Serato Itch has a lot going for it but everyone always mentions the same thing. “man, I wish it had some effects”. Well your wishes look like they may be coming true very soon. There is leaked information floating around the web that exposes what appears to be a Vestax FX controller designed for Itch. To be honest, I cant confirm or deny the validity of the information at this time. (confirmed) Based on the quality of the image and the very official looking PDF that was also leaked, its safe to say that this is a product you will be seeing in the market soon.
A simple and well laid out accessory controller to the VCI-300, the Vestax VFX-1 appears to be designed for 2 independent FX units. I like the large Wet Dry knob and the prominent on/off button. As long as the FX are good this one promises to be a handy controller for performance FX. Traktor users could also easily use this controller in their setups and gain some much needed fx control.
We don’t know too much about what may change in Itch but the controller suggests:
- 2 Fx units
- wet dry control
- 1 parameter control
- 2 fx per channel
- master assignable
- input assignable
- filters, delay, verb, vocoder and possibly more
Now if Itch would just support some basic midi mapping they might have a good chance at competing with Traktor Scratch Duo.
The Official Word
The PDF above, was leaked from a pro audio store in the Czech republic and posted on our forum. Its common for the manufactures to send out product information before making an announcement so that the stores are ready to sell equipment shortly after the official press release. Unfortunately, its often the case that small online stores frequently put up info before they are supposed to and product gets leaked. That appears to be the case here, so its possible the Vestax VFX-1 and a new FX enabled Itch may be coming to market sooner rather than later.
The Vestax Response from the comments below