How To: Record Serato Live Sets on Separate Ableton Channels


Let’s start this post off by saying that I have a love/hate relationship with forums. I love the fact that in most forums, you can post a question and have a whole community troll their way to a viable solution. I hate that it the fact that it takes so damn long just to get to that solution.

The Problem

Here’s my arbitrary case in point. I overheard through the grape vine that there is a way to record live DJ set’s via Serato to Ableton and separate each song into different channels. Why would this come in handy you ask? Allow me to use some real time context. Whenever I record a new radio mix I always have to make edits between songs because of the Music Director’s programming notes or because a mix may not sound too clean.  If you have any experience making edits to live mixes, you know that the process of making revisions to a section of one long track is drawn out and tedious. Now imagine being able to do that by simply clicking, dragging, and dropping.

After an intense Google session that turned up absolutely nothing relevant, I decided to post it on the Ableton forums back in January. Peep for yourself!


I didn’t get a solid answer until October. F*cking October! …btw, this proves my point about forums.

The Solution

After ten months of trolling the solution finally surfaced.  Shout out to whomever 102455 is.  I don’t know if you’re an angel sent from heaven or a binary glitch but thank you! You are the man and/or woman!


Screw me for being late to the party but apparently there is a button on Serato Scratch Live (I’m not sure if it’s on Serato DJ because I still prefer Scratch Live over the later) using Bridge that will allow you to record and ‘save as’ a Ableton file.  Ableton doesn’t even need to be open!


When you open the file on Ableton, it breaks each song into different layers and you can control the crossfade between the songs to make edits. For lack of some better words, “Shit man! This is exactly what I was looking for!” Check out the video below for more info.

Unfortunately it doesn’t work with all Serato hardware.  There is a list of compatible devices that will allow this feature on the corresponding Bridge page.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the post and excuse me if you already knew this. Some people may not and I hope they find this helpful. Here’s the link to my original post on Ableton if you want to read and participate in all the trolling. If you liked the post, hated it, or thought it was completely irrelevant, feel free to leave a comment! I’d really appreciate it!

…til the next blog post! Cheers!