Migrating your iTunes library and playlists to a Serato library and crates

Migrating your iTunes library and playlists to a Serato library and crates

Many people have invested a lot of time organizing their music in iTunes but would like to stop relying on iTunes to import their files into Serato DJ, thus alleviating issues that can come along with having Serato DJ reading an iTunes library.

This article will explain how to transfer your iTunes playlists into Serato DJ crates, and how to get new music imported in Serato DJ, while continuing to import and store music in iTunes.

1. Open your Serato software and make sure the Show iTunes library and option in the Library + Display tab of the Setup screen is checked.

2. Go back to the main screen and click on Library to expand and view your iTunes playlists.

3. Create crates by clicking on the crate icon at the bottom of the crate section.

4. Name the crates you create the same name as the Playlists being read from iTunes. Simply double click on the crate name, rename it, and press enter. In this example I’ve created a ‘Party Bangers’ and ‘Trill Bass’ crate.

5. Select all the files in a particular playlist by clicking on one file in the playlist and holding down control + A (Windows) or command + A (Mac). Once highlighted, drag/drop them into the same named crate you created.

6. Once all your playlists are transferred into crates you can uncheck the Show iTunes Library option in the Setup screen. At that point you will be left with all the same files and organized structure only your Serato software will no longer be relying on iTunes to import your music (as they are now all being referenced from the files original location).

Now that the playlists have been transferred into crates, how do you get new files you add to iTunes to show up in Serato software? There are two ways we suggest importing your new music.

1. Click on the Files tab and then click on the Music folder/iTunes/iTunes Media to get to your iTunes Music folder. Drag and drop the entire iTunes Music folder directly onto the word all above your crates.

Note: This will only import the new files you added to iTunes. It will not duplicate the files that have already been imported.

Once imported, create an added column in your all section to be able to see the newly imported files. Do this by clicking on the gray arrow pointing to the left that is directly above the scroll bar on the far right side of the main library window and clicking added. You may need to use the scroll bar at the bottom of the screen to scroll to the right of the main library window but you should now see an added column.

From there, click on the actual word added in the column header to group all the files by the date they were added to in the software. This will list all the new files you just imported into the program and you can then drag/drop the files into whatever crates they belong in.

2. You can also import your newly added files by temporarily checking the Show iTunes Library option. This will import files coming from iTunes and you can then drag/drop the new files into the crates they belong in.

If your having trouble locating the new files, create an added column (described above) in the iTunes Library folder and group by the date added inside that folder. Once you’ve moved the new files into crates you would then want to go back to the Setup screen and uncheck the Show iTunes Library option.

via Serato.com

From the Examiner.com – Atlanta’s top DJs talk technology and more



It’s always great to receive feedback on an article after it is written, especially if it’s positive feedback.

Such was the case with my CBS Local piece on “The Best DJs in Atlanta.”

It got me thinking about the DJ business and how technology has changed the profession over the years. We all know how technology has impacted the music business, but what about DJs?

One of the top DJs in Atlanta, Jeremy Ladd, who is the operating partner of House of Music Atlanta was able to fill me in on what the profession was and what it has come to be.

“In the 1970s, it was about turntables and multi-channel mixers,” explains Ladd. “In the 1990s, we moved into digital technology with CDs.”

Ladd said this was good news for DJs with large vinyl collections because they could carry a lot more music with CDs.

Now, the news is even better.

“With the mp3, you can carry a laptop and external hard drive vs. 17 crates of records and CD books,” adds Ladd. “You can also move faster between music and it makes mixes a lot faster and cleaner.”

Heather Sharp, aka DJ Heather B of www.bellacoutureevents.com takes a different view, but it’s still about technology.

“I have found that even with today’s fast moving technology I still prefer vinyl records,” states Sharp. “Now days I use Serato Scratch Live made by RANE when I am preforming out and simply love the sound and feel only vinyl can produce.”

Deep down, Sharp lives in fear that true mix DJs will soon be a thing of the past and most likely the next generation will have know idea what a turntable even is.

That would be a shame, so I asked Sharp if it just too easy to mix songs in 2012?

“Today anyone can learn how to mix one song to the next,” admits Sharp. “Technology has come so far that anyone can buy a mixing program and with little effort start mixing.”

“Not so fast,” says Ladd.

“Old school DJs have an arrogance, as they think it’s easier to be a DJ.”

Ladd says while the fundamentals remain the same, being a good DJ takes a lot of work and it really is an art.

“You can’t replace the human element,” smiles Ladd.

Ladd offers up this advice for new and aspiring DJs.

“Get two turntables and some crates of records and practice.”

Other changes in the modern DJ world are positives, Ladd states.

They include the program Ableton, which Ladd says is cutting edge when it comes to remixing and recording songs. Along with the fact that DJs now can reloop, save the reloop and then cut and save them in real time.

Armed with his MacBookPro, Ladd says there isn’t much he can’t do and he’s looking forward to what might be coming next.

That includes huge HD video screens in the clubs that will play music videos and improved interface devices.

No matter what technology throws at the DJ industry, Sharp says she “sticking by her guns.”

“I don’t think I could ever give up mixing on vinyl records,” boasts the effervescent Sharp.

“It is ingrained into my soul and brings me more pleasure than spinning on CDJ’s or any other type of digital DJing.”
The next time you see a DJ, you’ll know the skill and thoughts that go into each and every performance.