Ableton Serato The Bridge

Ableton and Serato bridge the gap between music production and DJing with The Bridge. The Bridge requires Serato Scratch Live 2.1.1 and Ableton Live/Suite 8.2 or above. Open both programs at the same time with Rane hardware attached to activate The Bridge online.

Remix Your Own Tracks Live

The Bridge gives you turntable-style control of your own multitrack productions. Simply drag an Ableton Live Set to a deck in Scratch Live and use your turntables or CDJ to control the transport. Scratch Live enhances your productions with deck control, mixing, nudging and DJ style looping, while you can remix, mute/solo tracks, use virtual instruments, change drum patterns, manipulate audio, tweak effects and launch loops on the fly in Ableton Live.

Welcome To The Next Level

Apart from your Scratch Live hardware, using an additional dedicated controller such as Akai Professional APC40, APC20, or Novation Launchpad opens up your game for more mixing, effects handling and for triggering clips.

Learn How To Set Up Your Gear

If you're just getting started with Ableton Live, you'll want to go through the Ableton Live lessons, located inside the program in the Help View

The World

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

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Ctrl + Click Functionality

Did you know that you can hold the ctrl (control) key and mouse click to reset the position of knobs and sliders in Scratch Live and ITCH? We call this ctrl + click functionality.

If you ctrl + click on knobs or sliders, this will reset them back to their default positions. For knobs this is the 12 o'clock position, and for sliders this is the center position.

In Scratch Live, you can also MIDI assign ctrl + click functionality. To do this; enter MIDI assign mode, ctrl + click on the slider or knob and assign this to a button on your MIDI controller. Pressing this button will now reset the position of the knob or slider.

Mac users can also use the command key for the same functionality.

TIP: You can ctrl + click on a track's waveform to toggle between the standard and tri-band waveform view. You may find the tri-band waveform view useful if you wish to view each frequency band independently.

Novation Twitch with Serato ITCH

What is Twitch?

Twitch is a DJ controller with a difference. Developed by Novation and Serato to work seamlessly with Serato ITCH software, Twitch opens up awesome possibilities for digital DJs and the new breed of controllerist performers.

The Twitch control surface features two banks of eight Triggerpads, professional cross-fader and per-channel Fader FX.

The two LED-backlit Touchstrips let you manipulate your tracks using gestures as you would on a multi-touch trackpad or touchscreen; so you can grab, pinch, tap and nudge to navigate, perform and improvise with your tunes like never before.

The Hot Cues, Slicer, Auto Loop and Loop Roll performance modes interact seamlessly with ITCH, letting you mash up your tracks and mix them back together, totally on the fly. Combined with the Touchstrips, FX and Serato ITCH you have complete freedom to manipulate your tracks and create unique live performances.

* Comes with Serato ITCH; install the software, plug-in and play.
* Versatile Touchstrips for tactile, multi-function control.
* Unique Slicer mode lets you chop up beats and create new grooves on the fly.
* 1-to-1 dedicated controls for all ITCH performance functions.
* Compact, portable and robust build quality with an aluminum face plate and hard-wearing cross-fader.
* 2-in 4-out Audio Interface with loud headphone output and balanced master connections.
* Blend per-channel Fader FX with assignable master effects.
* Bus-powered USB connection.
* Mic/Aux Input for routing a mic and an external audio device through the effects and master outputs.
* Switchable Booth Outputs so you can choose between master and cue feeds.

The Rane SL 2 for Serato Scratch Live

Serato and Rane are pleased to release the Rane SL 2 for Serato Scratch Live: a compact, professional two-deck interface packed with creative features to give DJs a competitive edge.

Professionals and budding enthusiasts alike will appreciate the streamlined design of the SL 2, the most portable in the series of Scratch Live interfaces, with two inputs, two outputs and a high-speed, low latency USB 2.0 connection.

Rane’s trademark sonic qualities resonate in the SL 2 with 48 kHz, 24 bit audio processing. Plus studio grade phono preamps produce a vivid, dynamic sound for any performance. ASIO and Core Audio drivers transform the SL 2 into a premium studio production tool, and galvanic isolation ensures crisp, clear, interference-free signal.

Serato Itch 2.0

Serato ITCH 2.0 introduces a whole new era of DJing for ITCH users; a sleek and tidy new layout with added library & display modes including the new 'Day' and 'Night' views, addition of the highly anticipated SP-6 sample player, improved beatgrid and sync functionality, advanced library management options and much more.

ITCH 2.0 will be released in Quarter 3, 2011.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Big Wiz's setup for The Bridge

Big Wiz shows us through his setup for The Bridge on the Rane Booth at SXSW. Wiz routes his Scratch Live audio through Ableton effects, all via one USB and using The Bridge at the same time!

Big Wiz's setup for The Bridge (Serato/Ableton) from Serato Audio Research on Vimeo.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Max for Live: Kapture by Plastikman & Liine

Richie Hawtin's legendary performances as Plastikman are a world-wide phenomenon. To pull off his ambitious 2010 tour, Richie enlisted longtime technical collaborator Gareth Williams to build a Max for Live device that could manage the complex configuration of parameters necessary to make the show happen. Get that device, Kapture, for free here:

Friday, April 1, 2011

Max for Live: Alexkid Instant Haus

Producer Alexkid is a master of house music. He's put that knowledge into his 'Instant Haus' Max for Live device, which instantly generates drum patterns to craft into your own house track. Get the device for free here: