Can I use serato scratch live without the interface?

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Can I use serato scratch live without the interface?
You can't DJ with Serato without the interface. (Closed-up DJ turntable image by pavel Chernobrivets from

Without the interface, you can still use the Serato software on your computer for various tasks, excluding DJing. The interface comes in a set with control vinyl along with CDs, RCA cables and a USB cable.


The Scratch Live interface allows you to connect your mixer, turntables, CD-Js or controller to your computer to play your digital tracks when you DJ. The interface is the small box that connects your entire set-up together.

Using the Software Without the Interface

With the software installed on your computer, you can perform several of Serato's functions without the interface, such as importing playlists and your iTunes library. Supported files include fixed and variable bit-rate MP3s, ALAC, WAV, CD Audio, AAC and AIFF. You can also organise your music and listen to one track at a time. Serato allows you to search through your music using different variables such as beats per minute (BPM), artist or genre.

With the Interface

The interface gets you connected so you can mix via the mixer and your chosen medium, whether at home or at a gig. Your mixer, turntables, CD-Js or controller, and computer all connect to the interface via inputs and outputs.

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