Every knob, button and fader on your controller has a function assigned but there are still more things you need control over! What to lose? How do you cram in more functions? Then it hits you- wait a minute, some of these buttons I only use a few times during a set, what if they could serve 2 purposes? Fortunately, Traktor pro introduced a powerful feature that makes it easier to do that. Lets take a basic look at modifiers and show you how to make a jog wheel work for both scratching and track browsing.
The most basic modifier can also be called by a more familiar name- shift. With shift engaged then the “a” key becomes “A” or a fine pitch becomes coarse pitch. Usually, its best to group similar actions that relate to each other making it easy to remember which does what. For example, a jog wheel works really well for scrolling through both a song or a play list. By creating a modifier you can use assign one jog wheel to both functions.
To use a basic modifier you need 2 things:
- a button to act as the modifier or shift button
- a control you want to use for 2 purposes
First map the button to a free modifier
- Set the type of control to Hold
- Set the value to 1
This is basically saying: “”when I hold down this button its turns modifier #1 on. When I am not pressing it then the value returns to 0.”
Next Map a jog wheel to 2 functions
Since scratch is the main function then we will do that first. You need to associate this assignment to the modifier we just created by adding M1 to the modifier section. Now this assignment is dependent on the state of that modifier. Since Scratch is the always on function we are going to set the value to 0, essentially saying- “as long as the modifier is off then this mapping will apply”
Finally add the shift state
We will also associate the “scroll through tracks” assignment with that modifier but now the value will be set to 1. This means that the jog wheel will only work for track scrolling when the modifier is at value 1. Since that value is only sent when the button is pressed then your jog wheel will always scratch unless you hold down the shift button.
There you go, now you can execute some basic modifiers. Next we will take it a few steps further and show you how to do things like turning the modifier off when a track has been loaded, not when the button is released.
Want to take a closer look at the example TSI used here?
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