• Harp

    One word: iPad.

  • Derek Disanjh

    [quote comment="35773"]building a prototype without market research is the dumbest thing I have ever read[/quote]

    I would agree with you from a business perspective, but this was done as an undergraduate engineering project over the course of 8 months.

    [quote comment="35834"]I want to see this on the DJTT store so bad, this looks awesome! This could easily take over the ableton and traktor market if it’s set at a fair price. I could see this being the next monome…

    As someone earlier said it would be cool if there were x/y pads, and maybe even monome like chunks you could put into it… Or even… ARCADE BUTTONS![/quote]

    I agree! AMBER+DJTT = ARCADE BUTTONS! During the concept phase, we considered including x/y joysticks but out of the interest of development time, we decided to leave that out for the time being.

    Although I’ve never used touch strips (see Moldover MOJO controller), it may make a cool adaptation to our design.

  • wikkid1

    i dont see the reason behind this suggested product. it looks like a minimal number of movable controls at an insane price. but with midi ANY controller is customizable since you can map any function to any suitable control. yeah you cant move your faders over by an inch or two, but how many people are willing to pay a grand for that?
    imo there is no need for this type of modular controller unless the manufacturer figures out a way to make it much more affordable. id say on the level with regular controllers that offer same amount of controls.

  • ted

    ^^…even better a midi fighter with a touch screen companion.

  • ted

    if you want to build a modular controller each module needs to have the same dimensions as the other modules. & each has to be usable & aesthetically pleasing on its own. then you could by another one if you wanted. they’d have to fit very tight(without a case) & function as one. picture the midi fighter with another box of controller knobs that line up, etc.

  • http://hypersonicradio.com mexican from mars

    [quote comment="35773"]building a prototype without market research is the dumbest thing I have ever read[/quote]

    It’s cold war-era look and feel do not lend itself to mass acceptance, nor does the high level of configuration requirement. Portable & Now is the big desire, not hours of utilizing your jigsaw puzzle and software mapping abilities.

  • Anom

    I seen this guy on the news yesterday, he was building the worlds largest Lego tower. And even thought it was really cool, I didn’t see the point. I kinda feel the same way about this mixer. Really cool, really impressive, but don’t see the point. If I had one I would just set it just like my mixer I already have.

  • Playground

    DJ DERKY IN DA HAU5555!!!!

  • Tyler T

    I want to see this on the DJTT store so bad, this looks awesome! This could easily take over the ableton and traktor market if it’s set at a fair price. I could see this being the next monome…

    As someone earlier said it would be cool if there were x/y pads, and maybe even monome like chunks you could put into it… Or even… ARCADE BUTTONS!

  • Paddy

    [quote post="7544"]vageotter
    August 18th, 2010 at 8:53 am Quote
    i think you have to make it simpler for the big mass if you want to sell a lot and can make it cheaper. why not a unit the sise of a midifighter? so a unit with a mix section with 2 faders and the eq knobs. a unit with a jogwheel and 4 knobs. a unit with knobs(midifighter). a unit with a touchpad or x-y joystick. and a main controlbox where u can plug all the units u want in. so if u want 4 deck control u plug 4 jogwheel and 2 mix units and some knob units for the effects. so everyone can make its own controller but u can produce the units on a large scale. is this a stupid idea or is it realy do able?[/quote]

    faderfox products do that, they are only missing the jogs and x-y/touchpad modules

  • http://www.myspace.com/djstylus_nyc DJ stylus

    great ANOTHER controller

  • http://urbstar.bandcamp.com URBSTAR

    if you really want a custom setup….. check out LIVID INSTRUMENTS…. the have a DIY kit… and really if your a dj ….learning how to solder can save you money…

  • BRIDGE

    NOTHING ABOUT THE BRIDGE PUBLIC BETA

    IT’S HEAR

  • http://www.metachemical.ca Metachemical

    I love this, if it can be done cheaper. I was excited about the Mawser before I found out the price. I for one am very concerned about being able to do a custom layout, without having to go through the time and expense of building something myself. That said for me I am planning on doing a “live” performance with Ableton rather than Traktor.

  • vageotter

    i think you have to make it simpler for the big mass if you want to sell a lot and can make it cheaper. why not a unit the sise of a midifighter? so a unit with a mix section with 2 faders and the eq knobs. a unit with a jogwheel and 4 knobs. a unit with knobs(midifighter). a unit with a touchpad or x-y joystick. and a main controlbox where u can plug all the units u want in. so if u want 4 deck control u plug 4 jogwheel and 2 mix units and some knob units for the effects. so everyone can make its own controller but u can produce the units on a large scale. is this a stupid idea or is it realy do able?

  • http://www.djpc3.com/ Dj PC3

    I personally am not attracted to this at all. There is a reason why Dj’ing has taken on the form of two turntables (or CDJs) and a mixer.
    That layout is fine for me and I believe optimal for a Dj to use. What I would love to see is mixer that is fully midi (as well as analog) and can be used as the hub for the control. What I would love is a Dj mixer that has a built in USB hub so I can plug everything into the mixer… that would be a great innovation for the industry (in my opinion)

  • http://www.somethingawful.com z0r

    Leave the modular stuff to us synth-people, tia :)

  • buckner

    Oh…and send it to ME for testing

  • buckner

    Focus on CFs for scratch djs. Simple cheap and they WILL buy it if it crabs.Make two cfs, one top and one bottom. I can mix with one and scratch with other. Put knobs in middle. Need 200 dollar price point.

  • http://listn.to/lafindumonde str8updrew

    It’s a great idea, but i just don’t see there being a big market for something like this. But i’ve been wrong before…. NS7

  • Tristan Cary

    building a prototype without market research is the dumbest thing I have ever read

  • photojojo

    [quote comment="35763"]How about adapting this type of thinking into current Midifighter concept?

    I would love to add two faders & 4 Knobs to the setup…[/quote]

    You can add faders and knobs to the midi fighter as it is. I’m not sure how many though.

    I agree that this would end up being stagnate after the user figured out their personal best setup. It might be cool they could develop a manufacturing process that would allow you to build your perfect controller when you order.

  • Ando

    [quote comment="35761"]Such a cool idea, but sadly it’s hard to see this survive unless a large well known brand took the concept on. Imagine wot NI or pioneer could do with this great idea if they was producing the hardware.
    ++++
    Considering how user definable software is, it would be great if our hardware was too(not just the mapping). If the amber project was to somehow merge with aspects of the reactable theory, hmmmmm Re-Traktorable’s![/quote]

    you couldn’t afford the system if pioneer would produce it….

  • http://www.nem0nic.com/blog nem0nic

    I love when people bring stuff like this into the world, because it makes people think. I don’t see this particular concept being a strong seller because of the complexity and apparent lack of core features (like MIDI feedback), but I could see this being a successful project (along the lines of MidiFighter or the FMDJ9303). Kudos on a great idea!

  • http://www.ilektron.com Mudo

    This idea is amazing based in arduino platform. Pioneer or the others doesn’t want to give you the control of choice… it is better to do it in open source side until force them to be in “the game”. The other path go on closed products.

    About phisical haptic control check this tread:
    http://www.djtechtools.com/forum/showthread.php?t=16558

    ;)

  • http://www.frechefruchte.com SysteMattiK

    How about adapting this type of thinking into current Midifighter concept?

    I would love to add two faders & 4 Knobs to the setup…

  • Nicholas

    I think this coupled with the multi-touch interface in some way would be very interesting..

  • http://www.djtechtools.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11964 Double DutchDj

    Such a cool idea, but sadly it’s hard to see this survive unless a large well known brand took the concept on. Imagine wot NI or pioneer could do with this great idea if they was producing the hardware.
    ++++
    Considering how user definable software is, it would be great if our hardware was too(not just the mapping). If the amber project was to somehow merge with aspects of the reactable theory, hmmmmm Re-Traktorable’s!

  • DjKeyWee

    Big advantage though… in case you have a faulty control, fader, knob… unpllug it, plug a new one… and you’re done. Even hot swappable module could be done. Now that’s a “cool” feature. But how often it happen… Maybe it has to happen once to appreciate it ;o)

  • DjKeyWee

    The idea is really good. As a hardware/software designer myself, I know what’s going on here and under the hood. The only thing that may not work, is the retail price and the “general” interest.

    I like the modular idea for proof on concept, but for a final product… it leave me cold a little bit. But still, a good idea.

    Since years I’ve begun my own controller and I’ve never found the “right and ultimate” layout… but, is there any perfect layout? I don’t think so. My ideal layout would be too big, while the “one fit everywhere” have too many page switching and all that plah plah.

    Now assuming that a modular approach would allow you to customize your gear for a specific booth size? I would say why not? But still have some reserve on it. Like everyone, I may have some fear of “new idea” :p

    Good article, and good luck. Hope they have success with that!

  • http://www.djteknika.com DJ Teknika

    This is great especially for ableton users who can customize their uses of ableton. But for those who uses serato and traktor, there are already dozens of midi controller are on sale. besides midi fighter arcade buttons arent there…

  • http://42beats.com Sebastien Arbogast

    For me, the problem is not so much about modularity as it is about dynamism. I don’t care about customizing the layout of my controller, I want it to change according to what I’m doing live. I want more effect knobs and an X/Y pad to appear when I’m working on a transition, I want the screen to be bigger when I’m browsing for tracks, I want the jogwheels to get bigger when I scratch, those kinds of things. That’s the kind of things touch interfaces can be good for. So I think we should explore more towards adding touch feedback to touch interfaces instead of adding “movable parts” to hardware controllers.