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DJ TechTools' founder Ean Golden parlayed his job as a music technology writer into a business manufacturing a unique line of DJ gear.
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.
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.
Each MIDI Fighter is assembled by hand in DJ TechTools' San Francisco office.
One of the hallmarks of DJ Tech Tools' collaborations with other hardware manufacturers is these brightly colored knobs and crossfader caps.
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.