Traxus Control: Traktor is a user created template built in the DIY iPad Midi app Lemur for controlling nearly every aspect of Traktor Scratch Pro. At the expense of tactile feedback, it attempts to challenge the marriage and reliance on traditional controller hardware by offering more accurate visual feedback, smoother user interface, un-paralleled control over the software, and unprecedented flexibility in the face of software updates that would typically render traditional MIDI hardware obsolete.
The most exciting feature of the template are not the traditional Traktor controls that it offers but instead the per-slot Remix deck sequencers that were built in from the vein of the concept DJ Tomash’s presented with the Digital Warrior but with the robust flexibility that only a touch screen software environment could provide.
A second notable feature comes in the form of the template’s unique EFX control platform, which allows the user to select, assign, and control any of Traktor’s 44 effect types to any effect slot in the software. While this broad stroke of control might be reason enough for many Traktor users to breathe a sigh of relief, the intimacy and intuitiveness of the user interface is better seen than explained.
Of course, why stop there; we have covered all the bases: Platter control, Pitch Control Looping, Beat Jumping, Hot Cue Creation, Firing, and Deletion, Mixer Control, Remix Sample Creation and so much more. It is all there, at your fingertips. Too much to fit on one tablet? We didn’t think so; but in case you did feel free to split the interfaces between two or more iPads. Like the EFX control, but prefer your 1200’s for deck management; adjust your layout accordingly!
After countless hours and over one year in development, 250 prerelease versions and 1500 MIDI mappings we are proud to present the first control configuration of its caliber, Traxus Control: Traktor for Lemur.
Four Deck Control
Full touch control of Traktor’s 4 Decks, n Track Deck or Remix Deck Modes; Deck readout displaying Master/Slave status, current master BPM and current pitch of deck.
Platter ControlFull control of Traktor’s track decks, including play head jogging/scratching via the platter. Select between Master and Sync modes, deck play and deck pause.
Pitch ControlAdjust track speed using the Coarse and Fine pitch faders for absolute precision. Temporarily slow down or speed up the playing track using the Drag Strip, much the way you would on a real turntable platter; or, make minute, temporary speed adjustments with the nudge buttons. Further refine your adjustments by choosing between 12 of the 14 available pitch ranges in Traktor (2%, 4%, 6%, 8%, 10%, 12%, 14%, 16%, 18%, 20%, 50% & 100%)
Hot Cue Control
Fire, delete, and create any of Traktor’s six types of cue points, for any of its eight slots for any deck.
Looping and Beat Jump ControlEnable and Disable loops of any length and adjust loop positions or play head position with fully mapped beat jump module.
Remix Deck Control & Sampler
Ability to convert any and all of Traktor’s Decks into Remix Decks, pull samples from other loaded decks, set sample playback types (forward/reverse, loop/one shot & gated/latched). Intuitive user interface allows for starting, stopping, creating, and deleting samples from all sixteen cells in all four slots. Individual control over slot volume, filter frequency, key lock, FX routing, slot cue and slot punch mode
Remix Deck Sequencer
Building on the concepts illustrated by DJ Tomash’s with the Digital Warrior, Each slot of each remix deck features a 16 step monophonic sample sequencer that will slave to the Midi Clock of Traktor; each step in the sequence can fire one of the 16 cells for the parent slot in quarter note denotations. Steps can fire new cells, slide (continue a previously fired cell), or rests ala the TB-303. Each hit can be assigned a unique velocity and filter frequency for the slot. Infrastructure to adjust pitch of each hit is in place, and awaiting the potential that Native Instruments provides slot specific midi mapping for cell pitch. Ability to save and recall patterns, as well as create 32 and 64 step patterns is planned for later versions. Start, stop, and adjustment of sequencer play head position is supported on a per deck basis (all four slots of one deck).
Breathing EFX ControlThe template includes easy to use interface for controlling Traktor’s ‘Three Knob’ effect layout. Choose from any of Traktor’s 44 effects, for any of the three effects knobs for each effect slot. Then control the effects Dry/Wet, as well as the master Dry/Wet with our one of a kind breathing EFX faders that made their debut in Traxus Scratch Live for Serato. Effects’ individual values can be controlled manually by dragging the fader, or by interacting with the ‘Fade in Pad’ at the bottom right of each module; holding the pad will increase the wet value of the effect over a set period of time, letting go will decrease. Automated transitions can be paused and then resumed, or locked at any phase in the transition.
This attack time can be set with the Attack/Release pads above the modules, and will equal the amount of time it takes for the set number of beats to play at the BPM pulled from Traktor’s Midi Clock. The attack time represents the time it takes for the fader to transition from the effect’s home state to the full on wet position. The effect’s home state is defined as wherever the given effect type’s knob is by default according to Traktor’s pre-programed conditions. Similarly, the Release value represents the amount of time it takes for the slider head to transition from a full on wet state, back to the effect’s home state when a release is initiated.
A release can be initiated several ways; the first is to hold the Fade In Pad until you have reached the desired fade in point, and then to release the pad without making any further adjustments to the effect module; the fader cap will drift back to its natural state at the rate determined by the Release time pads. Additionally, if you set the effect value manually by dragging the fader with your finger, the cap will remain where you left it (as opposed to immediately releasing as it would when utilizing the pad). When the fader has been moved away from its home state, and is not in the middle of a transition, it is in the ‘Locked’ state. A fade out release/transition can be initiated on a locked slider by hitting the ‘RELEASE’ button that will appear when a slider is locked, or by initiating a new transition with the Fade in Pad, and then releasing the pad.
File Browsing & Searching, Track Loading, Deck type SelectionNavigate your directories, Favorite tabs, and Files through the File Navigation page. Searching your directory is as simple as typing into the File Navigations Page’s keyboard; focus will automatically be directed to the search field. Once your file has been located it, load it into any of the four decks using the commands above the keyboard. Additionally, you can select whether each of the four decks is a Track Deck or Remix deck in this area. For added readability, selecting the File Navigation page will extend the file browser within Traktor, and exiting it will collapse it.
Mixer ControlTraxus Control: Traktor offers full control over the Traktor Mixer (any of the 3 EQ presets). Volume, cueing, EQ, and filter control is accessible either via the mixer page, whereby all channels can be controlled at once, or on the deck page where per-deck control over the mixer can be accessed while engaging in other deck related tasks.
Bi Directional ControlTraxus Control: Traktor utilizes over 1500 individual midi mappings for total Bi Directional control such that any keyboard or mouse control by the user that affects Traktor will be picked up by the template, and provide appropriate visual feedback. Each control for each Deck is explicitly mapped (versus deck focus) to allow for multi-tablet control.
Multi Tablet ControlTraxus Control: Traktor was built in such a way as to allow the user(s) to use two or more iPads, in any configuration of pages when controlling Traktor. When launching Traxus Control: Traktor , you will be greeted with a settings page whereby you can opt to disable any of the 10 pages of controls that Traxus Control: Traktor offers. Bearing this in mind, you can setup Traxus Control: Traktor to control only the features you would like. For instance, you might opt to control Decks A and B, Effects Channels 1 and 2 on one iPad, and control Decks C and D plus Effects Channels 3 and 4 on another. Alternately you might prefer to control your decks A and B with analog turntables, and only utilize the template to control Effects Channels 1 and 2. If you are feeling lavish, you could purchase 10 iPads and assign each one an individual page! (Though I would warn you to verify you have sufficient Wifi and or Midi bandwidth if pursuing anything like this)
Pre Releases, Availability & Pricing:
Prerelease copies will be granted to Artists and Press by request following signature or other legal acknowledgment of a non-disclosure agreement.
Availability, Pricing & Distribution
Traxus Control: Traktor will be released to the general public once we have decided on a fair pricing and distribution method. We are currently weighing the costs and benefits of several options, including: ex Post Facto Crowd funding (request donations reach a certain value whereby we take the code open source); pay per license (not per user); controlled free distribution through ad networks as to generate income from advertising; as well as standard donation ware.