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 …
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 …