DJs! We are so use to doing and having things a certain way: battle or club style turntable setup, Pioneer or Denon CDJ’s, Numark NS6 or Pioneer DDJ-T1 controller. One thing’s for certain, we have always had something round to play with when DJing, but not any more. Novation changed that with the release of Twitch – The Touchstrip Controller. What! No platters? Nope, that’s why it’s called The Touchstrip Controller.
Touchstrip replaces the platters, making this baby a compact, well built, and really DJ-friendly controller. It’s small and light enough to throw in a backpack when gigging and is USB powered with LED backlit buttons. It’s bundled with Serato Itch, which is the perfect marriage. You can also use Twitch with Traktor and Ableton, but we weren’t wowed with the Traktor setup. Although it is slick, when using it with Traktor once you get use to where everything is located. Novation helps by providing a Traktor Overlay (skin), so that you know exactly where everything is located. But all that functionality jammed into a 2 channel controller just seems like overkill. We also experience some latency issues when using it with Traktor. Although in Traktor mode, having its own Filter control knob is nice. There are some quirks to deal with when using in Traktor mode, but just having the ability to rock this baby with Traktor is great. And I’m sure all the gear nutz will figure out how to make it rock solid with Traktor.
But Twitch was hands down made for Serato Itch.