Portable

Synchronize multiple collections of Traktor PRO automatically

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It might look useless to use Traktor on two or more PCs, eh MACs 😉 , but only at first look. In certain conditions it’s very helpful or even necessary. For example, me and my brother. We often have common gigs, and both of us has his own MacBook. It was pretty annoying to sync our music every time you modified even one little tag or beatgrid. I hated it 🙁 We kept most of the time actual collection only on one MacBook, totally impractical if you want to prepare your playlist for next gig …

Another example. You can have powerfull desktop, where you can prepare everything. On a big screen, lots of power (try to analyze 50GB of music 🙂 ), with mouse, etc. and when you have gig, grab you little 13′ MacBook and everything is synced here!! Playlists, Cuepoints even Midi mappings!!

It can be usefull even for people with one laptop. Imagine, you are going to gig abroad and flight company lost your bag with laptop. What are you going to do now? Borrow laptop from someone, setup syncing, wait few hours on internet to sync and you are ready to Rock’n’roll!! Best part 😉

What is synced?

  • playlists
  • collection
  • midi mapping
  • settings
  • music

SugarSync

Some time ago I started looking for a solution. At the end it’s super easy and lame proof 🙂 Its mostly done by SugarSync service. You know, something like Dropbox. You can choose folder, which will be synced with other computers and backed up on their server. SugarSync has even 2GB free account (good for testing this!!) and if you use this link to registering you will get 500MB free bonus to your free account or free 10GB bonus if you subscribe to payed plan. Free account has only one limitation, it can sync only two computers. 30GB plan costs only $4.99 and with this link link you will get 40GB for the same price!

Synchronization of collection and settings is as simple as syncing normal folders, but you should do some modifications before syncing. Folder with your music have to be on both computers on the same place, because Traktor collection stores absolute path to tracks … I prefer to move folders on the root of your disk. Same to folder where Traktor settings and collection are stored, but its not necessary.

BTW: If you have lots of music as we have (50GB) you will probably don’t want to upload it all. It’ll take ages to upload. You can do it another way, do everything as it written here, but create new subfolder in your music folder. Then sync these music folders on both computers and only new subfolder setup to sync by SugarSync. I did it this this way and it works great 🙂

Now it’s only about to setting up the SugarSync synchronization.

Limitations

You should sync Traktors only on same platform, during little differencies in file structure. It means only between MACs of only between PCs.

Traktor is not optimised to this, so try to avoid having opened Traktor on many computers in the same time. Only collection from lastly quitted Traktor will be synced. So when you doing some important changes or settings close other Traktors before it 🙂

Important note

You can use same method on pretty much every music soft. Maybe with little nuances. For example, I’m syncing loops for MLR (Monome stuff 🙂 ), MaxMsp patche for our DIY WIFI controller (http://www.flickr.com/photos/prusajr/3207283233/ don’t spread it, it’s not finished yet 😉 ) etc.

How to set up Traktor on first computer
0) Remember, you shouldn’t do it if you haven’t a clue what’s going on. I can’t take responsibility of any damage what you can do to your collection … Final advice, backup everything before you go thru this howto, just for sure 🙂

1) Move your music folder and Traktor root folder (you can find out where it is placed now in Traktor settings -> Data location) on the root of disc.

Music and Collection folder on root
Music and Collection folder on root

2) Update folders locations in Traktor settings on Data Location tab.

Traktor Pro folders settings
Traktor Pro folders settings

3) You have to relocate tracks in collection. Run Consistency Check, by right click on Track Collection. You should se lots of missing tracks, so click Relocate and find your new music folder. Then save your collection, or Quit Traktor. Here is Video Screencast of these steps.

Check Consistency

Consistency Check Report – Relocate

4) Traktor is now ready to sync 🙂

How to setup SugarSync folder synchronisation

1) Get SugarSync HERE. Install it on every computer where you want to synchronize collection.

2) On first computer, with prepared Traktor add Music and Traktor root folders into SugarSync. HOWTO video Screencast!

3) On every other computer add these folders on the same place as it’s on first computer by SugarSync. HOWTO video Screencast!

 

4) You should wait until SugarSync upload and sync everything.

How to set up Traktor on another computers

1) You should have same Music and Traktor root folders on every computer now. Check it.

2) Simply open traktor and set same folders as on first computer on Data Location tab 🙂

3) Ready to go ..

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5) Leave a comment about your setup, we love technical stuff 🙂…

Iphone

iPhone controlled R/C car (UPDATED)

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(Originally posted on 5th of September 2008) It’s still not even a week since I bought a new iPhone 3G and during this time my brother and I did a lot of cool stuff. The iPhone with its accelerometer and multitouch display is ideal for making gadgets. When I got it home, we started thinking about some cool demos which we could make. Incidentally we found an old R/C car model 😉 Have you ever seen anything like this? I hadn’t 🙂 Did you ever think that an iPhone could do this? Enjoy!

Update (31st of July 2009)

Hack was very popular, biggest success is one chapter in iPhone Hacks book (O’reilly). It’s great experience and I want to say thanks to Damien Stolarz and Brian Jepson.

Many people asked me about source code, here it is. Documentation and howto are in iPhone Hacks book.

OS 3.0 for iPhone brings some new opportunities, including some bluetooth stuff. But unfortunatelly not SPP, so WIFI is still only chance to send something out from iPhone :-/

Video
iPhone controlled R/C car from Josef Průša on Vimeo. Same video on YouTube.com . Controlling is very easy with the iPhone 3G. It has five buttons, four of them you can use for traditional „driving“ and when you press the last one, it unlocks the accelerometer control in the same way as in many driving games available on AppStore. Realization of this project did not take a long time, only one afternoon. Technically it is realized in a hell-bent way, but obviously it’s functional. Schematically: iPhone (OSCemote) → WiFi → PC → Max/Msp → Serial port → Arduino → Original controller. If you have some other cool ideas, leave it in comments. We can surely realize it 😉 .

OSCemote

OSCemote is application which sends data from iPhone to PC. It does it thru WIFI using OpenSoundControl protocol. You can buy it in AppStore ore try free lite version (unfortunately without accelerometer support 🙁 ) By the way, some big and complex audio softwares are compatible with OSC standard. For example, Traktor 3 by Native Instruments can sync tempo over OSC. You can download test patch here. For functionality you have to download Max 5 runtime.

Max/Msp

On PC connected to network is running Max patch, which catches data from iPhone, converts it into simpler form and send it thru serial port to Arduino.

Max/Msp is generally used for audiovisual instalations, but also can do crazy things like this project 😉 .

Arduino

Arduino is simple development kit with
microprocessor. Arduino process data from Max and next simulate switching on
real R/C controller using transistors.

Iphone

iPhone2Midi – control your software with iPhone finally clever

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Few moths ago my brother and I’ve made iPhone controlled R/C car. It starts my thinking about real usage. First attempt was this video on youtube. I’m very busy these days but I’ve found some time to make something more complex.

About

It’s basically PC part for OSCemote.

OSCemote is iPhone application available on Appstore. Costs few $.

It’s Max/Map patch, so you have to install last Max/Map runtime.

Philosophy

Philosophy is to have everything under your control.

Instructions

First row is managing multitouch pad. Each button represents one pair of MIDI CCs. If is button toggled, program starts to send midi. Every button even has his own midi note, so you can map it better. For example: if you toggle button 1, it’s turn on effects and MIDI CCs changes effects parameters.

MIDI CCs

Second row is for accelerometer. Same as multitouch. Every button represents three MIDI CCs and one MIDI note.

Third and fourth row is only buttons. Every button represents one MIDI note.

You can set type of each button. Hold – you have to hold button, if you release it, it sends Note of and switch off the MIDI CCs. Toggle – first press activate the button and second press deactivate it.

You can set amount of multitouch pad and accelerometer by setting red
sliders on sides.

Reading and writing presets

You can save your settings of button types, MIDI CCs and notes by pressing
Write button in settings section.

 

Installation

Only unzip and run  “iPhoneMidi.maxpat”

Tips

If you have some ideas to improve it, write it down to comments or send it to my email [email protected]

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Iphone

USB iPhone battery pack from MSI Wind battery

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It’s a long time ago since I’ve bought MSI Wind netbook. I’m not using it very much, because I’ve bought new MacBook, but it doesn’t mater. have two batteries for Wind, one small original 3-cell and one extra large, extra cheap 9-cell from eBay. The smaller one isn’t used too much, because it can power netbook only for 2 hours (bigger one 6 and more 🙂 ) . I’m very curious and I have Monome 128 and I hate it’s big ugly 12V power adapter, battery can be good choice, so I decided to open it. Spoiler: Battery remains usable even in netbook!! Video and howto after break!! If you like this idea, send link to this article to your favorite notebook manufacturer, maybe we can change actual state!!

 

Parts

– USB female connector TYPE A (Sparkfun $1.25)

– Volatage regulator 7805 (Sparkfun $1.25) or fancier and cooler 78SR Step-Down (Digikey $14.01) (thanks to Max via comments)

– wires, soldering station, hot glue etc. 🙂

About & Howto

Opening of the battery case id pretty tough, I had to use even a knife 🙂 There is a lot of ICs in battery, more than I thought, but finding source of 12V power was pretty easy. Battery has even a lot of free space, good for us 🙂

Because of lots of space, I decided to add USB charging capability (for iPhone etc.) At first, I had to decide where is the right place for connectors and cut the holes for them. Three pin connector is 12V supply (scheme is +-+, so you can’t plug it wrong way 😉 ).

 

I found source of 12V and solder cabels on it. 5V for usb is regulated by 7805 from 12V.

7805 regulator was pretty hot, iPhone wants 500mA 🙂 We added small passive cooler, but it wasn’t as efficient as we thought. After pluging iPhone, temperature rised up to 120′C 😀 We had to do better cooling = bigger passive. Second try cools it on 70′C. Good job!

 

Battery had holes in case, but they was covered by stickers. We decided to cut the sticker off for better cooling.


One more thing, close the case and it’s DONE!!! Looks like new 🙂


Full charge of iPhone 3G tooks 2hours and 22minutes. I did graph of charging so you can compare it with charging from PC Wind baterry iPhone Charge Graph 😉 After full charge of iPhone still remains 50% of juice in Winds battery!! So you can charge twice 🙂 But I think it can be even better, if you do a more efficient PCB, 7805 wich we used has lots of temperature losts 🙁


Battery can power up Monome 128, which was original idea of hack 🙂…