Praxis Doktor Andy is adding extra buttons to his Numark DJ 2 Go, ripping it apart and putting it back together again just in the name of making it more … button-y. But he also has something to say to the industry, something that might surprise you:

There are too many good DJ controllers.

He’s posted a full walkthrough of the modifications, enough so that you could duplicate it yourself if so inclined. But you might be equally inspired by a manifesto of sorts interwoven with the build pics. I’ll excerpt here my favorite parts:

Digital Dj’ing has become too clean.

When I was an early adopter of M-Audio’s Torq there were no usable controllers at all (let’s not even think about the xponent, never saw such an ugly piece of plastic).

… Nowadays the situation has changed drastically. There’s a huge amount of great Midi controllers out on the market. You only have to plug them in and that’s it. Most of the DVS-packages even come with pre-configured tepmplates ready for you to start dj’ing without any worries.

I don’t like it.


I just can’t help myself but for me digital djing always includes the need and the passion for some amount of own development.

This surely can only be done in an area where errors can occur and you are not a stadium-filling super-paid person, but then … this isn’t djing…that’s a concert.

anyways.

Don’t worry. This isn’t another “you kids don’t even know how to beatmatch” rant, or a foray into the “beaten-dead-horse”-infested waters of the vinyl versus digital debate. It’s actually a quite reasonable, and practical, and personal explanation of what he likes to do and why. He explains why he’s adding those extra buttons – and why he abandoned vinyl.

An excellent read. It just might send someone to the garage with some button fever.
Adding 24 Buttons to the Numark DJ2GO

  • MellonHead

    that was the most interesting build journal i’ve read. this guy’s an inspiration, wish i wasn’t so butterfingers with the soldering iron!

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Heh! We need a CDM guide to electronics, perhaps. I mean, there are many out there, but — yes, speaking as a person who’s entirely butterfingers, we can do it from the perspective of a musician who feels your pain. ;)

  • Charles

    “digital djing always includes the need and the passion for some amount of own development.”

    Why? Because that was his experience, other experiences are invalid?
    “This surely can only be done in an area where errors can occur and
    you are not a stadium-filling super-paid person, but then … this isn’t
    djing…that’s a concert.”No it’s not. It’s just DJing with gutter bumpers.If you really want to work in an area where errors can occur, you need to learn to play an actual instrument. It’s pretty rich for a DJ to be complaining that other people have it too easy.(and while I’m on at it, I’m not a fan of this comment software… is it flash-based or something?)

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Ah, but you took that out of context, and context matters:

      “I just can’t help myself but for me”

      Those are the important words. That’s what drives his passion. And that’s what impressed me about his whole build. He’s doing this, for himself, and talking about why it matters to him. I think that’s all you have to know.

      He seems no snob — when he found digital timecode impractical and ill-suited to his music, he dropped it.

      I say, if he feels motivated to hack up his hardware, more power to him!

      PS, I’m looking at a long-term comment solution; Disqus is a stopgap. And I agree.

  • al

    pretty good post why i keep reading cdm the amount of different posts on most aspects of music art or technolgy or both
    been thinking of doing somthing similiar but cant decide what way to go hack up my controlers and use there midi brain or go the arduino route dont know which would work best
    for my max/msp 4track live dj app im working on

  • http://twitter.com/donkeybassist Donkey Bassist

    However as a builder of many DIY projects some elaborate, some kits, I came to realise, reluctantly that int he time I spent building, I could spend that time composing, actually learning to use these ready made devices better without the need to reinvent the wheel. Not saying don;t or anything but as I approach my 50s and therefore “quite old” to some folk, I have to decide is my to I DIY or do I compose? I’d like to say both but to make a controller with considerable functionality takes valuable time.