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DJ Scott Mad Flip
January 3, 2012

Torq Xponent with Traktor Pro 2

This mapping may not work with the latest version of Traktor.

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 MAPPING

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.

Jogwheels

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.

Shift Button

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.

EQ Kills

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.

Mouse Pad

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

XponentTraktor2.tsi

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.

If you want to find this mapping check our our blog. Be sure to fan us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, subscribe to our YouTube channel. And remember, be you, be unique, at UniqueSquared.com.

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.

Comments

  1. Nick says:

    Wow! I was looking for a decent Xponent TSI and now i found one! THNX!

  2. Tanmay Rastogi says:

    I love you guys so much omg. been waiting for a decent mapping for so long. By the way is there any way you guys could map the the little circle buttons beside the crossfader to make it load songs on each deck.

    THANKS!

    1. ariff says:

      Those buttons should be load song A and B for the unit.

  3. Tanmay Rastogi says:

    How do you get the channel meters working and the beat lighting?

    1. ariff says:

      We are still trying to figure that out. It was a little buggy when we first mapped it, so I took it out. I need to figure out how to get it back up and running properly.

  4. i’ve definitely been looking to upgrade from my iDJ3, and this one seems just about right. the TSI also looks awesome guys!

  5. Ingo says:

    I’d like to use the Traktor Kontrol X1 as a mixer with Traktor 2 but I couldn’t find a good mapping yet. It would be perfect for small parties. I know it’s not so difficult to do it, but it would save a lot of time.

  6. rafael says:

    a controller released ahead of its time imo :) …remember getting the original trigger finger(still got it btw) with the m audio xsession pro man those where the days. Map the heck out off those two back then

    anyways i swicth to numark mixtrack and have always complained about mapping the full effects decks on to the point that i got a nanokontrol just help me out on it.

    any good tsi for mapping traktor 2 with it.

  7. Cristiano R Caldeira says:

    I always map a good number of snares and kicks to make the music dynamic. It’s useful when the creativity comes and you have many ways to sound design at the performance with many reverbs, flanges, phasers, and others FX’s as possible!
    I rented a Xponent one night for my girl’s party and was awesome!

  8. Kyle S. says:

    Novation Twitch MAP IT!

    1. ariff says:

      The Novation Twitch is already mapped to Traktor…

  9. PHIL says:

    hi guys i cant map the xponent to the in and out port which is the final thing you need to do any clues.

    1. ariff says:

      When the Xponent is connected to your computer and you are in preferences, under “Controller Manager,” there is a section called “Device Setup” at the top. In this section, you will see the “In-Port” and “Out-Port” for you to change to Xponent.

  10. djbt says:

    I have Traktor Sratch Pro. Will I Have to upgrade to work the Xponent?

    1. No, you will not. Once you have Scratch Pro you have the highest level of Traktor.

  11. djbt says:

    Cant get the Xponent to self map to my Scratch Pro.

  12. Tanmay Rastogi says:

    hey i was wondering if you guys could map the sample decks on for the xponent as well.

    something that could work is that on “bank a” keep the effects and on “bank b” put the sample decks. I think it would be pretty cool.

  13. Victor says:

    The pre-listening don’t work. How do I make it work?

  14. Migra says:

    AFAIK The Blinking only works with Torq not with Traktor Pro, to enable the Level meters you must press the Lock button and the number 2 button on the left deck with Xponent turned OFF, by leaving those buttons pressend then turn it ON and WAIT until the red leds progress indicators finishes, then release the buttons and open Traktor Pro.
    Now when loading the Xponent TSI make sure it’s selected on Device combo and on In-Port & Out-Port it has to be Xponent Port 1 on BOTH.

    Xponent ROCKS!!!! =D

  15. The Musik Source says:

    The mapping works great, but I have noticed that when you press the headphone PFL button to preview your deck in the headphone the deck gets louder. PFL function is not working correctly. Also the right deck can be heard through the outputs even when the crossfader is all the way to the left deck, but this does not happen when the crossfader is all the way to the right. Anyone with any advice would be helpful.

    1. ariff says:

      I”ll have to take a look at the mapping again. Have you tried to import the mapping twice like the video?

  16. Anselin says:

    Great Work! Is there any way I can turn off the scratch as I do not use it most of the time and I find I keep accidentally touching the scratch pad when jogging, or is this something i’ll need to change myself in the controller management?

    1. ariff says:

      You will have to remove the scratch function from the controller manager…

  17. Ruh-son says:

    Great mapping. Had a few questions, and an answer for the people having trouble with the pst headphone.
    Wondering if it is possible to add in the mapping a 4 deck mode. Also would like it if there was a mapping for the pitch bend buttons. Torq uses the arrow buttons, but I think the mapping uses that to change the deck for the effects. It would be cool if shift + the arrow buttons controlled the effects deck assignment and without shift was pitch bend. Finally, not sure if it is a feature of Traktor or if it was included in your mapping, but I really like a feature in Torq 2.0 that allows you to skip one beat in a track. Love to use that with the same song. If it is in Traktor, please let me know and also if it is on the mapping.

    As for the headphone issues people are having, I had the same problem and it was an output config issue. If the sound is playing on the speakers in your laptop, then it’s wrong. In audio settings make sure the sound card used is the Xponent and then in Output settings make sure the monitor and master are set to Xponent 0, 1, 2, 3 for the master and monitor. Fixed it immediately for me.

  18. 6th says:

    Nice, but unfortunately it does not work for me. I went to see what was wrong and apparently the cc values that are stored in the TSI differ from when I go to learning mode

  19. 6th says:

    Figured it out my bank was set at “B”. BTW How do you access the filter knob?

    1. Ruh-son says:

      The gain kill switch on the xponent makes the gain knob toggle between gain control and filter control.

  20. Rob B says:

    can anybody help i can not get the headphone cue buttons to work, or cue rotary knob for pre cue mix.They show up on screen and move but no function,also i have got no master or booth signal out of the back of the exponent,have checked it when running with torq which is all ok.I am new to tractor pro and midi functions.But found the tsi file easy to install.I am nearly there but without headphone functions it would be hard to use,There must be a simple fix for this.Thanks

    1. finn says:

      i had the exact same problem then i tried mapping the tsi again and the levels and cross fader went…… >:(

      1. ariff says:

        Do you have the latest update of Traktor Pro 2 Installed?

  21. Daniel says:

    I really appreciate the mapping. I’ve gotten the Xponent to respond(the switching from deck B to A fixed it) but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to get any sound coming except via the laptop speakers/headphone jack itself. I tried using the Xponent’s headphone jack and played with all the output settings and I was able to get a VERY small sound coming from it which was could not be increased. I also use a U-MIX44 sound card from MixVibes and tried every output setting possible and still no luck. Is anyone familiar with this issue?

    1. ariff says:

      Have you checked to see if the gain or filter knob was turned all the way down?

      1. Daniel says:

        after a few hours i was able to finally get it! now my only problem is having winamp recognize my soundcard output but that’s a different issue :P It helped to google tutorials on Traktor…speaking of which, does anybody know of a good place to get tutorials for it?

  22. dario says:

    Does mapping only work for Mac?

  23. dario says:

    haha n/m the last question! still can’t get the level meters to work followed the instructions but they still don’t work. Anyone have a clue?

    1. ariff says:

      Yes, we are working on getting them working and rereleasing the mapping.

      1. Tanmay Rastogi says:

        any idea when the mapping will be released?

  24. Tanmay Rastogi says:

    When will the new mapping be released

  25. shkwkwk says:

    It works with pc right?

    1. ariff says:

      Yes. It should.

  26. finn says:

    i installed the mapping but the faders are now gone and i can’t get the headphone cue to work….. bit of help??

  27. diogo azevedo says:

    i did everything that u wrote in the blog and the xponent dont work, the signal light in traktor works, like i would mixing but the controls dont have function in screen or in any musica. best regards diogo

    1. ariff says:

      Make sure that you are using the latest upgrade release from Traktor. Let us know if that helps.

  28. gary says:

    everything is excellent in the mapping i just can’t get the outputs and headphone cue to work…..

  29. Juan says:

    My headphones doesnt work with the mapping… what i could do?

  30. Juan says:

    I can’t get the headphones cue to work.. Please answer

    1. ariff says:

      Have you upgraded your version of Traktor Pro 2 to the latest release?

  31. James says:

    downloaded and installed the mapping.. The sound only plays through my pc speakers.. cannot for the life of me get it to play through the controller.. I have version 2.1.2 of Traktor Pro 2.. Any suggestions?

  32. Sergey says:

    hi guys,
    just got the Xponent that i’m so glad. but i have a problem with a mapping… i downloaded the XponentTraktor2.tsi and followed all steps explainning on the video but nothing works((((

    i read some comments as above and almost everybody say ..wow..its ok ..everything works.. but i cant understand why i have problems with this:(((

    please let me know if there are some additional adjustments in preference i should follow???

    please help me with it!

    1. ariff says:

      Make sure you have updated your version of Traktor Pro 2 to the latest release.

      1. Sergey says:

        the version of Traktor Pro 2 is the latest one….
        so what i should check and do more to make the xponent pretty well matched to traktor pro 2 ???
        coz..its driving me crazy that i cant make it work(

        looking forward to your help guys!

        1. ariff says:

          Have you gone to the service center and updated it?

  33. dj firemind says:

    this mapping was great but there one thing missing the mappng on the sample decks for the traktor pro would be great there no place left instead i was wondering if i can mapp my nanopad to the traktor could this be done ?

    1. ariff says:

      You can definitely map a nanopad to Traktor Pro 2. We did it with Traktor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JvPWvaVzuM

  34. Duzeaux says:

    Heroes, been f’in around with torq and torq2 for small two years. Now there is a fully working TSI and I’m already in love with tractor for being so much more responsive to the cogwheels.. no drifting when scratching like in torq 2! love you guys.

  35. Matt says:

    When I touch the jog wheels it stops the track, but if I move it the track continues to play while still touching the wheel. What could this be? And everyone who can’t get their pre-cue to work just go into audio, and make sure that the monitor routing is set to 3/4.

    1. ariff says:

      The jogs are suppose to initiate scratch mode when touched on top. Have you updated to the latest release of Traktor?

      1. Matt says:

        They do initiate scratch, The problem is if I move the wheel and then stop, the track will start playing again with my hand still touching the scratch surface.

  36. Akash says:

    Hey guys, i downloaded the tsi file, but my exponent doesn’t work with the program, is it a setting program? please help urgent

  37. Jordan says:

    hey guys i had this all working great and all of a sudden the only thing that is working is my crossfader.it knows the mapping is their but the volume control,fx,sync ect dont work.any ideas on how to fix this please?

    1. ariff says:

      Have you tried to delete the mapping, then re-import it?

  38. Charlie says:

    I did exactly as the video said and it didnt work for me. though when i touch the buttons, the program shows it is being used from the little light that says “ctrl” on the top. so i guess it recognizes the device, but isnt mapping it, any ideas? thanks.

    1. ariff says:

      have you updated your Traktor Pro 2 to the latest release by using the service center?

  39. leo says:

    this mapping is awesome everything works except for the headphones i was wondering if i have to do something special to get them to work? could really use some help

    1. Zack Rocket says:

      It should work no problem, go into your midi settings in Traktor and see what the headphone volume is mapped to. If its blank then hit the learn button and move the knob to map it.

      -Rocket

      1. leo says:

        headphone volume doesn’t show up anywhere and were can i find the traktor midi settings?