Serato DJ from the Point of View of a Twitch User

The roll out of Serato DJ for mixers other than Pioneer DDJ-SX has been slow and steady. In this article Tadhg Leonard explores its integration with the Novation Twitch.  

Even though Serato DJ was launched in November of last year, it was initially only made available to owners of the Pioneer DDJ-SX controller. However, slowly but surely, Serato started to roll out compatibility to controllers originally only supported by ITCH. In August, the Novation Twitch users among us finally got the chance to see what all the fuss was about. So what extra benefits does Serato DJ bring to the Twitch user that were non-existent in ITCH. Let's find out. 


Browsing the Interface

The first change you may notice is the difference in the interface layout between DJ and ITCH. From pressing the View button on top left of the Twitch controller continuously, you will see that you can have your tracks waveforms play vertically as well as horizontally, something that ITCH didn't offer. The main advantage of this is that more space is left for cue, loop and track info. Another nifty feature is that you can now toggle through the Recording, FX and SP-6 Sample Player windows by holding down Shift on Twitch as you press the View Button. 

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Using the Scroll area on Twitch to interact with the Library section in DJ remains pretty much the same as to how it was in ITCH.

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FX

Arguably the biggest addition in Serato DJ for Twitch users is the revamp of the FX Units. Firstly, the FX themselves have had a major upgrade thanks to Serato's partnership with iZotope. The difference in quality is very much apparent when comparing to those in ITCH and are now very much on par with the FX in Traktor Pro. DJ also offers users two FX Expansion Packs, Wolf Pack FX (free) and Back Pack FX ($19), each offering plenty of unique and high quality ways to modify your sound.

The way in which you can implement these FX on your tracks using Twitch has changed quite considerably too. This could be slightly confusing for some as the Master FX section on Twitch was obviously designed for ITCH. Firstly there is now the option of choosing between Single and Multi FX modes. Single Mode allows you to only control one effect per FX Unit but tweak up to five parameters of this effect, each of which can be controlled directly from Twitch. In Multi FX, you can control up to three FX per unit but can only adjust the Depth (dry/wet) of each one. To change between these two modes on Twitch hold down Shift and press the Deck B button. 

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Similar to Traktor Pro, there is now two FX units in DJ, either of which can be assigned to Deck A or B. The FX select buttons can be used to select which Unit you want to control at that moment in time. Holding Shift while pressing the left or right FX select buttons assigns the selected Unit to Deck A or Deck B respectively. The On/Off button assigns the FX Unit to the master output. 

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I have been an audio enthusiast and DJ hobbyist since I was a young lad. I currently work as a researcher on The Gadget Show on Channel 5 in the UK where I specialize in all the audio and music tech related content on the show. Before that I have worked in the sound department on a number of feature films doing everything from locati... Read More

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