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Loupedeck or Streamdeck?

There have been a few contributions in the past few days, with glowing tribute to Streamdeck.

I wonder if I have made a mistake in buying a Loupedeck CT. For anyone interested, after wrestling with understanding MIDI (I use SSDR for MAC on my PC), I have actually managed to get the Loupedeck to work to what I think is a really great degree. I have the main dial to control frequency change as per the main dial on the 6600M, and can also select volume, or any other variable parameter I choose to program. The buttons I have made to command anything from Bands, Slice selection, new Panadaptor, Mode, Bandwidth, and all sorts, thanks to the list that Marcus has provided in SSDR for MAC. The side knobs are programmed to change AGCT, Mic gain, Slice Volumes, Audio bandwidth, Slice Zoom, etc. Works brilliantly, with the extra benefit of an Apple TrackPad 2 for example super-quick slice frequency changes.

However, the recent Streamdeck examples shown on other discussions leaves me to wonder if I could achieve the same or better for less outlay...........

I rather think that the Loupedeck CT is more suited to use with the 6400 or 6600 as opposed to the 6400M or 6600M. It is a matter of choice, I suppose. In fact I hardly use the front panel of the 6600M except for meter viewing, or recording transmissions/playback.

Perhaps the only real advantage of owning the Loupedeck CT is that it can also be used for Photography Apps such as Photoshop etc, for which it was originally designed.

I have actually really enjoyed playing with the Loupedeck and have learned a lot besides, so maybe it was not such a bad idea after all!! Just my thoughts.......

Cheers. Mike G4GWH.


  • David Decoons, wo2x
    David Decoons, wo2x Member, Super Elmer Moderator

    I am not familiar with the Loupedeck. I have to look at the interface. Is it strictly MIDI?

    The Stream Deck is popular with a lot of streamers and podcasters. There are plug-ins for a lot of popular editing and streaming software. The plus of the Stream Deck is ability to send REST commands to FRStack for radio control and websocket commands for Node Red integration. Node Red then opens up control and monitoring of all kinds of equipment.

    I haven't heard of anyone using MIDI with Node Red (yet).


    Dave wo2x

  • Hi Dave.

    I believe that the Loupedeck sends ordinary scan codes and binary data to a PC in the same way that an ordinary keyboard does. In the software for the Loupedeck is a MIDI application that you turn on to make it transmit MIDI data. You can then mix both data types with the press of a button if you so desire. It is all done through a USB-C cable. I am finding it quite sophisticated in use so far, in the application of using it as the main control device for SSDR for MAC. In the same way as the Streamdeck, you are of course limited by the maximum (127) number of data instructions via MIDI, but there are clever ways to get round this I think. Still programming and learning…..!

    73 de Mike G4GWH

  • Here are a couple of images of the Loupedeck in action:

    Mike G4GWH

  • David Decoons, wo2x
    David Decoons, wo2x Member, Super Elmer Moderator


    You can use FRStack and program the Loupedeck to send the REST command to the PC running FRStack. If both on same PC then use the loop back address.

    Dave wo2x

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