Novation Twitch DJ Controller – The Über-DJ Controller Of Musikmesse 2011

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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.

Key Features:

  • 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!

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Novation Twitch

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.


15 thoughts on “Novation Twitch DJ Controller – The Über-DJ Controller Of Musikmesse 2011

  1. those ribbon controllers look sketchy as hell. too bad they tried to re-invent the jog wheel for an otherwise decent looking piece of gear.

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  2. agreed…

    wheels are just better (and allow for scratching) and this ribbon reminds me of stanton's controllers, which is NOT cool.

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  3. It's seems like a slice of the Novation Launchpad plus a bunch of knobs and some cheesy jog controllers. 500$ is too much :|

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  4. I'm going to be the lone voice to say I love this. Controller with interface from a qulaity company like Novation, at $500. I want buttons, lots of them, I could care less about jog wheels. You want jog wheels? Buy one of the 50 controllers out there with them.

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  5. this things sick, it has a built in soundcard and works with itch,traktor and ableton sounds like a dream

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  6. I just got a controler with jog wheels I use them to cue that’s it a touch strip and pads instead of wheels sound like what I was looking for in the first place I’m already planing on picking me up one

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  7. Uber-Cool Controller – There's no doubt that Novation Twitch is a tool designed to do a job. Combined with Serato's solid and powerful Itch DJ software and unique 'beatgrid' and 'slicer mode' functionality, the job of entertaining has just become a whole lot more fun and creative. I'm totally digging Twitch and congratulate Novation for reinventing the wheel so to speak.

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  8. Uber-Cool Controller – There's no doubt that Novation Twitch is a tool designed to do a job. Combined with Serato's solid and powerful Itch DJ software and unique 'beatgrid' and 'slicer mode' functionality, the job of entertaining has just become a whole lot more fun and creative. I'm totally digging Twitch and congratulate Novation for reinventing the wheel so to speak.

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  9. Uber-Cool Controller – There's no doubt that Novation Twitch is a tool designed to do a job. Combined with Serato's solid and powerful Itch DJ software and unique 'beatgrid' and 'slicer mode' functionality, the job of entertaining has just become a whole lot more fun and creative. I'm totally digging Twitch and congratulate Novation for reinventing the wheel so to speak.

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  10. Uber-Cool Controller – There's no doubt that Novation Twitch is a tool designed to do a job. Combined with Serato's solid and powerful Itch DJ software and unique 'beatgrid' and 'slicer mode' functionality, the job of entertaining has just become a whole lot more fun and creative. I'm totally digging Twitch and congratulate Novation for reinventing the wheel so to speak.

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  11. Uber-Cool Controller – There's no doubt that Novation Twitch is a tool designed to do a job. Combined with Serato's solid and powerful Itch DJ software and unique 'beatgrid' and 'slicer mode' functionality, the job of entertaining has just become a whole lot more fun and creative. I'm totally digging Twitch and congratulate Novation for reinventing the wheel so to speak.

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  12. Uber-Cool Controller – There's no doubt that Novation Twitch is a tool designed to do a job. Combined with Serato's solid and powerful Itch DJ software and unique 'beatgrid' and 'slicer mode' functionality, the job of entertaining has just become a whole lot more fun and creative. I'm totally digging Twitch and congratulate Novation for reinventing the wheel so to speak.

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