Originally Posted by DJ_Northstar
no DJ thread so i guess i'll plop this here
used to have 1200s, mixer and vinyl a few years back before CDRs and consoles caught on and have the itch to just eff around and make some progressive mixes for ****s n' giggles.
thoughts on traktor kontrol S2? novation twitch is another possibility but NI's interface looks a lot more intuitive to work with (hardware and software)
i havent used the kontrol S2, but i have used Itch. As far as Traktor Vs. Serato goes - i havent noticed too much of a difference besides teh fact that most clubs have Serato boxes these days, and most of the more prominent DJs who made the switch to digital use Searto, since it arrived first.
Most likely this will change with younger folks becoming DJs though. I used to DJ on Vinyl only but grew tired of carrying my vinyl with me and also didnt want anything to happen to my more raer records so i made the leap to Traktor, the more inexpensive of the two. I still use 2 turntables and and control vinyl though because its what im used to. Im not some sick turntablist but have some scratch chops.
Itch is pretty easy to use and pretty much controls a software version of Serato all from the midi controller. The only problem i had with itch is the size of the turntable platters (they look like 45's) and how close together the platters are to the crossfader (whenever i scratch stuff, i felt like i was making T-Rex arms which i found to be uncofortable).
If all youre doing is blending, Itch is great. The latency on itch is almost non-existent.
As for software - i prefer Traktor's software interface, it seems to have more options at the click of a button as far as performance is concerned, however a lot of folks tell me they like Serato for the side by side vertical layout of the songs Waves as opposed to the horizontal layout of traktor. I dont DJ by sight and having my transients line up visually isnt that important to me but i can understand how some folks have grown accustomed to this - it does make it easier to see when a track appears to be going off time relative to the other track playing especially if youre doing long blends say.
hope this helps you out a bit.