Most people love the DJM 900 + Traktor combo, but assume you need to bring your own controller to the club. Did you know that in loads of DJ booths around the world, there’s a controller that’s already there? The Pioneer DJM 900 is completely MIDI-mappable, and can be used in any number of diverse ways – learn how to set it up with this tutorial from new DJTT contributor Angel.
Almost every single knob, fader, switch, or button is MIDI-mappable on the DJM-900 Nexus to programs like Traktor. That means that you can use knobs/buttons/faders to control any-thing in your software without extra equipment. Instead of bringing a dedicated effects controller, just midi map the DJM 900 to Traktor Effect and you will have a perfect performance console.
Some important notes when mapping inside Traktor:
- Faders & Knobs: Make sure to select “Fader / Knob” as type of controller and “Direct” for Interaction Mode.
- Switches: Switches should also be set to “Fader / Knob” as type of controller, and “Relative” for interaction mode.
- Depending on the mapped function of the switch, you’ll want to play with the rotary sensitivity that best fits the adjustment you need for whatever you have mapped it to do.
- Buttons: Buttons should be set to “Button” as type of Controller, however they can only be used in “Hold” for their interaction mode as all buttons on the 900 are built in as On-Off and can’t function in any other way.
- MIDI-OUT: The 900 Nexus cannot receive a midi signal, so you do not have to map any Midi-out signals inside of Traktor.
Now that you know how to map the Pioneer DJM-900 Nexus with Traktor, learn more about basic midi mapping in general in this article.
Do you have a mixer that you’ve made a MIDI-mapping for? Let us know in the comments!