• wardtf

    Livid came up with a new smaller brain, much cheaper and easier!

  • Milo Johnson

    You think it’s possible to use the Hale UMC32 brain with the Livid breakout boards? They should be electrically compatible I’d imagine and it’d save a lot of money.

  • oops sorry !

    just saw you were talking about the midibox

  • you absolutely have to mention the Midibox platform !

    it’s one of the best solution out there. it’s open source, and you can buy kits to make your system.


  • This is the best blog post I have ever read on the internet ever.

  • manuel
  • J450N N4ME

    I have not regretted it. The biggest issue I have is the spatial arrangement….I want it to more closely match the GUI. Unfortunately you have to build your own if you want to get that picky. I thought about taking the keyboard apart and replacing the keys with some more tactile buttons but I found some teardown photos of the keyboard and the results are depressing. Apple didn’t use any screws, they glued the stupid thing together. Oh well- as long as you color code in a way that makes sense, the spatial arrangement is a small thing to get over.
    Combo-ing with a Mashine eh? That ought to be quite capable once you get it up and running. I would not be able to do a thing on the keyboard for effects- that is where the Akai APC40 is a dream come true. I find that even if you go stick almost $500 into an awesome multitasking controller, you’re still gonna need a few $50 gems kicking around as well (like an xsession pro). I’ve been nothing but pleased with the keyboard and I too feel like an absolute genius!

  • digibeach

    YES OK….we are exactly the same in one sense…I hate modifiers/macros/and scenes as well. I just thought i was lazy. I want each button to have its own function. I use two numark omnis, and a maschine controller…but i also went out and bought a bunch of Korg Nano pads for jumps and cues of all types and sizes.

    When I first got on Traktor, about 3 years ago as a young pup, i did the same exact thing you did but with a Microsoft Keyboard on my Dell desktop. I spent Weeks on it making it look perfect. I thought i was an absolute genious. Shortly after i discovered controllers and became obsessed.

    Anyway, now i use a mac book pro so i was in need of a keyboard anyway.

  • J450N N4ME

    [quote post=”5161″]Can you talk a little more about this or show a picture, please, thank you. Or give a link.[/quote]
    Well, I was talking to the guy from U-Hid about translating the message of the U-Hid board into midi. He told me that the U-Hid sends keyboard codes so any 3rd party program that interprets keycodes would be able to process the info from the board without a go-between program like junXion. I hung up the phone and got to thinking…..”wait a minute, I can just march right in to the apple store and see how much a new keyboard costs. Then I can assign hotkeys to it and paint it without ruining the functionality of my MBPro keyboard.” Well, the keyboard (with the numeric pad) was only $50. I bought some Sharpie™ Paint Markers (not the normal Sharpie™, these daddies are oil based) and painted up a loop and beat juggling setup that mirrors (closely) the GUI on Traktor Pro. 18 of the buttons do not send useable data to Traktor Pro, so I painted them silver to match the background of the keyboard.
    I ended up with 80 buttons for $50 and an extra USB port. Added to my APC40 and my Xsession Pro…….I’m in no short supply of buttons. Hotcues live on the APC40 and the loop/beatjump controller is COMMITTED to each deck- no toggling to make 1 button do 4 things in 4 places. (I’m a little slow with switching pages so I wanted everything accessible all the time for all 4 decks). I hope the picture helps (if it loads for you). cheers.

  • Wow! Great info Deraadt. This is exactly what I wanted. I need to start this project soon. 😉

  • digibeach

    [quote comment=”28213″] decided to go buy an extra keyboard from Apple and turn it into a “Traktor Pro Z Board”. [/quote]

    Can you talk a little more about this or show a picture, please, thank you. Or give a link.

  • dan-the-man

    would the ohm64 be easily mapped with traktor pro ?

  • Remote

    I like the news on teh midi-fighter but after a bit of searching I can’t find anything on what is needed to expand it further than the 4 analogue and digital inputs you can currently add?

  • Ah, awesome! I’ve been rummaging around the web for different takes on the different diy midi platforms, and then it pops one up right here on good’ol’ DJTT!

  • J450N N4ME

    so glad you posted this. I pounded my head against my desk for about 3 months trying to sort through all the jibber-jabber on the Uhid, Hap, and arduino sites. I even got a guy who is a tech at a local radio station to go through some sites with me and help me pick a suitable board (I want 120 arcade buttons and a load of other analog controls on a single board) I could not get any straight answers from any of the sites about there plug and play capabilities. This is the most concise collection of info on this topic I’ve ever seen and I searched the WHOLE internet. LIVID is the way to go and I had no clue they were that adaptable or easy to program. Good thing I gave up when I did and just decided to go buy an extra keyboard from Apple and turn it into a “Traktor Pro Z Board”. that only cost $50 and gave me 119 buttons (though not spatially arranged in a sensible way). Looks like my midi project will be back on for this summer THANK YOU!!!!!

    Oh, and these are a few sites that I found to be useless (but still awesome), and totally useful. If you are thinking of this project, you will want to hit these links:

  • looks like fun! can’t wait to try it out… thanks for the references!

  • midifidler

    “They can’t have kids in their bedrooms outdoing the big companies!”

    The difference is manufacturability, sure it might look comparable in price if you simply add the cost of components up, but the time it takes to assemble it all is where it gets very pricey very quickly

  • Mudo
  • hoxoboxo

    Anybody know of a DIY midi kit that has 14-bit analog outputs? I would need it to make a pitch fader.

  • MrSteve81

    This came about a week late!
    Just waiting for my Hale UMC32 to arrive. As its only got 32 inputs I’m planning to create something I will call the mini fighter.

  • adrian

    @Colly.tv – I think the open-source movement is coming to hardware now. This is just like what happened in software 15ish years ago (Linux anyone). The real question is which of the bedroom hobbyists will rise to take on the big boys!

  • Anson Cheung

    nevermind it was mentioned in the main article…just not the hardware section…i should learn to read before i say anything 😛

  • Anson Cheung

    not to mention the project shown (the black one) is midibox based….

  • Anson Cheung

    I’m surprised midibox wasn’t mentioned

  • Vinicius Hoffmann

    Thanks for this article
    I keep dreaming with a custom controller everyday hehehe

  • Fyoog

    Was just asking about this on the forum last week, excellent timing. The question I asked also was seeing where would be good to read up on how to get started for beginners on this kind of circuit work as I don’t have much experience but it is something i want to have go at, anyone know any good books or tutorial web sites?

  • Mudo

    Hi Deraadt,
    It could be useful in each revision the label “Midi data”: 7 bits, 14 bits…

    and it could be so great another article with HID and OSC diy solutions like http://www.u-hid.com or arduino.


  • Since they are pretty straight forward to make DIY for not huge money, we should expect all the major vendors to come out with some really great stuff, well built and great value too. They can’t have kids in their bedrooms outdoing the big companies!

  • nice write up deraadt… the bliptronome caught my eye the other day on another blog and im interested in checking it out when i get some cash