Xone DX vs. Novation Twitch
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    Default Xone DX vs. Novation Twitch

    I've been learning on a pair of techs and serato but I'm not too keen on bringing them to college, especially as I don't have a flight case to protect it all yet.
    I'd like to stay with serato. I've found a refurb DX for 500 on ebay, and the Twitch is the same price. to be used in for bedroom and small college parties, so in/outs not a terribly big concern.

    Any suggestions, or is it a tossup?

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    There's no correct answer, you gotta decide what suits you better. Most obvious difference is the quantity of decks available to you. You into 3/4 deck mixing?
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    somewhat. wouldn't expect to use the 4th deck much, the 3rd deck maybe a half dozen times in a night at most. could you use one of the decks to mix in another performer's output?

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    I believe so but it's been a while since I've looked at it. Why not have a glance at the manual?
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    Quote Originally Posted by paw_20 View Post
    could you use one of the decks to mix in another performer's output?
    the twitch has an aux in channel.
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    for the record, the allen's jogs are not touch sensitive. I'd say have a loot at the reviews all over the net on both and dig into the manuals for specific doubts.

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    I'm guessing the sound quality on the A+H is far superior to the Twitch but on most other things I'd lean toward the twitch. The Xone DX isn't as I understand it a real mixer - it requires Itch to be connected on a computer to run at all - so that kind of destroys one of the significant benefits of getting a mixer over a controller. The jog wheels on the DX are crap and the overall feel of the unit (based on my one time playing with it at guitar center) is pretty flimsy for A+H gear; I was rather surprised at how cheap the whole thing felt. Sure the extra channels are nice, but I'd trade them in for that cut-n-paste button-mashing feature of the twitch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djproben View Post
    I'm guessing the sound quality on the A+H is far superior to the Twitch
    Really? I'd be very surprised. I couldn't make a good judgement on it when I tried it at sónar (I can hopefully tell you tomorrow ), but all the reviews I've read have said the Twitch's sound card is loud and low noise, and I very much doubt the DX's is much (if at all) better. Remember, focusrite and novation are the same company and focusrite is famed for its production soundcards.
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    With the addition of the sp6 sample player in itch the 3rd and 4th decks are not as necessary. I would say twitch with this in mind
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    Quote Originally Posted by fullenglishpint View Post
    Remember, focusrite and novation are the same company and focusrite is famed for its production soundcards.
    Focusrite made a name for itself making very high end mic pre-amps long before it ventured into the budget sound card market. IMHO their budget soundcards are just that ... budget soundcards. I've tried out a Saffire6 on a very adequate reference monitoring system and it took me all of 15 seconds to decide it was not a sound I could work with. Hopefully, Twitch sounds good/better but I wouldn't presume so based simply on the Focusrite name ...
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