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Ableton and Serato are pleased to announce the release of The Bridge, a software partnership which brings together DJ performance and production.

The new tools generated by this partnership emphasize ease and creativity while pushing the boundaries of live performance.

"The Bridge encourages DJs to become producers and producers to become DJs. We can't yet see the limits of where these combined tools will take our users, but it will be exciting to watch," says Ableton CEO Gerhard Behles.

'Ableton Transport Control' allows tight synchronization between Ableton Live and Serato Scratch Live. DJs can control multitrack productions using a turntable or CDJ; pitching, nudging and looping just as with a regular record or CD. It's like having Ableton Live on one of your decks.

The 'Ableton View' in Scratch Live opens a window into Live's Session View, where you can launch clips and scenes, control instruments and devices, mix, mute and solo from Scratch Live. Tight Beatgrid implementation ensures that Ableton Live stays locked to the timing of your DJ set.

Record Serato DJ performances as Ableton Live Sets, complete with song placement and fader movements. Then use Ableton Live's collection of effects, instruments and production tools to edit, enhance and polish the mix.

"It was only through close collaboration between Serato and Ableton developers that we could bring out the best elements of both programs in The Bridge," Nathan Holmberg, Lead Serato Developer for The Bridge explains.

"We worked hard to find the balance between innovation and practicality, giving DJs the freedom to experiment, while maintaining the reliability that we are renowned for."

The Bridge is free for anyone who owns a registered version of Ableton Live 8.2 and Serato Scratch Live hardware.

Find out more about The Bridge and watch the movies here:

Visit http://www.ableton.com/thebridge

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