Project: Versus Controller
Client: Versus / Faderfox
Date: June 1st 2015
Technology / Product
Contact: Tom Hewitt-Jones
Magda and NYMA’s first tech collaboration, a handmade and customised DJ controller called VERSUS.
Developed together with Faderfox and Glanzmann DDS, the unit’s functions are aimed at further bridging the gap between live and DJ performances, at maximising creative possibilities and at making the process as smooth and practical as possible. Features include: a uniquely laid-out ‘V Section’ that allows for track selection without looking at the computer, 32 fader commands, versatile and easy midi integration and an endurance-built, aluminium design.
“In recent years, the concept of DJing has changed a lot. Mixing can now be composed of much more complex structures and layers. Our goal was to design a piece of gear which allows us to connect the studio and live environments; something with the versatility to adopt easily to modern standards. Through our daily work as DJs and engineers, we see endless creative possibilities to integrate into our performances. We faced a real challenge, between simply playing music and embracing technology. We wanted to balance and merge these two worlds without losing any of the fun in our performances. The main focus from the beginning was to build a high-quality controller with a practical layout and a clear design that has enough functionalities to go deeper if needed. An instrument you appreciate playing rather than a quick, exchangeable solution. What you see is the result of passionate people collaborating with the aim of getting the best out of their performances and believing in creative expression” Magda