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A short turntablism routine built not long ago with Ms Pinky, using Gangstarr’s DWYCK, DJ Shadow’s Walkie Talkie, and Mixmaster Mike’s Terrorwrist (Beneath the Under).
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.