Serato Scratch Live has a new partner: The Novation Dicer.
Developed with Serato, this palm-sized cue point and looping controller has been designed to fit exactly where you need it: on your turntables, CDJs, mixer or laptop. Dicer always ships in pairs - one for each side.
Plug Dicer in, slot it on your turntable/CDJ, and you can instantly set cue points and use them to trigger 'Hot Cues'. Or, flip Dicer into 'Auto-Loop' or 'Loop Roll' modes, to trigger loops, or 'roll' sections of the track to create climaxes, drops and glitchy breaks. Each 'mode' illuminates Dicer's pads a different colour, so you can instantly see what mode the pads in, even in dark clubs and venues.
Serato Scratch Live 2.1 will automatically map the Dicer to these functions and provide full LED feedback - red for Hot Cues, green for Loop Roll, and amber for Auto-Loop. The public version of Scratch Live 2.1 is available now, click here to download.
Dicer's buttons can also 'learn' other software functions. So, you can assign different FX to the pads, or trigger samples over the top of your mix, or even browse tracks in your iTunes library!
Dicer was designed by Novation in collaboration with Ean Golden - DJ and curator of DJ Tech Tools. Ean came up with the concept of a controller that fits on the turntable, and his contribution has been crucial in helping Novation design and develop Dicer.
Dicer does not come with its own software, it works in conjunction with Serato Scratch Live or other DJ software such as Traktor Scratch Pro.
Scratch Live is so much more than mixing digital music. It's creative features such as cueing and looping, take DJ performance to a totally new level. Dicer unlocks these features by putting them right at your fingertips whilst you're mixing.
Dicer's 3 'mode' buttons allow you to jump between 3 different performance modes. The videos below demonstrate how they work:
1) Hot Cues: (Pads light-up red)
Each of the five pads can be set to different cue points in the track, and re-triggered whenever you hit them. So, you can set 5 'cue' points in your track, and jump back to them when you choose to.
When you want to remove a cue point and assign a new one, just hold down the mode button, hit the pad again, and its clear!
2) Loop Roll: (Pads light-up green)
This mode loops tiny fragments of your track, from 1 beat down to 1/16th of a beat. This allows you to create climaxes and drops, as well as glitchy breaks or stuttered 'roll' effects. When you release the pad, the track resumes from where it was before you hit it.
3) Auto Loop: (Pads light-up orange)
Serato automatically detects loop-points in your track. With Dicer's 5 pads, you can access loops of different lengths and re-trigger them whenever you want.
Dicer works straight away with Scratch Live 2.1. Just connect one to a USB port, link it to the other Dicer, and you are ready to go. Serato Scratch Live 2.0 will also work with Dicer (without LED feedback) after you have learned cue-point and looping functions to the pads.
Compatible with Traktor Scratch PRO
Although Dicer has been designed to integrate with Serato, it also works with other DJ software.
Setup files for Traktor Scratch and Traktor Scratch Pro are available online at www.novationmusic.com.
These files assign Dicer's controls to various functions, including Cueing, Play/Stop, Looping, FX and browsing. For other DJ Software, you can use the software’s own MIDI mapping function. A pair of Dicers give you a total of 60 MIDI controls.
Control other things
In Serato Scratch Live, as well as the three main modes, there are 2 additional 'layers' of the 5 pads, on which you can control other functions in your software (a total of 20 controls across a pair of Dicers).
You can assign these to trigger samples over the top of your mix, or to activate FX such as reverb, flanger or EQ cuts. You can also use Dicer to navigate your track list in iTunes, or flick between crates and tracks in Serato.
Right where you need it
Dicer fixes solidly to Technics 1200/1210 turntables. An attachment enables you to drop them into the 45-adapter slot so they sit squarely in the corner of the turntable.
Dicer also comes with re-usable 'DJ putty' that will stick Dicer firmly to CDJs, laptops, mixers - or any hard surface. The putty is strong enough to withstand tough treatment, so even with more vigorous performances Dicer will stay exactly where you put it.