How to Customize Your Keyboard Mapping for Virtual DJ 8
If you are a DJ who uses Virtual DJ 8 software, you might want to customize your keyboard mapping to suit your preferences and workflow. Keyboard mapping is the process of assigning different functions and commands to specific keys on your keyboard. This can help you perform faster and more efficiently, as well as access features that are not available on your controller or mixer.
However, customizing your keyboard mapping can be tricky, especially if you are not familiar with XML files and coding. XML files are the files that store the keyboard mapping information for Virtual DJ 8. If you want to change your keyboard mapping, you need to edit these files manually or use a third-party tool. Moreover, if you download and install a custom mapper from the Virtual DJ website or other sources, it will overwrite your existing mapping and you might lose your settings.
So how can you customize your keyboard mapping without losing your data or messing up your software Here are some steps and tips to help you out.
Step 1: Backup Your Current Keyboard Mapping
Before you make any changes to your keyboard mapping, it is always a good idea to backup your current keyboard mapping files. This way, you can restore them if something goes wrong or if you don't like the new mapping. To backup your keyboard mapping files, follow these steps:
Open Virtual DJ 8 and go to Settings > Options > Controllers.
Select your controller or mixer from the drop-down menu and click on the Mappers tab.
You should see two files listed: Keyboard Mapping.xml and YourControllerName Mapping.xml. These are the files that contain your keyboard mapping information.
Right-click on each file and select Copy.
Paste the files in a safe location on your computer, such as a folder or a USB drive.
You can also backup your entire Virtual DJ database and settings by copying the folder My Documents\\\\VirtualDJ on PC or /users/YOURNAME/Documents/VirtualDJ on Mac.
Step 2: Edit Your Keyboard Mapping
Now that you have backed up your keyboard mapping files, you can proceed to edit them. There are two ways to do this: manually or using a third-party tool.
Option A: Edit Your Keyboard Mapping Manually
If you want to edit your keyboard mapping manually, you need to open the Keyboard Mapping.xml file with a text editor such as Notepad or TextEdit. You will see a lot of code that looks like this:
<keyboard action=\"deck left scratch_mode\" key=\"s\" />
<keyboard action=\"deck left scratch_mode\" key=\"s\" shift=\"true\" />
<keyboard action=\"deck right scratch_mode\" key=\"l\" />
<keyboard action=\"deck right scratch_mode\" key=\"l\" shift=\"true\" />
Each line of code represents a key on your keyboard and the action it performs in Virtual DJ 8. For example, the first line means that pressing the S key will activate the scratch mode for the left deck. The second line means that pressing Shift + S will deactivate the scratch mode for the left deck. And so on.
To change your keyboard mapping, you need to edit these lines of code according to your preferences. You can change the key, the action, or both. For example, if you want to assign the Q key to activate the scratch mode for the left deck instead of the S key, you need to change the first line of code to:
<keyboard action=\"deck left scratch_mode\" key=\"q\" />
You can also add new lines of code for keys that are not assigned yet. For example, if you want to assign the W key to activate the loop mode for the left deck, you need to add this line of code:
<keyboard action=\"deck left loop_mode\" key=\"w\" /> ec8f644aee