Import and analyze music into Serato – in 1 min!

What is it and what does it do?

Importing your music files into Serato is helpful because it allows the software to analyze them.
This gives the files a number of added functions.

For example, you can set cue points, see a tracks waveform, and better organize your tracks into a broad range of categories.
Not only will this make DJing easier, but also enable you to be more creative with your mixes.

How to import songs

To import songs just follow these easy steps:

1. Make sure to start Serato. Once opened you should have a window that looks like this

2. Next, open the folder in Finder (Mac) or Explorer (Windows) where you keep the music files you want to import.

For the sake of this tutorial, I have stored mine on my desktop in a folder called NEW TRACKS.
Once opened you should have a window that looks similar to this:

3. Select the files in the folder you want to import.
You can do this with the mouse.
Or use the shortcuts CTRL-A (Windows) or CMD-A (Mac) to select all files in the folder.
The selected files will be marked blue (or in my case: pink).

4. Drag the files from the folder and drop it into the Serato library.
You can also drag and drop the files directly into a crate (=playlist).
Your files are imported!

How to analyze songs

Once tracks are imported, they need to analyzed.
Otherwise data like BPM isn’t displayed.

1. Click on the button “Analyze files”, located above your library

2. It takes a couple of minutes to analyze the songs.
The length of time this operation will take will depend on how many files you are analyzing.

As the files are analyzed you will also being see the metadata being applied to each track. For example, in the screen shot below you can now see metadata for each track’s BPM and LENGTH:

You can sort your library according to a whole range of data and metadata.
To do this, right click the bar where you see SONG/ARTIST/ALBUM etc. and select a new category for organizing your songs. When you right click you should see something like this:

That’s it, your tracks are now analysed, and you are ready to enjoy Serato

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