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Roland - DJ-202 - Layout

PERFORMANCE PADS


The 8 Pads offer various functions, depending on the selected Pad mode. Each of the 4 Pad mode buttons offers 4 individual modes. One with 1st press of the button, an additional mode with 2nd press of the same button and 2 more while SHIFT is held down. The modes (except the ones offered from the TR button) represent a page of the PADS section on the default VirtualDJ GUI.



  1. PAD MODE. Press any of the 4 available Pad mode buttons to set the Pads to Hotcues, Loop, Sequencer or Sampler mode.
    Press the same buttons twice to select the additional modes (KeyCue, Manual Loop, TR Velocity and BeatJump)
    Hold SHIFT and then press any of the 4 available Pad mode buttons to set the Pads to Cue Loop, Loop Roll, TR Pattern and Slicer mode. While SHIFT is held down, press the same buttons twice to select the additional modes (HC+Manual, Loop+Manual, Sampler+Manual) All 16 available Pad modes are explained in details in this page

  2. PADS. The 8 Pads offer different functionality depending on the selected mode.

  3. PARAMETER. Use these buttons to adjust the Parameters of the selected Pad mode.


Read further details about Pads in the VirtualDJ 8 manual

HOTCUES


Press the HOT CUE mode button to set the PADs to Hot Cue mode (button will be lit solid) and automatically load the Hotcues Pads page in VirtualDJ GUI

Each one of the 8 pad assigns a Hot Cue Point (1 to 8) or jumps the track to that Hot Cue Point (if assigned).
When a Hot Cue Button is unlit, you can assign a Hot Cue Point by pressing it at the desired point in your track. Once it is assigned, the Hot Cue Button will light on.

Hold SHIFT and then press a pad to delete its assigned Hot Cue Point.
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Hotcues Pads Page – VirtualDJ GUI


Use the PARAMETER buttons (29) to jump the song to the previous/next assigned HotCue point.
Hold SHIFT and then use the PARAMETER buttons (29) to jump 1 beat backwards/forward


LOOP


Press the LOOP mode button to set the PADs to Loop mode (button will be lit solid) and automatically load the Loop Pads page in VirtualDJ GUI

Press one of the pads to trigger an Auto Loop of a different size in beats, depending on the selected page. There are 6 different pages available with sizes starting from 1/32 up to 128 beats.

Use the PARAMETER buttons to select the previous/next page with the desired Loop sizes



Loop Pads Page – VirtualDJ GUI


Hold SHIFT and then use the PARAMETER buttons to change the behavior of the Loop pads, by selecting the On/Off (toggle), Hold (momentary – while pad is pressed) or the Roll mode (track will resume to the position it would have been once the pad is released)


SAMPLER


Press the SAMPLER mode button to set the PADs to Sampler mode (button will be lit solid) and automatically load the Sampler Pads page in VirtualDJ GUI

Each one of the 8 pads triggers a sample from the selected Sampler Bank of VirtualDJ. If a bank has less than 9 samples, both sides of the DJ-202 will control the same samples. If a bank has more than 8 samples, the left side of the DJ-202 will control samples 1 to 8 and the right side samples 9 to 16.
Press the pads to trigger a sample. Depending on the selected trigger Pad mode, use SHIFT and the same pads to stop the sample.



Sampler Pads Page – VirtualDJ GUI


Use the PARAMETER buttons to select the Sampler Bank (previous/next).

Hold SHIFT down and then the PARAMETER buttons to select the Trigger Pad mode (on/off, hold, stutter, unmute)


Key-Cue mode


When Pads are on Hotcues mode, press the same HOTCUE Mode button again to set the Pads to Key-Cue mode (the led of the HOTCUE button will blink). The KeyCue page will be then selected and displayed in the Pads section of the VirtualDJ skins.


Keycue Page - VirtualDJ default skin


Keycue Page when SHIFT is pressed - VirtualDJ default skin


In this mode, the Pads trigger a selected Hotcue point (or the Temporary Cue if none selected or not available) at a selected Key semitone (from -7 to +7).

8 different pages/banks are offered with various semitone values to use and a 0 value (reset key to tis original value) is always offered in all pages.
Hold SHIFT and then select a Hotcue for the Key pads to trigger. Each time a Pad is pressed, the track will jump to that Hotcue point and will also alter the Key of the track to the value designated by it assigned value.

Use PARAMETER buttons -/+ to adjust the Key of the track without trigger a Hotcue.
Hold SHIFT and then use the PARAMETER buttons to select a different page/bank with different key semitone values.


Manual Loop mode


When Pads are on Loop mode, press the same LOOP Mode button again to set the Pads to Manual Loop mode (the led of the LOOP button will blink). The Manual Loop page will be then selected and displayed in the Pads section of the VirtualDJ skins.


Manual Loop Page - VirtualDJ default skin


Manual Loop Page when SHIFT is pressed - VirtualDJ default skin


In this mode, the Pads offer the functionality as described below
Use Pads 1 and 2 to set a Loop Entry (In) and a Loop Exit (Out) point for manual looping.
Use Pad 3 to turn off the Loop (if enabled) or trigger a Loop of the selected size in beats
Use Pad 4 to repeat the last triggered loop (reloop)
Use Pads 5 and 6 to half/double the size of the Loop.
Use Pads 7 and 8 to move the Loop (if enabled) forward/backwards by 1 beat

While SHIFT is pressed use ..
Pad 1 to set the Jogwheel to Loop In Adjust mode and use the Jogwheel to fine adjust the Loop In position
Pad 2 to set the Jogwheel to Loop Out Adjust mode and use the Jogwheel to fine adjust the Loop Out position
Pad 3 to set the Jogwheel to Loop Move Adjust mode and use the Jogwheel to fine move the Loop through the track.
Pad 4 to enable/disable Smart Loop. When Smart Loop is enabled (default status), using Loop In and Loop Out buttons to trigger a Manual Loop, will result of a seamless loop (track will stay on beat)
Pad 5 to enable/disable Loop Back mode. When Loop Back mode is enabled, and an Auto Loop is enabled, the current track's position will be considered as the Loop Out (Exit) point of the loop and the passed part of the track will be looped.
Pad 6 to enable/disable Quantize Loop mode. When enabled, the Loop In point of a Loop will be snapped to the nearest beat
Pad 7 and 8 to move the loop (if enabled) forward/backwards by the amount of the size of the loop.

Use PARAMETER buttons -/+ to half/double the size of the Loop.



Beatjump mode


While the Sampler mode is selected, press the same SAMPLER mode button again to set the PADs to Beatjump mode (led will blink). The Beatjump page will be automatically displayed on the Pads section of the VirtualDJ GUI


Beatjump Page page


In this mode, each one of the Pads will jump the track backwards/forward by the amount of beats depending on the selected page/bank (from 1/8 beats to 32 bars)


CUE LOOP


Hold SHIFT and then press the HOT CUE mode button to set the PADs to Cue Loop mode (button will blink slowly) and automatically load the Cue Loop Pads page in VirtualDJ GUI

In this mode each one of the 8 pads assigns a Hot Cue Point or jumps the track to that Hot Cue Point, but in both cases, it also triggers a Loop at that point (momentary or toggle depending on the selected mode from the Page menu).

Hold SHIFT and then press a pad to stutter/jump to the Hotcue (loop will remain triggered)


Cue Loop Pads Page – VirtualDJ GUI


Use the PARAMETER buttons to half/double the size of the triggered Loop.

Hold SHIFT and then use the PARAMETER buttons to select the On/Off (Toggle) or Hold (momentary) Loop trigger mode.

By default the Cue Loops will be quantized. This can be turned off/on from the Page Menu on the GUI.


ROLL


Hold SHIFT and then press the LOOP mode button to set the PADs to Loop Roll mode (button will blink slowly) and automatically load the Loop Roll Pads page in VirtualDJ GUI

Press one of the 8 pads to trigger a momentary Loop Roll. Once the Pad is released, the track will resume playing from the position it would have been if the Loop Roll was never triggered. The exit point will be visible on the waveform of the VirtualDJ GUI with an additional “running” play marker.

Hold SHIFT to get a ½, ¾, 1 and 2 beats Loop Roll sizes for the 4 low pads.

Use the Page menu to apply the Loop Rolls to Video.

The PARAMETER buttons don't have any functionality in this mode.



Loop Roll Pads Page – VirtualDJ GUI




SLICER


Hold SHIFT and then press the SAMPLER mode button to set the PADs to Slicer mode (button will blink slowly) and automatically load the Slicer Pads page in VirtualDJ GUI

The 8 pads represent eight sequential beats—"Slices"—in the Beat Grid. The currently playing Slice is represented by the currently green lit pad. The light will move through the pads as it progresses through each eight-Slice phrase. Press a pad to repeat that Slice (hold it down if you want to keep looping it).
Once the Pad is released the track will continue to play from the position it would have been if the pad was never pressed.

Hold SHIFT and then use the Pads to repeat the memorized Slices (the Slices played/repeated last time)

Use the PARAMETER buttons to adjust the length of the Loop applied to the slice. Hold SHIFT down and then use the PARAMETER buttons to adjust the step of the Slices



Slicer Pads Page – VirtualDJ GUI




HOTCUES+MANUAL LOOP


While in CueLoop mode, hold SHIFT and then press the HOT CUE mode button again to set the PADs to Hot Cue + Manual Loop mode (button will blink fast) and automatically load a special HC+Manual Pads page in VirtualDJ GUI


HC+Manual Loop Page - VirtualDJ default skin


HC+Manual Loop Page when SHIFT is pressed - VirtualDJ default skin


In this mode the 4 upper Pads offer the same functionality as in HotCue mode (trigger or assign Hotcues 1 to 4 and delete them if SHIFT is pressed)
The 4 lower Pads offer manual loop functionality as described below.
Pads 5 and 6 : Set a Loop Entry (In) and a Loop Exit (Out) point for manual looping. When in Loop, use these buttons to set the Jogwheel to Loop In/Out Adjust mode and then use the jogwheel to fine-adjust the Loop In/Out points.
Hold SHIFT down and then use Pads 5 /6 to move the triggered loop backwards/forward by 1 beat
Pad 7 : Turn off the Loop (if enabled) or trigger a Loop of the selected size in beats
Hold SHIFT down and then use this Pad to enable the last triggered loo (re-loop)
Pad 8 : Saves the current loop into a Saved Loop slot. When saved, use this Pad to enable the saved loop, but not jump to its position if later than the current. Hold for more than 2 seconds to delete the Saved Loop
Hold SHIFT down and then use Pad 8 to enable the Saved Loop and jump to its position, regardless if its position is later or not from the current one.

Use PARAMETER buttons -/+ to half/double the size of the Loop.
Hold SHIFT down and then use the PARAMETER buttons to jump to the next HotCue.

LOOP+MANUAL LOOP


While in Loop Roll mode, hold SHIFT and then press the LOOP mode button again to set the PADs to Loop + Manual Loop mode (button will blink fast) and automatically load a special Loop+Manual Pads page in VirtualDJ GUI


Loop+Manual Loop Page - VirtualDJ default skin


Loop+Manual Loop Page when SHIFT is pressed - VirtualDJ default skin


In this mode the 4 upper Pads offer the same functionality as in Loop mode (offer Auto-Loops of different size in beats, depending on the selected page , or if SHIFT is pressed)

The 4 lower Pads offer manual loop functionality as described in the HOTCUES+MANUAL LOOP mode


SAMPLER+MANUAL LOOP


While in Slicer mode, hold SHIFT and then press the SAMPLER mode button again to set the PADs to Sampler + Manual Loop mode (button will blink fast) and automatically load a special Sampler+Manual Pads page in VirtualDJ GUI


Sampler+Manual Loop Page - VirtualDJ default skin


Sampler+Manual Loop Page when SHIFT is pressed - VirtualDJ default skin


In this mode the 4 upper Pads offer the same functionality as in Sampler mode (trigger Samples 1 to 4 from the selected Sampler Bank)

The 4 lower Pads offer manual loop functionality as described in the HOTCUES+MANUAL LOOP mode


SEQUENCER


The 4 Sequencer modes do not load any Pad page in VirtualDJ, as these operate in hardware way. For details regarding the operation of the Sequencer, please refer to the manual of the unit.. https://www.roland.com/us/products/dj-202/support/





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