Rock out with a virtual electric guitar
Thrashy is a unique controller for TouchOSC / Traktor allowing control of a guitar ‘virtual instrument’ and synth. Includes an LFO ‘Wobble’ (controllable via 8 buttons), fader cut button, filter, gater, ring modulator and pitch controls. Also features a ‘Ploop’ button, allowing further control over pitch.
Now available for iPhone!
- Large pads for easy hotcue juggling
- Full control over LFO ‘Wobble’ via 8 buttons
- Fader ‘Cut’ button for quick cuts
- Preset FX to compliment the LFO. Or choose your own using ‘Shift’ & FX sliders
- ‘Ploop’ button creates a continuous drone sound. Pitch can be changed up and down and the noise modulated by the 2 LFOs and Gater FX for some crazy wobbliness!
- Key, Filter and Gain controls
- ‘Panic’ button to reset all FX
- Specially recorded, high quality guitar samples are included with the download
System Requirements (PC & Mac):
- Traktor Pro 2 from Native Instruments
- iPad / iPhone or Android Tablet / Phone*
- TouchOSC for iOS / TouchOSC for Android
*Android Users: Note that this layout should also work with Android-based tablets /phones and TouchOSC for Android. As long as your resolution is 1024 x 768 or above, it should display correctly in TouchOSC. Unfortunately, we can’t provide any kind of support for Android just yet though.
Setup & Usage Instructions:
Installation: OSX and Windows
IMPORTANT! Ensure you have installed all the programs listed in System Requirements and that you’re using the latest versions.
On your iPad / iPhone, make sure you’re connected to the same network as your computer. This can either be your router, or an ad-hoc network running from your computer. If you’re getting slow response times using a router, try creating an ad-hoc network instead to link your iPad directly to your computer. Follow this guide for Mac. To do this on Windows 7, you can use Connectify for free. It turns your PC into a wireless hotspot. Depending on your version of Windows, setting up an ad-hoc network varies slightly. Search Google for “adhoc network” and your Windows version.
Open TouchOSC Editor and upload the TouchOSC template to your iPad / iPhone by using the ‘Sync’ function. There’s a commonly reported problem of people having trouble uploading templates though TouchOSC editor. If you’re having trouble, hexler.net recommend that you try uploading the template to your iPad using iTunes instead. Just connect to iTunes, select your iPad / iPhone, click the ‘Apps’ tab, click on TouchOSC and drag and drop the template in.
To connect on the iPad / iPhone, press ‘Settings’ on the iPad, then ‘Wi-Fi’. From here you can choose from a list of available networks. Pick the one you’re using; either the router or the ad-hoc network you’ve just created.
There are several ways to connect your computer to TouchOSC but it’s easiest to use TouchOSC Bridge. Open TouchOSC Bridge on your computer
Open TouchOSC on your iPad / iPhone and go to Settings. Ensure MIDI Bridge is enabled and you should see your computer’s name listed. Press this to connect.
Open Traktor, go to ‘Preferences’, then ‘Controller Manager’. Click the large ‘Import’ button at the bottom of this screen and browse for the TSI file. Ensure that In-Port and Out-Port on this screen are set to TouchOSC Bridge.
Just drop the supplied ‘Guitar_Scale.wav’ file into Deck A, load a loop or track into Deck B, press ‘Shift’ twice to load the FX and start rocking out!
What is ‘Plooping’?
‘Plooping’ is a term invented by DJ Shiftee, meaning Pitch Looping or Melodic Looping. It’s where a track or sample is looped at such a short interval (in this case a 32nd of a beat) that it creates a note-like drone. The note’s pitch / key can be changed by moving the loop at very fine intervals, creating a kind of ascending / descending scale.
Here’s DJ Shiftee’s original video explaining the technique.
A huge thankyou to Hagendasz for providing the iPhone template. Check out his Soundcloud page
Many thanks also go to Chris Taylor from the band Cynical Laughter for recording and letting us use the original guitar samples.
Download includes the TouchOSC layouts for iPhone and iPad, the Traktor TSI and a .wav file containing the guitar samples.
To download this layout & mapping, you must first register as a website member.
Once you have registered and logged in, you’ll automatically be able to see the download link below. Registration is easy and free and gives you access to download all the templates and free software available on this website. It also allows you to post comments in the forum and registers you for our newsletter. Your email address will not be passed to third parties.