How to live stream your Serato DJ sets

We want to provide some insight and solutions to help keep your passion alive, to keep creative, entertaining your fans, and sustaining a regular part of your life when everything is starting to feel irregular. 

Here is a way you can Live Stream your Serato DJ sessions, for your followers on social media. Our Artist Relations Manager, Matt Perry, will be doing some of his own in the coming days and weeks. This will be an opportunity to learn something, ask questions, and chat. 

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Download OBS (and Serato DJ if you haven’t already)

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) has proven to be a great option to use for live streaming. It’s free, and easy to use.

Download it here: https://obsproject.com/

Download Serato DJ here: https://serato.com/dj/downloads/

2. Get your hardware together.

We highly recommend using two computers for this setup to avoid any performance problems. If you don’t have access to two computers, then doing this with one is also possible, but the computer will need to be to a high spec.

Here’s the setup we recommend:

  • Laptop for Serato DJ
  • Laptop/PC for OBS
  • DJ mixer/Controller
  • iPhone** or Webcam
  • Audio Interface/Soundcard

**If you want to use your iPhone for a webcam you’ll need this – https://obs.camera/ 

Make sure you install the App on your phone and the Plugin for your computer (for OBS)

A quick insight into how to set it up with Serato DJ:

Just so you can get an idea, this is how Matt has set up his rig with Serato DJ.

  • Mic is plugged in to the DJ Mixer 
  • Serato DJ Laptop plugged in to The DJ mixer via USB
  • The DJ mixer audio output is plugged into the audio interface
  • Audio interface is plugged into the OBS Laptop/PC via USB
  • iPhone or Webcam is plugged into the the OBS Laptop/PC
  • The audio interface goes to the speakers for sound (or the DJ mixer secondary output goes to the speakers)

3. Open OBS

Once you’ve done so, you’ll need to create a new ‘Scene’. Click the ‘+’ sign the Scenes area to do so and label it whatever you wish.

4. Set up your Sources

You’ll need to assign what audio/video input is going where, which can be done in the ‘Sources’ tab down the bottom of the GUI. 

Click the ‘+’ sign and choose one of the options from the list. 

Select the Audio Input Capture to add a soundcard from the menu. 

Create a new device (you can name this what you want)

Now choose the soundcard you want to use. (This will be the sound card you have your DJ Mixer/Controller audio coming in to, not the DJ Mixer/Controller). 

Do a quick line check and make sure your audio is coming in right.

5. Add your Webcam/iPhone 

Click the ‘+’ sign and choose one of the options from the list. 

Select the Video Capture Device (for a webcam) to add from the menu. Or if you don’t have a webcam, get the OBS Camera App for your iPhone. Make sure you follow these instructions carefully.

In this demo, I’m going to choose IOS Camera to add from the Sources list (if you don’t see this, you need to make sure you’ve installed the plugin for OBS Camera on your laptop/PC)

You’ll be prompted to ‘create new’ Click OK

Plug in your iPhone via the USB with the OBS app open on it. 

Your iPhone camera should now show up. 

You can choose it from devices list if it hasn’t automatically, or you may need to reconnect to device if you’ve had a disconnection” 

Click OK and Resize your visual by clicking on the corner of the visual and dragging to fill the Canvas (Black area)

We’re now going to add a logo to the sources. Click the Image option from the + menu in Sources

Again, ‘Create New’ and name what you want. I called it “Logo” and click OK

Browse for your desired image or logo. 

*Suggestion – use a .png file format so it looks professional. (.jpeg files are fine if you don’t have this)

Click OK once you’ve found the right one

You’ll probably need to resize this too. Do so by clicking on the corner of the image until it’s the right size and position on your screen.

Now you’re all set up in OBS. Do a quick level check to make sure audio is being sent to OBS and be sure to mute the internal microphone.

I suggest pressing Record and checking everything to make sure it looks and sounds good.

6. Choose your streaming service

Now you’ll need to get your streaming key from whatever streaming platform you want to use. In this demo I’m using Twitch. 

You’ll find this under your Account Settings in the Channel and Videos Tab. 

Copy the Stream key and paste it in OBS Studio in the Settings>Stream Tab once you’ve selected the Streaming platform you choose to use.

Save this profile and label it so you can get going quickly the next time you want to live stream. 

Time to broadcast…

Press ‘Stream’ to go live, and start playing your beats… 

We hope you have an enjoyable experience giving streaming a try, and don’t hesitate to hit us at support@serato.com if you have any questions or queries regarding your hardware or software. 

We’re all going to get through this. For now, keep the power of music alive and driving you through.

Much love,