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Rekordbox 4.0.6: MIDI Mapping Arrives In Performance Pack

Rekordbox DJ got released late last year with a slew of features – but one of the most requested features for Pioneer DJ was to add mapping support to the software so that any controller could be MIDI mapped. With the Rekordbox 4.0.6 update, MIDI mapping has arrived – read on to learn more.

Rekordbox 4.0.6 What Can You Map?

Rekordbox DJ MIDI Mapping

In the new Rekordbox 4.0.6 version there’s a complete set of MIDI mapping controls for Decks, Pads (cues, loops, slicer), FX, sampler, mixer, browser, and more. For each MIDI control in Rekordbox DJ’s performance mode, you can set:

  • Deck (which deck the control applies to)
  • MIDI IN (the control that Rekordbox is listening for)
  • Type (Button, Rotary, Knob/Slider, Pad)
  • MIDI OUT (particularly useful for sending LED output signals)

Based on our assessment, this puts Pioneer’s Rekordbox MIDI mapping functionality right in the middle between Traktor and Serato – there’s no advanced modifier controls like in Traktor, but there’s way more depth here than Serato DJ or Scratch Live has ever had.

What’s Still Missing?

Pioneer obviously want to keep their own controllers and media players as the primary way that people use this software, so they’ve intentionally left out jogwheel control from this mapping. This might be frustrating – but we can’t fault Pioneer too much as they’re looking to built a complete ecosystem that works best with their own devices.

Other Updates In Rekordbox 4.0.6

In addition to the MIDI mapping, there were a few other things that Pioneer DJ has added to the new version of Rekordbox, mostly to do with the new NXS2 units:

 CDJ-2000NXS2 new features [Export Mode]

  • FLAC/Apple Lossless with a frequency of 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 kHz.
  • WAV/AIFF with a frequency of 88.2 and 96 kHz.
  • 8 HOT CUE buttons: A–H.
  • USB DEVICE SETTINGS new features; Wave Color (BLUE/RGB) and Waveform (Half/Full).
  • Export My Tag/Matching information to USB devices.
  • HOT CUE color change.
  • Export of HOT CUE color information to USB devices.
[Export/Performance Mode]
  • Track filtering new features; KEY, RATING and COLOR.

DJM-900NXS2 new features [Performance Mode] (When using the DJM-900NXS2 as an audio device)

  • Input channels selected on DJM-900NXS2 are displayed on rekordbox dj virtual decks.
  • Quantize BEAT FX of DJM-900NXS2 can be applied to rekordbox dj output audio.
  • rekordbox dj BEAT FX tail can be heard after CH FADER/CROSS FADER is closed/cut on DJM-900NXS2 (POST FADER).

DJs can access the new version of Rekordbox simply by starting up their current version and a new update notification will appear. This update is free as it’s just a minor release.

Want to upload you own MIDI mappings for Rekordbox, or check out what other people design? We’ve added an option to our own for Rekordbox – choose it when uploading a mapping! (note that it won’t show up in the browse screen until someone uploads a first mapping)

  • ????? ???????

    Hi! I want to buy a Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM. Now i have a DJ Pioneer DDJ-RB which work with recordbox program.
    I have a question:
    Can I connect this two devices?Will I be able to play a samples in a machine jam that will be automatically synchronized with recordox?

  • it really needs all the modifiers like traktor

  • anyone mapped jogwheels yet?

    • Dustin

      I can’t seem to find any information on this. I’m surprised no one has hacked it yet. I’m a total noob with code but I’m considering investing some time to looking into the possibility.

  • Max

    Unfortunately but it is not compatible with XDJ Aero :((
    – All Deck´s running on chanel 1;
    – impossible switch to internal mixer mode or midi remap;
    – No HID-Mode support;

    Used recordbox dj 4.1.2 by subscription & XDJ Aero with latest Firmware 3.0

  • Tristan James

    has anyone worked out the option language contained in the CSV file? theres paramaters such as Fast, Priority, Max and Blink however i cant work out what they do. Im trying to figure out how to get LED Midi Out feedback for the X1 mk2 but so far nothings happening. in the controller editor i can set the LEDs to flash as i press the button. but they will not respond to the software settings at all. anyone? surely someone of a coding mind has worked this out…..

  • Charly Maarshall

    Hi everyone,
    I map record box DJ with my launchpad S, but it control only 1 channel. How to switch ?
    If anyone can help me ?
    Thanks a lot.

  • Stef

    Has anyone managed to get LED feedback to an NI controller? Like an X1?

  • DJ MiCL

    I don’t have JogWheels on my controller but I do need to nudge the track when switching from the previous DJ, so I was looking for a way to do this.

    It’s not ideal, but rekordbox dj’s beatjump has a magnitude called “fine”. By beat jumping back and forth using “fine”, you can get a similar effect as nudging the track.

    • Dustin

      Good idea. I’ll give this a try

    • Dustin

      Wow this is actually a proper solution to the issue of missing jog wheel. I’ve done some tests and it’s working great. Thanks for pointing this out! (plz Pioneer don’t read my comment and patch this lol)

  • Sean Bannister

    A Pioneer rep made a comment on their forums confirming that midi mapping of certain controls may be limited so people still buy their hardware:

    • DJ MiCL

      Read it. I don’t understand why they’d make such a negative “official comment”, when the general perception is that MIDI mapping opened doors to other controllers. Could be the forum dude doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

  • Julian

    Still no sign of a midi clock send???

    • Quasi1

      +1 for this, clock send for syncing my drum machine/synths would make this the perfect software for me…..hopefully released in an update soon!

      • ????? ???????

        Hi, do you know
        Will I be able to play a samples in a machine jam that will be automatically synchronized with recordox?

  • Oddie O’Phyle

    Browsing will be a little easier with a remapped X1.

  • JF_Amadei

    Still no FLAC / ALAC to AIFF conversion during the export for older CDJ model….that’s really cheap Pioneer…

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  • Carl Lavender

    Any mappings in the pipeline for midi fighters? 🙂