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Behringer FCB1010 MIDI Footcontroller   

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If you've got a MIDI rig you need to tame, you'll find the Behringer FCB1010 MIDI Footcontroller indispensable. With 10 banks of 10 presets, you'll h...Click To Read More About This Product

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Super-flexible MIDI controller.

If you've got a MIDI rig you need to tame, you'll find the Behringer FCB1010 MIDI Footcontroller indispensable. With 10 banks of 10 presets, you'll have plenty of storage space. Each preset can send 5 MIDI program change commands and 2 MIDI control commands simultaneously so you can configure an entire synth rack with one stomp.

2 expression pedals independently control any MIDI channel, controller number, and range. The footswitches can also be configured to send MIDI note numbers, perfect for tap-tempo functions. 2 programmable, relay-controlled footswitch jacks are great for switching guitar amp channels via MIDI.

FEATURES
  • 10 banks of presets
  • 2 expression pedals with freely assignable MIDI channel, controller number, and range
  • Simultaneous transmission of five MIDI program change commands and two MIDI control commands per preset
  • MIDI note-on commands for trigger and tap-tempo applications
  • 2 programmable, relay-controlled switch jacks

Your rig's grown by leaps and bounds, so take a leap and escape your bounds - get the Behringer MIDI footcontroller today.

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BehringerFCB1010 MIDI Footcontroller
 
4.5

(based on 58 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (10)
  • Good quality (8)
  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (5)
  • Practicing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Piece of Equipment, Takes Time

Great pedal, solves a lot of my performance issues. Here's the preface to why I chose a MIDI pedal as my solution:

Start: I sometimes switch between acoustic and electric...Read complete review

Great pedal, solves a lot of my performance issues. Here's the preface to why I chose a MIDI pedal as my solution:

Start: I sometimes switch between acoustic and electric guitar on stage, and I sing. I've considered buying an electric guitar processor, acoustic guitar processor, and vocal processor all at some point. I can't afford to buy all that, especially with the way these technologies advance every few years.

The solution for a lot of people has been to use a computer to do effects, but I've had huge headaches trying to get my PC to work without audio dropouts or unplayable latency. I've since gotten my 2010 laptop to work with my audio interface flawlessly, at its lowest possible latency, with no dropouts thanks to countless hours of research through Google.

My next obstacle to tackle was being able to switch effects on my voice and guitar. Playing acoustic and singing while reading lyrics off my laptop, and while switching effects through my DAW proved to be huge pain using the laptop's touchpad mouse. The transitions between songs took too long. So, I needed footswitches to change effects on my laptop. My laptop does not have firewire, but has USB ports and my interface has a MIDI In and Out.

End of Preface: This pedal allows you to change patches, switch effects on/off, and use 2 expression pedals, with 10 banks to give you 100 patch/effects changes. It also comes with an often overlooked 2 1/4" jack switch relays that can be used as momentary or latching switches. There are no other pedals currently on the market that offer nearly same number of switches and pedals, with this kind of durable construction, at this price point. And this pedal has been out for over 6 years.

Just Google FCB1010 and you'll find many pages and forums discussing this pedal, firmware versions, and its functions with or without unofficial upgrades. If you know your way around a DAW, plugins, and your own computer, then this pedal is for you. Based on how much you're willing to learn and how much you invest in corresponding MIDI equipment, you can use this pedal to change effects, start and stop recording, use it as a full-fledged looper pedal with individual layers, expand the functional buttons of your synth, change pages of sheet music or lyrics on a screen, control lighting, whatever you can image a switch or expression pedal can do.

This will not work right out the box. I tried using this pedal the night before a gig, and that turned out to be a miserable fail. I have a lot to learn, about effects and their uses, how to route audio in my DAW, MIDI in general, but it's all worth it if I can improve the way I sound and can be a little more stress free on stage, without spending a ton of money I don't have.

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This thing on the outside is a good product, I was very surprised with the external quality, and felt the value to be worth the money for what it does. Sadly I thought...Read complete review

This thing on the outside is a good product, I was very surprised with the external quality, and felt the value to be worth the money for what it does. Sadly I thought it could be programmed like a few more, slightly more expensive controllers, where you can have the bank pedals change the patch or bank, and the rest are just on/off pedals(stomp style). After hours of research, the best result I found was 5 pedals for patches, 5 for on/off for effects (stomp-pedal style). That simply doesn't cut it for me, especially if you have to buy some crazy Firmware upgrade (that's not even software oddly enough), void the warranty, then spend hours setting it up.If you know what your doing, and you understand its uses, this is surely a fine product. I Find it to be nothing more then a patch selector, with only 99 patches available, out of like 400 on most of my devices, that also, didn't cut it or I would have kept it just fr that. I'm giving this such a low rating, because its so dang old, they really need to come out with a new one already, and no one is telling the truth here. For software applications, some plugins, probably a few processors, it works pretty well. For me, I'm getting the Roland FC-300 or the Ground Control. they do so much more, you really get what you pay for. For my use, 2.5, for some 5.0.. really can't give a good rating personally, just do your research before you make the plunge. if your getting something boss, stick with Roland stuff, Something Line-6, stick with Line-6 boards. Not worth trying to save some money, if your losing time, as, time is money!.

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5.0

Very versatile, sturdy, and easy to program!

By Jim

from Omaha

About Me Professional Musician

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Behringer FCB1010 MIDI Footcontroller:

      Great piece of equipment! Not immediately intuitive but once you read the manual and leverage internet resources it actually is easy to use. You must have a working knowledge of midi and understand the gear you want to control with this pedal. Do your homework and you will love this thing!

       
      3.0

      Don't recommend

      By Dave

      from Mansfield, TX

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      Comments about Behringer FCB1010 MIDI Footcontroller:

      Sturdy, well built, but very hard to setup to use.
      Instructions poor.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Just right

      By Marc

      from South GA

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Behringer FCB1010 MIDI Footcontroller:

        Got this to control Amplitube stomp boxes. Takes a bit of studying to get it going but FCB1010 PC Editor made short work of it. It really simplifies things. This thing is awesome! Since it's just a midi controller I also have it set up to work things in flight simulator, also an easy setup. Great construction, the thing is solid.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love it! BUT!

        By rmjstudio

        from planet earth

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        Pros

        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Very Heavy Duty

        Cons

        • Absolutly No Information

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing
        • Studio

        Comments about Behringer FCB1010 MIDI Footcontroller:

        Was shocked how heavy this piece is.It is very well made,which is rare now dayes. How long it will last , only time will tell. I had floor controllers for my Digitech rack tube stuff back in the dayes and they were very expensive. And they come no where near this Heavy duty

        With that said I have to comment on the nightmare!The 23 page so called quick start guide is only useful to cover the bottom of bird cages or to use for packing loose items in boxes! So soon as you get it do not waste your time!
        I'm not new to midi nor a guru either so I got it working except for the volume-wawa pedels were just on or off, no sweep! I thought my unit was defective

        All "PRASIE WIKI" googled wiki, low and behold you have to set up these peddles up first time use! WHY THE "BEEP" is this not in the so called quick start guide? The first thing your supposed to do. They leave out of the guide! This is just stupid.

        After a bit of frustration I am very pleased with this unit, I use it with TH2.... programs!

        What a great piece!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Piece of Equipment, Takes Time

        By anupjthomas

        from New Milford, NJ

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        Pros

        • Flexible
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Light weight
        • Programmable
        • Solid
        • Upgrade-able

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Requires Patience
        • Very Large

        Best Uses

        • Changing Patches
        • Concerts
        • Expands Buttons
        • Gigs
        • Jams
        • Need Extra Buttons
        • Practicing
        • Studio

        Comments about Behringer FCB1010 MIDI Footcontroller:

        Great pedal, solves a lot of my performance issues. Here's the preface to why I chose a MIDI pedal as my solution:

        Start: I sometimes switch between acoustic and electric guitar on stage, and I sing. I've considered buying an electric guitar processor, acoustic guitar processor, and vocal processor all at some point. I can't afford to buy all that, especially with the way these technologies advance every few years.

        The solution for a lot of people has been to use a computer to do effects, but I've had huge headaches trying to get my PC to work without audio dropouts or unplayable latency. I've since gotten my 2010 laptop to work with my audio interface flawlessly, at its lowest possible latency, with no dropouts thanks to countless hours of research through Google.

        My next obstacle to tackle was being able to switch effects on my voice and guitar. Playing acoustic and singing while reading lyrics off my laptop, and while switching effects through my DAW proved to be huge pain using the laptop's touchpad mouse. The transitions between songs took too long. So, I needed footswitches to change effects on my laptop. My laptop does not have firewire, but has USB ports and my interface has a MIDI In and Out.

        End of Preface: This pedal allows you to change patches, switch effects on/off, and use 2 expression pedals, with 10 banks to give you 100 patch/effects changes. It also comes with an often overlooked 2 1/4" jack switch relays that can be used as momentary or latching switches. There are no other pedals currently on the market that offer nearly same number of switches and pedals, with this kind of durable construction, at this price point. And this pedal has been out for over 6 years.

        Just Google FCB1010 and you'll find many pages and forums discussing this pedal, firmware versions, and its functions with or without unofficial upgrades. If you know your way around a DAW, plugins, and your own computer, then this pedal is for you. Based on how much you're willing to learn and how much you invest in corresponding MIDI equipment, you can use this pedal to change effects, start and stop recording, use it as a full-fledged looper pedal with individual layers, expand the functional buttons of your synth, change pages of sheet music or lyrics on a screen, control lighting, whatever you can image a switch or expression pedal can do.

        This will not work right out the box. I tried using this pedal the night before a gig, and that turned out to be a miserable fail. I have a lot to learn, about effects and their uses, how to route audio in my DAW, MIDI in general, but it's all worth it if I can improve the way I sound and can be a little more stress free on stage, without spending a ton of money I don't have.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Works well with Cubase quick controls

        By Flag24/96

        from Montgomery, AL

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Sturdy Construction

        Cons

        • Initial Setup Tricky

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Behringer FCB1010 MIDI Footcontroller:

        I use this with Cubase Artist quick controls to turn guitar effects on/off in VST Amp Rack. Works very well. It has far more switches than I would ever need for that particular purpose, but it's better than settling for a footcontroller that has only a few swtiches and then have to reprogram a switch in between songs.

        The tricky part about this footcontroller is calibrating the pedals, but everything else is fairly easy. The footswitches aren't silent, but they're quieter than the typical mechanical true bypass switch on an effects pedal.

        Definitely recommended if you want to turn guitar effects on/off in your DAW.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        FCB1010 works great with Obey 40

        By Bob J

        from Woodland, CA

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Plug And Play For Lightin

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Lighting Controller

          Comments about Behringer FCB1010 MIDI Footcontroller:

          I purchased the FCB1010 for controlling an Obey 40 light controller with our new all LED lighting system. This worked great right out of the box to get started with no additional programming. This is a good thing as I only had 1 day for it to work or not work. The controller is solidly built and easy to setup with just power and a midi cable and the lights were on. I am slowly changing a little programming to fit more of my needs, but for changing scenes while playing, it's a breeze.
          Using the up and down easily allowed for scene changes and tapping the current scene pedal again goes to blackout. A nice feature so you don't have to hunt for a different pedal.

          All in all, I would highly recommend this if you want to control lights from the stage.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beast of a unit

          By Eric Vanlangenhoven

          from Undisclosed

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          Pros

          • Functional

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Behringer FCB1010 MIDI Footcontroller:

              Had to read a lot of forums to get this unit set up to my devices properly. Does everytihng and more that I need. Great for the price.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              May need to calibrate pedals; not hard

              By SGXstill

              from Asheville, NC

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Behringer FCB1010 MIDI Footcontroller:

                  I sent one back for replacement and then thought the replacement was broken too -- the pedals didn't transmit MIDI data. Then I found a Behringer support PDF at http://music-group.force.com/PKB/servlet/fileField?id=0BE90000000CaXU that tells how to calibrate the pedals -- and it works fine.

                  Also, use the PC editor!

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Control issue

                  By Steve North

                  from Sacramento CA

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                  Pros

                  • Functional
                  • Infinite midi options
                  • Multi device control

                  Cons

                  • Infinite midi options
                  • Steep learning curve

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • System control

                  Comments about Behringer FCB1010 MIDI Footcontroller:

                  Initial Set up takes considerable thought & time depending on how much control over how many devices U want with any given push of a button. Only time will tell if this becomes a comfortable useful tool that is more insperation than distraction.

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