What is it
Hardware sequencer for Native Instrument Traktor.
Who is it for
Any DJ that wants to bring in a more live element to their set using Traktor.
The Midi Fighter Twister is the latest model of American DJ blog and online DJ equipment store DJ Tech Tools. The first model of the Midi Fighter was released a few years ago and was marketed for the ‘finger drumming’ DJs and was instantly a big success. The Midi Fighter Twister is a more complex model not designed for finger drumming but instead it uses a built in step sequencer to trigger samples in one of the Traktor Remix Decks. The intention is to fill the Remix Deck with one shot samples that you trigger insync with your playing tracks to create additional beats or simply create a track live as a crossover between tracks.
Unpacking and setup
The Midi Fighter Twister ships in a snug box with ample protection and comes with one of the DJTT’s curved USB cables (which is great and dont require much space on the back of the unit). The MFT is solid in weight and the build quality is very solid with a metal base and thick rubber sides and big rubber feets that make it sit properly on the table. The MFT has 16 DJTT chroma caps that feel very solid and are made to take a lot of beating. Each rotary knob has 11 LED lights for showing selected pattern and a RGB LED status indicator.
Setting it up is a breeze and I was up and running in a couple of minutes. DJTT’s free MF utility allows you to update the unit to latest firmware, something the program does automatically when it detects that a new firmware is available online. You can also use this program to create your own MIDI mappings if you want to reprogram the unit for other functionality or to use it with any MIDI capable DAW.
Setting it up in Traktor was also very simple, DJTT have ready made templates you can download from their site that allows you to set it up for either Remix Deck C or Remix Deck D. DJTT have also kindly supplied two Remix Deck Packs with some drum sounds to get you going right away. The community site at DJTT also have several other templates for Traktor made byusers to use it for other functionality then sample triggering.
After using it for a couple of hours I am hooked! It’s easy and intuitive to program beats and it has become an essential part of my setup. The build is sturdy and feels like its built to be battered and travel around the world with you. I had a lot of fun creating my own beats on top of playing tracks and together with my Native Instrument F1 controlling Remix Deck D I can now create live edits of tracks in a whole different way. Since you can edit the MIDI mapping for it you can use it to program drums in your DAW as well which makes it more versatile than as just a sample triggering in Traktor. DJTT is also launching a legacy MIDI adapter dongle soon which would allow you to use it to control hardware synthesizers or drum machines which expands the use of the unit even more.