Most smaller MIDI controllers are low profile, allowing them to slip easily into your bag but are too low to use with turntables and mixers. This makes using small controllers along with standard DJ gear slightly awkward. Those of us who are on the taller side also suffer from controllers that are too far away and not at playing height. The solution for both problems? A few pieces of gear that are already in your bag + a very simple 25-cent investment that will raise up most small MIDI controllers to a playable height without adding any weight to your bag.
DVS users of Serato Scratch and Traktor Scratch suffer from this problem more than anyone. They need to have their control surfaces at the same height as the turntable/mixer or it’s very hard to access in a pinch. The Solution? Use something that is already in your bag — a needle box — to raise up the controller. The only thing you need: 4 sticky feet, placed on the 4 corners of both top and bottom of your box. This will keep everything firmly in place and at the perfect playing height. The box sticks to the booth, and your controller stays glued to the box, allowing some fierce button banging without any slippage.
WON’T IT SLIP?
We thought you might ask — so I shot a little video of our good friend Solomon trying out his new 25-cent stand using the Midi-Fighter and Serato Scratch. Download the Midi-Mapping he uses if you’re interested in trying it out.
WORKS WITH SOUND CARDS TOO!
Dont have a Needle box in your bag? Chances are you also have a sound card or Serato box in there. Just add some rubber feet to the top and you’re set.
Larger controllers work too. Just use a slightly larger sound card or needle box, and they will stay put as well.