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Novation Dicer Mapping

Novation Dicer

Download: Unit27 Dicer Mapping

Yesterday, while setting up, I ran into an issue with my Dicer. I had to set up the computer to the right of the CDJs coffin, and the USB, long as it is, didn’t reach all the way to the left deck. Remapping its controls wasn’t an option, so I couldn’t use them.

To remedy this, I’ve made a custom mapping that comes in two versions, normal and inverted. This lets you set up the computer on either side, run the USB to the nearest Dicer and link the other one. Just enable the needed mapping’s I/O, disable the other mapping and you’re set.

The mapping is based on the official Dicer mapping for Traktor Scratch, with added ability to set Loop In / Loop Out, turn Snap On / Off, and Browser and Track loading controls in the Shift Layers.

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MIDI Controller Programming for Traktor LE 2

Traktor LE 2 Screenshot

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.

Have fun.

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