This image, via The Bridge 1.0 manual, reveals the “Ableton Panel,” by which Live appears as a sort of virtual device inside the Serato DJ app.

We’ve known since January that Ableton Live, the live production software, and Serato Scratch Live, a leading virtual vinyl and DJ app, were to be connected with new software called The Bridge. (See our Q&A from the NAMM trade show at the beginning of the year.) Now, after a limited private beta, the software is available as a public beta. There’s also full documentation online if you just want to browse through and have a look (which you well may want to do, as the prerequisite hardware/software setup is non-trivial).

How does The Bridge work? To sum up in one line, The Bridge provides access to Ableton Live sets inside Serato, and allows you to export your Serato mixes in Live’s native format for after-the-fact tweaking. Having talked a lot about The Bridge, I’m eager to hear how it works in the real world.

The Bridge 1.0 Manual [Serato]
Serato Scratch Live 2.1.1 featuring The Bridge 1.0 public beta [Serato Forums]

Back in January, a number of us also wondered if people would try the opposite approach for integrating virtual vinyl with Live, by using Ms. Pinky via Max for Live devices inside Live. It’s very possible people have continued to work on this; I haven’t followed it closely enough. If that’s you, give us a shout.
Ms. Pinky + Max for Live = Scratch Anything in Ableton

  • Well…

    meanwhile the maxforlive patch is evolutioning inside BentoSan (ie) computer (and some of us waiting) but in my personal case I was learing some about remote scripting for integrate my arduinome rgb with live and…

    I understand what the bridge is (python one)

    I started a topic in Ms. Pinky forum to do something similar (and more open) with LiveOsc.

    Let's see what The Bridge offers…


  • Scratching using hardware :

    Pinkie (because of M4L) is a train wreck and years away from performance / mission critical stability.


  • Maybe at past, not today with the major part of her coded in c but… I'm researching harware options.

    Check this:



    @DJNSM – Are you criticizing M4L's stability as an environment? I only ask because I'm something of a newcomer to the program and was wondering if my wary attitude towards the reliability of M4L patches in a performance environment is misplaced…haven't read a whole lot on the internets regarding this topic.