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SmartSDR for Mac FlexControl equivalent ...
I'm just about to hop on Jet Blue and visit my son in NYC but I couldn't let go of my excitement over SmartSDR for Mac and wanted to share it with the forum. I realize this pales compared to all the TGXL and PGXL buzz, but this might be of interest. It seems the FlexControl is backordered and this could offer a nice available alternative.
SmartSDR for Mac supports Midi Controlled devices including the popular (and Amazon cheap) DJ2GO2 Touch by Numark. My first impression was that it was far too busy. Too many knobs and sliders and kinda gaudy looking. But I persevered and got over that as my pragmatic and parsimonious self emerged. I edited the mapping to incorporate VFO A and VFO B tuning controls. Nice. Smooth .. and sure, I wish I could replace the large knobs with those off of my Collins S-line, but I digress.
I assigned the little round headphone button as mute toggle. Perfect. Sliders on each side, assigned them to individual slice volume controls. Buttons 1,2,3,4 ... set active slice. Large fader in the middle .. active slice zoom. Oh yeah! Go nuts!
Setup is simple. In the tools section select Midi Controller and the DJ2GO2. Edit the button, fader, rotary control, and even LED mapping to your hearts desire.
The latest version of SmartSDR for Mac allows syncing of two slices. So, I can have a broader view (even entire band view) in one window, and in another panadapter a zoomed-in view of the slice frequency selected in the main panadapter. I operate AM and this is great for quickly viewing modulation sidebands. But now, I can use the fader control to zoom to any level I want. Of course you can click, and drag, and pull to do much the same ... but that's old-school now. Fade away!
Beyond the added utility, it's just plain fun. I have migrated to MacOS and the new M1 mini for $600 is a bargain. SmartSDR for Mac works marvelously well and incorporates many features I have wanted in the Windows version. This might not be for everyone .. but I find it useful and great fun.
Off to the airport ... thank you for taking your time here.
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