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
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
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
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 functions later).
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
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
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 VK4SY
On 19/11/2021 08:03, Siegfried
buy a midi deck
Am 18.11.2021 um 22:23
schrieb Bill Walch:
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 /
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
On 11/18/2021 12:51 PM, Simon Brown wrote:
Simon Brown, G4ELI
On Wed, Nov 17, 2021 at 02:25
PM, BobS wrote:
Does SDR-Console support any
keyboard shortcuts, like + or - or such, to
allow for tuning?
With the cursor placed over the
spectrum or waterfall display, keyboard
arrow/cursor keys left/right (normal steps) and
Simon, it's not mentioned in here. Could do with
- + -