When we discontinued the Midi Fighter Classic nearly two months ago, it was to prepare for the launch of a total update to this legendary controller. Today we’re proud to announce the release of the Midi Fighter Spectra, a redesign of the Classic model that includes brand new features like full-color ring lighting, configurable function buttons, and beautiful new top, side, and button color options.
MEET THE MIDI FIGHTER SPECTRA
- Price: $175
- Communication: USB MIDI (Class Compliant)
- Available: Now in the DJTT web store!
- Shipping: (updated) free domestic ground / $25 international economy flat rate
- Ships with: Midi Fighter Spectra, DJTT custom USB cable, certificate of authenticity
- Weight: 1.2 pounds (0.5 kg)
- Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 1.5 inches (154 x 154 x 38 mm)
The Mission: Keep the fun, DIY-ethos of the Midi Fighter Classic intact while updating the design to include full-color lighting and six side function buttons. In addition, our engineers were tasked with making the controller even more robust to withstand rough road use while simultaneously lowering the price our customers have to pay for a custom-built controller. Read on to learn how we did it:
FULL-COLOR RING LIGHTING UPDATE
The Midi Fighter Classic (our first custom-built controller) allowed everyone to pick the color of each individual button in order to remember functionality. Of course, the problem that arises is that mappings and color preferences change over time. While color is a great label to remember things, it needs to be able to be changed over time.
So for the Midi Fighter Spectra we wanted to keep all the custom color options while introducing new flexibility in button colors. Each of the Spectra’s 16 buttons remembers two different colors (off and on states) in all four banks. Throw in complex animations controllable from the software, and you have a controller that can easily provide rich visual feedback for exactly what’s going on with your DJ or production software.
CUSTOMIZABLE FUNCTION BUTTONS
Borrowed from the design of the Midi Fighter 3D, we incorporated six function buttons built right into the silicon case (three visible in the photo above). These buttons are especially useful for simple bank changing or preset selection, keeping the top of the controller clean and clutter free. The functionality of each button is easily customizable in the Midi Fighter Utility (visible below), including many HID operations not possible through in traditional MIDI controllers.
NEW COLORS AND MATERIALS
Since every DJ and live performer has a unique visual style, we wanted to maintain customizability of the entire controller while adding a new range of amazing color options. All of the original Midi Fighter Classic colors are available for the top sheet, protective case, and buttons while adding several new materials including wood and mirror (shown above).
On the bottom of the controller, you can see each unit is still hand-assembled and numbered, with a brand new white circuit board that reflects four MIDI-controllable LEDS on the base of the unit which can be seen with clear tops and cases.
To learn more and order your own customized unit, visit the Midi Fighter Spectra product page on the DJTT Store.
(Store Manager’s Update: We’ve fixed shipping to offer a limited launch set of flat rates for the first 7 days: Domestic in the US: $0 | International: $25)