My DJ-oriented MIDI controller

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My DJ-oriented MIDI controller

Post by dCross » Sat Aug 12, 2006 11:20 am

Some pics of a DJ-oriented MIDI controller I built:
http://www.doepfer.de/Controller_Cross.htm

I know, I know, too few channels.

Please keep in mind this controller was constructed with portable DJ performance in mind, not live PA.

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Post by rikhyray » Sat Aug 12, 2006 12:28 pm

I already bought the 3 octave keys from them-including electronic MKE and bend wheel, still looking for someone to built a chassis. Seeing yours I feel like making it all(or just more) in one solution- 16 faders and perhaps 16 (or more) pots What would I need to get from Doepfer ? You are obviously the expert to be asked

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Post by dCross » Sat Aug 12, 2006 2:00 pm

if you want faders/pots, you'll need to get a pocket electronics.

If you want encoders, you'll need to get a dial electronics.

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Post by rikhyray » Sat Aug 12, 2006 2:36 pm

So one set of PE for 16 faders and one/two for 16/32 pots(I am not sure if there is enough space for 32) ? I want to assign thepots to FX sends mainly. Since the idea is to have permanent assign, as I am fedup with all those 1-8/9-16 sets, PE should be OK. What would be advantage of using Dial E. instead?

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Post by dCross » Sat Aug 12, 2006 3:00 pm

The pot vs. encoder argument goes back and forth. I like pots because I like dedicated start/stop positions on the knob. On the other hand, I wish I had at least a couople encoders so I could navigate around session view.

If you're using dedicated FX sends, I would stick with the pocket electronics (ie: pots).

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Post by rozling » Sat Aug 12, 2006 3:40 pm

Nice! What did it used to be? Looks like some kind of measurement instrument.

I like the fact that you put a phones output on it. I assume the fader on the far right is master volume? The label looks like 'plesh'.

I'd kinda ruled the doepfers out as an option for building a controller - are there any good forums or websites where one can go for info? I went to m-control.com but the page won't load for me...

Roz

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Post by JohnDP » Sat Aug 12, 2006 5:31 pm

very very nice, like the A&H styled rotary pots...

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Post by Mike Goodwin » Sat Aug 12, 2006 7:53 pm

That thing looks great!

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Post by M. Bréqs » Sat Aug 12, 2006 8:54 pm

...Beautiful.

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Post by dCross » Sat Aug 12, 2006 11:33 pm

it used to be a battery-powered Sony microphone mixer from the 70s/80s

eBay is your friend ;)

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Post by missjade » Sun Aug 13, 2006 12:40 am

i want a pitch control slider on my midi controller :cry:

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Post by the ar » Sun Aug 13, 2006 12:54 am

Love it.
Retro knobs and silver casing, top notch.
And those on/off and lpf/hpf switches are very well thought.

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Post by dCross » Sun Aug 13, 2006 1:45 am

One of these days I'll turn m-control.com into an educational resource for hardware MIDI controller projects...

At this point, I would suggest research on the midibox.org forums - there are a lot of great resources to pull from there.

The phones output is a simple unamplified connection, no fancy audio dials going on there. Everything is a MIDI control, or an interface for the actual electronics inside.

I chose doepfer instead of a Midibox because I wanted to maintain commercial viability (ie: sell them one of these days). If you want to make a single good controller, I'd suggest Midibox. If you want to build a workshop selling them, I'd choose doepfer, as the Midibox folks are fiercely anti-commercial and largely DIY-only.

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Post by ethios4 » Sun Aug 13, 2006 5:46 am

Nice Work!

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Post by dm_hawk » Sun Aug 13, 2006 4:52 pm

niiice...
great layout, and i love the old school enclosure
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