Novation has introduced what could be the über-dj controller of Musikmesse 2011, the Novation Twitch.
Novation says that they’ve developed Twitch “in collaboration with Serato to be a DJ controller with a difference”.
The Novation Twitch DJ controller comes with Serato ITCH and it has unique Touchstrip controls that are designed to work with ITCH’s new performance tools. It can also be MIDI-mapped to other DJ software such as Traktor or Ableton Live.
- Comes With Serato ITCH Professional, comprehensive DJ software.
- Touchstrips – Tactile, multi-function control.
- Slicer Mode – Chop up beats and create new grooves on the fly.
- 1-to-1 Control In ITCH – Dedicated controls for all ITCH performance functions.
- Solid case with Aluminium top plate.
- 2-in 4-out Audio Interface
- High-quality, loud headphones output.
- Balanced master connections.
- High-quality Cross-fader – Hard-wearing, sensitive and replaceable.
- Software Effect Control – Blend per-channel Fader FX with assignable master effects.
- Bus-powered USB connection provides all the power needed.
- Mic/Aux Input – Route a mic and an external audio device through the effects and master outputs.
- Switchable Booth Outputs – Choose between master and cue feeds.
- MIDI Compatible – To control any DJ software, such as Traktor or Ableton Live.
It’s expected to have a street price of about $500 and to be available in July.
Check it out and let us know what you think of it!
The Twitch control surface – with two banks of eight large Triggerpads, cross-fader and per-channel Fader FX – is designed to “open up awesome possibilities” for digital DJs and controllerists.
The two LED-backlit Touchstrips let you manipulate your tracks using gestures as you would on a multi-touch trackpad or touchscreen.
Novation Twitch has four performance modes (Hot Cues, Slicer, Auto Loop and Loop Roll) that interact with ITCH, so you can mash up your tracks and mix them back together, totally on the fly. Hot Cues mode lets you instantly jump to markers in your tracks, and re-trigger up to eight hits, just like you can with a sampler.
Slicer mode lets you re-arrange your tracks while they’re still playing using a step sequencer-style user interface. Twitch’s Auto Loop and Loop Roll modes allow you to further manipulate tracks and, in combination with the Touchstrips, change loop lengths in the mix to create glitch effects.
Efects can be assigned to the channel faders at the touch of a button, so you can perform tricks with fader movements as well as with the knobs of the Master Effects section.
Twitch is bus-powered – plug in USB and audio cables and you’re ready to play. It includes 2-in 4-out USB audio interface with balanced, high-level master and booth outputs.