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Re: In praise of the FCB1010 - the instantly playable control approach. Made for BLASTING!

Hi Per,
A very insightful post! Been thinking of buying a FCB floorboard for my EDP for a while now, and I think I will. A lot can be said for having access to additional parameters, especially changing between Insert and Multiply functions. I assume this is possible?

Per Boysen <perboysen@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi Friends,

I've spotted some threads on foot controllers recently. And since I
just recently posted about my research for a smaller ctrl setup I'd
just like to add now that I have given up on that; my vision of having
just one pedal and changing its functionality by additional hand
control (laptop keys, MIDI hand button pad etc). The simplest and
coolest solution I tried was a one-button glass mouse, from Apple,
gaffer taped to the stage floor so you can place the mouse cursor with
touch control on the laptop pad and simply tap the floor mouse with a
foot at the correct timing. (I had the same wish for the EDP many
years ago, using its programs to set different functionality setups
for a given set of floor buttons)

The direct reason I gave up on all this is that when I finally plugged
in my FCB yesterday, I had such a kick simply by not having to plan my
playing much in advance. Also by playing both the looper and the
instrument at the same time. What blast that was - being able to
decide on the spot where to go on the next downbeat! An example: I
tend to work a lot with pitch. In loopers I constantly work the
rate/speed to create melodies "in the loop" or just chord changes to
accompany melody lines I play on top. I had noticed that there are
only about a dozen "chord vamps" I usually improvise with in different
combinations, so I thought I could pre program those changes to lift
off the burden of tap dancing over the floor pedals. How wrong I was!
It really IS not the same thing having a preprogrammed looper action
sequence thrown at you as if you should play the looper with feet (for
the very same action sequence) while you play an instrument by hand.
So I was wrong, but I had some fun finding out about that.

I'm finding the FCB pedal good enough for what I regard an optimal
looping setup:
Instant access to some few but powerful actions. Playable.

Greetings from Sweden

Per Boysen
www.boysen.se (Swedish)
www.looproom.com (international)