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Best use of FCB-1010 (was RE: EDP Footpedal vs. FCB1010 ? ?)

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Fortified by the replies of the last few days, I searched the archives and found the calibration instructions on LD, which are an improvement on the manual. And lo, the pedals now work.
Having used a PC1600x for many years, I must say the sole advantage of an FCB-1010 over any number of other controllers, from the 1600x to the Spin Doctor that has received some attention at LD in the last few days, is that it is foot-controlled. Otherwise it is not very flexible. Having said that, here is how I intend to proceed, and I wonder if anyone else is working in a similar way.
First, use the FCB-1010 AND the EFC-7.  the EFC-7 is small enough that adding it to your gig gear is a minor matter. Planes would change the equation of course.
Set up a variety of EDP presets with significant differences, say Pre1= basic, Pre2=glitchy with a lot of SUS functions, etc. For each EDP Preset, set up a  bank on the FCB-1010. On the first preset of this bank, program the 5 program change switches so that they load a "sound world" into the other devices in the rig - in my case the 1600x, an A-Station, AdrenaLinn,  and a just-acquired VF-1 (assuming I like the VF-1). Deactivate these switches for the other presets in the bank.
The next bank would be a new sound world and a new EDP work mode, set up the same way - a new set of program changes on Pre1, including a different  EDP Pre.  Given the changes in the Pre, the other FCB presets in the bank would be programmed differently.
Hal Dean
-----Original Message-----
From: Ben [mailto:benoitruelle@yahoo.fr]
Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2005 3:44 AM
To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
Subject: Re: EDP Footpedal vs. FCB1010 ? ?

Isn't there also for the CC pedal a specific midi channel that can be different from the switches one?
In this case might it be possible that you only listen to 1 channel and discard the other ones?
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 9:45 PM
Subject: RE: EDP Footpedal vs. FCB1010 ? ?

Yes, I'm talking about the cc pedals. The buttons work. I think I now have enough info from everyone to take another shot at this tonight. Thanks for the reply.
Hal L. Dean , AIA, LEED
Project Manager
Facilities Planning
West Chester University
-----Original Message-----
From: Adrian Bartholomew [mailto:adrian@bartholomusic.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 3:45 PM
To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
Subject: Re: EDP Footpedal vs. FCB1010 ? ?

the same thing happened to me when i 1st got the 1010.
i assume by "pedals", u r talking about the continuous controller pedals on the 1010.
i got no signal at all.
i called them and he emailed me the directions for calibration (which was in the manual i didnt read anyway) and it worked like a charm.
are ur buttons working?
Adrian Bartholomew
Leawood KS
On Sep 14, 2005, at 11:09 AM, Dean, Hal wrote:

I've been watching this dialogue for awhile and find myself wondering if I should do as I've intended - return the FCB-1010 I bought 3 weeks ago, for money back.

I've had enough experience programming controllers to be undaunted by the arcane language of the manual. I was unable to use the editing software I got from the Yahoo FCB-1010 support group (frankly I don't recall at the moment why it did not work, but no matter for now), but was able to decipher the manual and get the switches working.  The problem is the pedals - they don't work at all.

I tried the calibration routine as described in the manual several times, to no avail. My MIDI interface registers no MIDI signal from either pedal; it DOES recognize switch operations.

Given the conflicting comments about the reliability of the FCB-1010, I was considering this evidence that I should stay away from an unreliable bit of kit... hence the decision to take it back to Guitar Center. I have a Rocktron MIDIMate and a PC-1600x that provide the same functions, albeit a bit more awkwardly since only the PC1600x sends note on, and the buttons and sliders are small.  still, that is working in the studio. Live is maybe another matter, so i want to be sure it makes sense to ditch the FCB-1010.

Given what I just described, is it a sure bet that the pedals are DOA, or is there something about the calibration routine I ought to try one more time? Is the lack of any MIDI output an indication that the pedals are DOA?

Any advice on this specific point would be most welcome. General comments on the pros and cons of the FCB-1010 are readily available, and I'll keep them in mind of course.

Hal Dean