The Radium49 MIDI control ROCKS!

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Administrator Since: Apr 03, 2002

OK. so I got my Radium49 yesterday...I thought, great, time to call my buddy Noize2u and ask him how to hook it up and use it...I know nothing about MIDI past about 1989 with my Roland MC50 sequencer, U220 Sound Module and JX1 synth.

I figgered what the hell, I'll give it a shot...installed the drivers on our family system (The kids can have funn with it too) and within 2 minutes was actually assigning it to basic MIDI sounds and stuff and actually making noise...WooHoo. This USB/IMIDI stuff is the bomb. Took it down into the studio, hooked it up my studio system and within a few minutes I was playing it thru DreamStation in Sonar, and the free version of Tassman 4 that came with the latest issue of Music Tech Magazine. Assigning facers and knobs to faders and knobs in Tassman with ease, so I can turn a knob on my Radium and it adjust the assigned parameter oin the application...dudes and dudettes, this little thing ROCKS.

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...bringing sexy back
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Since: Jul 01, 2002


May 29, 2004 10:50 am

how much was it again? you mighta sold me on it if its that easy to use...

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


May 29, 2004 10:59 am

$138 after price matching some other site. Their list is $159, which is still a killer deal.

...bringing sexy back
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Since: Jul 01, 2002


May 29, 2004 11:04 am

oh yeah, i remember ya saying. pity musicians friend dont send overseas really...

Dub head
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Since: May 03, 2004


May 29, 2004 12:24 pm

Yeah man... I have the Radium 61 and its awesome. I wanted something that'll do a great b3 organ sound but didn't want to spend the cash on a Roland Synth.. they are mad expensive. Sooo...I bought the Raduim 61 and Native Instruments B4. The sound quality is amazing... sounds literally perfect. And the Radium 61 installed very easily, and I was able to assign all of the drawbars, lesile cabinet settings, etc to the keyboard's knobs and sliders! perfect!! I've loved it so much with the NI software I also got thier Pro-53 soft-synth, a sweet 80's keyboard/moog-ish synth. Now they just released a soft-synth called Elektrik Piano, a Fender Rhodes Piano/other vingage electric piano synth! Soo..yeah...thats my next purchase ;) I can't say anything bad about the keyboard (or NI software).

bace135 in the house tonight!
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Since: Jan 28, 2003


Sep 17, 2004 05:51 pm

I just got one of these for a birthday gift. Holler. Hooked up with ease, but now gotta clear off the desk and make room for it. It's a beast compared to all my other gear. Looking forward to smashing some keys.

Czar of Midi
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Since: Apr 04, 2002


Sep 26, 2004 10:06 pm

Indeed, I just picked one up for Tuna last week. He is pretty stoked to fire it up. Get it for dirt cheap with all the stuff it came with so I aint gonna beef if its used. And it was in dang good shape as well. Hooked it up in here quick and loved it. It might spend more time in here then in his room. Although once he gets the hang better of Sonar and P5 I wont mind lettin him in here to play at all. He can work his stuff out in his room and then come in here to mix on the KRK's as he doesnt have reall decent speaks in his room yet.

bace135 in the house tonight!
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Since: Jan 28, 2003


Sep 27, 2004 12:58 am

Heck, I don't even have decent speaks in my room. But the Rad is great. I'm finding it especially useful for easily finding pitch when I want to sing. But I'm not a servicable enough player to use it for sequencing yet. But I'm having fun with it.

Dub head
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Since: May 03, 2004


Oct 01, 2004 09:28 am

May I suggest to any one using Radium keyboards (or any other controller) and VST insruments to pick up V-Stack by Steinberg. I've been using it to manage and play all of my VSTi's and so far its been great. I have all my different keyboards set up in there (B4, Pro53, Mini Moog demo, a rhodes piano, and a normal piano) and all I have to do to select one is hit the appropiate power button for a particular instrument. Its a great program to use if you play these live often, on or off the stage. :-)

Czar of Midi
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Since: Apr 04, 2002


Oct 04, 2004 10:41 pm

Ah, I might add that Sonar has had the SynthRack for several years now. And you dont have to pay extra for it either. It is built right into their product. They were thinking way ahead of the pack on that one. I can manage all my DXi's, VSTi's as well as all my ReWire devices right through the SynthRack. It automatically assigns all the required ins and outs with a couple of clicks. Very nice for quick set up when your in a hurry.

But that said, indeed if you are using Cubase or a Steinberg product it is a very handy tool indeed. I just think they should include it for the price we pay for software.

I'm back bitches!!!
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Since: May 27, 2004


Oct 06, 2004 03:46 pm

Anything to do with external MIDI, I also use the Radium 49. It does in fact rock. I wish I had a smaller one for use on the road as well though. Maybe they should make a radium 25 or something. Actually I am not even sure ifs 25 would be the right amount of keys.

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