Traktor | Conductr

Traktor

First set-up on Mac

Conductr server software set up for Mac:

  1. Go to conductr.net/downloads.
  2. Download the server software CONDUCTR OS X SERVER on your computer.
  3. Double-click on “ConductrServer.dmg”.
  4. Double-click on “Install Conductr Server”.
  5. The installation assistant will guide you step by step*.
  6. During the server installation process, a Conductr folder will be installed in your “Documents” folder. You can download different TSI folders according to the Traktor version(s) you may own.

*NOTE: During the installation process, the assistant will ask you if you want to automatically launch the Conductr Server each time you boot up your computer. If you do not want it to, remember that you will have to launch it manually every time you want to use Conductr.

Conductr set up on Traktor for Mac:

  1. Launch your Traktor software and open up the preferences panel (on the menu bar: “Traktor” > “Preferences”).

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  2. Select the “Import” tab on the bottom and select “Documents”.

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  3. Select the Conductr folder and clikc on “Conductr settings”.

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  4. In the preferences panel, go to:
    “Controller Manager > Device Setup > In-port” and select > Conductr Traktor
    “Controller Manager > Device Setup > Out-port” and select > Conductr Traktor … and close.
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Connecting your iPad to your Mac:

In order to use Conductr, you may choose between a USB connection or a wireless connection.

Connecting your iPad to your Mac via wireless:

You must connect your iPad and your computer to the same Wi-Fi network.
Conductr works with a regular Wi-Fi network, even with an Internet cable connection.*
For a more stable connection, we recommend you create an AdHoc connection (see below) between your computer and your iPad. In order to do that, you must create a network with your computer and then connect the iPad to it.

*NOTE: If you are using a domestic Wi-Fi network, you will probably have to disconnect the preset firewall provided by most telecom companies.

How to set up an AdHoc network for Mac:

  1. Click on the Wi-Fi icon (upper right on your OS menu bar). A menu will drop down. Select “Create network”.

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  2. Name your network, choose a channel and add a password (optional).

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  3. Select your new network on your iPad (“Settings” > “Wi-Fi”).

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  4. Once Ableton Live or Traktor are running with Conductr as the selected controller and the server is enabled, you can run Conductr on your iPad.*

*NOTE: You will probably have to disconnect the preset firewall provided by most telecom companies.

USB CONNECTION

The USB connection for MAC OS X (10.7 or higher).

  1. Connnect your iPad to your computer with the iPad cable BEFORE selecting the server.*
  2. If you want to make sure that the USB connections is running, click on the server icon in your computer and select your iPad name.

    OSX Server dialog

  3. Open Traktor and connect to the Server through the Conductr app in the iPad.

* If you connect the cable after selecting the server, you have to refresh the servers list and select it again.

NOTE: If you disconnect the USB while running the app, it may not detect the wifi connection when returning to the Set Up screen. If this happens, shut down Conductr and relaunch it.

First set-up on Windows

Conductr server software set-up for Windows:

  1. Go to conductr.net/downloads.
  2. Download the server software CONDUCTR WINDOWS SERVER on your computer.
  3. Double-click on “ConductrServer.exe”.
  4. Double-click on “Install Conductr Server”.
  5. The installation assistant will guide you step by step*.
  6. During the Traktor installation process, a Conductr folder will be installed in your “My Documents” folder. You can download different TSI folders according to the Traktor version(s) you may own.

*NOTE: During the installation process, the assistant will ask you if you want to automatically launch the Conductr Server each time you boot up your computer. If you do not want it to, remember that you will have to launch it manually every time you want to use Conductr.

Conductr set-up on Traktor for Windows:

  1. Launch your Traktor software and open up the preferences panel (on the menu bar: “Traktor” > “Preferences”).

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  2. Select the “Import” tab on the bottom and select “My Documents”.

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  3. Select the Conductr folder and clikc on “Conductr settings”.
  4. In the preferences panel, go to:
    “Controller Manager > Device Setup > In-port” and select > Conductr Traktor
    “Controller Manager > Device Setup > Out-port” and select > Conductr Traktor … and close.

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Connecting your iPad to your PC:

In order to use Conductr, you may choose between a USB connection or a wireless connection.

Connecting your iPad to your Windows via WIFI:

Conductr works with a regular Wi-Fi network and even with an Internet cable connection.*
For a more stable connection, we recommend you create an Ad Hoc connection (see below) between your computer and your iPad. In order to do that, you must create a network with your computer and then connect the iPad to it.

*NOTE: If you are using a domestic Wi-Fi network, you will probably have to disconnect the preset firewall provided by most telecom companies.

How to set up an AdHoc network for Windows Vista/Windows 7:

  1. Go to the “Network & Sharing center”.

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  2. Click on “Set up a new connection or network”.

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  3. Select “Set up a wireless Ad Hoc (computer-to-computer) network”. Click on “Next”.

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  4. Name your network and introduce a 5-digit password.

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  5. Select “WEP” as “Security Type”.

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  6. Enable the “Save this network” checkbox and click on “Next”.

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  7. Select your new network on your iPad (“Adjustments” > “Wi-Fi”).

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  8. Once Traktor is running with Conductr as the selected controller and the server is enabled, you can run Conductr on your iPad.*

*NOTE: You will probably have to disconnect the preset firewall provided by most telecom companies.

How to set up an AdHoc network for Windows 8 / Windows 10:

Microsoft has removed the option to create an AdHoc network straight from the Control Panel.

We have developed a specific script to help all Windows 8 / Windows 10 users to set up an Ad Hoc network automatically*.

Download Conductr AdHoc Windows 8 script
Download Conductr AdHoc Windows 10 script

This script will create a network called “Conductr” with the password: Conductr01

Once Traktor is running with Conductr as the selected controller and the server is enabled, you can run Conductr on your iPad.

*NOTE: If you know about programming, you can edit the script with a text editor in order to change the network set-up

Connecting your iPad to your PC via USB:

The USB connection for Windows (7 or higher).

  1. Connect your iPad to your computer with the iPad cable BEFORE selecting the server.*
  2. If you want to make sure that the USB connection is running, click on the server icon in your computer and select your iPad name.
  3. Open Traktor and connect to the Server through the Conductr app in the iPad.

*NOTE: iTunes must be installed to use Conductr

Start playing with Conductr

Launch Conductr once you have launched Traktor on your computer.

Server:

Without the Conductr server enabled, Conductr will not run.
If you had chosen to not have the Conductr server open up automatically in your computer desktop every time you turn on your computer, please turn the Conductr Server on.
After launching Conductr, the “SELECT A SERVER” screen will appear first.
Select the server you want to use.*

Manual - Select server Conductr

*NOTE: Usually, only the computer connected to the AdHoc network will appear. Other computers can appear eventually if more users are connected to the same network and running the Conductr server.

Other devices can appear too if you are working on a regular Wi-Fi network.

Software selection

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After selecting your server, choose the software you want to control (Ableton Live or Traktor), or go the Conductr Store to purchase modules to further enhance your experience with Conductr.

How to use the Multiport function

  • Open the Ableton Live project or Traktor set you want to work with.
  • Make sure the Conductr Server is updated to version 2.2.0 and enabled.
  • Connect two or more iPads to the same server through USB, wifi or a combination of both.
  • Jam on!*

*NOTE: Your User Modules are exclusive to each iPad. Both the trial and premium versions of Conductr can interact together.

The Playground

Manual – The Playground Conductr

The first time you enter Traktor, you will go into the Playground. It will appear with 4 view modes/empty slots by default.

You can change the view modes whenever you want, even while playing live.
The Playground is ergonomic: it adapts to your needs. The Playground interface set-up can be changed at any time to 4 different view modes of your slots:

4 views mode

Manual – The Playground Conductr

3 views mode

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2 views mode

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Full Screen view mode
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Each slot has its corresponding side menu.

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Full Screen view mode

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View Mode Half Screen

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When getting into a slot’s Playground for the first time, tap on the Playground icon

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to fill any empty slot with a System Module (Traktor deck A/B/C/D).*

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*NOTE: Consider using the left slots in the playground for the Traktor decks on the left and the slots on the right for the Traktor decks on the right.

Repeat the same steps to set up the rest of your Traktor decks accordingly in your playground.

The Traktor module

The Traktor Module features 3 different view modes: Player, Mixer and FX.

Player view mode:

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Mixer view mode:

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Fx view mode:

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When you load a Traktor module on the Playground, it will appear on Player view mode by default. You can switch between view modes within a module (even while playing) using the module’s side menu controls:

Mixer

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Fx Unit

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You can even load the same module on 3 different slots in the Playground, each one with a different view mode, and get on screen access to all 3 view modes simultaneously.

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Player view

3.6.PLAYERVIEW

SEARCH function

The SEARCH function allows you to browse your Traktor library (located in your computer) and select the track you want to play.

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Scroll up or down your track library.

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Tap on LOAD once you’ve selected the track you want to play.

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Tap on PLAY to start and stop playback.

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BEND function

The BEND function temporarily slows down or speeds up the playback.

Tap on BEND

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Hold, slide to the left and let go of the wave to slow up the track to match with the other track/s.

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Hold, slide to the right and let go of the wave to bring the track forward to match with the other track/s.

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The bar under the track timeline is there to support you with your blending of tracks, bringing both tracks to play in unison. The bar helps you to visualise how far behind or ahead the deck you are viewing is from the other track playing. When adjusting with the BLEND just slide the wave in the direction that the bar is moving to bring the track to the right place.

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JOG function

When the track is playing you can emulate a record deck by holding the track and bringing the track backwards or forwards. Like on a turntable, you can have the motor of the deck turning so that when you let go of the record the deck will keep pulling on the record.

Tap on JOG

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The lock stops the deck from continuing, leaving you at your chosen time of a track and where you can scratch in place. As on a turntable, if your deck is stopped and you scratch (push forward or backwards) a track, it will stop playing as soon as you release your touch.

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MASTER & SYNC functions

The SYNC function synchronizes the current track to the MASTER tempo. It provides the fastest and easiest way to match beats.

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Choose which deck will be the Master. Tap on MASTER.

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The MASTER deck will have the box in full color.

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To SYNC the rest of your decks to the MASTER deck, tap on SYNC in each corresponding deck.

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FLUX function

The FLUX mode lets you use cue points and loops without losing the phrasing of your tracks. It is a timeline-based technique that lets you immediately jump to the position of the timeline of the track where it would have been if the track had continued forward.*

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* NOTE: The longer you loop, the farther ahead the playhead position will move and therefore the farther ahead playback will jump to when you release the Cue/Sample trigger button.

CUE button

Within each track you can ‘bookmark’ any specific second (CUE Point) in order to begin a mix from or start loops from.

On a paused Deck, tapping on the CUE button sets a new Floating Cue Point at the current play position.

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When the track is paused and cued up to the Floating Cue Point, tap and hold the CUE button to pre-listen to the Cue placement. Release CUE to return to the Floating Cue Point.

Tapping the CUE button during playback jumps the current play position back to the previously set Floating Cue Point and stops playback (except when using FLUX, see 3.6.5).

HOT CUES

The HOT CUES provide direct access to 8 user-definable Cue/Loop In Points per track.

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When the Deck is playing, tapping on a HOT CUE button will jump the play position to the mapped Cue/Loop In Point and continue playing.

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When the Deck is paused, the HOT CUE buttons behave in the same manner as the CUE button (see 3.6.6).

To erase a cue, simply hold the DELETE button and press on the CUE number you would like to erase.

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LOOP function

Looping is when you decide a short or long section of a track to be continually repeated.

Tap on LOOP

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Choose the corresponding number which defines how many bars you want your loop to repeat.

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When the section of your desired loop is about to begin, tap the number in order to begin looping your desired place in the track.

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When the LOOP is activated the number will light up.

To deactivate the LOOP, tap again on the number you’ve chosen. When the LOOP is deactivated the number will turn off like the rest.

TEMPO function

The TEMPO fader offers the same functionality as a pitch fader on any standard turntable or pitchable CD player.

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Adjust TEMPO without SYNC

Decrease or increase the tempo of the track playing by moving the slider left or right. *

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Move the TEMPO fader left to slow down the tempo of the track.

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Move the TEMPO fader right to speed up the tempo of the track.

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Or adjust by tapping on the ( + , – ) to get an accurate %.

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*NOTE: You may want to use the BEND funktion to keep the tracks playing in unison.

Adjust TEMPO WITH SYNC

Decrease or increase the overall tempo of your session by moving the TEMPO slider left or right on the MASTER track using the SYNC button to impose the tempo to the rest of the tracks playing.

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Choose one deck as your MASTER deck. Select the rest of the decks as slaves to the MASTER by selecting the SYNC button on each one of them.

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Move the TEMPO fader on the MASTER Deck left to slow down the overall tempo.

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Move the TEMPO fader on the MASTER deck right to speed up the overall tempo.

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PROGRESS BAR

Watch the progression of your track from beginning to end.

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Double tap anywhere on the bar to reproduce any part of the song.

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Mixer view

To access the Traktor Module’s MIXER view, tap on the Mixer Icon on the module’s side menu:

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This is the MIXER view:

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EQUALIZER

Equalize or kill (mute) any of the following frequency ranges in a track: LO / MID / HI.

Slide faders up to increase the percentage/value up or down to decrease the percentage/value of any of the three parameters (LO / MID / HI).*

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Double tap the center line of each parameter to reach the 0% value without having to slide to zero with your fingers in order to reach the track’s original level of that parameter faster.

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Tap KILL to mute any or all three parameters.

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*NOTE: On the top left corner of each parameter there is a percentage number to assist you with the level of added or subtracted equalization.

VOLUME

The VOLUME fader brings up or down the loudness level of your track. Slide the fader up or down to affect the level of VOLUME per track.

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When you fade or tap to the very top level of the VOLUME the track will be the loudest.*

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When you fade or tap to the very bottom level of the VOLUME the track will be muted.

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*NOTE: The VOLUME can only be as loud as your GAIN level. Refer to the GAIN section for more information.

FILTER

Apply a quick low-pass or high-pass filter to the track by moving the FILTER fader downwards or upwards, respectively.

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Enable the FILTER by tapping on Low-pass

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or Hi-pass

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Disable by tapping again.

Low-pass filter your track by tapping and moving the FILTER fader upwards from -100% (full effect) to 0% (no effect).

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Hi-pass filter your track by tapping and moving the FILTER fader upwards from 0% (no effect) to 100% (full effect).

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MIXER SHIFT mode

The MIXER SHIFT Mode gives you access to additional control parameters.Tap SHIFT to enter.

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This is your MIXER SHIFT mode.

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MONITOR

Adjust the volume level for your headphones by sliding or tapping the MONITOR fader. Pre-listen to another track over the internal TRAKTOR mixer.

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Tap or slide the MONITOR fader up or down to bring the level of volume up or down.

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KEY

Traktor analyses your track and detects the KEY that the music is in. With KEY you can control the pitch of a playing track without affecting its tempo. KEY can be used for harmonic mixing.

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KEY control has to be activated or deactivated by pressing the LOCK button.

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In the center position, the track is played at the original
pitch.

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Sliding the fader up or down adjusts the pitch up or down.

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GAIN

Each track has a perceived loudness based on its musical properties. The GAIN value established during the analysis process, provides an estimate for the optimal setting of your track.

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Enable the Auto-GAIN function in Traktor to give control of the GAIN levels for all of your tracks to the software.

Disable the Auto-GAIN function in your Traktor to keep control of the GAIN levels for all of your tracks.

FX view

This is the Traktor Module view where you can control the FX you apply to the track playing on your deck.*

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Tap on FX UNIT to open the drop-down menu and choose the FX UNIT of your choice. You can load up to 4 FX UNITS per track.

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To load an fx in any FX UNIT, go to the drop down menu and choose the effect of your choice. Once you tap on the effect, it will be loaded with all of its parameters onto your FX UNIT.

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To enable an FX UNIT choose what deck(s) you want the effect to affect (A / B / C / D) and tap on ON.

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To disable an FX UNIT go to the drop down menu and tap on NO EFFECT.

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How to create FX PRESETS

You may save PRESETS for your FX UNITS so that you can use the effect of your taste just how you like at any given moment. A PRESET keeps the effects and their parameter’s values as they are when you save it.

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Tap the PRESETS button.

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Once you’ve an effect parameters the way you want to keep them, tap NEW to create a preset.

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A pop up window will pop up. Name your PRESET and tap SAVE.

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Your PRESET will now be listed on the PRESET menu.

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* NOTE: You can save “Single” PRESETS or “Group” PRESETS.

To use the PRESET, enter the PRESETS menu and choose your PRESET in order to load it onto your FX UNIT.

To delete a PRESET tap on EDIT.

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Select the PRESET you want to delete.

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Tap on DELETE.

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How to create and use grouped Fx units.

You must create your FX groups in your desktop Traktor software and NOT in your iPad.
By default, there are two different FX Units in Traktor, which can be assigned to any deck.
Group mode allows up to three different FX to be used simultaneously in a single FX Unit. You see three different FX slots stacked on top of each other in the
corresponding FX Unit (Traktor).

3.8.2-How-to-create-and-use-group-Fx-units.

Choose your FX

Click on the downwards-pointing arrow to open the drop-down menu in Traktor and choose the Fx you want from the list. Repeat with the rest of the slots. Appoint which deck/s will be affected by the FX.

FX Control in Conductr

  • In order to control your FX in Conductr you must make sure to turn on the FX units. If you like, you may change the number of effects being used by simply turning them on or Off.
  • You may apply the exact percentage of the “Total” effect that you want to add by sliding the Dry/Wet fader up to increase the amount of effect or down to decrease the amount of effect.
  • You may apply the exact percentage of the “Particular” effects by changing the parameter of the FX themselves.

If you have any doubts or issues, please get in touch with the Conductr Support Team at: support@conductr.net

Join the Conductr community in our forums: share your tricks and request new features!

Premium modules

Traktor premium module

Conductr is a freemium app. You may download a free trial version of the Traktor control module with a time limit: after 20 minutes of use, the module will stop functioning during the next 20 minutes. You can liberate the time limit of use by in-app purchasing the Premium Traktor Module within the app.

How to buy the Traktor premium module

Go to the CONDUCTR SET UP screen.

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Tap on the GET MORE MODULES AND UNLOCK FEATURES button.

Select the product you want to buy.
Follow the Appstore instructions.
In case you have any issue, please get in touch with the Conductr Support Team at support@conductr.net.

Restore purchases

In case you have purchased the Traktor Premium Module and you change your iPad, simply download the app again on your new device and tap RESTORE

Conductr Store

Tap the PURCHASE button on the Conductr Store (located in the CONDUCTR SET UP screen) to recover your purchases.

In case you have purchased the the Traktor Premium Module and you have deleted Conductr, simply download the app again and press the RESTORE PURCHASE button on the Conductr Store (located in the CONDUCTR SET UP screen) to recover your purchases.

In case you have any issue, please get in touch with the Conductr Support Team at support@conductr.net.