Traktor Midi Mapping: How to Make Instant Gratification Style Effects & Play Them Musically

Flashflooder here, your friendly neighborhood Midi Mapper and today we are going to demystify the ever so popular Instant Gratification mapping. Now if you’ll take a trip down memory lane you’ll remember that I explained how to midi map your own supercombos a long while ago but that was the extra gravy on top of the mashed potatoes that was the original O.G. Instant Gratification mapping. And today feels like a potatoes kind of day, so we are going to dive into the core concept of that mapping which was intuitive, fun, cool, and (most importantly) consistent sounding one push button style effects. Read on to learn how to MIDI map these button friendly effects yourself and also learn a sneaky trick for how to play a row of the same effect buttons musically without skipping a beat.

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Traktor Midi Mapping: The Modifier Re-Explained

Have you ever been inspired with an amazing idea of how to take your MIDI controller to the next level by making your own custom super DJ mapping only to find yourself (shortly after) confused, frustrated, and ultimately stumped when dealing with Traktor and its Controller Manager? Chances are, some of you got scared off before even attempting it but never fear, I (Flashflooder) am here to break down the Traktor mapping basics in a simple and layman friendly manner.

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The Synesthetic Wonder of Ryoichi Kurokawa

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Ryoichi Kurokawa is no average artist by any small feat. When reading up on Kurokawa you’ll find the word synesthetic thrown around quite a bit, and for good reason. While (at this day and age) many can say they’ve seen a great concert or show that was heavily complimented by amazing visuals, lights, lasers or special effects, in most cases these are independent performances created separately to work together in harmony. However, this is not how the 36 year old now Berlin based and Japanese born Kurokawa operates. Living in an artistic world where audio and visual sensory inputs are not only combined but completely interactive with one another is what truly makes his work incredibly unique, fascinating, and all together quite breath taking.

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Coachella 2014: Flashflooder’s Picks


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So you’re going to Coachella this year, eh? Or maybe you haven’t quite pulled the trigger yet and are trying to decide whether it’s worth your time to convince some random facebook friend to sell you their extra ticket or even better, to deal with the joys of craigslist ticket trafficking?

Well, in any case this post is to serve to share what bands/artists/DJs I personally am most excited to be seeing in the desert this year and hopefully it enables you to discover some new music in the process as well. So let’s get on to it already.

For simplicity’s sake, I am going to go through the lineup in order and list off around ten or so artists from each day that you should not miss. And of course, I’ll share a video link for each and a shortlist of the bands/artists best known albums (for all you spotify folks) so you can really get a taste of who they are and what exactly they sound like. Enjoy and happy Coachella’ing.

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