After a near gigging pause of two years (@#&!%) I’ve been reevaluating my setup, I got a second child and had to get rid of my van and my Kronos 88 in flightcase is getting too much to schlep to gigs. It also turns out that the bands that are left either need simple piano/rhodes stuff or are laptop based.
So time to get something smaller and lighter with a good keyboard and an easy laptop workflow; enter the RD88. They marketed it a lot with “easy MainStage integration” and it seems the “DAW Mode” is indeed limited to working with MainStage specifically, although the name implies perhaps more possibilities in the future. In any case, ASIO and midi work fine with Cantabile and though the latency performance isn’t the very best it’s good enough for me. I’m very happy with they way this works, except…
It seems there is no general USB audio volume control. There is a dedicated knob (in combination with shift) but you need to be in DAW mode for it and that doesn’t work with Cantabile (unless some wizard already found a way). Also, it seems the default setting for every scene is “USB AUDIO ON” which is annoying for my purposes. I’ve created a patch where on board sounds are off and only one zone transmits on one channel. I’ve saved this as “USB” and put it in my favorites. I’ve also put all the zones for the main piano patch (one touch piano setting) to “internal” so that they don’t transmit. But every other patch has USB audio on by default and other than dragging my mouse or reassigning all controls there is no direct way to quickly mute USB audio.
I was wondering if there’s is anyone with an RD88 who has experience with this, and how they’ve solved it. Ideally I would end up with a situation where I can use the internal sounds and “turn on” USB sound at will, whether it’s as a layer or by itself.