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DJ TechTools' Ean GoldenWe talk with Ean Golden of DJ TechTools and tour his San Francisco-based company, specializing in a unique line of computer-connected DJ gear with a retro arcade feel.
When -- old and I designed DJ product. The difference between India Tek tools products and other controllers out there is that our products -- designed to be fun. They're designed -- -- powerful and are designed to really make things can make it easy to do amazing things. So how -- committee fighter come about well we made this product -- is actually the original one this guy call me from LA after I had taken my VCI 100. And had installed arcade buttons and it and -- -- LA Jonathan asked me make one for him than I did. Andy was such a hit that we started making them as a product for people. And -- -- these customized controllers with arcade buttons of people's choice. There's really expensive to make. But people loved and we -- hey you know the circular button thing is pretty -- we should make an arcade button controller. -- of the very first controllers -- was committee fighter. We wanted to find a way to actually be able to get people this customization right in the product so they can -- the arcade buttons out. Put different colors in there to build it themselves and kind of put on a find DIY kit. Our rights are here we are in the U tech tools. Assembly lab got -- here building some circuit -- from the many -- pro. You've got a whole stack committee fighters over there waiting to go out. We've gone from one tiny little room in my apartment literally to this and now we've outgrown its -- we're moving on to something bigger. But this is where all the controllers come out of right now those are new -- -- caps over there get six or seven different funky colors so people can customize there. Midi controllers the -- they want. And then on your right this the assembly station where you put all many factors together. The navy fighter has grown up now we've added to many fighters three decent line and that's this guy here. And the difference is that this is a lot more scalable Wi. Produce these by hand in my office when my one and it's really time consuming to do that. We want to be able to give people the option of changing out their buttons themselves. Inside the software so we did to make a 3-D. Three -- is we put a gyroscope and -- -- compass and -- actually able to predictably. Determine exactly where in space -- controllers at any time and all three dimensions. So we'll tell you can't button and I can't help but my turn on the fact I can modulate that -- -- -- -- in either direction. Com what's and wanna reduce the amount to effectively -- forward lower than. When -- holdings. You know how the benefit of muscle memory gravity here you can actually. Is not the position of your full body and you start to get into this kind of more musical. Muscle memory space where. You've forgotten about the computer.