February 23, 2013
It is safe to say that there are many controllers out there for DJs on the second hand market. With so many options to choose from it makes it easier to decide that one controller simply isn’t the right one for you, with another controller having a similar cost being your next best bet. Another reason that a DJ may decide to put their Novation Twitch on sale, isn’t because it doesn’t have the functionality of a layout that they desire, it has to do with what type of DVS can be run with it. When it comes to smaller DVS packages that don’t cost upwards of five hundred dollars, you are kind of limited as to what you can get. So far, Serato and Traktor are offering scaled down versions of their software to run with these controllers, as not to compete with their flagship soundcards that are meant …
January 17, 2013
The world of DJ controllers really opened up to new possibilites with the release of the Novation Twitch DJ Controller. Sure DJ’s were already using control surfaces that did not reflect a traditional DJ setup, but this was the first time we saw the replacement of jog wheels with touch strips, and a DJ controller that seemed designed specifically for the new breed of controllerist. This of course sparked debate amongst DJs and controllerists as to what constitutes a proper DJ setup or the proper way to DJ. But the truly creative and innovative controller connoisseurs saw this as an exciting prospect for the future of digital DJing. It was also one of the first DJ controllers to offer 8 pads on both decks which could be used to setup hot cues, launch one shots, or control FX and their parameters. With controllers like the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol F1 and the latest …
December 30, 2012
When DJs (who have been doing their thing for years) see a new controller come out that is supposed to take the place of an entire DJ system (tables and a mixer), their reaction isn’t always to scoff at the new product. That’s not to say there aren’t any stubborn DJs out there, because there are plenty to go around – but some of the older DJs are actually embracing new technology and its usefulness. The Traktor S4 will never replace traditional turntables for someone who wants to scratch and cut over beats – but it doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
A turntablist can easily adjust to the jog wheels of a MIDI controller to at least be able to cut in cued points on an incoming track. The real reason why a DJ who already has a setup, might buy an all-in-one solution has to do with logistics. It’s much …
DJ Scott Mad Flip
August 24, 2011
As we learned months ago Novation was releasing a highly anticipated “controllerism” inspired Serato Itch controller. Many of us saw the initial video and marveled at it’s unique layout and advanced functionality. We finally got one in which magically coincided with Serato’s release of Itch 2.0. We agreed that the Twitch merited some additional footage and documented it’s arrival and first impressions before we really got into the nitty gritty. Here is what transpired.
The Twitch is a smaller controller compared to the usual suspects that occupy the market which I see as an advantage considering this is a niche product that probably won’t become standard in every nightclub or venue. The layout is a little different, too. The “juicy” area consists of 8 small pads on the lower left and right of the controller that trigger 4 performance modes. Above those is the Performance Mode selector buttons …