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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nick-Francis/726367250 Nick Francis

    Update: Finally! A new Choppertone video up now; mashing up “My Generation”. http://youtu.be/UeQO-_c5pcQ

  • http://vienne.co/gio-xach Helawowana68

    I’m actually really pleased that readers did ask some tough questions about the new Moogerfooger in comments on that story, and I’ll make sure we get those questions addressed directly to the engineer. Talking to the actual engineer and not just going through the filter of marketing is really important to me.

    If you’ve got more – particularly those from an engineering perspective – let us know.

    I’m also excited to mix and mingle someone working with a major-name maker and some of the folks on the DIY side of things.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laurence.willis Laurence Willis

    Nick, you truly are an inspiration to all of us. Making live remixes on your own custom midi controller….that’s what it’s all about. Keep jammin man!

  • Blake Lawrence

    I was already proud to know Nick and to have worked with him in radio. And now I’m floored by this truly astounding invention! It’s important that more of the world (outside of the broadcasting biz) gets to know what an innovator he is, and here’s the proof.

  • Blake Lawrence

    I was already proud to know Nick and to have worked with him in radio. And now I’m floored by this truly astounding invention! It’s important that more of the world (outside of the broadcasting biz) gets to know what an innovator he is, and here’s the proof.

  • Diego

    i wanna be his son

  • Diego

    i wanna be his son

  • Teo

    I read here alot and have to say that this is by far one of the most inspiring pieces to date… Watch out Ean…lol

  • Teo

    I read here alot and have to say that this is by far one of the most inspiring pieces to date… Watch out Ean…lol

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful controller

  • http://djtechtools.com/forum/showthread.php?p=191415&posted=1#post191415 Bonito_

    really nice,

    i have a question, how was the wiring of the button made to be kept that simple?

  • Anonymous

    Way to go Nick! What a beautiful controller!

  • http://djgirish.com DJ Girish

    Awesome. Very inspiring.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zachfeldman Zach Feldman

    This just made my night-the controller is beautiful beyond belief and a true instrument! Your remix was also amazing, I’ve never even considered working in jazz. You’re an inspiration, keep up the great work!

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthonytay Anthony Tay

    This is absolutely jaw dropping incredible.

  • http://www.bizmuth.com DJ Bizmuth

    I can’t wait to see what else you come up with. This controller looks like it has a ton of potential, and I love the symmetrically angled faders. Cheers!

  • Guest

    Wow, just wow. Really gorgeous work on your controller, quite the inspiration. Your remix is bordering on the Jackin’ House sound from known sometimes as Swing House. See what Flapjack Records from Chicago is doing with the likes of Frankie J, Wattie Green, Scrubfish and Laurence et all using jazz/swing samples and a jacking house beat. You could have a nice little hit there on your hands!

  • http://www.deepbass.com/portfolio Brad Shaw

    Wow, just wow. Really gorgeous work on your controller, quite the inspiration. Your remix is bordering on the Jackin’ House sound from known sometimes as Swing House. See what Flapjack Records from Chicago is doing with the likes of Frankie J, Wattie Green, Scrubfish and Laurence et all using jazz/swing samples and a jacking house beat. You could have a nice little hit there on your hands!

    Damn double post. Tried to remove it through Disqus but it only made it “Guest”… sorry!

  • Nancreations

    Nick, congratulations on your work. I find it very inspiring, and I feel that this community thanks to people like is becomming an excelent resource not only for technical stuff, but also of influence for people to try and do their own thing musically. You made my day man!

  • Muzikmonkee

    I rarely comment on posts here but all I can say is WOW. I am a fan nick. I love that you prove that the love of music is timeless and ageless

  • http://www.facebook.com/Danny.Riot.the.Dj.Mellen Danny RiottheDj Mellen

    what a breath of fresh air, this truly puts a sunday smile on my face….
    I have been putting of a few mods lately because I was afraid to, but I guess I know what I am going to do today, with a great mellow mix from your mixcloud…
    thanks m8


    beautiful! hell of a job!

  • Anonymous

    I am, completely and utterly awestruck!

  • Gbrown44

    And might I come back and say i’m truly inspired and delighted at your age (even though you did not post it)… As I was wondering if the desire would die out one day, you give me hope that it never will…

  • Gbrown44

    I actually clapped a round of applause to you… Good work sir.

  • Good

    Great job on the controller, great article, more innovative stuff like this.

    Again good job nick

  • Andie

    You sir, are a legend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/colin.mcgonagill Colin McGonagill

    Love the remixing. Sounds so Classy. I want to try this with some of my sets now. I am going to have to get some “good” music now.

  • Adexcgvr

    This doesnt look like a DJ instrument at all. It’s more like a guitar or a bass. And thats un a good way :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ronniemcbride Ronnie McBride

    That has to be one of the classiest controllers and concept I have seen in a long time. Very inspirational work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=519701030 Sam Parker

    the idea of remixes of jazz music for coffee bar type environments is absolutely amazing and completely unique.

  • Anonymous

    Nick I want to compliment you on this milestone achievement. It’s good to know that people who are older and wiser are turning to DJTT for inspiration. That was an incredible remix. I love Jazz music, just like I love Deep House and Techno. I hope some djs or musicians would someday stop the hate and accept the revolution occurring within the music industry.

  • http://twitter.com/GUNNERBASS GUNNER BASS

    OMC Nick Francis you Legend YOU! Jawdropping stuff and a badass performance bro.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=44602925 Derek Richard

    yah, that things epicccccc, repeating what everyone else has all ready said, Great Work, simply amazing.

  • Uncledj401

    TOTAL Old Man Crush.

  • John Smith

    Great post and even greater piece of kit i’m sure this will inspire many to make their own controllers from here on in. But please try not to flex your neck so much. I’m a sports therapist and this will really cause you problems in the long run. I’m sure once you are more familiar with it you will look down less, much like a guitarist. Also big up to all the other comments on here for showing this senior member some much deserved RESPECT.

  • http://twitter.com/ruslanmusic Ruslan

    Man I can only imagine how good the build quality is. This guy is an OG!

  • OGP

    Big up! Does Nick Francis produce his own music does anyone know?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nick-Francis/726367250 Nick Francis

      Thanks OGP. I produce and host a weekly radio show (16 years running). It’s called “Quietmusic”, a very mellow jazz-meets-ambient mix. I post an hour of my show every week and have a nice following over at Mixcloud:

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001768084621 Rolf Ski

    Nick, you’re the man. Truly inspirational stuff. Seeing this only wishes me for more diversity in the digital dj world.

  • razmakati

    Blown away!!

    This is awesome

    Thanks alot!!

  • Nicky H

    Beautiful – thats not a word normally associated with controllers – great job!

  • earl panda

    i just fell in love with a piece of wood and some plastic attached on it!
    great work nick! this really is a big inspiration!

  • Taz

    So cool to get to see someone else’s interpretation on controllerism and potential benefits of using it.

  • Zac Kyoti

    Thanks Nick, for the beautiful work and the creative application of sound. I’ve always loved the idea of controllers as instruments rather than simply consoles. There’s some interesting work going on out there with this trend – misa guitar, zendrum, reactable, onyx ashanti, etc, – I think you’re definitely on to something with the chopper tone!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=530718492 Pablo ‘Charlie’ Rodriguez

    I just have a word!!.. Awesomenessssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Educateteam

    Awesome Job on the controller and the track! The controller looks very elegant – market them to and through DJTT =)

  • http://www.djaleem.com Aleem Mohamed

    Well done Nick. All the best.

  • Coldfuzion

    That’s simply awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/Stphnvlstk Stphnvlstk

    This project takes the word badass to a whole new level. People like you inspire me! Looking forward to a new video when you have really mastered your new instrument!

  • Bigbeatzz


  • rasmus

    he is the shit :)

    damn it i love jazz and im really amazed what the guy and ableton live are able to do. very creative

  • Soundshock

    Go out and Publish this great tune !

  • http://djtechtools.com Michael Mitchell

    awesome work!

  • LOL

    very clean build… but the controller looks really heavy and akward to have in your lap… especially since it is the size of a install console…..

    With what your using it for seems like you should shoot for something half the size/weight thats more lap or “guitar strap” friendly replace half them buttons knobs with 1 shift button/rotary and lighten your load!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nick-Francis/726367250 Nick Francis

      Appreciate the critique. The shift button/rotary thing is a good suggestion. (I think it’s a modification that can work with what I have now.) Although it might appear to look heavy, it’s not. (The front and back pieces are 1/4″ plywood–very light. Ironically, the most weight comes from the 20 metal pots). And whatever awkwardness I show comes mostly from the unfamiliarity of using it. The tactile feeling of this thing is amazing; it’s a joy to behold…literally.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/PaulHolland-DoubleDutchdj/100001027166218 PaulHolland DoubleDutchdj

      The materials/types of wood used would make this a lot lighter than it looks. The obvious cool thing about DIY controllers you can tailor it exactly to personal taste. If this little beauty was mine I think I’d long for a back lit arcade mod like the one’s found in this other epic diy vintage TechTools post http://www.djtechtools.com/2009/06/22/more-arcade-buttons/

  • Mr Draxx


  • http://www.graphicdesignstolemysoul.com Priscilla

    Beautiful Nick. You seem like a true gentleman, who appreciates the art of music.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nick-Francis/726367250 Nick Francis

    Thanks to all of you for your attention & respect. I so much appreciate it. I really believe that digital music making is the folk music of the 21st century. It’s a beautiful thing to watch it all evolve & be a small part of it too. NF

  • http://soundcloud.com/cpoynter cpoynter

    Amazing. Simply amazing. It’s so great to see that it isn’t just my generation staying on the cutting edge of technology and creativity. What an inspiration!!!

  • Fusor010

    Ean, my friend, thanks…

  • http://www.facebook.com/piopro James ‘Pioneer’ Burkill

    PURE QUALITY!!! in every sence of the work fantastic work :0

  • http://www.facebook.com/4P1ay Tomii Forsythe

    pure amazing.

  • Rokku

    Gibson Thunderbird bass or Gibson Firebird guitar…there was never a Fender Thunderbird…

    Sorry, long time bass player.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nick-Francis/726367250 Nick Francis

      You’re right Rokku. I never corrected the original post from the forum. Gibson it is.

  • M Live

    Pure Genius!!!

  • fleater

    I have been following this for some time on the Livid Instruments website as an Ohm64 user and lover!
    Well done for this gorgeous piece of kit!

  • Mikael

    truly incredible, fantastic work. Allowing the usage of the controller so the audience can see what’s going on is a great idea!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=663316880 Phil Morse

    Second all of the above, inspiring stuff.

  • http://corporation.tumblr.com corporation

    wow. loving the jazz mash and the beauty of the controller.

  • Santielenaiscool

    awesome work, i’d like to have something like that one day, i disagree with the “used like an instrument” to me it’s still used like a controller to activate clips and mix/fx them rather than an instruments to play notes, have you ever seen the Zendrum, http://www.zendrum.com/ that’s next on my list

    • Evan

      Yeah i would describe this as more of a “Live Re-Edit”

  • Tcharles

    As both a swing dancer and a swing DJ I can only express my thanks a thousand times : there are too few mashups/remixes of this kind and it’s really inspiring.

    As a controllerist I can only say : damn! This controller is better-looking than my last girlfriend =)

  • Karlos Santos

    Ladies & Gentlemen I think we have a new hero in our midst.
    That is a stunning application of controllerism. What a guy.

  • http://www.cooloutmusic.com COOLOUT

    I hope this becomes a solid trend in controllerism…more diversity in users and the performed material.

    The controller looks stunning. The only things I would have added would be some sort visual LED feedback and a system to label the knobs and buttons. That thing looks too good to just use a cheap homemade labels.

    The idea of performing with the controller in your lap like you would an acoustic guitar seems like a really viable approach. You could just put the laptop on the floor with zoom on ableton cranked up.

    All of this reminds me of how Futureman from Bela Fleck’s band is really from the future: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BPpy1lLvys

  • R3 bonaire

    hopy respect from Bonaire. as you say yourself ,not a DJ but i give you a true controllerist. 1/4 inch tape and razorblades are build in your chopper(for me also 30yrs ago). I know a Jazz Cafe that would like to have you play live……just frkn awsome man…..

  • http://guerrilla-stoemp.blogspot.com La Japonaise Moustachue

    Amazing!!!!!!!! (Both the controller and the mashup)

  • sD

    This manages to be both classy AND badass.



  • http://www.facebook.com/people/PaulHolland-DoubleDutchdj/100001027166218 PaulHolland DoubleDutchdj

    Seriously huge massive piles of respect, on so many levels you done a great job!

    • Dj caine

      ha ha I just knew youd like this one wicked :-)

  • another

    Nick wants us to call him as big daddy with these last sentences ” really love and appreciate what you guys are doing and think these new digital DJ tools are fantastic.” =)

  • I1Kirm

    I’m speechless. You just opened a whole new world of possibilities to me. And the mashup was great! Well done

  • http://twitter.com/djmarcelektro Marco F

    Wow that was an amazing video! I loved the fact that you used your controller like an instrument AND played a jazz mix with it! You must have put a lot of effort into that and it shows in the video. If there’s a new project I can’t wait to see it!

  • joemaffei

    Where did you get the circuit boards?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/PaulHolland-DoubleDutchdj/100001027166218 PaulHolland DoubleDutchdj

      all the info for specs is in the article dude! Use those peeper’s

      • joemaffei


  • http://amazonbeat.blogspot.com/ Plauto

    Quite unique and very beautiful, perhaps of great value, when the Native Instruments wake up and create a step pattern sequencer to be used with cue points, when this occurs abandonment Ableton Live.

  • Michielygil

    that wiring is so clean!

  • Rdperry

    Wow, it’s so weird to see a midi controller being used to mess around with jazz music, not to mention that beautiful piece of artwork. Great job Nick!

  • Anthologic

    Great looking controller… even better mash-up!!!

  • Kobb

    Amazing mashup! The best thing Ive heard in a long time. True genious at work.

  • Synthetix

    really great. never before have I viewed a midi controller as an actual instrument in this way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=715877430 Edwin Oppedijk

    Wow – beautiful peace of custom gear and very nice remix.

  • Afrowhitieeee

    Incredible – really awesome controller and i think your Fats Waller mashup sounds great!