Featured Mappings: Midi Fighter Spectra + Ableton, Traktor, Virtual DJ

Over the past few months, we’ve had a number of mapping wizards post new mappings in the DJTT Maps site that offer unique workflows of controlling Traktor, Ableton, and even Virtual DJ – all inspired by the Midi Fighter Spectra. Today we’re taking a long-overdue look at some of the awesome mappings that our community and staff members have put together – along with videos of them in action!

MF Spectra FX Squared

Software: Traktor
Author: Flashflooder
Download: Here (DJTT Maps)
Why It’s Cool: (Editor’s note: updated with a new description from Flashflooder himself) This two deck mapping multiplies the legendary Instant Gratification mapping by four, giving you four discrete FX modes of instant gratification effects, even including different supercombos for each mode! And in case you really loved that original IG mapping and aren’t willing to part with it yet, don’t worry: the first FX mode of this mapping exactly matches the effects in the IG mapping, while the other modes contain delay/reverb, glitch/slice, and filter-based effects.

Besides giving you an array of instant FX modes, this mapping also provides four modes of Cue Point FX which can activate effects momentarily when launching your hotcues, taking juggling and button-mashing to a whole new level of insane! Last (but not least) this mapping highly utilizes the LED rings, providing intuitive visual feedback that makes the mapping easy to learn and understand.

Watch It In Use: One of our community members DeckstarStudio shot a quick performance video showing off how the Cue FX banks in this mapping can be used – watch a full rundown of all of the features on the download page.

Mazes and Chambers / aMazing Spectra

Mapping For: Traktor
Author: Beaubryte
Download: Here (DJTT Maps)
Why It’s Cool: Beaubryte is one of the top mappers in our community- having remixed a number of DJTT custom mappings to create even more features for himself and other users, as well as coming up with a few awesome original mappings. This mapping takes the concept of instant gratification effects in Traktor to a new level – dividing the controls into two sub-levels of control – which Beaubryte call Mazes and Chambers. Essentially, it allows the user to select an effect and move between different presets on the fly. While it’s a little bit confusing at first, a few minutes with the mapping shows the deep level of work put into it.
Watch An Overview:

Midi Fighter Spectra for Virtual DJ

Mapping For: Virtual DJ
Author: SecretSeven
Download: Mac or PC (DJTT Maps)
Why It’s Cool: SecretSeven deserves major props for building a Virtual DJ mapping for the Midi Fighter Spectra (and 3D) that works well across platforms (something essential with VDJ projects as the Mac and PC version differ slightly). The mapping is a simple effects, loops, and transport control mapping – but in the spirit of the device even includes a super combo.

The whole thing is wrapped up into clean installers for both platforms – so no need to import mappings or install the device in VDJ. Bravo!

Additionally, at our request, SecretSeven has included the XML device and mapping files in the description of each version of the mapping, allowing for modification and adaptation to other purposes. Read a primer on how mapping works in Virtual DJ here.

Mad Zach Ableton Clip Launcher

Software: Ableton Live
Author: Mad Zach
Download: Here (DJTT Maps)
Why It’s Cool: Mad Zach does a good job of explaining it below – but essentially this mapping allows Ableton users to have a familiar clip-launching and navigation setup, but also switch into a soundpack performance mode just with the touch of a side button. Pretty handy!
Watch It In Use:

Spectra Instant Grat Isolate Mapping

Software: Traktor
Author: Stewe
Download: Here (DJTT Maps)
Why It’s Cool: We posted a few weeks back about how Stewe created a workflow in Traktor that allows for isolation effects to be applied to an EQ of the users chosing – and now he’s made an even more polished version of the same mapping for the Midi Fighter Spectra.

The mapping lets the user apply any of the Instant Gratification effects to any combination of Highs, Mids, or Lows on any track – simply by taking advantage of decks C and D as duplicate tracks.
Watch It In Use:

What mappings would you like to see tackled in the DJTT Maps community? Share your ideas below and maybe one of the wizards featured above will tackle it (we’ve asked all of them to watch the comments on this post, of course!). 

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