Do laptop and controller DJs need to spend an arm and a leg for a full-on Pioneer set-up just to earn the respect and credibility of the public? Here's my take on the growing trend of laptop-less (or "hidden laptop") DJing...
Serato has just announced the latest version of Serato DJ – 1.3.0 – which brings the software to the Novation Twitch and the Vestax VCI-300/VFX-1, and also gets two FX Expansion Packs.
Digital DJ Tips reader Scott writes: “I am looking at purchasing my first controller. I would like to get out there and DJ to a crowd ASAP – maybe even bars and weddings, as I love music although it would be useful to make some extra cash. My dilemma is that I like the idea of the Novation Twitch and its features but I am concerned that this may not be as applicable to the type of crowds I hope to entertain.
Reader DJ Mustachio Nuts (great name!) writes: “I’ve been a musician, mostly bass, all my life which has definitely helped me understand the core job of a DJ – getting people to shake their asses! – which is what I loved about being a bass player. .."
Reader Kirill write: "I am moving now from the Vestax Typhoon to a new controller and I'm all excited about the Twitch because it has no jogs (I don't scratch, never did, never will). It also seems to have lots of buttons and FX controls that seem great to replace an external pad controller. I am worried that I will outgrow the Twitch just as fast as I did with the Typhoon..."
Ever had the thought that jogwheels are a bit unnecessary when DJing with digital music? Or dreamt of a controller that replaced them with functions more suited to digital DJing? Looked at technogeeks with their custom controllers and wanted in on the action? If so, the new Novation Twitch DJ controller may be right up your street.