Rane announces SL 3 for Serato Scratch Live
ADVANCED 24-BIT USB 2.0 INTERFACE FOR PROFESSIONAL DJS
Like the world standard Rane SL 1, the SL 3 connects one or two standard vinyl or CD turntables to your computer and the mixer of your choice. Using regular turntables or CD players, you can scratch and mix files from your Mac or Windows computer’s CD or hard drive.
Enhanced by studio grade preamps and 24-bit audio processing, this compact new solution produces a warm punchy sound to heighten the senses. The Auxiliary Ouputs allow DJs and electronic musicians to intensify the mix with the Scratch Live SP-6 Sample Player. The Auxiliary Inputs provide a live input feed for creative sampling or recording your set. Use any combination of audio sources: control CD, control vinyl, MIDI or regular CDs and vinyl for more ﬂexibility than ever.
The included 12" vinyl records and control CDs each have Serato’s exclusive and unique control signal which allows Scratch Live to track the motion of the record, simulating the same movement with digital audio. Due to Serato’s proprietary control scheme, the result is a feel and sound indistinguishable from playing vinyl.
Interface for Professional DJs
What is the Rane SL 3?
The Rane SL 3 is a new audio interface for Scratch Live.
Enhanced by studio grade preamps and 24-bit audio processing, this compact new solution produces a warm punchy sound to heighten the senses. Extra outputs allow DJs and electronic musicians to intensify the mix with the Scratch Live SP-6 Sample Player (New in Version 1.9).
The auxiliary input provides a live input feed for creative sampling or recording your set. Use any combination of audio source. Control CD, Control Vinyl or MIDI for more flexibility than ever.
Feature and performance enhancements include:
- New, Compact Hardware Design
- Higher output improves ability to easily match levels of various source types
- Improved Dynamic Range (104 dB)
- Improved audio performance (24 bit converters)
- Galvanic isolation prevents computer noise from interfering with the audio path
- USB 2.0 high speed audio interface
- Aux Input for Live Mix Recording or LiveFeed
- Aux Out channel allows use of Sample Player as a virtual deck and opens the door for future expansion and creative configurations for DJs and electronic musicians
- High-grade Phono Preamps upgrade performance of most mixers
- Software switchable Direct Thru Connections for simplified connections
- Independent Line/ Phono-level selection for each input for greater flexibility
- Includes International Power Supply to insure optimum performance and easy transfer between DJs
- Soft Carry Case Included
Feature Comparison, Info & FAQ
SL 1 Features
- USB 1.1 full speed audio interface.
- 94 dB dynamic range on line out.
- Maximum audio output: 2 Vrms.
- 16-bit 44.1 kHz converters.
- Mic input for recording or LiveFeed.
- Independent thru connections.
- Select CD or Vinyl Control.
- Optional power supply.
- Read more about it here.
SL 3 Features
- USB 2.0 high speed audio interface.
- Improved dynamic range: 104 dB.
- Maximum audio output: 3 Vrms (hotter output).
- 24-bit 44.1 or 48 kHz converters.
- Aux Input for Live Mix Recording or LiveFeed.
- Aux Output allows use of the Sample Player as a Virtual Deck.
- Aux Output opens the door for future expansion and creative configurations.
- High-grade phono preamps upgrade the performance of most mixers.
- Software switchable Direct Thru connections: less cable required.
- Independent Line / Phono-level selection for each input for greater flexibility.
- Galvanic isolation prevents computer noise from interfering with audio path.
- Soft carry case included.
- Includes international power supply: best performance and easy transfer between DJs.
The Rane SL 3 is only sold as part of a complete package. The display box includes:
- 1 SL 3 Interface
- 1 Soft Carry Case
- 1 Serato Scratch Live Software Install Disc.
- 1 External Universal Power Supply with Country Adaptors.
- 1 USB Cable
- 4 Stereo RCA Cables
- 2 Control CDs
- 2 Control Vinyl Records
- 4 Rubber Feet for the SL 3
- 1 Quick Start Guide
- 1 Operators Manual
- 1 Warranty Card
SL 3 FAQ
I've been a long time SL 1 user, do you offer an upgrade/discount program?
The SL 3 does not replace the SL 1 - both are viable and completely different designs. While there is no upgrade or discount program available, both pieces of hardware will continue to be supported with free software updates.
I just purchased an SL 1 and now I see the SL 3, can I exchange the SL 1?
There is no exchange program. Talk to the Rane dealer where you purchased your product for all returns, exchanges and refunds.
Why did you remove the mic input from the SL 3?
Making the SL 3 compact and adding Auxiliary channels was a high priority during the design of the unit. We hope the versatility you gain from these features makes up for the absence of the mic input.
How do I record my mic using an SL 3?
You'll need to feed an unbalanced (RCA) line-level mic audio feed from a spare mixer channel (mic insert or effects send works well).
Why can't I use the SL 3 with other programs as an ASIO or CoreAudio/Composite device?
Scratch Live and the SL 3 use a proprietary driver that has many performance and stability advantages over a CoreAudio or ASIO solution. We do however understand that a more open driver has advantages as well. CoreAudio Drivers are currently in development and will be implemented in a future firmware upgrade for the SL 3.
Where's the third virtual deck for the SL 3? When can we expect a third virtual deck for the SL 3?
In development. Multi deck control has always been on our road map and once our solution is solid, it will be added to a future version of Scratch Live.
Can I use an external power supply other than the one that shipped with the SL 3?
No, use the supply that shipped with the SL 3. It uses 7.5 volts DC, not 9 volts (like the SL 1 does).
Why is there a small hole in the side of my SL 3 (Kensington lock)?
This is a Kensington security slot, which can be used to secure your SL 3 with a lock and cable.
What's the SL 3's AUX channels for?
All kinds of things - many undreamed of yet. The AUX Input allows you to either record your set (e.g., from a mixer's aux output) or feed a stereo signal to Scratch Live's LiveFeed feature. The AUX Output can also be used as a third virtual deck that can be fed from Scratch Live's SP-6 Sample Player. More features for this extra channel will be added over time. There's bound to be great scratchlive.net forum threads on other useful Aux channel tips and tricks.
Why is the SL 3's USB cable so hard to push in?
Customers requested a tighter, stronger USB jack to avoid it accidentally falling or being pulled out in the rat's nest of cables often encountered. Plus, some users often plug and unplug the I/O cables on tour, so an improved jack that can handle more insertions before failure is appreciated. It's a good thing, trust us!
Do I need to use the USB cable that came with my SL 3 package?
No, you can use any USB cable.
Can I get the cool new orange USB jack for my SL 1, TTM 57SL or MP 4?
No, the physical layout of the jack's package can only be placed in the SL 3.
SL 3 Setup