of ours. You won’t be able to find these tracks anywhere else!

 

Our beginner courses also have Crossfader DJ Tools available to download. These tools are developed by us to help you master necessary skills such as timing and beat-matching manually.

Who's the tutor?

Our dedicated DJ tutor Jamie Hartley started working in the industry as a full-time DJ over a decade ago at the age of 16. Since 2014 he’s worked to build Crossfader from a small UK based DJ school where he taught aspiring DJs in his studio, into what you see today, a global online DJ school and community.

From working one to one for years in a studio, Jamie has developed foolproof and systematic ways of breaking down DJ skills and techniques so you can master them! A lot of other DJ schools will show you how things work rather than teaching you the creative skills needed to help you stand out from the crowd.

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