The 8 Pads offer various functions, depending on the selected Pad mode. Each of the 4 Pad mode buttons offers 2 individual modes. One with the press of the mode button, and an additional mode with press of the mode button while SHIFT is held down. The 8 modes represent a page of the PADS section on the default VirtualDJ GUI.
- PAD MODE. Press any of the 4 available Pad mode buttons to set the Pads to Hotcues, Loop Roll, Slicer and Sampler mode.
Hold SHIFT and then press any of the 4 available Pad mode buttons to set the Pads to Cue Loop, Manual Loop, Beatjump and Keycue mode.
- PADS. The 8 Pads offer different functionality depending on the selected mode.
- PARAMETERS. Depending on the selected page, these buttons control various parameters of the selected page.
Press the HOT CUE mode button to set the PADs to Hot Cue mode and automatically load the Hotcues pads page in VirtualDJ GUI
Each one of the 8 pads assigns a Hot Cue Point, 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.
Press the PARAMETERS buttons to jump to previous/next cue point in the track (if it exists)
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 ½, ¾, 1 and 2 beats Loop Roll sizes for the 4 lower pads.
Use the Page menu to apply the Loop Rolls to Video.
The PARAMETER buttons are not used in this mode.
Press the SLICER mode button to set the PADs to Slicer mode 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
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 Mixars Primo will control the same samples. If a bank has more than 8 samples, the left side of Mixars Primo 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.
Use PARAMETER buttons to select the Sampler Bank (previous/next).
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)
Use PARAMETER buttons to half/double the size of the triggered Loop.
Hold SHIFT and then use PARAMETER buttons to select the On/Off (Toggle) or Hold (momentary) Loop trigger mode.
Hold down SHIFT and press the ROLL mode button to set the PADs to Manual Loop mode and automatically load the MANUAL LOOP page in VirtualDJ GUI.
Each one of the 8 pad offers a different loop function.
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 halve/double the size of the Loop.
Use Pads 7 and 8 to move the Loop (if enabled) forward/backwards by 1 beat
Hold down SHIFT and 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 the PARAMETER <> buttons to half/double the size of the Loop
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)
Use the PAGE/PARAMETERS buttons to select the previous/next page with the desired Beats sizes
Hold down SHIFT and press the SAMPLER mode button to set the PADs to KeyCue mode and automatically load the KeyCue Pads page in VirtualDJ GUI
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 it's 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 the PARAMETER buttons to adjust the Key of the track without trigger a Hotcue.
Hold down SHIFT and use the PARAMETERS buttons to select a different bank with different key semitone values.
Read further details about Pads in the VirtualDJ 2020 manual Effects