Novation Twitch Touchstrip Hardware Controller for the Digital DJ
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- Puts your music in time, leaving you free to get creative
- Touchstrips for navigating tracks
- "Slicer" Performance Mode and Master FX and "Fader FX Mode"
- Tough and compact with a 2 in 4 out high-quality audio interface
- Trigger Hot Cue Points and 2 different Loop Modes
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|Item Dimensions||13.58 x 17.12 x 4.72 in||7.5 x 16.5 x 11.8 in||14.2 x 7.1 x 4.3 in||16.54 x 10.43 x 4.33 in|
|Item Weight||6.4 lbs||9 lbs||3.2 ounces||5.73 lbs|
Novation TWITCH is a DJ controller with a completely new take on DJing. It has Touchstrips to navigate tracks and you can slice-up your beats and mix them back together – totally on the fly. TWITCH has a built in audio interface which is absolutely rock-solid with high-level headphone and main outputs. TWITCH has Touchstrips; simply grab your tracks and swipe them backwards and forwards like a touchscreen. The performance modes create totally new ways to manipulate beats and breaks. The control surface – with its 2 x 8 large Triggerpads and Fader FX – opens up awesome possibilities for digital DJs and the new breed of Controllerists. TWITCH comes with Serato ITCH – powerful DJ software that only works with select hardware controllers. As well as being rock-solid and simple to use, ITCH has totally new performance tools that take digital DJing to the next level. TWITCH has been developed with Serato to put ITCH’s full potential right at your fingertips. It also maps to other DJ software like Traktor and Ableton. Novation TWITCH is loaded with features. Serato ITCH software can beat match tracks so you can focus on performing. With Twitch's touchstrips, you can swipe tracks backwards and forwards as if you were touching the screen and instantly "drop" into a tune at any point in the track. The Slicer performance mode allows you to chop-up beats in time and re-arrange them on the fly. With 2 x 8 large Triggerpads, you can play eight rolling beat slices in any order. TWITCH is designed for gigging, with compact casing, bus powered with LED buttons, balanced outputs, ultra-reliable audio/MIDI drivers, and microphone input. You can also add different effects to either or both channels with TWITCH's FX section. 8 large Triggerpads can fire off 8 cue-points anywhere in your track. You can also trigger 8 different loop lengths and save them with your performance.
From the Manufacturer
Novation Twitch is a DJ controller with a completely new take on DJing and performing. It has touchstrips to navigate tracks, and you can slice-up your beats and mix them back together totally on the fly. Twitch has a built-in audio interface which is absolutely rock-solid with headphone, booth and main outputs. If you are already a DJ, or produce your own music and are looking for new ways to perform, Twitch's controls put your music at your fingertips. It's compact, bus-powered, and tough enough to carry from gig to gig. Twitch comes with Serato Itch--powerful DJ software that only works with select hardware controllers. Itch software can beat match tracks so you can focus on performing. As well as being rock-solid and simple to use, Itch has totally new performance tools that take digital DJing to the next level.
From the Studio to the Stage with Twitch and Ableton Live
Although it comes with Serato Itch, Twitch is a great way of performing with Ableton Live. It has an onboard audio-interface, DJ mixer layout, numerous back-lit buttons and rotary controls which can be freely assigned to anything in Ableton Live--and it's fully bus powered.
Already Using Traktor?
We have created powerful 2 and 4 deck mappings for Traktor Pro. All the controls you need to perform have been mapped to the touchstrips, knobs, faders and buttons on Twitch. A free user-friendly Traktor Pro overlay is included in the Twitch box. Simply place it on Twitch to transform it into a Traktor controller with a difference.
Professional and Portable
Twitch has a durable aluminum top panel and is tough enough for gigging. It's small enough to be carried with your laptop, and can easily slip into tight spaces in DJ booths and on stage. There's no need for an additional power supply, and the LED backlit buttons are essential for performing in dark environments.
Built-In Bus-Powered Audio Interface
Twitch includes an ultra-reliable 2-in 4-out USB audio interface with high-quality low-noise main and headphone outputs, so it can be connected directly to sound systems with zero hum or noise. There is also a microphone input with independent analog gain control, which can be run through the effects in Itch. Twitch also features a second stereo input with its own analog gain for iPods or other sound sources, and custom ultra-low latency audio/MIDI drivers by Novation.
Touchstrips for Navigating Tracks
Swipe tracks backward and forward as if you were touching the screen. You can instantly 'Drop' into a tune at any point in the track. Using 'Slicer' Performance Mode, you can chop up beats in real time and re-arrange them on the fly. Two banks of 8 large triggerpads let you to play eight rolling beat slices in any order.
Master FX and 'Fader FX Mode'
Add different effects to either or both channels with Twitch's FX section, or use both channel faders for super-fast FX moves and tricks. Trigger hot cue points and 2 different loop modes. 8 large triggerpads can fire off 8 cue-points anywhere in your track, or trigger 8 different loop lengths and save them with your performance.
Since Novation was born back in 1992, the company name has become synonymous with world-class analogue modeling synthesizers and unrivalled MIDI controller keyboards and solutions. The product range continues to receive critical acclaim from the music press and win numerous awards for outstanding technology and usability. Fantastic build quality, true musical instrument feel, and intuitive controls are just three of the reasons why Novation's digital musical instruments are simply a joy to play. To keep products up to date and in tune with the user's needs, Novation continually provides improved operating systems and brand new software available for download. Firmware updates are fueled and inspired by suggestions from existing users, so comments about Novation products are actively encouraged.
Top customer reviews
I went from a Rane TTM57 using Scratch and two Techniques turntables to this controller. Basically 3 flight cases and close to 100lbs VS. something that fit in my bag and could easily be carried to gigs. Big thumbs up here!
Getting used to the controller was a very short transition. This thing is easy to use, lots of cue point buttons and lots of effect controls. Another Thumbs up.
Where I had some difficulty: Getting volume levels balanced between channels took some getting used to. The master/cue fade does not help since the master volume is much louder than the cue volume through this method. I keep in on cue now and hit the headphone A - B buttons now to go back and forth to sync volumes. My concern here is that these buttons get a lot of use and may not last. This is yet to be seen however.
Output volume: Yes, the reviews are correct. It is a USB powered controller so output volume must be bumped up if you want to gig with this controller. I went out and bought a mini-powered mixer with multiple outputs. I bought the ARTcessories Power Mix III for about $75. Problem solved and it very small and compact.
Reliability: I did have a problem with my first unit. The USB interface just died. Going through Novation to get this fixed was a nightmare. It took weeks to get an RA from them. Alas, Amazon prime! Finally got fed up and just returned it for a new unit with my prime account. Hassle free and quick 2 day turnaround. Thank you Amazon Prime!
Overall, a great unit with a few small problems that have been overcome. I did get in on the free UDG gig bag offer Novation was running for a while. That really offset the cost of the mixer.
Best decision i've ever made.
Don't get me wrong, it is extremely impressive to come in with you're bulky CD J's or turntables but for what?!
The Twitch does it all. Now one of the most notable features is that fact that there is no jog wheel. The touch strip is pretty intuitive and actually gives you a lot more room for cue points and other knobs that are more important then a job wheel.
I use this device with Serato Itch. You can use Traktor but unless you're really good at programming Traktor i would stick to Serato. The program is straight forward. There are plenty of shortcuts and cool tricks to boot.
There are some short comings. ( I mean there has to be right?)
One of my biggest qualms would have to be how small the crossfader is. It is a little difficult shift volume appropriately just because the slider is not so big. I would say if it had half an inch more it would be ideal. Sometimes the software itself won't recognize the control ( or maybe its just my PC) and you have to plug it in again. I would also like to see an A/C adaptor for it just so it isnt taxing your USB. The point is to reduce latency. I wouldn't mind dishing out a few extra bucks to decrease latency.
Overall, I love it. I would recommend and i use it frequently. Good job novation. I love to see an Itch 2 or an "Itchy" with some redesign
BUT THEN, I sat with it for a night, had a couple drinks and just messed with it for several hours straight. What I realized is the obvious, IT IS NOT A JOG WHEEL CONTROLLER. It was it's own little thing with its own unique way of functioning and with a very small learning curve I found a very fun new way to DJ. 'Controllerism' is a thing apparently, and I kinda sorta get it now. Worth a mess around. It's light, built well and fits in a laptop bag.
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