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She turned her Qanba Obsidian fightstick into a MIDI controller, played it, and got noticed by her senpai as a result

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • April 24, 2020 at 2:31 p.m. PDT • Comments: 5

The creative minds of the fighting game community will clearly not be stifled nor slowed during this time of minimal social interaction, and if you need an example of that then look no further than AXL|KikiDeliver.

The musically-inclined gamer from Virginia turned her Qanba Obsidian into a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) controller. She then posted a video of her playing a quick beat on her homemade instrument and wound up with a shoutout from American record producer Shawn Wasabi as a result.

A quick scroll down Kiki's Twitter feed reveals that she's all about music, gaming, and putting her own personal flair on both. Before turning her fightstick into a beat machine she actually modified it to feature glowing LED buttons and some personalized artwork, both of which captured our attention even before the music started playing.

Her clip, which is less than a minute in length, quickly started capturing attention on Twitter as thousands of people wound up liking, retweeting, and commenting on it.

"I mapped the buttons in my Obsidian to a key mapper on my computer," explained Kiki to an inquiring fan in the ensuing thread. "And told those keys what to do in my DAW (I used Logic but any’ll work)!"

The appreciation from Twitter users surely brought on some good feels, but we imagine the comment from Shawn Wasabi was the biggest highlight for Kiki. She actually wound up tagging him with a "notice me senpai" message to which he actually responded, "yes impressive!!" immediately to.

For those who don't know, Wasabi is a 24-year-old producer who is credited for co-creating the Midi Fighter 64. This is a MIDI machine that was inspired from hours in arcades as it uses 64 Japanese Sanwa fight stick buttons instead of traditional rubber pads.

Hear KikiDeliver lay down a beat by clicking the thumbnail below and let us know what you think in the comments after.


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