Torq Xponent with Traktor Pro 2
The Torq Xponent was designed specifically for use with Torq DJ software (included) and we had the opportunity to get funky with Torq a few months ago and found it to be very cool and quite intuitive. The Xponent controller translates the software flawlessly, has massive touch sensitive jog wheels, and a super clean layout with LED backlit, rubberized pads and buttons. It is a medium sized compared to other controllers, and very lightweight with a durable plastic construction. It is DC powered, with RCA main and booth outputs, MIDI in/out, with foot switch and expression pedal inputs. It’s definitely a good looking controller that works well with both Torq and many other DJ software.
With great controllerism comes great responsibility…with your money. That’s why we put together a blazing hot bundle for those of you who want to get buck wild with M-Audio’s Torq Xponent at an amazing price, but wait there’s more. In order to get to the next level we are coupling this with the award winning Native Instruments Traktor Pro 2 software, and we are going to provide the mapping for good measure. This is all available on our website for $399. That’s the lowest price in existence for a solid DJ controller that includes the big daddy version of Traktor.
WHY TRAKTOR PRO 2?
Well, why not? Thus far since the inception of DJ software, DVS or otherwise, Native Instruments Traktor, Serato Scratch Live, and Serato Itch have been the major players in digital DJing. We wholeheartedly understand that M-Audio Torq as well as Virtual DJ are relevant products in the DJ market as well, but Traktor is the most universal in terms of mapability (cosign on that word, please) and compatibility with 3rd party controllers worldwide. Serato is lobbying hard with Itch and now Intro in terms of opening up their compatibility with many other products, but let’s face it. Traktor Pro is still boss. That’s why we decided to bundle a relatively looked over, nifty controller in the Xponent with Traktor Pro 2. Our illustrious spell-binder Ariff even provided a slick mapping for your downloading pleasure. Check it out!
The Torq Xponent has been mapped to Traktor Pro as a 2-Deck controller. It keeps true to the original design of the Torq Xponent, meaning that the buttons on the Xponent control relatively the same functions in Traktor as they would in Torq 1.5 software. We didn’t want to get too crazy with the mapping so adapting from Torq to Traktor or the other way around is a breeze. Let’s dive into how the mapping is laid out and also how you can download it for your DJing pleasure.
There were some things we overlooked or didn’t explain in depth in the video. To eliminate any confusion we went ahead and laid out what we skimmed over so you can really understand our Traktor Pro mapping for the Xponent.
Not mentioned in the video is how the jogwheels feel when used in Traktor Pro. Compared to other DJ controllers on the market, they feel pretty accurate and are activated immediately when you touch or engage them. You can also nudge tracks using the outside of the jogs. This is nice because you don’t have to press a separate button switching to and from scratch mode, and you can easily beat match your songs by nudging them into place.
Also not mentioned much in the video is the shift button. The button is located above the EQ section and allows you to activate a second function for applicable buttons and knobs. To activate shift mode, hold down the shift button. Once in shift mode, you can scroll through your effects by rotating the dedicated effect knob, effects 1-3 for either decks A or B. Shift mode also allows you to delete your hot-cues so that they can be set at different places. This is done in shift mode and pressing the buttons for the hot-cues that were set.
Torq loves EQ kills and there aren’t many Traktor controllers that support this, even though it’s a function that is built into the software. The buttons next to each EQ allows you to kill that specific EQ, pretty simple, and it’s a great function when you want to easily eliminate them during your mix. The buttons next to the gain knobs have been mapped to easily switch between controlling gain and your filter. Traktor Kontrol S4 and few other controllers have the luxury of a dedicated filter knob and we thought it would be nice to include this so you can get silky in your mix.
Having a mouse pad located on a controller is mega, especially if you like to use your laptop a lot. We’ve mapped the left and right click buttons on the Xponent to do what mouse buttons do, but have also given them a second function. Located below the mouse pad is a “MIDI” button. When this button is pressed, and the light is red, you can use your mouse buttons and scroll buttons, so you can easily move up and down your playlist for easy track selection.
THE .TSI FILE
The link for the the .TSI mapping is above, and once you have it downloaded, watch the video below explaining how to import the mapping into Traktor Pro. One thing to note is, after it is imported, you may have to “activate” the filter knob so when it is accessed, it works. To do this, just make sure that the blue dot below the filter is on in Traktor by clicking it with your mouse. The filter should be shown when the mixer section is full, and if it is not be sure your settings have it available.
If you have any other questions about the mapping or how to to map custom buttons, leave a comment below and we will be sure to get back to you.
First Video Transcript:
Hey, this is Scott Magno, I’m here with UniqueSquared.com. Today we’ve got an awesome deal for you.
This is going to be the M-Audio Torq Xponent coupled up with Native Instruments Traktor Pro 2. Now Torq Xponent works with Torq, which it comes with.
We’re going to go ahead and provide you guys with a mapping so you can get this up and running with Traktor Pro 2, and that’s going to be for an awesome price of $399.
That is the lowest price anywhere for any controller with a full version of Traktor Pro 2, and you will find it here exclusively at UniqueSquared.com.
So there it is, if you have any other questions about it, please hit us up on the website, and also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and also on our blog. This is Scott Magno DJ MadFlip. Be you, be unique, at UniqueSquared.com.
Second Video Transcript:
Scott: Hey, this is Scott Magno, DJ MadFlip here with UniqueSquared.com. Today we’ve got a treat for you guys.
You might recall that one time before, we did a mapping for the Numark NS6 with Traktor Pro 2. We’re going to bring our marketing manager in, Ariff Glick, and help explain his brand new mapping for the M-Audio Torq Xponent with Traktor Pro 2. Let’s check it out.
Ariff: In the top part of the controller you have your platters, they will go right into scratch mode when you touch them. You also have your headphone cue button right here, and tap tempo.
Sometimes, when you analyze a track in Traktor it analyzes the song wrong, and it comes up either half or double tempo, you can change that on the fly by using these two buttons right here.
Below the platters, you have your transport and effects section. As you can see we have three effects on and off right here, and you can change the wet/dry with this knob right here.
To change the effects, simply hold the shift button and twist the knob to scroll through all the effects throughout traktor.
Below that, we have your cue point section and you can set up to five different cue points really easily and delete them easily with the shift button.
Below that we have our loop section, and we have predetermined 1, 2, 4, and 8 loops, and you can also scroll through your loops using these plus and minus buttons right here.
You can also set your loops manually by using the in and out.
Next in the loop section, you have your play/pause button, your cue button, and your fast forward and rewind button, and to the right of that you have your pitch bend.
In the middle, we have your mixer section with your crossfader, your load A and B buttons, your volume faders for both deck A and deck B and you also have your EQs with gain.
With these buttons right here you can kill your EQs, you can kill your highs, mids, and lows and when you press the gain button, you switch to filter knob, right above that you have a little mouse pad so you can scroll on your screen without having to touch your laptop, and you have these two buttons right here, just like a mouse with your left click and right click.
And once you are in a playlist, you can select a song, then you can go into MIDI mode and scroll up and down using those same buttons and that is the M-Audio Torq Xponent mapped with Traktor Pro 2.
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Third Video Transcript:
Hey guys, it’s Ariff from UniqueSquared.com and I’m here to show you how to import the .TSI file for Torq Xponent onto Traktor Pro 2.
Once you have Traktor Pro 2 open and it’s connected to your Torq Xponent, you’re going to go into your traktor settings on the upper right, and click the large import settings at the bottom, you’re going to locate the file wherever you saved it.
And you’re going to open the file, make sure it’s a .TSI file before you open it.
You’re going to click, OK, to allow these categories to import. And you’re going to do that twice, just for good measure.
I like to do it twice just to make sure everything goes in ok. And once it’s in there twice, you want to make sure that your input and output both read Xponent. And you can close the settings and you will be all set and ready to go.