Effects Tricks in M-Audio Torq 1.5

Today we’re giving M-Audio Torq a little love. Torq users, holler back if you’re out there and let us know what you’d like to see in future Torq articles.

One of the many features that M-Audio snuck into its Torq 1.5 update was the Chain Effects Mode, which gives you an additional routing option for effects and greater creative possibilities. Every effect in Torq can work as either a send effect, which is designed to blend the original audio with the effect’s output, or as an insert effect, which is  “inserted” between the deck and the mixer so as to replace the the original audio with the effect’s output.

DEFAULT AND CHAIN EFFECT MODES


When you launch an effect in Torq, the software automatically sets the effect routing Routing button to the most appropriate setting: Send for Reverb and Delay and Insert for the rest of the standard effects.

In Default mode, an Insert effect will be inserted between the output of the deck and the mixer. However, in Chain mode, that effect is instead chained to the output of a Send effect. That means the Chain effect does not apply to the entire song, but rather only the amount of the song passing through the Send effect. So the Send Amount control for the Send effect also determines the amount of the Chain effect you’ll hear.


You choose the effect mode in the Behavior tab of the Preferences window.

To hear the difference between Chain and Default modes, listen to the following audio clips.

Audio Clip 1: Flanger in Default Mode

[audio:http://djtechtools.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/FlangeDefault.mp3]

In the first clip, the effects are in Default mode. A loop is playing with a Send effect — Delay — with the feedback set to 80 percent and the send amount set to 50 percent.

After four bars, an Insert effect — Flanger — drops in.

After another four bars, the Delay send amount increases steadily up to 100 percent, drops down to 0 and then goes back up to 100 percent, to show that the Flanger remains constant as the Delay send amount changes.

Audio Clip 2: Flanger in Chain Mode
[audio:http://djtechtools.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/FlangeChain.mp3]

Here is the same clip as before except that the Flanger is now a Chain effect, meaning that instead of being inserted between the deck and the mixer, the Flanger is now effecting the output of the Delay.

Again a Delay send effect has the feedback set to 80 percent, and the send amount set to 50 percent. After four bars, the Flanger drops in. After another four bars the send amount goes all the way up, then all the way down and then all the way up again. Notice that in Chain mode, the Flanger drops out as the Delay send amount drops down, because the Flanger is chained to the Delay’s output. The overall flange sound is also subtle, because you can hear more of the unflanged song.

Audio Clip 3: Repeat in Default mode

[audio:http://djtechtools.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/RepeatDefault.mp3] To further illustrate the purpose of the chain mode, let’s look at Torq’s Repeat effect, which chops up audio into rhythmic stutters.

With Delay as a Send effect and Repeat an Insert effect in Default mode, Repeat’s level is unchanged if the Delay send level fluctuates. In this clip, Repeat is invoked in Default mode as the send level of the Delay goes up and down.

Audio Clip 4: Repeat in Chain mode
[audio:http://djtechtools.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/RepeatChain.mp3]

In Chain mode, with Delay as a send effect, Repeat only chops up the output of the Delay, so if you prefer, you can use Repeat and other effects like it as an enhancement to the track you’re playing rather than being so overbearing that they interrupt the whole song.

In this clip, Repeat is invoked in Chain mode as the send level of the Delay goes up and down. Again, the more you reduce the send level of the Delay, the less you’ll hear the Repeat effect. If you turn off the Send effect entirely, the Chain effect has no effect on the music.

These basic audio examples serve to illustrate the difference between Torq’s Default and Chain effect modes, but the sky’s the limit for where you take Chain effects in your performances. As this blog always emphasizes, practice up, and you’ll figure out how to make the Chain effects uniquely yours. And if anyone at M-Audio happens to read this, consider making it quicker to access Chain mode. Having to open the Preferences window kills some of the spontaneity.

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  • MrLapa aka DjL.a.p.a.

    I would love to see quad band EQ option, so i don’t have to use Torq as a slave for Ableton live for that. Current torq EQs have very wide range for the middle that takes away from Bass and Treble. Ability to manually set that range of frequency for Middle Bass and Treble would be so cool if you know what i mean.
    In terms of Xponent with Torq, when you place you finger on the platter and start scratching, the music has to be like it is glued to your finger, I find that if i scratch on the same spot, after a wile, the music goes a little bit further than initial point.

  • Steven

    And after reading some of the comments…

    I have been using Torq and the Xponent… I have been using an Intel based MacBook for the past 2 years and never have I had a problem while using Torq and the Xponent… It has been super stable and runs great on my system… And this is my system…

    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook2,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.16 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 667 MHz

    It is over 2 years old…

    Cheers…

  • Steven

    And for not mentioning this earlier…

    This post helps a lot… And looking forward to more on the Torq/Xponent side of things…

    Cheers

  • Steven

    When will we see more on Torq or the Xponent?

    I use Torq and the xponent to mix music, I just do it for a hobby but I would love to learn more like what I can do directly with torq and the xponent… I love the stability I have with them but I havent explored deep in to its potential… The Xponent may not (i could be wrong) do as much with what Ean does with the VCI-100 but as for me, I feel quite confident when using the Xponent…

    What I would also like to know is whether it is poaaible to use the Midi-Fighter while Djing with the Torq buddied up with the Xponent…

    I am sure I speak for all Xponent users when I say this… Please inspire us… 🙂

    There are only 5 websites I check on a daily basis… and djtechtools is one of them…

    Cheers and looking forward to all future postings…

  • SUBLIME 1

    WHAT ALL MIDI CONTROLLERS WORK WITH TORQ?

    • Djsteelwheel

      I use m audio oxygen 8 (the 1st one) and a Korg padKontrol and have no problem with either

  • DJDAZE

    Man, Since I made the switch from Serato to Torq, I’ve discovered how versatile the Torq software can really be. I really appreciate this blog and your tips. As far as the Xponent, I love it. It travels well and sets up in a matter of minutes.

  • thaviking

    really enjoying the torq tips. thanks!

  • thaviking

    i dont suppose you know where i could find a midi map to use the xsession pro mixer with traktor instead of with torq?

  • Drazkers

    Awesome, thanks for the torq love

  • dj abel guerra

    solid thx 4 the tips

  • Sir Andy

    Mucho mas Torq love por favor!!!!!!

  • Cain Marko

    Torq is finally getting legit coverage on DJ Tech Tools! LOVE IT!

  • deco

    rad!!! an article for torq – so rare.
    i’ve had torq for a couple years, never had issues and really do like it. was really easy to learn to use and even tho 1.5 took forever, its good. anyway, thanks for some torq coverage. please keep it coming. if m-audio is listening – a new controller is BADLY needed. then we can all pretend teh xponent never happened.

  • markkus

    [quote comment=””][…]Respect to you in that you replied with your disagreement and opinion![…][/quote]

    Hi CrashOverride.
    Respect to you too, for sure. Thanks for your answer. It sounds like you might have some ideas on how to optimize a laptop for use with DVS systems, so that even if you can’t guarantee 100% stability, you could do as much as possible to prevent stability problems. Something like that could make a great article for this site.

  • CrashOverride

    [quote comment=”21476″][quote comment=””][…] No system is 100% stable including Macs so we can agree to disagree on that one (btw My MacBook Pro is in perfect condition with most recent updates and yes i’ve got snow leopard on an identical system and with my 13 years of troubleshooting skills i can tell you Mac’s are not perfect in any way shape or form. […][/quote]
    Hey CrashOverride:
    Well, I clearly never stated that Macs were perfect and I never stated that Torq is 100% stable, so you’re refuting something that I never said. What I said is that Torq has been stable for me. And you of course understand that infinite variables come into play when it comes to everyone’s individual systems.

    My point is that to readers out there who may be considering Torq, they shouldn’t dismiss it out of hand because some people have stability problems, when the fact is many other people haven’t. You said yourself that not no system is 100% stable, so no system can be 100% guaranteed, and some people’s problems can’t the basis for everyone’s judgements. Your other insightful criticisms of Torq are much better reasons for people to judge it, because they affect everyone in the same way.

    Admitting that everyone’s system works differently, and thus admitting that people are not lying simply because they haven’t had the same stability problems you’ve had, would be called — what you yourself advocated — “keeping it real.” So you can’t talk about keeping it real when it’s convenient for you and also try to put words in people’s mouths when it’s convenient for you. No disrespect meant to you, I’m just clarifying myself.[/quote]

    Ok, Markkus on my quest of keeping it real (which means stating not just the good but also the bad and the ugly facts about Torq or any other DVS for that matter.) We’ll continue on this talk about stability and how the stability of your systems wiether it be(Mac or Pc)and the DVS Software (Torq,Mixvibes,SSL,Traktor,Xwax,Mixxx,Virtual DJ, and etc…) can bring a false sense of stability and play a major effect on the purchase of a DVS. I like to start with my original quote “No system is 100% stable including Macs so we can agree to disagree…” In your previous post you stated

    “[…]I’ve been using Torq for about 2 years on a MacBook Pro, and it has never crashed once. I’m not doubting or denying whatever stability problems you’ve had with it, but for me it’s been rock solid. (Markkus)”

    In my reply point wasn’t directed toward you in a personal way but in a general way about all systems(Macs and PCs) and DVS software. Users who clam 100% stability of there setup provide and constantly create a false sense of stability when it comes to systems (Macs and PCs) and the DVS software in this case Torq. Some of the top DVS software’s out right now are maintaining very high levels of stability in comparsion weither on Macs or PCs but none are 100% and if you looked at my original post you’ll see the statement i made

    “i’d rather pay full price for a system that is stable 99.8% of the time[…]”

    i’m just making sure that the readers of these posts get that info and that’s why i disagred with that part of the of your comment!

    In your posts you continue on by referring to stability problems with my setup like the stability of torq is an isolated problem relating only to just a minimum number of people.

    “I’m not doubting or denying whatever stability problems you’ve had with it, but for me it’s been rock solid. (Markkus)”

    The Stability problems are bigger than two people so lets subtract our systems out of the equation then lets take a very good look at the “Torq Software tech Issues” section of the forum. Ok, we all know about the normal problems that a lot of users have which are considered “user error” which can be dropped off the list because the user created the error in those cases so forget about that and then you have top issues which is our main focus. These issues while just focuing on stibility cross system platforms and include vinyl users, midi users and in most cases are strictly software only problems only the software developer can fix! These problems without getting specific as anyone can read the forums and see for themselves, affect the majority of users. The lesser number of users who profess “rock sold” stability like in your case or 100% stability etc… in other cases doesn’t reflect the total Torq user base. Just so were clear, my point from jump street has always been that readers out there who may be considering Torq,shouldn’t run off and purchase it just on the fact that a number lesser than the majority of Torq Users profess top stability when it comes to Torq and Torq vs other DVS software!

    Respect to you in that you replied with your disagreement and opinion!

  • markkus

    [quote comment=””][…] No system is 100% stable including Macs so we can agree to disagree on that one (btw My MacBook Pro is in perfect condition with most recent updates and yes i’ve got snow leopard on an identical system and with my 13 years of troubleshooting skills i can tell you Mac’s are not perfect in any way shape or form. […][/quote]
    Hey CrashOverride:
    Well, I clearly never stated that Macs were perfect and I never stated that Torq is 100% stable, so you’re refuting something that I never said. What I said is that Torq has been stable for me. And you of course understand that infinite variables come into play when it comes to everyone’s individual systems.

    My point is that to readers out there who may be considering Torq, they shouldn’t dismiss it out of hand because some people have stability problems, when the fact is many other people haven’t. You said yourself that not no system is 100% stable, so no system can be 100% guaranteed, and some people’s problems can’t the basis for everyone’s judgements. Your other insightful criticisms of Torq are much better reasons for people to judge it, because they affect everyone in the same way.

    Admitting that everyone’s system works differently, and thus admitting that people are not lying simply because they haven’t had the same stability problems you’ve had, would be called — what you yourself advocated — “keeping it real.” So you can’t talk about keeping it real when it’s convenient for you and also try to put words in people’s mouths when it’s convenient for you. No disrespect meant to you, I’m just clarifying myself.

  • Handata

    ive been looking for something like this for torq for a long time pls more torq coverage!!!!!!

    i love the way torq looks very easy to understand whats going on, serato has like a billion sections overlaping spining moving parts very confusing for a first time user, i will be switching to serato once i can afford the 800 dollar price tag but i will still use torq for house parties and small events, just cause i can use myxponent get in and out and not haft to carry 400 different peices of equipment

  • CrashOverride

    [quote comment=”21426″][quote comment=””][…]
    1. The conective and xponent are dongles so the software can’t be opened without the hardware to configure option, setup snapshots, and anchor points…etc. (without hacking the system :()
    2. Bad Browser!
    3. No outside Midi control of waveforms.
    4. Stability!
    […][/quote]

    Hi CrashOverride:
    I agree with your points 1-3; those are definitely areas where Torq could and should be improved. However, I’ve been using Torq for about 2 years on a MacBook Pro, and it has never crashed once. I’m not doubting or denying whatever stability problems you’ve had with it, but for me it’s been rock solid.[/quote]

    No system is 100% stable including Macs so we can agree to disagree on that one (btw My MacBook Pro is in perfect condition with most recent updates and yes i’ve got snow leopard on an identical system and with my 13 years of troubleshooting skills i can tell you Mac’s are not perfect in any way shape or form.

    [quote comment=”21425″][quote comment=”21399″]Nice. Big fan of the open architecture of Torq![/quote]

    Dude, please tell me your being sarcastic because there is nothing open about this proprietary piece of shit software[/quote]

    When I say open architecture I refer the inclusion of ReWire into Torq, which allows me to run Ableton Live quite nicely alongside Torq. And to a lessor extent I’m referring to the ability to use 3rd-party VST plug-ins with Torq. And most recently, Torq’s ability to send/receive MTC. These are the features that allow you to use a wide variety of other software and hardware in your sets.

    Yes, Connectiv and Xponent both function as a security dongle, and I’d greatly prefer not to need to connect the Xponent to run the software. But this is more in the realm of security and not in the realm of the open design of the software.

    As an Xponent user, I can say I’ve had no stability issues. The browser became sluggish around the 5000 track point, but I skirted around this by using i-tunes to select and load my material. Also, it’s been 2 full years since I switched from vinyl and CDJs, and I’ve yet to have the Xponent break of malfunction. 2 years of 2 sets /week, 5hrs each- that’s around 200 sets, or 1000 hrs of use. I carry the unit back and forth in a foam lined, hard case. I’m not saying Torq is flawless or that the Xponent is built like a tank, but I’m just saying that careful attention to detail I remain issue free.

    I assume from your aggressive, angered tone that you have had your share of problems with Torq. It is important to go with the rig you like the best, and I”m happy you’ve done just that.

    I was just enthused to see a post about Torq on djtechtools. The last thing I want is another flame war about which DJ stuff is the best. How useless is that?! So, after having made my points, I’ll retreat to lurk mode while I bang out set after set with my “toys.”[/quote]

    Now i’d like to say first there’s no aggression or anger at all directed toward you and Crash doesn’t do flame’s or troll so lets begin with the correct definition of open architechture “Open architecture is a type of computer architecture or software architecture that allows adding, upgrading and swapping components”
    1. can you use Torq without Conective or Xponent?No
    2. can you use Torq with Outside Midi controllers to control Waveforms?No
    Let’s define Closed architechture “closed architecture, where the hardware manufacturer chooses the components, and they are not generally upgradable.”
    3. Do you have the source code to Torq so that you can make changes to the software. No
    “Open architecture allows potential users to see inside all or parts of the architecture without any proprietary constraints.”
    Sorry, but the opposite of open architechture is proprietary. You say your referring to Rewire, MBC, and 3rd party VST’s so i’m clear on where you were trying to go but Torq is not an open software! I repeat No system is 100% perfect and the Top reasons why Torq will fall if M-audio doesn’t fix them still stands. I use all the systems so i have no need to be biased and can talk about all of them. Again, Fix these things and Torq will be King of the DVS’s. Above all to those who reply keep djing and use whatever system you want i’m not trying to stop anyone on that but also keep it real and state the facts with whatever you use!

  • stgabrielsf

    [quote comment=””][…] Torq 1.5 Stammtisch

    Ean Golden hat mal die FX von Torq 1.5 unter die Lupe genommen. Effects Tricks in M-Audio Torq 1.5 Mit Soundbeispielen von Effekt-Chains. […][/quote]
    Thanks for doing an article about torq. Please keep them coming. I love using it, and I’m even getting one of my serato using friends to switch. keep up the good work guys.

  • ize009

    [quote comment=””][…] Torq 1.5 Stammtisch

    Ean Golden hat mal die FX von Torq 1.5 unter die Lupe genommen. Effects Tricks in M-Audio Torq 1.5 Mit Soundbeispielen von Effekt-Chains. […][/quote]
    [quote comment=”21425″][quote comment=”21399″]Nice. Big fan of the open architecture of Torq![/quote]

    Dude, please tell me your being sarcastic because there is nothing open about this proprietary piece of shit software[/quote]

    When I say open architecture I refer the inclusion of ReWire into Torq, which allows me to run Ableton Live quite nicely alongside Torq. And to a lessor extent I’m referring to the ability to use 3rd-party VST plug-ins with Torq. And most recently, Torq’s ability to send/receive MTC. These are the features that allow you to use a wide variety of other software and hardware in your sets.

    Yes, Connectiv and Xponent both function as a security dongle, and I’d greatly prefer not to need to connect the Xponent to run the software. But this is more in the realm of security and not in the realm of the open design of the software.

    As an Xponent user, I can say I’ve had no stability issues. The browser became sluggish around the 5000 track point, but I skirted around this by using i-tunes to select and load my material. Also, it’s been 2 full years since I switched from vinyl and CDJs, and I’ve yet to have the Xponent break of malfunction. 2 years of 2 sets /week, 5hrs each- that’s around 200 sets, or 1000 hrs of use. I carry the unit back and forth in a foam lined, hard case. I’m not saying Torq is flawless or that the Xponent is built like a tank, but I’m just saying that careful attention to detail I remain issue free.

    I assume from your aggressive, angered tone that you have had your share of problems with Torq. It is important to go with the rig you like the best, and I”m happy you’ve done just that.

    I was just enthused to see a post about Torq on djtechtools. The last thing I want is another flame war about which DJ stuff is the best. How useless is that?! So, after having made my points, I’ll retreat to lurk mode while I bang out set after set with my “toys.”

  • Dj Kizu

    I was once a serato user then switched to torq. Both were very similar and I liked both. Recently I switched to Traktor Scratch Pro and it just blew both of them out of the water. However, I am a hardcore believer in vinyl and want the clocest thing to it when I dj. I do more turntable tricks than use effects so, vinyl control is very important to me and native instruments traktor scratch does it better then any company.

  • Virtual User

    Ean: can you also do in depth articles about Virtual DJ vis-a-vis VCI-100?

  • markkus

    [quote comment=””][…]
    1. The conective and xponent are dongles so the software can’t be opened without the hardware to configure option, setup snapshots, and anchor points…etc. (without hacking the system :()
    2. Bad Browser!
    3. No outside Midi control of waveforms.
    4. Stability!
    […][/quote]

    Hi CrashOverride:
    I agree with your points 1-3; those are definitely areas where Torq could and should be improved. However, I’ve been using Torq for about 2 years on a MacBook Pro, and it has never crashed once. I’m not doubting or denying whatever stability problems you’ve had with it, but for me it’s been rock solid.

  • CrashOverride

    [quote comment=”21399″]Nice. Big fan of the open architecture of Torq![/quote]

    Dude, please tell me your being sarcastic because there is nothing open about this proprietary piece of shit software!
    Torq will fall to the waist side or more like in a gutter with the rest of the crappy DVS Systems and it will be all M-audio’s fault based on these top 3 reasons.
    1. The conective and xponent are dongles so the software can’t be opened without the hardware to configure option, setup snapshots, and anchor points…etc. (without hacking the system :()
    2. Bad Browser!
    3. No outside Midi control of waveforms.
    4. Stability!

    I’m no fan boy for any of the other DVS system and have owned all of them including xwax for linux so don’t test me on that route. Also, don’t pull the price point of Torq on me either because i’d rather pay full price for a system that is stable 99.8% of the time with no features and purchase a sampler and or extra sound card or midi control with better construction then buy the xponent which cant even take light button mashing before it falls apart from regular use.
    Most of the posts on here are from people off the Torq forum so of course they want their DVS to be showcased like the other top DVS’s out there but you cant compare the feature heavy but unstable Torq with any other software out there. Fix these things and Torq could be the King of DVS’s Get it right M-audio!

  • K-Sea

    No doubt, throw up some new Torq articles!

    I’ve been using torq with turntables for about 1.5 years and with xponent now for last few months. While it may look a bit cheesy, xponent is a great piece of hardware and does some amazing things.

    I’ve tried a lot of digital vinyl solutions over the years and I’m very happy with Torq, and personally I think the Serato interface is the worst out of them all… Well, Final Scratch 1.0 was dam ugly back in the day 😉

  • Punky

    I love the Torq software. Please give us more on this!!

  • judeson

    [quote comment=””]They really should improve visual interface of Torq. It came with my Xponent (which does look like a toy, but it’s fu*king great controller), but I switched to Traktor almost immediately ‘coz I couldn’t look at that shite Torq’s screen.[/quote]

    Amen about the Xponent. It looks like a Lightbright, but it really does the job well and is a great layout.

    I really think all the GUI’s are kinda…… well……. ugly. None of them really do it for me. I switched to Traktor purely for the fact that It was very intuitive to me. The work flow made sense from the gitgo.

    That being said, I think we all base our final software/hardware decision on that. Personal preference has to come into play since what and how we play is so personal.

  • 2Nine

    They really should improve visual interface of Torq. It came with my Xponent (which does look like a toy, but it’s fu*king great controller), but I switched to Traktor almost immediately ‘coz I couldn’t look at that shite Torq’s screen.

  • ize009

    ?

    The strobe effect doesn’t have to do with the browser of scratching with the Xponent.

    But yes you see the Torq browser gets sluggish as you approach the 5000 tracks mark in your music library. It’s something about scalability, and apparently will require a major overhaul of the software.

    And to echo yes the way around it is to use something like MediaMonkey or i-tunes to do your selecting. Makes your life easy.

    Cool that this tip article highlighted the effects chain, that is a very cool new feature. And if anyone is curious for more they should check out the tutorial videos for Torq

    http://www.torq-dj.com/videos.php

    I use the Xponent now, but if I were to choose any other MIDI controller/dj software it would be a VCI-100, Traktor Pro, and the Audio 2. Similar ways to skin the cat, and I think we got lots in common.

  • Anonymous

    [quote comment=”21382″]i disagree nathan i think the torq browser is great, but i’d like to see more of how we can use the more advanced midi controllers to work with torq and also how to get the iTouchmidi applications for iphone/ipod touch to work with torq. I’ve seen it in action with serato and traktor but i can’t get it to work with torq

    i agree we need more Torq articles it really is the most underrated software, its WAY better than Serato[/quote]
    [quote comment=””]I really enjoy using the strobe effect.[/quote]

    You cant be serious about Torq’s browser. Its the worst ever. most users dont even use it. Just try doing a search live at a gig with 1 minute left on the playing deck. most gigging users use itunes or media monkey to manage their collection and just drag it onto on of torqs deck. Also the xponent is not good to scratch with. I’m not a torq basher cause they got alot stuff right with the software much of which is way ahead of all the others. example snap shots, quick scratch, the sampler is awsome.

  • ize009

    I really enjoy using the strobe effect.

  • ize009

    Nice. Big fan of the open architecture of Torq!

  • lunatic

    thanx for finally covering torq here! i do use it with an rme rpm as my soundcard at it does feature and soundwise really kick ass. you guys should consider it as an serious competitor in the dvs market.

  • BentoSan

    [quote comment=”21380″]If anyone knows how to get Smart Mixers going in Torq without chaining to Live, that’d be something that I’d very much like to see, too. I do have a half an idea using VST effects, but I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet.[/quote]

    Sadly the VST and midi implmentation just isnt quite up there yet to allow this sort of functionality without rewiring\audio routing into Ableton Live.

  • timinya

    i’m with anyone here who thinks torq and their controllers to be ‘ugly’,

    i don’t think you can get a much mmore proffesional look thank traktor

  • Max

    Nice more Torq stuff please! i combo at my gigs, torq and ableton

  • Nathan Callahan

    I’m at work at the moment, so I’m not near my XPonent to try it out (Dear MAudio, please make it possibel to fire up the software without a multi kilo dongle), but I suspect that it should be possible to set up these effects in chain or default mode and then place them in a snapshot.

    Obviously, this would require some previous setup, but you have a specific set of effects that works better in chain mode and you usually work in default or vice versa, if the snapshot thing works, then you would have access to it. If anyone has a chance to try it out before me, I’d be interested in the results.

  • markkus

    [quote comment=””][quote comment=””][quote comment=””]”And if anyone at M-Audio happens to read this, consider making it quicker to access Chain mode. Having to open the Preferences window kills some of the spontaneity.”

    You just click on the insert symbol to change it to insert and vice versa. Has been like that since the feature was introduced. RTM[/quote]

    Yes, you can click the Insert symbol to change from an Insert effect to a Send effect and vice versa. However, you cannot click the Insert symbol to change from an Insert effect to a Chain effect and vice versa. To do that, you have to access the Behavior Preferences window. I could have been more clear about that earlier. Thanks Root Ginger.

  • Mr. Lulo

    [quote comment=””][quote comment=””]”And if anyone at M-Audio happens to read this, consider making it quicker to access Chain mode. Having to open the Preferences window kills some of the spontaneity.”

    You just click on the insert symbol to change it to insert and vice versa. Has been like that since the feature was introduced. RTM[/quote]

    Dj ReMike: using TouchOSC in the iphone is easily and just have the OSCulator app in the mac, I have use it and is really cool, I’m a torq fan, because is a easy software with a lot of power under the hood, just to be the only rewire dj software with ableton give us a new complete enviroment to use, I love to use it both at the same time, and the cool part is that now with the chain effects plus all vst and the effects that ableton have I think there is no software there that have that, plus I prefer to do smart mixing with the rewire option that to have to do all that steps to do it with tracktor, well hope to get new tips in the blog from torq, I think people yet doesn’t know the power of this programs. And finally I think M-audio controller looks ok, for the price that they are sold.

    Cheers from Dominican Republic!![/quote]

  • Mr. Lulo

    [quote comment=””]”And if anyone at M-Audio happens to read this, consider making it quicker to access Chain mode. Having to open the Preferences window kills some of the spontaneity.”

    You just click on the insert symbol to change it to insert and vice versa. Has been like that since the feature was introduced. RTM[/quote]

    Dj ReMike: using TouchOSC in the iphone is easily as just have the OSCulator app in the mac, I have use it and is really cool, I’m a torq fan, because is a easy software with a lot of power under the hood, just to be the only rewire dj software with torq give us a complete different world to use, I love to use it both at the same time, and the cool part is that now with the chain effects plus all vst and the effects that ableton have I think there is no software there that have that to our choose, plus I prefer to do smart mixing with the rewire option that to have all that steps to do it with tracktor, well hope to get new tip in the blog from torq, I think people yet doesn’t know the power of this programs. And finally I think M-audio controller looks ok, for the price that they are sold.

    Cheers from Dominican Republic!!

  • Root Ginger

    “And if anyone at M-Audio happens to read this, consider making it quicker to access Chain mode. Having to open the Preferences window kills some of the spontaneity.”

    You just click on the insert symbol to change it to insert and vice versa. Has been like that since the feature was introduced. RTM

  • DJ ReMike

    i disagree nathan i think the torq browser is great, but i’d like to see more of how we can use the more advanced midi controllers to work with torq and also how to get the iTouchmidi applications for iphone/ipod touch to work with torq. I’ve seen it in action with serato and traktor but i can’t get it to work with torq

    i agree we need more Torq articles it really is the most underrated software, its WAY better than Serato

  • Redex

    Finally some Torq love!!!

    Keep ’em coming!

  • Nathan Callahan

    Good article. Please keep them up. Torq is my tool of choice. I’d love to see more on how to manage music – the file browser in Torq is terrible, and as many tips on how to make it less so as possible would be well appreciated.

    If anyone knows how to get Smart Mixers going in Torq without chaining to Live, that’d be something that I’d very much like to see, too. I do have a half an idea using VST effects, but I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet.

  • markkus

    [quote comment=””]I would like Torque if it didn’t have the shittiest User Interface of all time. Serato, looks amazing, Ableton Live looks amazing, Traktor has an extremely awesome User Interface, Torque not so much. While feature-wise it’s (now) just as capable as Traktor,its so damn ugly. And any M-Audio controller that you use with it looks like a fucking toy.[/quote]

    DJ V1ckz:
    I actually never thought Torq had a bad user interface; at any rate, I got used to it very quickly. But I see your point about M-Audio’s controllers. And there are definitely a few choice features that Traktor has and Torq doesn’t. On top of my list: support for 4 decks, unlimited (or at least more) cue points and ability to save more than one loop per song.

  • DJ V1ckz

    I would like Torque if it didn’t have the shittiest User Interface of all time. Serato, looks amazing, Ableton Live looks amazing, Traktor has an extremely awesome User Interface, Torque not so much. While feature-wise it’s (now) just as capable as Traktor,its so damn ugly. And any M-Audio controller that you use with it looks like a fucking toy.

  • audiodestruction

    I would love to see more from torq. IMO its the most underrated software our there. The new effects chains rock and the midi setup makes it awesome for chaining to ableton. More torq coverage PLEASE!!!

  • kal

    Nice man!! Very professional !!! Im lovin this TORQ lovin section!!!