S8 augmentation via Launchpad MK2

Description and Instructions

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My mapping for the Novation Launchpad MK2 to give an extended control over the remix-decks, the step-sequencer and other stuff in combination with using a Traktor S8 (or something similar).



The idea:
The S8 has only two rows of buttons for the remix decks and the step-sequencer is also very hard to control. The launchpad has a ton of buttons...



What can it do:

- dedicated layer system for normal remix-deck, step-sequencer and "other stuff", i. e. effects & loop recorder

- trigger eight samples in a column in a remix-deck instead of only two (with the S8)
- show two remix-decks at the same time
- key-manipulation, if the deck is a track-deck
- step-sequencer for ALL FOUR decks (each step-sequencer fills the whole launchpad)
- all sixteen steps of each sample visible at the same time for the step-sequencer
- instant gratification-like effects for each deck using effect 4 in group mode(on a dedicated layer)
- effect set is switchable via hot-buttons, map your own sets ( they are located at the end of the mapping in the normal order)
- layer with overview of effect assignment of each deck
- loop recorder controls on that layer



How it works:
- each deck has a dedicated color: A: light blue, B: green, C: yellow, D: orange
- three layers: 1(starting): (remix-)deck control, 2: individual step sequencer, 3: effects; change this with the right button-row (|>)

- if you change into a higher layer, press current button again to go back to where you came from (example: you are in 1, press fourth right button so you see the step-sequencer of deck B, press again and you are in 1 again; another: from 1, press fifth so you see the step-sequencer of deck C, here press fourth and you see the step-sequqncer of deck B, now press fourth again and you are back in layer 1)


deck control:
- first and second topmost of right buttons cycle between A&C and B&D
- remix-deck: press button to play sample, top button stops column
- track deck: manipulate key of track on the left side, tone play cue points (4&5) on the right as columns


individual step sequencer:
- number 3 to 6 of right buttons switch to step-sequencer of corresponding deck
- double row corresponds to the 16 steps, press button to make sound play on that step
- top buttons pairwise control sequencer length of each sample correspondingly
- topmost button of right buttons switches to step sequencer mode
- second topmost button of right buttons can be held to enable a quick change 8 of samples, press where top buttons turn pink


effects:
number 7 of right buttons switches to instant effects:

- 4x4 blocks correspond to A, B, C, D
- press one of first three rows of block to assign, switch on and set value of corresponding sub-effect (in group-mode) of effect four
- last row 1 to 3 does increasing knob-value for corresponding sub-effect with start at zero
- last one (white one) does decreasing knob-value without start at 100% (use it ot end combo)
- right buttons control de-assign effect and 1dry/wet

number 8 of right buttons switches to effect-assignment-overview and loop recorder:

- 4x4 blocks correspond to A, B, C, D
- block shows the four effects' assignment
- shows effect status at center: white-single/off, yellow-group/off, orange-on
- loop recorder at right, from top: record, play, undo, delete
- loop recorder at top, from right: dry, wet, directly dry, directly middle, directly wet, -, decrease loop size, increase loop size


known issues:

- color-coding of individual samples not shown for remix-deck: traktor does not output the data as midi (see lengthy posts on DJtechtools), also the color-distribution with the midi-value of the launchpad is "idiotic"

- sometimes color/color-gradients choosen look strange: the color-distribution with the midi-value of the launchpad is "totally stupid (as in - seriously what where you thinking - stupid)"


Have fun!


PS: I am planning to do a tutorial video soon.

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