in sdr console you can make ANY midi deck to work, so you have
to look what deck fits your needs. How many turn knobs, vfo
wheels, buttons do you want?
i use an EKS XP-5 that found used on evilbay. I did not want to
have TWO wheels so i searched for a deck with just a single
wheel for vfo control.
and ... i did not want to have lots of unused buttons/knobs so
i took the xp5 (it has enough buttons for MY needs)
so ... at first think about what functions do you want on the
deck (look what functions Simon implemented in console!!)
Take a picture of the deck you plan to use, and make a similar
picture as i have added to this mail. Then you know if it fits
your needs or if you should look for a different deck.
Other users of console have a Behringer or similar deck with
TWO turn wheels (fine and coarse tune) but i just need 100 and
10hz steps on a single wheel and i do 1kc and 10kc steps with
buttons, that i reconfigured with the midi deck editor to act
"like" a turn wheel. (with added autorepeat)
Repeat ... ANY midi controller works or can be made to work.
In sdr console is a "learning" function for midi. Select the
function that you want to assign (here in my example the turn
wheel for vfo) and turn the wheel or press the button. Press
"ok" to save the function. Do that with all buttons and
sliders/turn knobs on your deck. DONE!
My midi deck has a nice editor, where you can edit every button
or slider (what note to send on what button). Other decks have
all buttons "fixed" (no editor). So ... look what functions do
you need/want on the deck, then look if you find a dj deck that
fits your needs (at best a unit that comes WITH an editor for
such things like autorepeat etc).
I can not recommend any special deck (besides mine, cause that
works superb). Ask in the sdr radio group what others are using
and what were their findings. And then think what YOU want on
your deck. A few "spare" buttons are ok (maybe Simon adds new
Where to buy?? EVILBAY ... or a shop where professional
musicians and dj buy their stuff (sure a bit more expensive
What to buy?? See above. I do not know what YOU want to be used
on your deck, if you want one or two turn wheels, if you want
buttons with "backlight" (yes some dj deck has lamps below the
buttons) ... if you want a small (mini) dj deck (to save room on
your desk and use just minimal functions) ... or a bigger one
(more weight and more buttons)
So... do not rely on MY findings only ... ask here in the group
what others are using and what they like (or do not like) on
their decks. How heavy (or not) the deck is, if it comes with or
without an editor, how "robust" (or not) the deck feels, if they
would buy it again etc etc etc.
Greetz sigi dg9bfc
ps if you get a used xp5 then drop me a mail .. i can then send
you the driver and mappings/presets that i use here ... saves
you 4 days of work hi hi
Am 18.11.2021 um 23:45 schrieb vk3xz:
Could you recommend a midi desk supplier? I have dealt with
this device but would like to try. Please provide maker and
model number please? where to buy such device? cheers Mike
On 19/11/2021 08:03, Siegfried
buy a midi deck
Am 18.11.2021 um 22:23 schrieb
In a similar vein, there's an
old MS Flight Sim control hack, that used a gutted old
keyboard, and with a little DIY ingenuity, you could
construct a fully functional cockpit controls array
(hundreds of options with keyboard key mapping,
Alt-Shift-Ctrl, etc.). This was possible because MSFS used
keyboard controls extensively. Way too cumbersome and
convoluted to click on each option.
Here too, SDRC "could" do the same thing, with keyboard
assignments to the various options, freq controls, modes,
etc. I of course realize that this could potentially be a
big coding project in and of itself (I've done it myself),
but in the end, using a USB based device that's already
mapped in Windows, it's just adding the code to recognize
a specific keystroke, same as that to react to a mouse
click / wheel turn.
Back in ancient times of radio, DIY was the only way to
get on the air. Yes it was a challenge, but that's what
made it fun and a great hobby in the first place. This
could also put the MIDI controller debate to sleep.
On 11/18/2021 12:51 PM, Simon Brown wrote:
Simon Brown, G4ELI
On Wed, Nov 17, 2021 at 02:25 PM,
Does SDR-Console support any
keyboard shortcuts, like + or - or such, to allow
With the cursor placed over the
spectrum or waterfall display, keyboard arrow/cursor
keys left/right (normal steps) and up/down (x10).
Simon, it's not mentioned in here. Could do with
- + - + -