Numark Mixtrack Modified: Midi Fighters Replace Jogwheels

Spotted last week on Twitter was this crazy modified Numark Mixtrack controller from DJTT reader Zach Willett, with the jogwheels removed and two Midi Fighters dropped into the chassis. We wanted to learn more, so Zach sent over photos of the construction process and a few more details on the actual mod itself.

The Mixtrack’s innards removed

The first step was to insure there was enough space in the Mixtrack PCB to allow the Midi Fighters to fit. This required some cutting on the lower Sync/Cue/Play/Stutter parts.

Before and after the Mixtrack’s jogwheel removal

(the) next step was to relieve the jog wheels of their duty. I cut the wheel supports out, then measured and cut squares out based on the position of the PCB.

Measuring cut lines and marking them with tape.

Once the Midi Fighters fit into place I decided to go the low-tech route and just run 3 USB cords out the back of the Mixtrack.

Midi Fighters mounted in the cut chassis.

Screw everything back together and you got a MIDI powerhouse in one tidy package. The brunt of the mod took about a week of on and off work. I compromised the functionality of a button on the upper right part of the Mixtrack, due to running the USB out of the Spectra (blocking where the button would impact the Mixtrack’s circuit board.

The final product: all working properly!

Done something similar? Let us know in the comments below – or read this article on the best MIDI controllers for DIY modding.

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  • blk lab

    That’s awesome.I never would have thought to do that with my mixtrack

  • Charles13x

    This shit reterded!!!

  • chris

    sorry, but this can’t be finished. (maybe DJTT haves no other …… arrg

  • noxxi

    definitely admire the the effort and the fact that he wasnt scared to do this, ive done similar things in my time, this particular mod however isn’t my cup of tea at all, but that’s just my opinion. i’m sure this is a “marmite” mod that will split opinion

  • spoilsport

    this would be cool if it had jog wheels instead of those buttons

  • killmedj

    I love frankenstein stuff like this!

  • ogc

    Visual fix-up? Ugly? You guys are the biggest pansies on the face of the internet. Grab a soldering iron and learn how to make things. This thing looks cool as hell.

    • G

      I hate to see what your GF looks like LOL

      • ogc

        She looks just like this numark mod. She has midi fighters for boobs. And she’s fucking beautiful.

  • x

    If Numark and DJTT had a baby lol

  • x

    you created a ghetto Livid Instrument ohm mkII lol

  • Dean Zulueta

    Really cool idea. I want to know what the mapping for this thing looks like. How does he play the controller out?

  • dj jsn

    put a faceplate over it, looks ugly but cool concept lol

    • Dan White

      Yep, pretty rough – but it works!

  • andreimatei

    How the hell do you beatmatch on this thing? I guess pitch bend? What a pain!

    • Chuggy

      most controllerists use sync button i imagine

  • Mutis Mayfield

    2 midi fighters plus z1 will be the same, no?

    • Jacob Stadtfeld

      Somewhat, depending on your mapping, aside from the fact that the Z1 is an actual analog mixer/DVS interface.

      • JayRuss

        the z1, isnt analogue, the z2 can be analogue, but it renders all of the other functions useless, all the mixing has to be done in traktor.

        • Jacob Stadtfeld


    • dj jsn

      damn that is tight! so did you do a lot of mods besides sticking in the innofader?

      • deejae snafu

        Just that and the turntable height enclosure basically. Its a blast to use.

  • Chaser720

    Cool idea. With some visual cleanup it would something I would consider buying.