Below are a series of relevant links.
Chances are, if you’re browsing this site, you’re exploring the fringes of the controller industry. You’re probably aware of M-Audio, Novation, Akai and Behringer. But do you know about all the manufacturers below? Maybe someone out there already makes your dream controller!
- Allen & Heath makes some unique MIDI-only controllers, as well hybrid controller/mixer products.
- Ecler makes hybrid devices as well.
- Codanova is a French controller company.
- Eks is a Finnish company that makes hybrid DJ controller/sound cards.
- Infinite Response makes a professional 76-key MIDI keyboard that folds in half (!).
- Kenton have been around for ages, and make a few MIDI controllers.
- Aurora is an open-source DIY DJ MIDI controller.
- Faderfox make compact controllers specifically for Ableton Live and Traktor.
- Livid Instruments make VJ/Music controllers.
- Open Labs make special controllers that house an entire computer system.
- Monome make a beautifully simple controller.
The following artists are using, or have used custom controllers. This list is by no means complete:
- Richie Hawtin and Sasha weren’t the first, but they certainly helped popularize this concept.
- Moldover is an artist, an inventor and a good friend. He actively performs with his Mojo custom controller.
- Monolake is another artist, inventor and friend.
- Create Digital Music is my favorite music tech blog.
- Skratchworx is a great blog that covers the evolution of digital DJing for scratch DJs.
- DJ Tech Tools covers digital DJing from a more holistic perspective. They have a web store where they sell third party controllers, their own controllers and controller mods.
- Fractalspin is a boutique that carries an assortment of gear for electronic music and DJing. They feature items not even found in specialty geek stores like ThinkGeek.