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Ohm DJ Controller – and the Ultimate Controller

Posted on | October 2, 2007 | 8 Comments

ohm2.jpgLivid 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…


8 Responses to “Ohm DJ Controller – and the Ultimate Controller”

  1. John
    October 2nd, 2007 @ 10:16 PM

    It looks cool, but would you want that crossfader? And I think it needs room for EQ3. I’d prefer a UC-33e layout to this.

  2. Loopy
    October 2nd, 2007 @ 10:41 PM

    John, There is a crossfader.

    And the only thing I’d use crossfader is to use some dry/wet kind of effect like “fade to gray” or more subtle ones from

  3. Kent Sandvik
    October 2nd, 2007 @ 10:49 PM

    Yes, the UC33-e has been for me the cheap-but-good controller. It’s alas discontinued, but I think it’s because a new version might be available soon.

    And yes, I don’t use cross-faders. Same with any scratch-pad like pars, old-fashioned stuff…

    October 3rd, 2007 @ 3:13 AM

    The centre buttons matrix looks suspiciously like a monome. The bits on either side looks like a xone 3d without the central xone 92 bit.

    I have got a kenton killamix and very hap with that. it has the midi channel selection Kent mentions. with the monome to trigger clips should be a winning combination.


  5. John
    October 3rd, 2007 @ 9:54 AM

    There are UC-33e’s available on ebay for $140. I have a BCF2000 but am not happy with it… I can’t decide if I should hold out on the next product after the UC-33e or go ahead and get one.

  6. Kent Sandvik
    October 3rd, 2007 @ 10:00 AM

    I would wait a little bit and see if M-Audio will announce a replacement for UC-33e shortly. Otherwise, it’s a neat simple and usable controller, worth having, even as a used one.

  7. Kent Sandvik
    October 3rd, 2007 @ 4:49 PM

    Killamix controls are really cool, just expensive here in US. I liked the Mini controller and switching MIDI channels by just pressing on the buttons, saves space.

    Wonder if the big controller is out yet, Killamix DJ? Web site is not mentioning anything. The video blurb mentioned that they are also looking into a modular design, so you could purchase parts.

  8. John
    October 5th, 2007 @ 7:05 PM

    the more I see this thing the sweeter it is starting to look

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