Performed on the MPD32 with Ableton Live.
Weeklyish Patch is a series of Ableton Live Racks I’ve built. This collection bundles 24 devices, some tweaked and improved, and new ones like Headphone Speaker Sim, a rack which simulates the stereo field of studio monitors while listening through headphones.
The included devices:
- Bass Monomaker
- Formant Shift0r
- NY Style Compressor
- Smart Knobs v1
- MS Encoder – Decoder
- Citrus Distortion
- Dist Machine
- Drums Divider
- Dub Delay
- Formant Filter
- Headphone Speaker Sim
- Lo & Hi Exciter
- Multiband Distortion
- Stereo Reverb
- Vocal Remover
- Drum Repeat
- Tap Sequence
- Drum Synth 2
- Feedback Theory Synth
- Beat Juggler
Grab them now: Weeklyish Patch Collection
Update: Apparently the Generic MIDI mapping isn’t as generic. The mapping in this doc is taken off the Vestax VCI-100 script, so to make it work you must first select it as your controller from the Setup Wizard. Most buttons on the VCI-100 script use MIDI Notes, which not all controllers can send. I’m looking for a controller script which uses all CCs. I’ll update the chart once I do.
I just picked up a new Traktor Audio 6 soundcard, and so I’ve been learning the ins and outs of the bundled Traktor LE 2 software, which is a reduced version of Traktor Pro.
After some fiddling with the app, I found there doesn’t seem to be a Pitch Fader in the GUI. Seemed a bit strange at first, but they probably removed it to focus on the automatic syncing features for the LE version. Still, I found out the app still supports some hardware controllers which do include pitch faders, and that it has a Generic MIDI map for controllers that aren’t directly supported.
So, it occurred to me that maybe this Generic MIDI map gives the ability to control your decks’ Pitch Fader from a controller even when you can’t from directly from Traktor’s GUI. I loaded up MidiPipe, routed it to and from Traktor, and used its tools to find what CCs controlled the decks’ pitch. I found them, but that led deeper into looking for other CCs and Notes that controlled other functions.
Below you’ll find a MIDI chart I came up with with all the controls I found, including mixer, deck, FX and browser controls, and what Note or CC your controller has to send for each function. I think I found most controls needed to use Traktor from a MIDI controller, but the chart might not be complete. I’ll update it if I find new mappable controls.
Download: Traktor LE 2 Generic MIDI Chart
To enable your controller, go to Traktor’s Preferences and launch the Setup Wizard. There select the Vestax VCI-100 as your controller and set your mixer preferences. Then, in Preferences > Controller manager, under Device select General MIDI, and set your in and out ports to your controller’s MIDI I/O.
I know it’s been quiet lately, but here’s a bit of what I’ve been working on.
New track up!
This one’s been lying around for a year or so waiting to be finished. It finally has.
So, it’s that time of the year again, and as a small way of saying thank you for your support and time, here’s a brand new track. I really hope you enjoy it, and please pass it around if you do.
Tap Sequence lets you program a list of notes, then trigger each one sequentially each time the rack receives any MIDI note. This lets you, for example, play full melodies with a single drum pad, adding natural variation and timing. It also uses the Scale plug-in for easy melody transposition.
Download:Weeklyish Patch 25 - Tap Sequence