How To Enable Beatgrids In Serato DJ

Welcome to “How To Enable Beatgrids In Serato DJ”. 

One of the first things I noticed after breaking my mixer out of the box and getting into Serato DJ was that there were no “numbered lines” that helped me sync beats properly. These “numbered lines” are called beat grids. I assumed that the grids would appear as soon as I went into the software but I was wrong. At first I was frustrated with how hard it seemed to find a quick solution, so I decided to make the process simple by writing a dedicated post. With that said, I did a little research and discovered it’s actually a vey simple process to get the grid activated.

Throughout this post we are going to learn about beat grids and specifically, How To Enable Beatgrids In Serato DJ. 

  • What is a beatgrid?
  • Why use a beatgrid?
  • How do I activate beat grids in Serato?

What's a Beatgrid?

A beatgrid is simply a distinct set of markers that appear throughout the track you are playing. These markers appear in the form of lines, some of which are more distinct and numbered, while the majority are more faded.

As the name indicates pretty clearly, the markers indicate the beats throughout a track. You can identify more significant beats by following the numbered grids. 

Beatgrids can also be used for more advanced functions such as sync and looping. An accurate beatgrid makes mixing a much easier task. Since the grids are so clear, if you are just beginning to mix and are trying to transition, I would recommend following the grid closely. 

 

Why Should I Use A Beatgrid?

While normal BPM analyzing gets the average BPM of a track, but sometimes you need a little extra help if beats get out of sync. That’s where the grid comes in handy.

The beatgrid displays the beat or downbeat in a track is located. Finding the beat is absolutely possible without the grid, however the extra visual aid that you get with the beatgrid makes your mixing go smoother when you’re in a buckle. 

With some tracks the beats can be incorrectly marked even with the beatgrid activated. When this happens, you will need to edit the beatgrid. 

To edit the beatgrid, simply choose the track you need to modify, then look right near your BPM level and an “Edit Grid” option will be visible there. 

How Do I Activate The Beatgrid?

I wish it didn’t take so long for me to discover how to enable the beatgrid, because it’s so simple!

First, go into Serato DJ and at the top right corner you will see a button for your settings. Press that button to view some more detailed settings for your mixing. You’ll see at the bottom under the “Sync Mode” and “Sync Preferences” sections there are a few options.

On the lefthand side under the Sync Mode section, make sure you have “Simple Sync” activated. Finally, to activate the beatgrid, choose “Snap to Beatgrid” on the right hand side under the “Sync Preferences” section. 

After your beatgrid is activated, you’ll still have one more thing to do. Under track A on your mixer will be another settings symbol with an “Analyze File” button beside it. Press the setting button and check both boxes, one being “Set Beatgrid” and one being “Set Key”.

Last but not least, you need to press the “Analyze Entire Library” button. This could take a few minutes so sit tight. But that’s all it takes!

Of course if you after the beatgrid is activated you may have a track every now and then that needs to be edited. If you have that issue, simply refer to the above text and you’ll be good to go.

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