First of all, here is a video of the demonstration at NAMM:http://www.musotalk.de/best-of-youtube/ ... he-bridge/
and here's a video of some geek talking about it:http://www.vimeo.com/8745411
Until we can get some more example videos, I just wanted to jump in and clarify a bit about what this product is, who it's for, etc.
In the Serato-to-Ableton direction, you can now save a recorded Serato set as an .als file (Ableton Live Set.) You can then open the Set in Live and edit it in Live's Arrangement View.
In the Ableton-to-Serato direction, The Bridge is primarily about vinyl control and/or synchronization of Ableton's transport. This works in two ways:
1) Live's transport control appears as a "track" in Serato, which can be loaded onto one of Serato's decks. You can then manipulate Live's transport via the Serato control vinyl. You can also view and manipulate Live's Session View from within Serato.
2) If you want both decks free for loading mp3s or other audio tracks (as you normally do in Serato), you can still sync Live's transport to one of the decks by using the Ableton Player in Serato.
There were some questions about what, specifically is being controlled within Live. The answer is that you're controlling Live's transport, so whatever you hear in Live is what's being heard with The Bridge. As in "normal" Live, this can be any combination of Session and Arrangement tracks.
So I wonder if you can drag in second Live set into the second deck. Might be good way to mix between live sets. I also wonder if Live sets can be closed and opened without interupting the audio from Serato. Then you could at least mix one set into a temporary track to fill the space while you open another set.
You can't load a second Set onto the Second deck. You're not actually loading a Set to a deck - you're loading CONTROL of Live's transport to a deck. Live Sets can be opened and closed without interrupting Serato's audio.
what happens to Live's crossfader and A/B functions when you load up the Live set into one of the Serato decks?
They work as they normally do. Nothing about Live has changed. What you hear in Live is what you're controlling from Serato.
and what of this communication link? is it completely de-activated and not use any CPU if the 2 programs are not running?
Yes, it's completely deactivated when the two programs aren't running. It's not a separate application. The communications protocol is similar to ReWire, but more flexible - you don't have to open/close the applications in a particular order, etc.
For those of you who have no interest in vinyl as a control surface, The Bridge is probably not going to be interesting to you. It's really aimed at people who DJ with control vinyl.
There's basically nothing new within Live itself; the visible aspects of The Bridge are entirely on the Serato side.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.