How to burn replacement timecode/control CDs for Serato DJ & Serato Scratch Live (SSL)

It’s always a good idea to keep a few extra timecodes on hand. This explains how to burn replacement/backup Serato Control CDs for free.

 Posted January 7, 2017

1. Download the Serato Control CD

Download the control signal from one of the following sources:

ISO File Format (recommended)

This is a disc image file, for burning to a CD.

After downloading the ISO file, open the folder containing the file and:

  • Mac: Right click on the file and select “Burn to disc” from the context menu.
  • Windows: Right click on the file and select “Burn disc imge” from the context menu.

If you don’t see an option to burn, you may need to download 3rd party software capable of burning .iso files.

WAV File Format

Serato Control CD.wav is a 15-minute stereo 44.1KHz wave file that you can drop into any CD burning application, or run directly off a removable storage device such as a USB key or removable hard drive.

When burning the .wav file to a CD, ensure you burn as an Audio CD (not a data CD), do not adjust the audio levels, make sure any audio auto-levelling features are turned off, and do not down-sample the audio or use a different audio format. In short, burn it exactly as is.

Note: When burning the .wav file to a CD, you won’t have Track 2 (Scroll/Select) which is used to scroll through your songs for track selection. If you require this, please burn using the ISO file instead.

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Copyright information

The Serato Control Tone, the audio pressed on Control Vinyl and the Control CDs, is copyright Serato Audio Research.

The Control CD download is licensed for personal use only. The creation of personal backups of the Control CD is allowed, however duplicating Control CDs for commercial benefit is strictly prohibited.

For avoidance of doubt the duplication or creation of Control Vinyl for any use is strictly prohibited.

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