Serato, famous for the groundbreaking digital vinyl simulation software, Serato Scratch Live, has announce that it will be releasing another product called Serato ITCH. Serato ITCH is an integrated hardware and software solution for digital music programmers and DJ’s.
Serato ITCH uses one-to-one hardware to software mapping. This means that there is nothing to setup or configure. Serato ITCH will work perfectly with it’s hardware controller straight out of the box.
The Vestax VCI-300 looks to be the hardware of choice to control Serato ITCH. Vestax understands that DJ’s may choose to use another midi DJ software besides Serato ITCH, but they will have to do so at there own risk. The Vestax VCI-300 will be sold exclusively with the Serato ITCH software, and all of the Vestax online support and updates will be exclusively for the Serato ITCH software as well.
Numark is also reported to have an ITCH specific hardware controller in development as well. Numark’s NS7 ITCH controller will be able to control ITCH as well as work well with any other MIDI DJ software.
The release date for Serato ITCH has not been announced yet, but here is some more information from Serato’s website to tide you over until you can get your hands on the software:
“Serato ITCH is an integrated software and hardware solution for digital music selectors and DJs. Serato is working closely with select hardware partners to offer a level of integration, ease of use, and reliability never before seen in the digital DJ realm.
ITCH is powered by Serato’s world renowned audio technology. ITCH hardware and software are built from the ground up to work perfectly together.
ITCH software provides library and track management, audio processing and mixing, and visual display. ITCH hardware provides complete mixing control and audio I/O.
The entire audio chain is delivered via Serato software and all mix adjustments are controlled by the ITCH hardware. All audio is in the digital domain until the master audio output, with Serato proven technology from beginning to end.
ITCH uses one-to-one hardware to software mapping. There is no need to configure the controls – everything works straight out of the box. The buttons, knobs and sliders do exactly what they say they do 100% of the time, and the software interface is clean and uncluttered.
ITCH takes music lovers into a new territory that gives them the ability to mix their music for fun or performance. If you use iTunesâ„¢, you can use ITCH to physically control the playback and mixing of your playlists. If you’re a Serato Scratch LIVE user, you’ll find that all your crates, cues, and loops are available in both programs.
ITCH represents the next level in the evolution of music mixing. The first brands to announce future ITCH hardware are Numark and Vestax. Serato will announce other hardware partners soon. First public demonstrations of ITCH will be at Frankfurt Music Messe in March 2008.
High performance portable music system that allows internal mixing and platter style playback control.
Integrated “one to one” hardware to software mapping for instant control and minimum setup time.
Interoperable with Scratch LIVE crates, loops and cue points, and support for iTunesâ„¢.
Audio processing and internal mixing via Serato ITCH software, Channel fading, EQ, cross fading and track trim are processed in software with audio and headphone monitoring on the ITCH hardware.
Clean and simple software user interface with emphasis on hardware controller to display information.
Auto Tempo Matching and Beat Sync.
Optimal Gain and BPM Calculation.
Serato’s unique color waveforms for easy identification of sound.
Set and store Cue-points.
Manual and Auto Loop activation.
Music Library management tools for backup and restore.
Input and Mix recording capability.
AIFF, WAV, MP3 and AAC audio file support
Built-in multi-lingual help tools with Serato customer support and update program”