Livid instruments just announced the Ohm DJ Controller, and it sure looks tasty. You could check out the specs yourself at their site. It was a clever idea (and they try to patent this) to have a 36-button matrix in the middle of the controller view with two sides for both hands.
It’s also good that they focused on the aspect of lighted controls, it’s darned hard to see controls in a dark DJ booth from time to time.
Anyway, this is part two. There has been all kinds of variations concerning making the ultimate DJ controller, or live controller. They all have good ideas. But I think the hardest issue is that every DJ and laptop performer has their own ideas how the layout should look like. Sometimes you could do compromises, but if you want to pay a lot of money for a controller, you really want it to behave as close as possible to the vision you have.
For example, in my case I would like to have sliders for various channels, and on top four rotary pots, and one of these should switch the behavior of the other three. For example, in one mode the other three behave like a normal 3-band EQ. In another mode, they are used to activate and control a beat splicer. And so on.
I would not mind to have a touch pad, as it will take a while until I think Ableton Live will have non-mouse support for all the features I need, especially concerning finding clips and inserting them to tracks.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Every DJ and performer has their own small things they would like to have. If any of the big companies, M-Audio et rest, would just go ahead and provide a modular approach to controllers, that would be better. There’s always the option of building your own controller, but I’m afraid that it takes time and effort, and meanwhile most of us are busy doing tracks, so a commercial solution would be better.
Even better, such a solution would most likely have customers constantly buying more parts.
Yes, I know of Mawser. They never seen to ship their product, the look is industrial, and their prices are too high. Maybe if some other company purchased Mawzer and finalized their product…