Hands-On Review:M-Audio Torq
The Future of DJ Technology
As advancements in digital technology continue to propel the evolution of the modern DJ, only one computer-based program provides the creative tools and production power to set you apart from everyone else. In addition to essential cueing, beatmatching, and mixing, M-Audio Torq software offers unique features that open up a new world of creative possibilities. M-Audio designed Torq to easily transition today’s diverse DJ into the world of producing, and subsequently allow studio producers to perform live. Torq software integrates seamlessly with multiple hardware options, forming complete solutions that fulfill the needs of every DJ.
Perform, Mix, Produce, Create
Torq DJ software transforms you into a unique artist, and also provides easy entry into the world of production. The program combines exceptional vinyl/CD emulation with a broad assortment of built-in effects, advanced sampler options, and powerful studio production tools. So whether you’re DJing for a dance crowd, performing live onstage, or producing a mixtape, Torq empowers you to explore new musical possibilities.
Club, Studio, and Airwaves
Torq is the perfect way to create your own style in the club. Torq combines digital DJ software with a powerful remix machine—complete with built-in effects processing, MIDI compatibility, a 16-cell tempo-synced sampler, and support for VST plug-ins. Imagine stacking multiple effects like delay, flange, and distortion, while tweaking the parameters via mouse or a MIDI controller like the Oxygen 8 v2 or Trigger Finger. These devices let you get your hands on every parameter in Torq, including triggering sound clips and one-shots from the sample engine. With all these features in one package, Torq is ideal for spontaneously creating and performing live remixes and mash-ups.
Torq also delivers advanced functionality for studio production applications. ReWire support lets you use the software’s powerful built-in effects processing, advanced pitch-shifting, and automatic beatmatching with digital audio workstations like Pro Tools M-Powered, Ableton Live, Logic, and Cubase. Torq brings the essential elements of live performance to the studio—infusing your original music with new energy.
Today’s DJs use Torq software to revolutionize radio show production. The built-in sampler is ideal for loading up commercials, sound effects, and shout-outs. The effects processing and auto-loop functionality take you beyond simple crossfade transitions without bulky, expensive outboard gear. When paired with a MIDI controller like the Trigger Finger, Torq is the perfect replacement for outdated radio station equipment. From college radio to podcasting to national broadcasts, Torq makes it easy to deliver cutting-edge content.
All-in-One, Plug-and-Play Solutions
Torq Conectiv is a completely integrated digital DJ system featuring the Conectiv 4 x 4 USB audio interface and Torq software. Conectiv was designed to join turntables and CD players with Torq software, giving you tactile control over digital music files. Specially encoded Torq Control Vinyl and CDs provide response that’s virtually indistinguishable from standard records and CDs. So if you’re ready to go digital but love the feel of traditional DJ hardware, Torq Conectiv has you covered.
Torq Xponent delivers complete hands-on control of cueing, beatmatching, and scratching—no need to adjust parameters with a mouse or keyboard. Xponent features a full array of tactile controls, including a built-in X/Y trackpad that can either replace your mouse or manipulate effects processing. The 64 assignable backlit keys provide a stunning visual display, pulsating to the tempo and fluctuating in brightness according to parameter status. For DJ CD player-style control, Xponent also includes two touch-sensitive scratch wheels for scratching, speeding up, and slowing down digital files. For the ultimate hands-on Torq experience, Torq Xponent includes everything a professional DJ needs to perform with a laptop.
The DJ Experience—Redefined
M-Audio’s Torq product line combines digital DJ software with an unprecedented set of production features—revolutionizing the way DJs perform live and create original music. By combining bulletproof hardware technology with stable and intuitive software, Torq systems provide complete solutions for computer-based DJs. And once you experience the limitless performance and production options that come from working with this software, you’ll never go back.
Easily Switch Between Torq and Serato:
M-Audio designed Torq for easy integration with other digital DJ hardware. This allows you to set up Torq right alongside Serato and quickly transition between DJs—without interrupting the club mix. Just follow these steps when using Torq Conectiv:
- Connect the Thru of Scratch Live to the Input of Conectiv
- Connect the Output of Conectiv into the DJ mixer
- Load your first track into Torq
With the Conectiv knobs turned to the right, you will hear output from Torq. With the knobs hard left, you’ll hear output from Serato—and be able to use both setups. The audience won’t even notice that you’ve switched over until you start using Torq’s built-in effects and sampler to spin something totally original. But hey, isn’t that why you started DJing in the first place?