Musikmesse 2011: Novation Twitch
The first big news for DJs has filtered back from the Musikmesse 2011 show in Frankfurt a day before proceedings even begin!
Twitch is a DJ control surface and interface from controller experts, Novation. The unit was developed in partnership with Serato and comes with all the usual features you would expect from a DJ control circa 2011 plus a few surprises. The unique Touch Strip controls will open up new creative possibilities while the included Serato Itch software will handle beat-matching duties to allow you to concentrate on playing that perfect set.
Non-Serato fans, please don't stop reading as the unit is also mapped for Traktor and includes a free overlay to stop things from getting confusing. It doesn't stop there either, Twitch can be mapped to Ableton Live and full integration with Live will be available soon.
At this early stage we can reveal that Twitch is a robust and practically designed unit with the needs of todays modern DJ put first.The control surface includes two banks of eight Triggerpads, professional cross-fader, per-channel Fader FX and two LED-backlit Touchstrips that allow for manipulation of audio files using gestures as you might on a multi-touch trackpad or touchscreen opening up a whole new arena of possibilities as an artist and performer.
Check out this official video featuring world renowned DJ Alex kidd to see him putting Twitch through it's paces: