Midi Fighter 3D

Downloading Your Free Sound packs

Your Midi Fighter 3D comes bundled with 5 amazing soundpacks from Mad Zach, Apoth and Kyle Mohr!

1. Open the email we've sent you titled "Thanks for your order..."

2.  Click the link about halfway down the email titled "Download your Midi Fighter 3D Exclusive SoundPacks Here". A 128MB file should begin downloading.

Installing sound packs

1. Once your soundpacks are downloaded, you'll need to unzip the file. On Mac, simply double click the .zip file. On PC, you'll need a program like WinZip.

2.  Locate the soundpacks folder that you've just unzipped. Choose the soundpack you'd like to open, and double click the .als file. This will open up the soundpack in Ableton. 

Ableton setup

Installing Ableton

If you don't own Ableton already you can get their free 30 day trial by following this link, once installed you'll use the serial number sent to your inbox to activate it. 

Setup the 3D for finger drumming with Ableton

1. If you need to map your unit to something else than a Drum Rack make sure “Ableton Mode” is selected as Software Mode in the MF Utility. Otherwise, skip this step 1 and move onto step 2. 

2. Open Ableton Live (If you are using Windows ensure the MF Utility and any other MIDI related software is closed before opening Ableton)

3. Go to Preferences > MIDI/Link

4. Go to the "MIDI Ports" section and turn REMOTE on for the input and output of the Midi Fighter. You will also need to turn TRACK on for the input and output of the Midi Fighter if you wish to use yours for finger drumming. More information about what this means is available in this article.

 5. Once that is done, all you need to do is arm a track with a SoundPack drum rack in it and you should be good to go! Use your mouse to activate the red "arm" button so pressing buttons on your Midi Fighter tells the computer to trigger sounds. 

Note: If you still can't get any sound or your Midi Fighter 3D isn't displayed in the preferences window make sure you close the MF Utility and any other MIDI related software before opening Ableton.

Midi Fighter Utility Setup

The Midi Fighter utility is where you can customize the default on/off LED colors on the 3D. You'll learn how to do this in the next step

Download the Utility & Updating Firmware

1. Download the Midi Fighter Utility, it is an essential tool for configuring and updating your Midi Fighter. You'll be guided through install via the software. 

2. Plug in your Midi Fighter 3D via USB (do NOT use a USB hub) and follow the onscreen instructions in the utility. You'll be prompted to update your firmware as new firmware updates are available. If no new firmware updates are available, it's time to finger drum!

4. You can apply that color to any button on the 3D. So if you want the top two left buttons red, just click them (onscreen) and you'll notice the color change to red within the MF Utility.

5Tquickly color multiple LEDs one color, click (and without releasing the click) simply drag your mouse to "paint" the LEDs your chosen color. 

6. Once you've finalized all your color selections,  just hit  the blue "Send To Midi Fighter" button. You'll now see these LED colors on the 3D hardware.

7. You can actually have "off" be one color, and "on" be an alternate color. Meaning if the button is not pressed (off) it will be red, and if you press it (on), the same LED will turn white, for example . The inner circle is the "off" state, the outer circle is the "on" state. Follow the same steps (3-5) as before to achieve this.

creating a light show

Light Shows on the 3D

Light Shows take a bit more work than a simply changing the colors of LEDs, but done right really take a performance video to the next level. Basically, LED light shows are achieved by sending velocity information to specific buttons on the controller. With a few technical how-to’s set aside, this is the foundation for a lightshow. Velocity dictates Color. 

The Basic Light Show Setup

1. Make sure your unit is sending and receiving midi information (Ableton preferences). Step 3 from "Ableton Setup" higher up on this page.

2. Make sure midi information is being sent to the right device on the right midi channel (Midi Fighter 3D, midi channel 3). Enable this in the Midi In/Out dropdown menu above the  volume fader on your selected midi track.  Then create a midi clip that contains one note (C1), with a note length one bar so you can clearly see the LED on the 3D. Note length can be adjusted later.

3. The table below shows the velocity range for each color. Choose your color and select the appropriate velocity within your MIDI clip. 

Finger Drumming Tips


For all other questions...

Please visit our full support page here 

Can I have a little extra help?

We want you to know how great it feels to create your very own song, lightshow, routine, edit, or remix.  Open a support ticket if you need a little extra help. If your not having fun, we're not doing our job. 

Is there a full 3D user guide?

Midi Fighter 3D User Guide (PDF): everything you need to know about configuring and mapping your Midi Fighter 3D.

How do I map my midi controller?

Learn more about MIDI mapping your controls

Where can I download the free soundpacks that come with the 3D?

Download links appear at the bottom of your order, and in the email order receipt. Or you can visit the downloads section of your account at: my.djtechtools.com



1. Download the Midi Fighter Utility, it is an essential tool for configuring and updating your Midi Fighter

2. Plug in your Midi Fighter 3D via USB (not to a USB hub) and follow the onscreen instructions on the utility.

3. Make sure your Midi Fighter is in “Notes” in the Utility.

4. Once you have the firmware up to date you need to map the unit or find a mapping for it. You can find MF3D mappings by following this link

5. Import your mapping.

6. Go to Preferences > Controller Manager and select the Midi Fighter mapping in the Device drop down menu. There may be more than one. Select one line at a time and set the in and out ports to your Midi Fighter.

7. If your effects aren’t working correctly then you need to import the effects settings again. Use the big import button between export and set up wizard in the preferences menu under controller manager. Import the *.tsi file again and only check “effects settings” under “select categories to import”