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Christmas Gift Guide

Ean Golden

MIDI Fighter

MIDI Fighter 3D

Soldering MIDI Fighters

A rainbow of knobs

Ean and Donald

DJ TechTools' founder Ean Golden parlayed his job as a music technology writer into a business manufacturing a unique line of DJ gear.
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The MIDI Fighter was the first solo project manufactured by DJ TechTools. Each device is handmade in San Francisco and custom-configured to customer specification.

The MIDI Fighter hooks up to a computer over a standard USB connection, allowing DJs to associate each button to a music software feature.
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In 2012, DJ TechTools released the MIDI Fighter 3D. The controller includes an integrated gyroscope, allowing you to control your DJ software with the position and angle of the device.
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Each MIDI Fighter is assembled by hand in DJ TechTools' San Francisco office.
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One of the hallmarks of DJ Tech Tools' collaborations with other hardware manufacturers is these brightly colored knobs and crossfader caps.
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Ean Golden (left) was nice enough to lead me through a tour of the DJ TechTools office. For an arcade addict and musician like myself, the MIDI Fighter controller I'm holding is a fun and intuitive way to mix and mangle digital audio.
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