With so many options available to us for control methods of Traktor, I can imagine that unless you are using the standard controllers with the included standard tsi files, then there isn’t 2 people out there with the exact same controller or midi mapping settings.
This is the beauty of Traktor; the individuality that it can provide all of the DJ’s using the software. Since the industry has moved on from the simplest raw art form of turntablism, we have been introduced to a new era of DJing. The introduction of ‘Beat-gridding’ removed the need for timing skills (the original essence of DJ’ing), however this freed up some space for other creative actions. Loops and effects became the next big DJ skill to refine. DJ sets started becoming more of a mash-up style with people cramming more tracks into their sets. The methods of control moved on from simple turntable control to more button pushing.
With the introduction of Remix Decks, the humble, yet skilled, DJ can now become a live producer, mixing loops and effects in real time. With the option of playing 16 channels at once, each channel playing 4 loops or sounds through Traktors’ remix decks, the DJ has an entire spaceship worth of controls to consider. Not to mention the possibility of layering the potential of 12 effects into the mix using traktors’ in line effects units. Should one feel that ones’ skill level is still not being tested enough, this can all still be combined with the use of classic turntable control, just to make sure every part of your brain is being used! (Edit June 27th: In the latest Traktor update 2.6.2 users are now given the added luxury to enter the midi mapping settings for all the remix cells – this was previously locked down and only accessible by the Kontrol F1)
Midi Mapping Traktor is not that difficult, but it certainly takes time. The best way to learn, is to try it. I recommend saving your current settings before you start to play about with midi maps. This way you have a template to revert to should you make mistakes.
There are a number of ways. I will explain the safest way for you here.
This process is the same for all functions, be it for keyboard assignments or controller assignments.
If you would rather not mess with the existing midi mapping settings, you can create a new template altogether. To do this, simple select ‘Add‘ underneath the Device and navigate to a pre-set tsi. You can then import a pre-saved tsi or select ’Generic Midi‘ or ‘Generic Keyboard’.
This will create a completely new Device that you can adjust and mess about with until your hearts content. If you do this however, you may get some overlap or duplicate midi settings between devices. For instance, maybe you are setting up a Maschine to control Midi, but you already have an X1 set up. You have to be careful that you don’t select a midi note (or signal) on the Maschine that performs a function that is already assigned to the X1 on the other device assignment table page.
A google search should turn up a bunch of pre-set tsi files that may be suitable for your workflow, you can download these and import them the way I explain above, but I feel that due to such different workflows that DJ’s may see more value in making your own. This way you not only get to learn the program more, but you really start to think about how you perform and what you want to achieve. Another excellent resource is provided by DJ Tech Tools – here you can download all sorts of mappings for lots of controllers.
If you have any questions or even have some tsi files you want to share with others, feel free to use the comments section on this page. I would love to hear feedback from the readers of Traktortips. Thank You.