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  • Jordan Meyer

    I’ve searched high and low for a solution. Does ANYONE know how I can map my Mac Pro keyboard to just lay regular cue points (NOT Hot Cues) throughout the track as it plays and have them snapped and quantized to the grid? So, say if the track is playing I could just hit the TAB button and a cue point is made and perfectly aligned with the grid… Anyone?

  • Mwani

    This helped a lot thank you.

  • Anonymous

    I really appreciate free, scnucict, reliable data like this.

  • R Tabares

    Can some one please help me find a dj case for a Traktor S2 but the size that I’m looking for is around 36x18x9 since I would like to integrate additional equiptment inside? Thank you.

  • Pradeep Sweetball

    Thank You

    The given information is very effective
    i will keep updated with the same 

    industrial automation

  • There is things that can be done with the mapping. For example, fix so that the buttons also sets the effect panel properly. If I load up the .tsi I get the TTFX in unit four, but I’ve got a superknob mapped to something else there. After I use the knob, the keyboard presses does not reset the unit to TTFX.

    Is it possible to publish a fix?

  • Anonymous

    Great article! It shows a good range of options. They rule for me is covering the essentials and speeding up 1) processing new tracks and 2) sketching ideas with no external gear.

    Here’s my setup (below it is the tsi file for the keyboard only):

    I used these stickers:

    My main goal was to fit the physical layout to Traktor’s GUI. There are control for four decks taking up most of the keyboard. The only exceptions are:
    `~ = Quantize on/off
    ‘” = Fx1 On
    | = LFO Reset
    up/down arrows = browse tracks
    In the upper-right, the blank area (-, =, [, ]) is to load new songs into each deck and uses the shift-key
    The spacebar phase-syncs all four decks
    Also note that there is no shift-function for the loop on/off buttons

    For each deck:
    Controls = Play (1, 8, A, K), next/prev cue (green), BeatJump +/- 16 (yellow), loop on/off (E, P, C, /), 4 FX-selects (multicolor)
    Shift+Controls = Pause, key +/- 1, BeatJump +/- 4, EQ reset (red), filter reset (blue), channel fader max/min (orange/purple)

  • Thelabradio

    I love you guys!!!!!!!!

  • Guust-Fi

    I am currently working on a pretty advanced custom keyboard which allows you to dj without a controller. This is either for non-pro dj’s or for people who want to dj in their hotel room and so on 🙂 Nothing else comes even close to this considering the price.

    As you can see the design is changing a lot. I will try to post this in detail once I am relatively pleased with the results! 

  • Guust-Fi

    I am 

  • Ryan Supak

    Do you have that keyboard template in an Atari 800 version?

  • I present you with the Pandaboard 

  • here’s my custom ableton-dj-set keyboard…. it takes a few hours but i have play/stop/que buttons for 5 channels, 2 of this channels go straight into sends a and b, on channel 3,4 and 5 i have a send selector which i can recall at a button-press. with the numbers on my keyboard i select an effect on the individual channels. 1,2,3,4 and 5 are my eq/filters, 6 and 7 selects a fx-rack with 8 effects each, 9 selects my autopan/sidechainer and with 10 i select a stuttereffect on the master. Channel 8 is set to resample audio which has less delay then the built in looper. With n and m i can record and stop the master audio which leaves a recorded clip i can directly can use in my set again. Finally, i have a buttons for; bpm-tap, global recording, global quantize, scene up, scene down, trigger scene, nudging down and up, session/arrangement-view switch, and loop on/off

    In combination with the remote sl, this is a dream…..

  • Thanks alot for sharing my mapping! I’m so fu**in’ proud right now!
    Check out my fan page too!
    Eric Zone

  • silly

  • You know… This is a great article. Well done!

  • mekon mekon

    after all your research you didnt find THIS ????


    there is more for other software on their site

    • Spacecamp

      Nice find, Mekon! I’ll add it to the article.

    • D Holling

      Not knock on you, but those stickers would look ultra cheesy compared to the ones that come from NI and Ableton

  • Buster

    I went to play at a club last friday, i had back up cds as always, but as i was unpacking my gear (2 Midi fighters, an audio 10, macbook pro) i dropped my usb hub onto the dancefloor! When i rushed out of the booth to see if it was ok, someone had stepped on it.. therefore i couldn’t use my midi fighters (well i could just use one) HOWEVER i decided to just play using my keyboard i remember where cue, play and tempo bend was oh and hot cues. It was actually surprisingly easy! i played a great set and everyone had a good night!

  • Albert Andesen

    I think you should make a full version of the effect mapping (: please

  • Anonymous

    Nice article Chris, and something I’ve always been a fan of. I DJed for 5 years like this right at the start of digital DJing, because in the early days I simply couldn’t find a Midi controller that I could get comfortable with. I even took my set-up to play at Privilege in Ibiza! 

    It was nothing more than Virtual DJ, a PC-card audio interface (Echo Indigo DJ) and a Sony Vaio, and a custom mapping that I had tweaked and tweaked (and rewritten from scratch several times when I’d stupidly lost it) to give me two full decks’-worth of EQs, gains, pans, kills, triggers, loops and other stuff that you simply can’t do on controllers (like total EQ reset on one key). It taught me not to hide behind gear, and that once you’re two tunes in, everyone forgets what gear you’re using.

    There’s a lot to be said for DJing this way, and nowadays, Virtual DJ Home has the full power of that software for free if you’re prepared to only use the keyboard, including the ability to remap as I describe. I showed one bar DJ friend how to do this and to this day he still does, happily mashing it up in a cool little bar where there’s simply no space for more than a laptop in his little corner from where he DJs.

    One good idea: Tweak the pause-before-repeat and repeat rate functions of your laptop, so when you hold a key assigned to increase/decrease a value, it doesn’t wait so long before beginning to repeat, then does so at a rate that suits you.

    • Mattmangrease

      This is like a guest article within a guest article. Great additions, PM! I’ve actually just started creating a T2 keyboard mapping, as I’ve outgrown my Mixtrack Pro, and can’t yet afford a Midi Fighter (Pro, Cue master) and an S2. I’ve got most if the keyboard covered in cue points and instant effects, and it does the job just fine. I can’t wait for more buttons and knobs, though!

    • Anonymous

      Hey Phil! :), finishe dmy vestax pad one mapping last month, think im gonna have to tweak the keyboard default mapping now….u never know! lol