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I own a Novation Twitch, and Novation has released a "MIDI Programming guide". Tonight, I've been working on some Quartz Composer based visualizations, and naturally I wanted to add a component of customization based off some suitable hardware I already own (the Twitch). So, I plugged it in and started pressing buttons.

Applications used to monitor MIDI such as MIDISpy never list any events as occurring, and I realized also that the Twitch does not show up in the built-in Audio MIDI Setup app in OS X.

My current theory is that OS X does not think the Twitch is a MIDI controller, and something "special" has to happen before it will interact with it like one.

Does anyone know what that "special" thing is? There is no ability to add a MIDI device in Audio MIDI Setup, only add Aggregate Input or Multiple Output Devices based off the devices already listed.

  • Obvious question: you installed the drivers for it, correct? – horatio Nov 8 '11 at 17:48
  • note that their programmer's reference says pretty clearly that it is a midi control surface ( docs.google.com/… ) – horatio Nov 8 '11 at 17:55
  • I was hoping to avoid installing anything, as I figured it would still work in basic midi mode without anything special. System Profiler/System Information does show it in the device list when plugged in, but I will nevertheless give that a shot. Sensible idea :). – VxJasonxV Nov 8 '11 at 20:11
  • There is a driver DMG on their support site. Looks to be the driver only without the cruft. – horatio Nov 8 '11 at 20:40
  • Nice find. It's too bad you didn't answer the question or I could have accepted it :). – VxJasonxV Nov 9 '11 at 4:40
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Obvious question: you installed the drivers for it, correct?

There is a driver DMG on their support site. Looks to be the driver only without the cruft.

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  • No. No I didn't install the drivers for it. What a rookie mistake. Thanks for pointing out that they ship the drivers alone. Probably not for any good reason, but I didn't want to install an entire DJ software package just to get it to work. – VxJasonxV Nov 9 '11 at 23:38

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