5 April, 2011
Introducing Novation TWITCH...
So the cat is out of the bag! Our friends at Novation this morning announced Novation TWITCH, a brand new Serato ITCH controller with some unique and pretty damn fun functionality.
This is a two deck Serato ITCH controller with two banks of eight Triggerpads, professional cross-fader, per-channel Fader FX and two LED-backlit Touchstrips. For a full overview, watch this video:
This video should give you an idea of the overall functionality. The controller itself is extremely versatile, and comes with mappings to other software, including Ableton! In the office, we've been playing around with it A LOT (obviously, the whole development thing kind of needs us to), and it really changes the way you think about DJing.
The Slicer is all sorts of ridiculous fun, and having the Loop Roll mapped RIGHT THERE on EIGHT PADS is amazing/terrifying. It has definitely re-invigorated the Loop Roll in our office. Novation went and showed Alex Kidd TWITCH, and here's his first look at it:
Personally, as a DJ who is used to a traditional two deck setup, this controller is a crazy kind of different for me, but in a really great way. Being able to lock tracks together and start chopping things up on the fly with The Slicer, cue points, and FX has completely changed the way I play. It's actually made me really want to start producing music, weirdly enough (goodness, let's not get ahead of ourselves, eh.)
It's small enough to fit into a backpack, and you could use it in a hotel/bach/on a plane/etc - it's really powerful and sounds sweet as a kumara.
Create Digital Music have done a great in depth article about Novation TWITCH, including a rundown on the development process from the one and only Dylbot, one of many resident Serato nerds. So if you want to geek out on the details, head over and have a read.
Haha tricky. I just said that 2.0 would not be SHIPPED with Twitch, as boxed versions are finished long before they are shipped.
I didn't say anything when 2.0 would be out.
Is it midi assignable?
Is it midi assignable?
Yes, totally! there were rumours about some mappings, gotta check them first thoguh.
Black, yeah... I'll find out some prices for u,
USA: $599.99 MSRP / $499.99 at dealers
UK: £399.99 inc. VAT street price
DE: €529.00 inc. Tax UVP (MSRP)
BTW: Kudos Novation on the aluminum control panel and separate booth monitor output. Two features (booth output being vital) that several other controllers sadly missed the mark on. These types of thing speak volumes to professionals vs. home/hobbyist users. I would advise making the booth output jacks balanced TRS since that is what's found in most venues. That way the need for adapters is less likely. But at least the outputs/control is there which is better than nothing I guess. Also, how long are the channel faders? They appear to be nice and long (which is great), but pics can be deceiving. Can the crossfader be turned off?
- Do the Low/Mid/High EQs cut to true "0" as in all the way off when turned counter clockwise, or do they just attenuate?
- Why are the touch strips positioned horizontally? Humans' hands/fingers don't naturally move in left/right direction when addressing them, rather they move up/down. You have to rotate your wrist/arm in order to get your fingers to comfortably pinch/swipe <<< >>>, where as if the strips where orientated vertically, no wrist/arm turning would b necessary. Hold you hands out and try it. You'll instantly see what I'm talking about.
- The product description said something about overlays for Traktor 2 or 4 deck control, but how is that possible with only two channel faders for controlling volume?
- Why are all level meter segments red rather than just clip being indicated by red as nearly every other piece of audio gear made?
Awesome work by Novation and Serato! I cant wait to see how the Sampler in ITCH 2.0 will work with this thing!
Slicer could be possible too and it will be really nice...
To play Devil's advocate, I would argue that the talent lies in the selection & phrasing. No magical button (or feature) can do that for you. That's why you hear all these noobs w' tempo-sync still crashing & what not......whereas, say, a veteran could use sync all night (AS A TOOL) and drop perfectly phrased tracks on all 4 channels, and give the crowd something that only someone with "experience" can provide.
Bottom line is Sync is not evil, it doesn't make you weak.....it's a tool to be utilized in the right hands.
I was wondering the same thing, Glad to know its not just me....
I owned the Novation twitch for 2 weeks before I returned it for a full refund. I love the concept and it's built great but as a MACBOOK PRO user, there should not be any audio dropouts.
I'm a Scratch Live and DJ intro user and there is no audio dropouts what so ever using my Mac.
Itch and Novation Twitch do not play well with audio processing. SO BEWARE OF THE NOVATION TWITCH.
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