The Bridge

Bridging the gap between
DJing and music production

How to use The Bridge


Perfect your Mixtapes

Forget about having to start a mixtape from scratch because of a mistake at minute fifty-nine. The Bridge is the ultimate mixtape creation tool, letting you export your Scratch Live mix as an Ableton Live set. Depending on your Serato hardware setup, fader movements, EQ tweaks and Crossfader cuts on your DJ mixer are recorded as automation and can be edited after the tape stops rolling.

Before you start your DJ set, choose save as “als" from the recording menu within Scratch Live. Instead of recording an audio file, you'll get a fully automated Ableton arrangement, complete with song placement and automation data.

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 streamline the mixtape process, you also get a world of additional tools for tweaking your mix to perfection.

Exactly what gets recorded into the Ableton Live Set depends on the Serato Scratch Live hardware you're using:

  Record these functions
Rane SL 4 A, B, C and D 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 SL 2 A and B pre-fader audio, and sample player audio, as separate tracks.
Rane SL 1 A and B pre-fader audio, and sample player audio, as separate tracks.
Rane Sixty-One A and B pre-fader audio, and sample player audio, as separate tracks. Gain, EQ, pan and fader automation.
Rane Sixty-Two & Sixty-Two Z A and B pre-fader audio and sample player audio, as separate tracks. Gain, EQ, pan and fader automation.
Rane Sixty-Eight A, B, C and D pre-fader audio and sample player audio, as separate tracks. Gain, EQ, pan and fader automation. The Aux input is recorded in the Main Mix.
Rane TTM 57SL A and B pre-fader audio, Aux input and sample player audio, as separate tracks. Gain, EQ, pan and fader automation.
Rane MP 4 A and B pre-fader audio, and sample player audio, as separate tracks.

Perform Your Beats

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.

Activating the "Ableton View" in Scratch Live opens a representation of Ableton Live's Session View, where you can launch clips and scenes, control instruments and devices, mix, mute and solo - all from within your Scratch Live user interface.

The Ableton View displays critical information from your Ableton Live Set, including:

  • Clips, including clip name, color and play buttons
  • Track levels
  • Level meters
  • Sends A and B
  • Device control for effects
  • Track solo and mute
Download
Scratch Live
Download
Ableton Live/Suite
The Bridge Manual (PDF)

Open both programs at the same time with Rane hardware attached to activate The Bridge online.


Free Live Pack Downloads

Ableton Minus Artists Pack Able10 Tenth Anniversary Pack

These free demo sets will help you get started with The Bridge.