Serato Audio Research, a developer of audio processing software products and plug-ins, debuted Serato Scratch, a new plug-in for MAS (MOTU Audio System) that allows DJs to perform DJ-style scratching on any sound file off their hard disk, using their existing turntables as the controller.
Serato Scratch consists of a standard plug-in, along with a special vinyl record containing a proprietary control signal designed for accurate tracking and perfect scratching. When the Serato vinyl is played on a turntable connected to the computer, the software tracks the motion of the record and simulates the same movement within the digital sample. The effect feels and sounds as though the sample is actually pressed onto the vinyl record.
Serato Scratch will ship at the end of March, 2002. MSRP is USD $250, which includes two control records. A stand-alone version is planned for Q2, 2002.