NAMM 2010 :: Ableton & Serato release – ‘The Bridge’

ableton seraton bridgeNAMM 2010‘s most anticipated DJ-related announcement is out.  Ableton and Serato have revealed the results of their collaboration, finally releasing “The Bridge,” which establishes a direct link between the two programs.

First, from Ableton to Serato, you can easily incorporate your Live sets directly into Scratch Live through the Ableton Transport Control (ATC) system, and control it with turntables, CDJs, or any compatible controller.

Second, from Serato to Ableton, users now have a powerful new way to create DJ mixes, which allows users to access the wide array of Ableton’s editing tools, while still performing their mix, rather than simply dragging and dropping songs into a Live set.

Below is a more complete listing of new releases features, as from our friends at Ableton:

- ABLETON >> SERATO

-The familiar aspects of Live’s Session View will still be available:

* Clips, including clip name, color and play buttons
* Track levels
* Level meters
* Sends A and B
* Device control for effects

ableton serato 1The highlight features:

- Put Ableton Live Sets into your Serato mix
When both programs are open, an Ableton Live Transport Track appears in your Serato library. Drag this onto a deck in Scratch Live or ITCH, then use the deck to control Ableton Live’s tempo and playback.

- Control Live’s tempo with Itch or Scratch Live
All the controls in the Serato user interface apply to the Live Set. Change the tempo of your Live Set, nudge the transport position and loop Live’s transport, all from the comfort of your Serato Scratch Live or ITCH interface.

- See your bars and beats
When ATC is active, Serato’s Main Waveform Display gives you a visual indicator of bars and beats, so you can correctly line up the downbeat of your Live Set to a track playing on ITCH or Scratch Live’s Virtual Deck.

- Locked to the groove
Free up a deck in Scratch Live or ITCH by syncing the special ‘Ableton Player’ to one of your decks. The Ableton Player now controls playback of your Ableton Live Set, and is automatically locked to the groove and timing of the track on that deck. The Ableton Player is ideal for dropping in spot samples, vocal drops, one-shots and additional instrumentation over your DJ set.

- Play hard(ware)
Apart from your Serato hardware, using an additional dedicated controller such as the Akai Professional APC40, APC20 or Novation Launchpad opens up your game for more mixing, effects handling and for triggering clips.

- Tight communication
Behind the scenes, Ableton and Serato have implemented a two-way communication link to connect the programs. ATC’s timing is ultra tight and it doesn’t matter which program you open first.

SERATO >> ABLETON

You can edit your Ableton Live Set as much as you want: add new loops, apply effects, adjust your timing, smooth out your fades and obviously, correct any slip-ups. Not only does The Bridge make things easier, you also get a world of additional tools for tweaking your mix to perfection.

mixtape-heaven-seratoExactly what gets recorded into the Ableton Live Set depends on the Serato Scratch Live or ITCH hardware you’re using:

Hardware :: Recordable functions

Rane SL 1 -  A and B pre-fader audio, and sample player audio, as separate tracks.
Rane MP 4 -  A and B pre-fader audio, and sample player audio, as separate tracks.
Rane SL 3 -  A, B and C pre-fader audio, and sample player audio, as separate tracks.
Rane TTM 57SL -  A and B pre-fader audio, Aux input and sample player audio, as separate tracks. Gain, EQ, pan and fader automation.
Vestax VCI-300 -  A and B pre-fader audio and Aux input audio, as separate tracks. Gain, EQ, pan and fader automation.
Numark NS7 -  A and B pre-fader audio and Aux input audio, as separate tracks. Gain, EQ, pan and fader automation.
Denon HC5000 -  A and B pre-fader audio, as separate tracks
Allen & Heath Xone DX -  A, B C and D pre-fader audio, as separate tracks. Gain, EQ, pan and fader automation.

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