Control Traktor’s Remix Decks with your iPad
This is a 2 Deck template for TouchOSC which allows full control of Traktor’s Remix Decks (something which until recently was only available via an F1 controller, a mouse or various hacked / custom templates for Lemur & TouchOSC). The template controls Decks C & D and provides immediate access to all 64 Sample Cells in each Remix Deck via 4 pages of 4×4 grids.
Compatible with Traktor Pro v2.6.2 and above
- Large pads for easy sample triggering
- Simple yet intuitive controls
- Sample Cell LED feedback for sample info (empty, loaded, cued & playing)
- Easily navigate, load and delete individual samples
- Easily select and sample from 3 capture sources: Deck A, Deck B & Loop Recorder
- Loop and Flux Mode
- Individual volume, filter and mute / stop controls for each Sample Slot
- Works brilliantly with two iPads (one for Deck C and one for Deck D)
System Requirements (PC & Mac):
- Traktor Pro 2.6.2 or above – This will NOT work with older versions of Traktor
- iPad / Android Tablet*
- TouchOSC for iOS / TouchOSC for Android
*Android Users: Note that this layout should also work with Android-based tablets 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, 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 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, click the ‘Apps’ tab, click on TouchOSC and drag and drop the template in.
To connect on the iPad, 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 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 ‘Add’ button near the top of the screen, then ‘import TSI’, then ‘import other’ and browse for the TSI file you’ve just downloaded. This will load TWO individual TSI pages into Traktor (one for Deck C and one for Deck D). Ensure that the In-Port and Out-Port on this screen are both set to TouchOSC Bridge (or whatever you’re using to connect for BOTH TSI pages).
Once loaded in TouchOSC, select Deck D, then Deck C to load the MIDI feedback LEDs.
Also please ensure that, on your Traktor screen, the Capture Source for Deck C is set to Deck A and the Capture Source for Deck D is set to Deck B. You can change these later (using Shift + Capture) but they must be set like this initially for everything to work properly.
Controls in detail – Click for larger image:
Loading Sets / Samples:
You can load either full Remix Sets or individual samples into each of the 128 Sample Cells.
Press the Browse button to toggle full screen browser display on / off.
To load a Remix Set, use the Browse Up / Down buttons to browse files in the File Browser and hold Shift to browse through the folder tree. The Expand / Collapse button will open / close the folder you currently have highlighted in the folder tree. Once you’ve highlighted the set you wish to load from the File Browser, press the Load Set button.
To load individual samples, again use the browse buttons to highlight the sample you want to load, then hold the Load Samp button and press the Sample Cell you want to load the sample into.
Note that on each of the Sample Cells, an empty cell will have a black LED, a Cell which has a sample loaded into it will have a dark grey LED, a playing sample will have a light grey LED and a sample which is about to play (ie., cued) will have a white LED
Browse Sample Cells / Slots / Pages:
Each Remix Deck has four pages of 16 Sample Cells (giving you a total of 64 Sample Cells per Deck). You can browse up and down through each page using the Slot Page Select Up / Down buttons. The page you’re currently viewing will be shown on the 1, 2, 3 & 4 LEDs to the right of the Slot Page Select buttons.
As well as loading individual samples from file, you can also load samples into each Cell from what’s already loaded into Deck A or B or from the Loop Recorder.
Deck A is selected as a default source for Remix Deck C and Deck B for Remix Deck D. You can change this by holding Shift and pressing the Capture (Source Select) button. This will cycle through Deck A, Deck B and Loop Recorder.
To change the size of the sample you wish to capture from your chosen Deck, press the Source Loop Size + / – buttons. This will increase / decrease the loop size on your chosen Deck which will correspond directly with the Sample Cell size you’re about to capture.
To capture, just hold the Capture button and the Sample Cell you want to capture into.
The rest of the controls should be pretty self-explanatory but if there’s anything that doesn’t make sense, please ask in the comments section below.
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