umidi custom controller hits Kickstarter

Off-the-shelf works fine for most people, but some like to have choice and a say in how their chosen DJ weapon of choice works. And umidi does just that and gives you a full editor to drop your buttons and knobs wherever you want. And now the umidi custom controller has arrived on Kickstarter, giving you the opportunity to get in on the early adopter action.

The press release:


December 4th 2013

umidi is a premium custom DJ controller. You design your dream controller on our website and we build and ship it to you anywhere in the world!

Using our design interface on our website at “” you can choose up to 36 components on a 6×6 grid including knobs, faders, encoders, jog wheels, and aluminium push buttons. You can choose the way your components are positioned, colored, and the lighting shapes around each one.

To personalize your controller further, you can have a custom image laser etched onto your umidi. Every controller is assembled and tested in our workshop.

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.

umidi uses DJ Tech Tools Chroma Caps for knobs, faders and encoders.

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). 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 is available on now starting at an introductory price of $895 US ($975 AUS).

Kickstarter page: Our website:

umidi custom controller kickstarter campaign (10)

Well it’s still not cheap, but any one of a kind controller is always going to set you back considerably more than a mass produced. And if you were in any doubt about the quality and vision of umidi, I urge you to watch the video. It really does show just how unique each of these controllers can be, as well at the attention to detail and loving care that each will get.

The Kickstarter page goes into infinite detail of the infinite possibilities, provided you have the necessary readies to realise your dream controller. I wish the umidi guys the very best of luck with this project. These guys could be the next big boutique controller outfit.


  • Brent Randolph

    Such a cool concept. One thing not mentioned here that’s stated on the kickstarter page is that if they are able to reach their stretch goal, they’ll be able to incorporate pressure sensitive drum pads. I wish them the best of luck!

    • Mark Settle

      I missed that – good catch.

  • Darren E Cowley

    I have a bunch of pages saved in my favourites with regards to building my own MIDI controller, so many times i’ve costed it out and it’s come to more than the price these guys are offering…. And you cannot deny the quality that appears to shine from every single element of this kickstarter campaign…!

  • djmannyc

    Those people must be bloody high with that ridiculous price.

    • H8er

      Cheap can never be best or even good, i’ll take british design and build over any other made in china $20 toy!

  • Mark

    Great concept. A bit of a shame that you can’t fit the traditional work flow onto the chassis though. I.e. (bottom to top): x-fader, line-fader, 3-band EQ and gain.
    Be nice to have an option on fader length as well.

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  • H8er

    Make it BIGGER! then im game!