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Topic: OT-looking for MIDI hardware

  1. #1

    OT-looking for MIDI hardware

    Does a MIDI device exist with only:

    PitchBend Wheel
    Two or more sliders, programmable for CC#x each,
    Two pedal slots (but this is not necessary).

    If so then I don't have to use that huge keyboard when I am at the rendering process and besides that it can give it a place on my desk, which gives more comfort.

    Raymond - always looking for the impossible (but my last name isn't Cruise)

  2. #2

    Re: OT-looking for MIDI hardware

    There are a lot of programmable controllers with just knobs and sliders. One of the cheaper ones is the Korg NanoKontrol, but I don't know how easy it is to assign mod wheel and pitch bend. It is rather complete and got raving reviews. Behringer, Novation, Akai and M-Audio make similar products, as undoubtedly do other manufacturers. Some of them seem to have very small knobs, so test them before buying. You could consider a small keyboard with a few knobs and sliders instead.

  3. #3

    Re: OT-looking for MIDI hardware

    The M-Audio Oxygen Series is a 2 octave controller keyboard - I use it in tandem with my piano-action Roland 88 (RD-100) key because the Roland does not have the pitch and mod wheels but the Oxygen 8 does.

    I like to have a piano action and love having 88 keys.

    A small desktop solution would be the Oxygen keyboard series. I used mine with a laptop to take to gigs - I could modify my Finale files to make score corrections at rehearsal and get the part to the player right away.
    In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.

    http://reberclark.blogspot.com http://reberclark.bandcamp.com http://www.youtube.com/reberclark

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    Re: OT-looking for MIDI hardware

    Got the Oxygen 25 USB. Only thing to do: installing and programming the various knobs and all. Nice small object on my desk.

    Thank you all for the advice given,


  5. #5

    Re: OT-looking for MIDI hardware

    Check out the Novation Remote Zero

  6. #6

    Re: OT-looking for MIDI hardware

    The market is swamped with small keyboard controllers like you're asking about, Raymond. I see you got the Oxygen 25 USB. I bet it works for what you want just fine. That's the sort of thing which is really all a MIDI composer needs.

    For years now I've only used a 49 key MK-4902. That's what I produced "Dorian" and everything else with. One programmable wheel, sustain pedal slot, pitch bend, CC7 volume control slider (not programmable) --that's it. For Aftertouch and anything else I want, I do it by hand in Sonar's PRV.


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    Re: OT-looking for MIDI hardware

    Quote Originally Posted by rbowser- View Post
    Raymond. I see you got the Oxygen 25 USB. I bet it works for what you want just fine. That's the sort of thing which is really all a MIDI composer needs.
    ... I am struggling with the manual. Again some "proza" written by programmer for "nerds". Isn't there anybody in this whole world who can imagine that a "layman" doesn't understand all that technical nonsense?

    I'd wished winning the lottery, then I would go to those guys and tell them to make it easy for "simple minded" guys like me (haha).

    By the way, today I met something very strange in Sonar. I had the midi envelope for CC#7 assigned. Did some testing with that "new thingie" and saw it "happening". All lines and nodes were drawn nicely. After that I assigned a new envelope for CC#1 and again I saw the info being drawn.

    But when I hit the Spacebar again (or any knob/button) to stop the recording, those nicely drawn slopes just disappeared and were nowhere to find.

    I will sort this out... but the first impression... strange, weird, unexpected, mind blowing,.........


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