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November 27, 2011

Mapping MIDI Controller like a pro - Advanced

In our previous posts we discussed about the MIDI signals that a controller sends to Traktor, basics of controllerism, and finding what signal is sent by which button, slider or knob. In this post we will be talking it to the next level which is mapping the buttons/knobs/sliders/jog wheels of our controllers to custom Traktor functions. To show this we will map Jog Wheels to control Traktor Effects section, touching jog wheels will turn on all the three effects in Traktor FX section and rotating them in either direction will control the amount of those effects.
This post assume that you have read,understood, and performed all the steps mentioned in our previous posts. If not we recommend you to go through the following first, before beginning the steps described here.
Adding New Mappings
  1. In Traktor click on File > Controller Manager. This will open up the Traktor prefrences window with controller manager options.
  2. Then click on the device tab and select the controller you want to configure from the list. Here the controller name is ‘Numark Mixtrack – General midi device’. Your list may vary depending upon your controller.
  3. As soon as you select your controller you will see some values in the ‘Assignment Table’. Below there will be a button ‘Add In’; click this button to add mappings to our table. 
  4. You’ll see a list with different traktor actions. In that list go to FX Chained, a new list will open and in this list click on Effect 1 on.  effect 1 on
  5. As soon as you click ‘Effect 1 on’ option you will notice that a line is added in the ‘Assignment table’ with some default values. This is the field in which we will be doing our custom mappings.
  6. Now click on Learn button and touch your jog wheel on the top. Assignment table will be updated with the signal value. Now follow the same steps as above and add two more mappings for  ‘Effect 2 On’ and ‘Effect 3 On’.
Adding Modifiers
Now is the time to put the associated modifier values as well. this ensures that when scratch button is on we don't want our jog wheel to control effects. To do this we have to put the same modifier values that we previously had while deleting the original mappings.
  1. To add modifiers Click on the box with a down arrow next to ‘Modifier Conditions’ with ‘Modifier’ label on top, in the ‘Mapping details’ section. Now select the modifier from the list that pops up. In our case the value was M4=0 (we found this in our previous post), so click on M4 in the list to select it. Modifier values
  2. Since modifier value was 0 already we do not need to change the value, had it been something other than one we can change it by clicking on the down arrow under the label ‘Value’ in the Mapping details’ section. Similarly repeat this step for all our three newly added mappings. the final result will look something like this. left jog wheel complete
  3. Now continue the same steps for adding Effect 1, 2 and 3 On for the right jog wheel and their respective modifier values. But since right jog wheel will be controlling FX section 2 we need to set that in our mapping. To do this while adding the mappings Click down arrow next to the label Assignment in the ‘Mapping Details’ section, and select FX Unit 2 from the dropdown. selecting effect unit
  4. Please note that you have to select FX unit 2 for all the three Effects On assignments. Final mapping will look something like this. right jog wheel complete

Congratulations!!! You have successfully learned to add both the mappings as well as modifiers into your custom mappings. Till now we have done the mappings for making three effects on, on jog wheel touch function. Next step is to control the effects amount using Jog Wheel rotation. Please check out the concluding article Mapping MIDI Controller like a Pro Advanced Part 2.

November 26, 2011

Mapping MIDI controller like a pro - Basics

This is the second post in the Ean Golden’s NI S2 tricks applied onto Numark Mixtrack article series. It will show you how to map your existing midi controller just like Ean Golden’s breaking the silence video. You’ll not only learn just the mapping but how to actually achieve same sounds as Ean did. Later this series will contain articles on complete teardown of the sounds and effects used by Ean in the NI S2 demo video. Let us begin our first step toward ‘Controllerism’.
For the sake of this tutorial I will be using Numark mixtrack as my controller and Traktor Pro as the mixing machine. But the steps given in this tutorial are universally applicable for any midi controller. Please plug in your controller and fire up Traktor and then proceed with the given steps.
So lets take control of our controllers and step further into this art of controllerism! You could expect the following outcomes from this tutorial:
  • Resetting your controller’s mapping in case if you mis-mapped something.
  • Finding the MIDI signals your controller sends to Traktor.
  • Finding Modifier values which control multiple Traktor functions for single button.
  • Safely deleting your controller mappings in order to configure them for other Traktor functions.
    Setting the default mappings
    If you’re using a controller that is Traktor ready, which means that it is pre mapped to work with Traktor and you have to simply plug it in to use. Then please set mappings to default using the controller manager setup wizard. (follow instructions given in STEP 1 of the article Ean Golden NI S2 tricks applied onto Numark Mixtack). Doing so will reset to default all the extra mappings you may have imported or have been using earlier. You also may want to export your existing mappings before resetting so that you can have them back if needed. If you have not used any custom mappings then don’t worry about this step and proceed further with the instructions.
    Since we are trying to work upon Ean Golden’s tricks, we will be mapping jog wheels touch to turn on the effects and its rotation to control the amount of effects.

    In order to breathe a new life to your controller we will delete some of the mappings first and then configure them again to work the way we want. Numark Mixtrack comes with touch sensitive jog wheels, which means it sends two different signals to Traktor, one when you touch the top surface of the wheel and other when you rotate the wheel using the sides. So lets configure the jog wheel to control effects.

    Kick in Controller Manager :
    1. In Traktor click on File > Controller Manager. This will open up the Traktor preferences window with controller manager options.  TraktorMappingReset
    2. Then click on the device tab and select the controller you want to configure from the list. Here the controller name is ‘Numark Mixtrack – General midi device’. Your list may vary depending upon your controller. Device Setup Select Numark Mixtrack
    3. As soon as you select your controller you will see some values in the ‘Assignment Table’. Don’t worry you don’t have to memorize anything here.Adding Effect On Hold
    NOTE: Every button sends a unique MIDI signal to Traktor which is then configured in ‘Assignment Table’ to handle what action/function that button should do. In our case since the buttons we want to modify are already assigned to certain functions in Traktor, our first task is to find the signal and delete corresponding action.

    Finding MIDI signals:
    1. Let us find first what signal does our Jog wheel sends. To do this In the Control column of the Assignment table click on ‘X fader’. Now below in the Device Mapping section click on ‘Learn’ button.  Finding Jog Wheel Signal
    2. Now on your controller touch the left jog wheel and notice that the value under ‘Mapped to’ column changes to a new value. Now note down this value in a Notepad we will be using this in next steps. In our case this value is ‘Ch01.Note.F#5’. This is the value of the left jog wheel touch function.  Getting Jog wheel signal
    3. Now to get the value of jog wheel rotation, rotate the jog wheel this time. Notice the value in the ‘Mapped to’ column now changes. Keep a note of this value as well. In our case this value comes to ‘Ch01.CC.025’.  Jog Wheel rotation value
    4. Similarly follow steps number 5 and 6 to get the signal values for right Jog Wheel as well and note them down. In our case the two values are right jog wheel touch function ‘Ch01.Note.F5’ and right jog wheel rotation value is ‘Ch01.CC.024’.
    Deleting existing mappings:
    1. Now we know what signal our jog wheel sends to Traktor. Let us delete the existing mappings now. To do this, in the assignment table, click on the column name 'Control’, doing this will arrange all the mappings in alphabetical order.
    2. Now scroll this list and find the controls titles Jog Touch and Jog turn. You’ll find two Jog Touch instances and two Jog turn instances. These are for left and right jog wheels. Also notice the column titles ‘cond1’ which is short form for condition one. In this column there is some value listed such as ‘M4=0’, write this value somewhere in a notepad corresponding to action.  finding Jog turn and toch controls
    3. In our case for left jog wheel M4=0 and for right jog wheel M7=0.
    4. Let us delete these mappings to configure new ones. To do this select a mapping from the assignment table and hit the delete button below. Repeat this step and delete the mappings for Jog Touch and Jog Turn for both jog wheels.  find and delete jog wheel mapping

    That’s it! Congratulations you’ve just cleared the existing mapping and stepped into the world of controllerism. Now we need to map these controls to other functions, follow the next post in the series - Mapping MIDI Controller like a pro Advanced to configure your controller.

    November 17, 2011

    Flaunt your Android with Ethereal Dialpad

    So you got yourself an Android device! Follow this post and jazz it up with the coolest applications from the android market, not only allowing you to enjoy those apps yourself, but even flaunt your Android to envy others.

    Flaunt your android with Ethereal Dialpad (synthesizer) free! Its a simple app which creates magical musical notes when you to move your fingers over the screen. You dont need to be a music nerd in order to use it, just download this app and amzaze your friends with magical music.

    I have gone through multiple articles showcasing lists of best Apps to download and use on your Android powered device. But cannot find any list showcasing Apps that I can show off to my friends and tell them how cool my Android is. So here goes the post of Apps that you can use to flaunt your Android. Please note that the applications are categorized into multiple posts and there are no rankings or comparison between these Apps.

    Ethereal Dialpad - Free synthesizer app for Android
    Description: Drag your finger around the screen to create flowing music with this expressive touch synthesizer.
    Developer: Adam Smith

         
    What makes it super cool?
    The best thing about having this app is the magical music it creates. If you like music then this app is a must have for your android. Not only you can make beautiful music out of the box with this app you can also customize the sounds from the app's settings menu. There are also plugins available for this app called by the developer as dialpads. These dialpads changes the screen and adds some visual effectswhen you touch your fingers. The best dialpad available is Dialpad: NightSky which uses multitouch screen to control up to four synth lines with two fingers which means more magical music with better control!

    How cool it sounds?
    Below is a sample video (with sound only), here the magic!

    We used Ethereal Dialpad (synthesizer) to flaunt our Android! Which Apps do you use to flaunt yours?

    November 16, 2011

    Flaunt Your Android with iLightr Free

    So you got yourself an Android device! Follow this post and jazz it up with the coolest applications from the android market, not only allowing you to enjoy those apps yourself, but even flaunt your Android to envy others.

    I have gone through multiple articles showcasing lists of best Apps to download and use on your Android powered device. But cannot find any list showcasing Apps that I can show off to my friends and tell them how cool my Android is. So here goes the post of Apps that you can use to flaunt your Android. Please note that the applications are categorized into multiple posts and there are no rankings or comparison between these Apps.

    iLightr Free - The free Virtual Lighter App!
    Description: iLightr is the next best thing to having a real lighter in your pocket! Combining stylish case designs and a stunning photo realistic flame, iLightr is sure to come in handy.
    Developer: Übermind, Inc.

        

    What makes it UBER COOL!
    Open this app and just flick your hand to open the lighter lid. After the lid opens up use your thumb to light up the lighter as you would do in real life. It is the first and the best Lighter App to hit Android Market. The coolest thing about this app is that it is motion sensitive and you can actually blow out the flame. The flame also reacts to both motion and touch.

    Other Similar Apps we tested
            

    We used iLighter Free to Flaunt our Android! Which Apps do you use to flaunt yours?

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