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    So I was reading this:

    http://www.djtechtools.com/2008/07/28/dj-101-diy-guide/

    ...and decided it'd be a swanky thing to break down the USB game pad I've used once since buying it 8 years ago, whip out a soldering gun, and turn it into a control for running loops out of decks C and D in Traktor Pro.

    The only issue I'm running into during the pre-planning phase is finding a solid HID-to-MIDI application. Everything looks like it was written for Win95, whereas I'm running 64-bit Win7.

    Does anyone know of a for-sure working program that'll take care of my problem?

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    Use our favourite Bome's Midi Translator
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    Quote Originally Posted by HedgeHog View Post
    Use our favourite Bome's Midi Translator
    Price: 59 Euros (approx. US$ 81)
    Cripes. Kinda defeats the purpose of a DIY kitbashing session, doesn't it?

    Thanks for the suggestion, though. I'm currently giving this a whirl:

    http://www.fergonez.net/index.php?la...ge=apps&pid=14

    Wish me luck!
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    Yeah it seems pricey at first but you can do a lot with it.

    Tell us if Fergo's JoystickMIDI does the trick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HedgeHog View Post
    Tell us if Fergo's JoystickMIDI does the trick.
    It seems to recognize everything on my gamepad, which is a great start.

    There's a button on the pad that disables the analog sticks and switches the d-pad to an X/Y-axis control; Windows seems to recognize the d-pad even when the analogs are engaged but this program is either/or. (I wonder if I can use this creatively...)

    Now I just need a way to pipe midi messages. Midi Yoke is playing hard to sausage, but that's likely due to the extreme differences in OS architectures.
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    Awesome! Just installed LoopBe1 and things seem to be working. I'm going to break out a notepad, take down some mapping notes and see if I can use a joystick as a fader. If this works, I'll have found a cheap HID control board to make a pretty solid control out of. Should be something like... 10 buttons and 4 sliders, not too shabby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PIX-1138 View Post
    Awesome! Just installed LoopBe1 and things seem to be working. I'm going to break out a notepad, take down some mapping notes and see if I can use a joystick as a fader. If this works, I'll have found a cheap HID control board to make a pretty solid control out of. Should be something like... 10 buttons and 4 sliders, not too shabby.

    Awww did this work 0_0 im looking out for interesting joystick uses on a diy midi controller =p=p=p
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    do a search in the controllers subforum... there's absolutely loads of thread like this there.

    I'm personally a fan of an xbox1 joypad

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