You can now run Traktor on the iPad, but with a fraction of the power of the desktop Traktor. Or you can map Traktor’s capabilities to hardware controllers – just expect to make some choices, and spread out some controllers. A new Lemur template for iPad does something different: it controls nearly everything from custom pages on Apple’s tablet.

Platters, pitch control, beat jumping, hot cue manipulation, remix decks – it’s all there. There are massive touch platters that turn your iPad into a kind of scratch deck. You can edit your cues directly in painstaking detail. You even get remix decks – complete with a sequencer.

You can even bring up a keyboard and browse and search files, and there’s multiple iPad support. The philosophy:

Traxus Control: Traktor is a user created template built in the DIY iPad Midi app Lemur for controlling nearly every aspect of Traktor Scratch Pro. At the expense of tactile feedback, it attempts to challenge the marriage and reliance on traditional controller hardware by offering more accurate visual feedback, smoother user interface, un-paralleled control over the software, and unprecedented flexibility in the face of software updates that would typically render traditional MIDI hardware obsolete.


Those sequencing ideas are credited to our friend DJ Tomash, and if you prefer tactile control, you’ll still want to check out his terrific, open source Digital Warrior step-sequencing hardware. But as a way of augmenting physical controllers, manipulating Traktor on the go, or if you like touch interfaces, this is terrific. (It’s also a solution when you need to crank out a quick mix and you don’t have your hardware handy.)

There’s no official release yet, but the app is in pre-release to artists and press. They’re deciding on a pricing model (if you want to discuss what -and how — you’d pay in comments here). Options:

Traxus Control: Traktor will be released to the general public once we have decided on a fair pricing and distribution method. We are currently weighing the costs and benefits of several options, including: ex Post Facto Crowd funding (request donations reach a certain value whereby we take the code open source); pay per license (not per user); controlled free distribution through ad networks as to generate income from advertising; as well as standard donation ware.

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  • haszari

    Looks great! I’d probably pay something less than the cost of the Lemur app itself. Having access to _everything_ on the iPad would mean I could make my actual controller mapping much less complicated :)

    • http://www.djtrax.us Nic Boileau

      That’s good to hear, we’re actually favoring the idea of ‘after the fact’ crowd funding and going full open source with it after a set goal, but we’re still trying to gauge interest level to get a settle number

  • ArmandoC

    any word if this will also support legacy lemur?

    • http://www.djtrax.us Nic Boileau

      Hi, doubtful that it will work, the iPad version of Lemur has a lot of new features that I doubt the old hardware would support.

  • $

    any chance for the serato SSL/ serato DJ (which is a total bitch when put in use, but looks like serato users gonna get used to that) to see the light again? IMO the platter control is not a must but if there’s something like the touchstrips on the novation twitch that would be awesome.

    • http://www.djtrax.us Nic Boileau

      Truth be told, Serato has some work to do before I forgive them… SSL was perpetually behind the curve insofar as midi mapping and routing capabilities are concerned ( http://djtrax.us/tsl ), and when they finally built a product that was supposed to mitigate all of those issues they went ahead and deprecated the SL1 and abandon a good share of their customer base. When Peter didn’t even so much as mention the addition of scratch box support in Serato DJ back in February I felt like the final nail had been hammered into the coffin. Serato DJ might be decent software but as far as I’m concerned I feel a bit alienated as a consumer, and it seems that they are just perpetually playing catch up with Native Insturments anyway.

  • http://www.djtrax.us Nic Boileau

    New video, showcasing multi tablet control and a brief tutorial of the remix deck sequencer


  • em

    Crowd funding just opened up – getting ready to part with my $12 ->

  • http://www.djtrax.us Nic Boileau

    Crowd funding campaign was a huge success, template is now available for free download:

  • Tom D

    Very impressive work, knowing how tricky building stuff in the Lemur Editor is! Very polished.

    Not really my kind of layout though, too much switching screens – must tidy my old one up and share it, which was more optimised for a 4 deck + 4 single effects workflow on one screen, looking back at it now I’m quite impressed with what I achieved 😉

    • http://www.djtrax.us Nic Boileau

      Yeah we were going with the idea of using multiple tablets, for full control, or using one tablet along with other control surfaces (2 turntables, plus 2 virtual decks in Lemur). I sometimes do the whole shebang on one screen but it was built to be a gap filler as much as it was an all in one solution.

  • http://www.djtrax.us Nic Boileau

    Version 1.1.0 is live, a few important bug fixes + included setup guide. Be sure to update to Lemur v 5.2 as well! http://traxusinteractive.com/downloads/index.php?v=1.1.0

  • reggie

    can traxxus be used with traktor pro or is it for just scratch live also is it compatible with ios 7

    • http://www.djtrax.us Nic Boileau

      Being used in TSP on the video above!

  • reggie

    i’m not getting past the setup page as it won’t midi clock sync i followed the screen shot from the face book page but still nothing

    • http://www.djtrax.us Nic Boileau

      Grab a copy of the newest version, we have written a setup guide that is a bit more in depth

  • http://www.djtrax.us Nic Boileau

    Anyone still out there? We have just released version 1.2 with Freeze Control and much more!