How to Install and Use Controller Mapping for Virtual DJ 8
Virtual DJ 8 is a popular software for mixing audio and video tracks, with a variety of features and effects. One of the advantages of Virtual DJ 8 is that it supports a wide range of DJ controllers and hardware, which can enhance your performance and creativity. However, to use your controller with Virtual DJ 8, you need to install and use a controller mapping file, which tells the software how to communicate with your device.
A controller mapping file is an XML file that defines the buttons, knobs, sliders, jog wheels, and LED indicators of your controller, and assigns them to specific actions and functions in Virtual DJ 8. Some controllers come with a pre-installed mapping file that you can select from the Config/Mappers screen in Virtual DJ 8. Others require you to download and install a custom mapping file from the internet, or create your own using the built-in mapper tool.
In this article, we will show you how to install and use a controller mapping file for Virtual DJ 8, using the example of the Pioneer DDJ-T1 Enhanced Controller Mapper v8[^1^], which is a fully functional definition/mapper set for the DDJ-T1 device. This mapper includes the following features:
Used all bits of resolution on the jog wheels and pitch sliders
All panels defined and mapable
All buttons defined and mapable
All LED indicators defined and mapable, including the elusive Jog Ring
Before we begin, make sure you have the following:
A compatible controller device (in this case, the Pioneer DDJ-T1)
The latest version of Virtual DJ 8 installed on your computer
The FlanJet (TexZK) effects installed on your computer (optional, but recommended for using the premapped buttons assigned to them)
Step 1: Download and Install the Controller Mapping File
The first step is to download and install the controller mapping file for your device. You can find many custom mapping files for various controllers on the Addons section of the Virtual DJ website[^3^], or on other online sources. For this example, we will use the Pioneer DDJ-T1 Enhanced Controller Mapper v8[^1^], which you can download from this link: https://www.virtualdj.com/download/Pioneer%20DDJ-T1%20mapping%20v8.0.exe
Once you have downloaded the file, run it as an administrator and follow the instructions. The installer should automatically put the definition file in the Devices folder and the mapper file in the Mappers folder of your Virtual DJ 8 installation directory. If successful, you will see \"Pioneer DDJ-T1 by Zacek100 v8.x\" in Config/Mappers screen.
Step 2: Connect and Configure Your Controller
The next step is to connect and configure your controller with Virtual DJ 8. To do this, follow these steps:
Connect your controller to your computer using a USB cable.
Launch Virtual DJ 8 and go to Config/Controllers.
Select your controller from the drop-down menu (in this case, Pioneer DDJ-T1 by Zacek100 v8.x).
Click on Apply.
If prompted, restart Virtual DJ 8.
Your controller should now be recognized and ready to use with Virtual DJ 8. You can test it by playing some tracks and using the buttons, knobs, sliders, jog wheels, and LED indicators on your device. You should see them respond accordingly on the software interface.
Step 3: Learn and Customize Your Controller Mapping
The final step is to learn and customize your controller mapping according to your preferences and needs. To do this, you can refer to the documentation that comes with the mapping file, which explains the full mapping layout and functions of each control element. For this example, you can find the documentation here: https://www.virtualdj.com/download/Pioneer%20DDJ-T1%20mapping%20v 0efd9a6b88