Kontrol X1 Rekordbox

I originally created this mapping to have access to all of the effects on both FX units and not be limited to the main effects channel (found on modern Pioneer controllers, like the DDJ-800 which I have). In essence, it was adding back in the 3 buttons that used to be on top of the older controllers as well as allowing multiple effects at once. I can leave some commonly used effects already set, turn on/off & apply them, and not have to switch to PadFX mode. Single effect mode with more parameters for fine-tuning is also possible. Since RB doesn't allow to you to turn off/on the FX unit, I used the top FX-On buttons to gate the ReleaseFX (brake, echo, backspin) that is set on that unit.
I also have a Pioneer DDJ-200 for extreme portability. It doesn't have any FX units on the controller and switching to PadFX mode involves interacting with the software. This also solved that problem.

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The Browse encoders will browse the track list. If you Shift-Browse, you can change the beat lengths of the FX unit. Unfortunately, it changes all of them at the same time.
The Loop encoders will set an AutoLoop (usually 4 beats, but this can be configured in the RB settings) and allow you to easily change the size. Personally, I like this better than the 4BeatLoop button or the AutoLoop pads. The same Loop encoders will allow you move the loop while pressing Shift.
I originally did the bottom section for Decks 1/2 but the idea was to use this as a companion to a 2-Ch controller. I switched it to Decks 3/4 and all the buttons pretty much work as advertised. The CUP ABS button will jump back to the start of the track and play (and not back to the last Cue marker as it does in Traktor Pro, CUP = Cue+Play). The Beat Jumps are set Pad1 & Pad2 so whatever your beat length is on Pads 1&2 in the Beat Jump mode of RB, that's how far it will jump. Use the < > scroll in the software to scroll to the amount you want set.
If you prefer to have the buttons control Decks 1/2, just change it in the RB MIDI screen. Everywhere you see a MIDI command for Deck 3, change to Deck 1... and similar for Deck 4 to Deck 2. It's quite easy to do.
Kontrol X1 Rekordbox
Finally, the Hotcue Mode does not work. That button is used to turn the MIDI Mode on/off (Shift-Mode does it). In order for the Hotcue Mode to work, RB MIDI mapping would need to add the concept of 'modifiers' like in Traktor Pro's very advanced mapping features.
If you have a 4-Channel controller like the DDJ-1000, this mapping should be helpful too by giving you full power of the FX units as well as easy access to control Decks 3/4. You can easily find a used Traktor Kontrol X1 by Native Instruments for sale online and the (typically) range from $40 - $100. It's a very powerful and inexpensive addition to your setup!
NOTE: I have tested with RB versions 5.8 & 6.0
-- George Espinosa, djg247

Traktor Kontrol X1 Mk2 Rekordbox Mapping

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Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1

  • Hi All,

    I’m new to DJing. And I was wondering if it is possible to create a setup where I connect two pioneer CDJ’s and a Kontrol X1 to my laptop which will be running Traktor DJ software.

    I want to be able to control the Track decks by the CDJs and effects by Kontrol X1.

    Is this possible in any ways?

    Depends on the CDJs, but could be possible. I am out of Traktor software and gear too long to tell you for sure if you can use two controllers to control 1 deck, but as memory serves I think that is feasible.

    You’d also need a mixer obviously. And I hope someone can chime in whether the CDJs work in HID mode with Traktor or pure midi. In the latter case the jog response might not be super.

    This is all based upon midi controlling tracks. If you are thinking about going DVS with TimeCode CD’s the story changes. You’d need a Traktor supported 4+4 soundcard, TimeCode CDs and the right version of Traktor.

    And X1 will Control effects and both decks if you want it to, without anything else. Which is what I use when djing in clubs along with an external mixer.

    because of your version of traktor, I’m not sure on the CDs side of things, you probably need traktor scratch pro for cdj use, plus a sound card, but maybe do one else can clarify.

    You can go with 2x CDJ 2000 Nexus and use them as controllers via USB, but they will not play CDs that way. So you will be limited to use them solely as controllers, which makes for quite expensive controllers. You actually would have more options just using an S4 instead and hell of a lot cheaper.

    Since you can do ALL that with a controller (or two XDJ-1000s which cost the same as one CDJ2000), there is no reason for the CDJs. Get an S4 and go for it.

    Yes but if an s4 is out of your budget, then 2 pioneer cdj 2000 definetly will be.

    Not all clubs have the cdj2000s so if you do turn up to play and they don’t have any then you are stuck? like some people on this forum state, some clubs expect you to bring your own gear.

    Mat some people are resistant to advise as they have an idea (however wrong) in their head and do not trust people with 20+ years background in the industry. If that happens, then just let them, if they did not exist the market for used gear would be much weaker and used prices much higher…

    If you want cdj use then, Your best bet is to buy and audio 6 soundcard package for £239gbp as this can be used as a dvs system this will enable you to use any cdjs or turntables, wherever you play,

    Or if they do not have cdjs or turntables, you can just play off your kontrol X1.

    But a traktor s2 or s4 would be a a lot better for your needs, as you get control over your decks, and effects plus the s4 can be used as a standalone mixer.

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Traktor X1 Rekordbox

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