And if you aren’t planning to do any serious scratching, you have to wonder whether it’s worth bothering with the control discs at all. It makes Conectiv far more versatile than your standard DJ interface. The headphone feed, meanwhile, has a mix function so you can hear channel A or B, or a controlled mix of both. Not the best time-code control available. There’s also a headphone jack with split cue facility that, rather irritatingly, isn’t addressable as a third stereo pair; and finally, a mic input.

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M-Audio Torq Conectiv review | MusicRadar

Each of these is time-coded with a signal that the Conectiv hardware transmits to the software, which then decodes it. There’s also a headphone synchroscienec with split cue facility that, rather irritatingly, isn’t addressable as a third stereo pair; and finally, a mic input.

Installation is easy this is an M-Audio product, after allbut one look at the Torq software reveals a very cluttered interface. Image 4 of 4.

Unfortunately, there are a few flaws. The system works pretty well, but unfortunately, it isn’t quite as sharp as FinalScratch or Serato Scratch, so serious turntablists might be left disappointed.

The Torq Connectiv comprises three parts: You can customise it slightly, but not with the same success as you can Ableton’s Live and NI’s Traktor. Image 3 of 4.

It makes Conectiv far more versatile than your standard DJ interface. Image 1 of 4. Of course, none of this would be worth a jot if the sound was no good, but fortunately, the quality is on a par with any of the other DJing products and just about passable for more general recording duties. It should also be said that the track count is rather meagre — two channels of audio really isn’t a lot in this day and age.

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The most unusual feature on the front panel is a pair of knobs one for each channel that offer straight analogue blending between the audio interface outputs and the incoming signal.

Speaking of the interface, known as Conectiv, it offers two sets of stereo ins and outs on DJ-friendly phono jacks including turntable-level inputs. All the standard features are here: Not the best time-code control available. The inputs can be used either to channel audio into your machine Conectiv shows up as an audio interface in any audio application or to accept two channels of time-coded control data more on this shortly.

Now the final element of the package: And if you aren’t planning to do any serious scratching, you have to wonder whether it’s worth bothering with the control discs at all. Torq works with pretty much any type of audio file you throw at it it even scans your iTunes library on launch and the extras include a sampler, effects and the ability to address your plug-in effects folder.

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This has great potential for anybody who wants an interface to blend the audio signal from their PC and monitor an incoming signal directly without it going in and out of the machine and creating unwanted latency.

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So, while Torq Conectiv is an interesting departure for M-Audio, it hasn’t yet fulfilled its potential. The build quality is auvio enough, too, and the Conectiv is certainly small and light enough to fit into a laptop bag.

This does at least ensure seamless integration with the hardware interface, however, which is only designed to accommodate two stereo channels. Beneath all of this is the obligatory browser window that helps you keep track of your auxio, and on the whole, it all works reasonably well.

Image 2 of 4 The Torq hardware.

Then there are the little details, like the fact conecttiv accidentally clicking the X in the top-right corner doesn’t produce a reassuring ‘This action will stop audio.

You can use VST effects. Speaking of Traktor, Torq’s layout will at least be familiar to anybody who’s used that application.

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Synchrosckence of these is the aforementioned screen congestion, which gets even worse when you apply one of the fancy fascias on offer. Much cheaper than comparable alternatives.

Limited number of channels. The idea is that you can control the digital tracks in Torq almost exactly as you would vinyl or CDs. But even here, the system falls down where FinalScratch succeeds, as it won’t let you address the headphone output as an extra stereo pair.