umidi custom controller: 6X6 format of your choice

For the most part, controllers are supplied in a format and layout and making of the vision of the manufacturer. DJ Techtools have had considerable success with the MIDI Fighter range, and while the Spectra offered colour customisation, bar some options on layout with the MIDI Fighter pros, buyers were left with preset layouts. But now people can design their own small format and highly quality controller of their dreams Say hello to umidi custom controller.

As ever, the official words in the voice of midi:


September 26th 2013

umidi is the world’s first custom & visual DJ controller. It gives DJ’s a way to build their perfect midi controller by offering unparalleled choice in both hardware and software.

Using umidi’s website, design your own DJ controller however you want. Your design is then built and shipped it to you anywhere in the world. Customisation includes different components, many colors choices, lighting shapes and even laser etching a custom image onto the face plate.

The umidi also introduces a new visual element to DJ controllers. At the heart of umidi lie 288 RGB LED’s that can be controlled to do whatever you want. This allows for music driven lighting, button effects, visualizing mixing, millions of colors and more. You can even create your own lighting effects. This is easily done using the umidi editor.

The umidi can have the up to 36 components, which include:

  • Knobs
  • Faders
  • Encoders
  • Jog Wheels
  • Aluminum Push Buttons
  • Drum Pads
  • Silicon Buttons
  • & more coming soon

Each component comes in nine different colors varieties. Select from green, blue, red, yellow, orange, pink, purple, white & black.

Using umidi’s website, you can use the design interface to drag and drop what components you want, select colors and upload your own image to build your perfect controller. This means you will have a one of kind controller, specifically designed to your needs.

umidi’s enclosure is milled from a single piece of high grade aluminium, is only 1 inch (2.5cms) thick and weighs less than 3lbs pounds (1.4kgs). You can chose the anodized color of either black, white, blue, yellow, pink, purple, red, orange and green.

umidi works with all midi DJ software including Traktor, Live, Scratch Live, Virtual DJ and more. It’s compatible with Mac OS X, Windows & Linux (plug & play, no drivers necessary). It uses a 32bit ARM 120Mhz for low latency optimization.

umidi will be available on in December of this year starting at an introductory price of $1050 including shipping and handling to anywhere in the world.

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What is umidi?

The basic idea is that within the confines of a 6×6 fixed grid and a handful of familiar controls, you can create your own dream controller. This  can also be cosmetically tweaked to your atheistic dreams or nightmares, with a broad selection of colours. Speaking of colours, this also extends to LEDs as well, as these controllers come complete with RGB feedback LEDs as well. Why not have a go yourself right now.

This isn’t a new idea — you may recall that boutique controller house 60Works spun off a new model called Zayik, that aimed to do much the same as UMIDI. umidi is different in that is offers RGB lights and more in the way of personalisation and variety of controls.

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There is of course a price to pay, and it’s not at all cheap. With an average umidi custom controller coming in at $1050 through the planned Kickstarter campaign, you’ve got to really want a very specific and tailored controller. Let’s not have any comments about how it’s too expensive. This isn’t a mass-produced single product pumped out of a far eastern factory that keeps the cost down through the economies of scale — each one is completely individual and hand made to a very high specification and quality. It’s your controller rather just another controller that you’ve bought.

As mentioned, there’s a Kickstarter campaign happening in December, at which point you’ll be able to get the umidi custom controller of your dreams.

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Post your creation – win a DJWORX t-shirt

Time for some fun. While you can’t get a umidi controller just yet, you can mess around with the designer and save out your own creations. Just for fun, design your own and post the result in the comments. We’ll send a DJWORX t-shirt as a prize for the ones we like. Off you go then.


  • Scott Frost

    looks like a dj tech tools copy

    • Markus BreeCube Jogun

      It’s frigging expensive, too.

  • Djcbz Emmanuel Wedgeworth

    pretty dope idea but for what price?

    • stevesweets

      Its in the article…. “There is of course a price to pay, and it’s not at all cheap. With an average umidi custom controller coming in at $1050 through the planned Kickstarter campaign, you’ve got to really want a very specific and tailored controller”. It appears to be a really quality setup, and thats a small price to pay if you’re after a really specific setup.

  • 031999

    simple, 2 jog, 2 faders, eq’s, filters, track selectors, and play pause

  • damn i want one

  • “price of $1050” wat :O why so much

  • looked awesome until I saw the price

  • Wojciech

    So….6 faders and 6 butoons for advance FX control (FX 1&2 – 3 faders and 3 buttonf for each FX unit) and 2 encoders (1 for each FX unit) to select FX. @ line faders – volume of deck C&D, buttons down: 6 buttons for launchin remix decks samples (3 for each Remix Deck)/ Knobs neat down linefaders – filters. This is for advance FX and simple RD control in Traktor.

  • Mike Stannard

    Well I was totally on board until I heard the $1050 price tag.

    • Sergio Pantaleo

      Ok but, shipping inlcuded!

  • Andrew+Deb O’Malley

    Will be curious if this gets off the ground . . . would think that anyone who has a grand to drop on a custom controller through kickstarter would have already found a custom solution . . .

  • Guto Loureiro

    That´s mine, drum pads, some fx knobs and faders !!

  • Mark Stewart

    WOW! i build these sort of things every week using the teensy 3 platform (32bit ARM), except for the milling (I use perspex). My projects come in at around €100 and that leaves me with a bit of profit ..These do look the business but I think a grand for a custom controller when there are so many modular solutions already pre-made is …..well …insane!

  • Colin Reed


  • Matt Shaw

    mini mix lol

  • Gold Finch

    $1050? No thanks. I’ll stick with my Maschine.

    • Guest

      Where did you got this price? I thought it would be no more than 300 USD

      • It’s right there, in the story. Where it always is.

  • Mutis Mayfield
  • Royce

    The perfect controller..? It exists!! (sponsord by DJworx)

  • Finn

    I would add this few things to the controller

  • Guest

    Why is DJ TECHTOOLS advertising their competition?

  • Sergio Pantaleo

    My 2Decks layout!

    • Sergio Pantaleo

      and mixer

  • tsutek

    Here’s a 4 deck mixer with 8 assignable hotcues. the two function buttons above the crossfader could be used to assign focuses to the hotcue buttons, etc. or to switch cues etc.. Each button has the 4-way segmented led to indicate which deck it is assigned to. Colours added for flair but also for function.

  • Here’s one for the teenagers…

    • tsutek

      Shouldn’t that be Juke / Trap / Moombah? Dubstep is so 00’ies :p

  • Pierre Bosznay

    That would be mine, although i’m missing the pads.

    • Pierre Bosznay

      Although, it is really expensive… Custom design comes with a price… :/

  • FuzzyWobble

    Hey that’s my thesis project!

  • Dj L-BIZ (BEAT3)

    this is bit like the design your own midi fighter comp. This could be a nice way of getting a more multi purpose ddj sp1 (or at least half of one) great idea but i feel the people who would benefit most may be traktor or ableton users with a very specific work flow.

    Loving the designs so far

  • If the build quality, fit and finish are as good as they’ve described, £600 ($1050) sounds OK to me. Needs to be bigger though. 10×6 would be better.

  • Del Neto

    (2fx units with selector, dry/wet and 2 knobs each), (hi, mid and low EQs), , filter, play, cue, shift, pitch… nice 🙂

  • Del Neto

    for a complete set:

  • Chrispop

    dvs addon (basically a stripped down rich mans x1). 4 cues / fx / filter / browse & load / loop button & lenght encoder / sync for 2 decks.

  • Del Neto

    udrum …

  • Del Neto


  • Lee S

    I’d like to get my hands on one of these custom designs to introduce some innovative technology into my performance where I live and play.

  • Guest

    Fx Freak version for two decks

  • Alexio Beez

    Fx Freak version for traktor with 2 decks

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  • Clay Ford

    Can I do like…all jogwheels?

  • Monopolis Architecto

    This thing is for partiin’ with good freinds who always like “to help” you a little bit, to give some more clear sound, or etc.)) so, at that moment when your friends will try to show you some of their impressions – just give them a few buttons from upside)) and two faders too

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      • Monopolis Architecto

        Black Bro!)

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  • ThisIsPrecize

    Sorry, not sure, but i’m guessing there is no headphone output, meaning you can listen to you mixing while you are only playing one channel on speakers? right?