Traktor Kontrol F1 – The Hack Evolved


http://youtu.be/t_jZ8DlTk2A

This year’s Next Big Thing™®© was Native Instrument’s Kontrol F1 and corresponding Remix Decks. Along with it came a lot of words (mostly written by me) about their decision to lock the Remix Decks to the F1 and not allow anything more than the most basic of mappings. Fortunately for the DJ community at large, “can’t” is not an acceptable rule.

While DJTechTools went one direction, hacking the backend of Traktor to make the MIDI Fighter work natively with the Remix Decks, that had its own limitations (as one needs the MIDI Fighter for it to work), other people went in a different direction. Vincent Cox, aka DJVC, had initially created a MIDI Translator file to allow any controller to map to the remix decks via emulating mouse movements.  This wasn’t perfect either, as many people don’t have MT and have very little interest in another $90 purchase for something that (this writer feels) should be open regardless.

So Vincent took that to heart and wrote a program (Windows only at this time – Ed) to allow any controller to work with the Remix Decks.  In his own words:

The main feature of the program is to control the remix decks ( all the 64 pads like the F1) in Traktor Pro.

It lets you map the pads of every controller to the samples in Traktor, and you can also change the sample-page via buttons on a controller. The software can let you do almost the same as with the F1 (except “punch-mode” which is not possible, we come back later on that)

Other features (like volume control/filter-control) are map-able in Traktor, so they’ve been left our of the program.

To get an overview of what the program can do:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_jZ8DlTk2A

HOW IT WORKS

When you press a pad on your controller, your controller sends a midi-command to the computer. This program recognizes the MIDI command and simulates the right mouse-click in Traktor. Inside the program are a lot of features to make it easier to use.

FEATURES

So it basically can do:

  • Launch the samples of the remix deck
  • Change the sample page, so you can control all 64 samples

And the program

  • Works with every controller
  • Works with every screen resolution
  • Guided setup of your controller (there is also a setup-video for the users who cant get trough the setup. So even unexperienced users can setup their controller.)
  • Visual interface to map the pads of your controller
  • Autosave/autoload function. So you have to do the setup only 1 time. The next time it will load the settings so you can start immediately.

THee’s a tutorial on how to setup your controller with the program:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pooqseUvsiY

TIP

Most users don’t need this trick. It’s for users who don’t have 4 free buttons to map in traktor. Those 4 buttons are mapped to the play/pause button of each slot.

I recommend users to let the last sample of a slot empty. So when you want to let the sample of that slot stop playing (and let the other slots keep playing), you launch the empty sample.

The program is free to download.

http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?xtcxa55tzohuoc3

For more information, and to be informed when a new version comes out, you can check out this page on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/djvc93

Latest versions will always be posted there. In a few days, a shift button will be added. This let you delete samples from the remix decks.

This is not the perfect solution, but if you don’t want to buy a MIDI Fighter, Bome MT or the CNTRL:R from Livid, this is the best we got. There is no MIDI Output, but for those few of us fortunate to have Bome MT Pro it can easily be coded in for any controller on the market.  All it does is map your MIDI signals to mouse movements to trigger any of the remix cells.

Traktor Kontrol F1 Hack

Setting it up is not complicated, you don’t even have to set anything in the Controller Manager. The instructions are pretty straight forward and it’s as simple as pointing your mouse at the cells and hitting a bunch of buttons with your keyboard.  From there you tell the program which pads or buttons you want to trigger which features.  Anything that gives self-feedback like the Maschine, PadKontrol, or QuNeo is easily mapped and will give adequate press-and-release feedback.  If you want anything more complicated, however, that is just not an option.

Vincent has, however, expressed interest in adding features if/when demand increases (just contact him on his Facebook).  If nothing else, download the app, hook your controller up to it and see how it runs. It gives just enough control to make the Remix Decks really useful for someone who doesn’t want to buy a new controller.

About Jared Helfer

Jared spends too much time staring at MIDI to have time to cut his hair or shave. He is also a DJ. He currently holds the record as the "Most Fired" at DJWorx, and is willing to challenge anyone to the title. He spends his time DJing in his office and releasing mixes on his website and mixcloud, as well as playing violent video games, reading books, and beginning to get involved in production. He also enjoys tormenting Mark Settle about his age and Britishness.

  • http://www.facebook.com/samshuffleshrd Sam Moore

    Mac version plz!! I have pads and buttons just begging to be mapped to those remix decks!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/vincent.cox.12 Vincent Cox

      Yes,
      it is hard to say, but mac is (NOT YET) supported. What you can try in
      the mean-time is a “windows emulator” to open a .exe file in mac.

    • Guest

      Like this one, for example: http://www.winehq.org/about/

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  • http://www.facebook.com/serjoka Sergio Pantaleo

    I’m curios to know how they figured out to map the “switch deck” functionality if you only have one controller. With one F1 you can control all 4 decks, simply pressing the F1 shift button and rotate the main knob. How many third party controllers should I need to control all 64×4 samples?

    • st3pup

      It can only control 1 deck and only for loops. Its the best option we have at the mo and hopefully a step in the right direction.

      • http://www.facebook.com/serjoka Sergio Pantaleo

        Is it an opensource project? I would be glad to help in this if needed :)

        • Jared Helfer

          It’s not open source, but hit him up on his Facebook linked above and he’ll gladly (I’m sure) accept help and ideas. He really likes the idea, and I brought up the same stuff to him.

        • http://www.facebook.com/vincent.cox.12 Vincent Cox

          Hi,
          Do you know how to program?
          Help is always welcome :)
          Contact me via the Facebook page if you’re interested :)
          Djvc

  • A-Dag-Io

    Great news! I have this passion for outdated midicontrollers – a launchpad and a nanokontrol will easily do the job. A weekend of mapping time should be just fine.

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  • jas

    Where’d my comment go? any ways if you use osx checkout http://youtu.be/cYRIFBK_UNU

  • jas
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1137292039 Ronald Edwards

    I’m seriously hoping there will be a map for the Maschine (and Mikro) sometime soon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/morris.webb.9 Morris Webb

    I love cool hacks! Respect.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/vincent.cox.12 Vincent Cox

    FINALLY a downloadable beta release of the
    program. Improvements: blazing fast triggering of the samples. Previous
    version triggered the sample after the release of pressing a pad. Now
    the instant moment you hit it.
    But this is something I also want to
    say: I want to apollogize to the HUGE delay of the ETA. I know I lost
    respect because of this. And I don’t blame you in any way. But
    sometimes, just random sh*t happens in your life, and then you to do
    certain things first.

    Ps.: remember, it’s a beta release
    Download-link:
    http://vincentcox.com/content/betaversion.rar

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