.::. Using Xone:DX with Traktor

The new Allen&Heath controller Xone:DX was designed for a tight integration with Serato Itch. However, it is very easy to get the Xone:DX up and running with Traktor. This tutorial explains the necessary configuration steps and the structure of the Traktor mapping I created.

Allen&Heath Xone:DX

When I first saw the Xone:DX during Amsterdam Dance Event in September 2009 I was impressed by the feature richness and the solid build of the controller. If you don't use Traktor with timecode control the DX has everything you need to use all of the Traktor features with one controller:

TSI Download

Download the ZIP file which contains a TSI with the Traktor mapping and a PDF file documenting the mapping.  Make sure that you use Traktor 1.2.4 or higher; otherwise the mappings cannot be imported and the assignment table in Controller Manager stays empty.
Xone:DX Mapping, Version 1 for 4 Decks + 4 FX Units

Driver Installation

Before you can use the DX with Traktor you first need to install the audio and midi drivers. The drivers are part of the ITCH installer package which can be found on the CD. Start the installer and make sure that the DX is connected to your computer. Otherwise the drivers will not be installed.

Audio Setup and Audio Routing

When the installler has finished, start Traktor and perform the following steps:

  1. Open Preferences/Audio Setup and select the ASIO driver (Windows) or the Core Audio driver (Mac) for the Xone:DX. Traktor will set the latency to a default value. You can lower the latency setting if you want. I was able to run Traktor with the DX without problems with a latency setting of 2.5 ms.
    DX Audio Setup

  2. Open Preferences/Audio Routing and set the Mixing Mode to Internal.

  3. Configure the output channels as follows:
    Output Monitor: Out 7 + Out 8
    Output Master: Out 1 + Out 2
    Output Record: Out 5 + Out 6
    DX Output Routing
    The names of the outputs are slightly different in the Windows and the Mac version of the audio driver. The figure above shows the Windows version.
  4. Open Preferences/Recording. Set the Recording Source to Internal. This makes sure that you can record your mixes.
    DX Recording Setup

  5. Open Preferences/Controller Manager. Click the Import button in the lower left of the dialog box. Browse to the folder where you unzipped the downloaded file, select the file xonedx_v1.tsi and click Open.

    (Note: The other six files contains the individual mappings for each logical controller.)

    When the import is done, the Device list contains six new entries: DX LEFT DECK, DX RIGHT DECK, DX FX, DX BROWSER, DX MIXER ABCD and DX MIXER ACDB.
    DX Controller Manager Setup
  6. Open the list Device and select LEFT DECK, DX RIGHT DECK, DX FX and DX BROWSER. Make sure that for each logical controller the corresponding DX MIDI port is selected in lists In-Port and Out-Port.
  7. Configure the In- and Out-port for one of the two mixer layouts. Set the In- and Out-port for the two mixer layouts (DX MIXER ABCD and DX MIXER ACDB) that you don't use to none.
    More information about the two different layouts for the mixer section can be found in the PDF for the mapping.

Volume Control

Almost all controls on the Xone:DX send MIDI messages. There are three exceptions, all of them control the volume:

Mapping Overview

The following information shall give you an overview of the mapping for the DX; detailled information can be found in the PDF file you have downloaded.

Now have fun and enjoy DJing with Traktor and the Xone:DX. If you have questions or comments please use the contact form to get in touch.

Rainer G. Haselier, March 2010