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If you want to mash on some arcade buttons for your DJ or live set, your perfect hardware may have arrived.

Sure, okay – you’ve seen this before. DJ TechTools followed up on their original, DIY-centric Midi Fighter with the swanky-looking Midi Fighter 3D. The industrial design was gorgeous, replacing the homebrewed original with a crisp-looking case, subtle side buttons, and features like a custom USB cable. But we heard from plenty of readers who weren’t interested in waving the hardware around to take advantage of the gyroscope features.

At a lower price (US$175.99 to the $249.99 3D model), and with all the nice, new industrial design but no need to wave things around, Midi Fighter Spectra looks like a winner. It’s not without competition – a Novation Launchpad goes for next to nothing these days, for instance. But short of building your own hardware (which can become more expensive), it’s a no-brainer for lovers of arcade button, and now has the light-up RGB color feedback of last year’s model introduction. The omission that was found on many DIY versions: faders. So I’m curious how people do insert this in their rigs, and how they use it (and, for that matter, if CDM readers do use Midi Fighter or if they’ve all left our shores for DJ TechTools).

Specs:

  • 4×4 arcade button matrix
  • Class-compliant USB MIDI operation
  • Custom-built colors for your buttons, faceplate
  • Silicon case
  • Full-color ring lighting, customizable with included software (including animation functionality)
  • Six function buttons on the side
  • Mappings for Traktor, Serato, Ableton Live

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Introducing The Midi Fighter Spectra

Included utility software handles mappings and custom LED colors and animations. All images courtesy DJ TechTools.

Included utility software handles mappings and custom LED colors and animations. All images courtesy DJ TechTools.

Obligatory promo video…

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  • dave

    What’s so appealing about these? They are very ascetically pleasing but boring layout. Just buttons. I can do the same thing on my laptop keyboard. I realize that it’s not as tangible as this but no knobs, sliders, faders, xy pads, keys? I guess there are people that like the less is more approach. Hmmm. might be on to some thing there.

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Don’t worry. There’s a hundred more pieces of gear right behind this – it’s NAMM week. ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/lokeymassive Leif Olson

      i kind of felt the same way, so when i built my own arcade controller, i sourced a 3d joystick to sit in the middle, and wrote a max patch that would remap the 3 axes based on button combinations, its like a chording modwheel effects controller… http://www.flickr.com/photos/pucklermuskau/sets/72157626506197735/

    • Klown

      Ok that is a really cool project!!

      you wouldn’t happen to have a write up or anything on how you went about it? I’ve been super interested in the MIDI Fighter for a long time but I too wish that it had more “arcade-y” centric features. I love the joystick on my hori arcade sticks!!

      btw taking nothing away from the MIDI Fighter. I will probably end up grabbing the Spectra some time in the near future.

    • LionUCS

      There is much speculation (and waiting) on a Spectra Pro. Leif Olson, you should really make a video of that, I would love to see that thing in action.

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      *That* is a thing of beauty. Lovely. Yes – any more documentation, this deserves its own post!

    • http://www.facebook.com/lokeymassive Leif Olson

      ive been meaning to do that for far to long. I will use these comments as a kick in the pants to actually film something ;D

    • http://nutation.net/ rseymour

      DO IT. :D and/or share the 3d file and parts list. What’s the guts of it? arduino, livid, something else?

    • http://www.facebook.com/lokeymassive Leif Olson

      its a http://www.leobodnar.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=67&products_id=180 used for hobby flight controllers, comes in as a joystick, lots of button inputs and the continuous controls are high resolution.

  • Brody

    I love my midi-fighter pro, but it’s been awhile since I’ve used it for music. I use it in Cinema 4D with a special plug-in to control movements, switch tools, camera movements etc. Sometimes I put together little Ableton sets and let my 20 month old son have some fun, but I haven’t used it to DJ i awhile. Really, we need more programs that will accept MIDI inputs I am so sick of keyboard shortcuts. I want more buttons, knobs and sliders.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chromatouch Leon Trimble

    anyone got the lowdown on how well these things (or 3D) work with traktor’s remix decks? is it a decent replacement for the f1?

    • Joshua Church

      Yes, there are tons of mappings you can get from the djtechtools site that will cover use of the remix decks, and as far as using these as a replacement for an f1, I would recommend thinking about how you use remix decks. if you like using faders, stick to the f1. if you like to finger drum, use the MF