April 21, 2013
Creating the controller of your dreams is not like a dream of the impossible, like winning the lottery. This is especially true for MIDI controller as they have become more customizable and modular than they ever were before. Keith McMillen’s QuNeo was just a baby step in showing that controllers could be produced with the users input rather than the designer’s. Today, even if you don’t design it yourself, there is likely a controller built to suit your needs. Behringer has an entire line of controllers that share the same spatial footprint, yet their button layouts are all slightly different from each other. This really gives users the options to create what it is they need.
If that isn’t enough for you – you can submit a design for your own idea, literally. DJ Techtools is looking for user submissions of what they think a controller should look like. It …
April 14, 2013
The idea of additive manufacturing and three dimensional printing has worked well with musicians and DJs. That is, musicians have found that they can benefit well from this technology, even though it is only in its infancy. So far we’ve seen some pretty impressive creations like a lightweight skeleton guitar, printed from a machine. We’ve also seen innovations such as blueprints for small parts that would usually take a very long time to source. Three dimensional printing is about to see its next wave or production, as innovators find clever ways for the average person to make use of it.
One smart designer has figured out that instead of printing only inanimate parts of the gear – they can also print out parts that were designed to be reactive. This means that instead of housing a printed circuit board inside of a lifeless body, the body itself contains some of …