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.
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.
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
From: Ben [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Thursday, September 15, 2005 3:44 AM
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
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,
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?
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
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
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.