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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...Read More

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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 54 reviews)

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    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (4)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (7)
  • Good quality (5)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (3)
    • Practicing (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    works great- once you understand the programming

    I would rate this product really high for all of its features but it I have two real complaints.

    The biggest drawback is the difficult programming. I am using this unit...Read complete review

    I would rate this product really high for all of its features but it I have two real complaints.

    The biggest drawback is the difficult programming. I am using this unit to control a lighting console that requires 'note on' midi signals. If you are using it for a guitar rig that uses 'program changes' it will probably work for you without so much hassle.

    I am a very tech savy guy and this thing came close to being sent back. It comes with NO instruction manual. You must download it off the internet. That being said, the manual was clear as mud. After several days of agony (I'd think I had it figured out, but it wouldn't work) I finally found the answer on a forum on the internet. Yes...you have to hit the Note button TWICE!! Once to illuminate, the second time to flash..then 'Enter'.
    Now it works for me. If only the manual had thoroughly explained this! Many people seem to give up and program it with thier computer (with a midi set up of course).

    The second complaint I have is the FCB1010's enormous size. This thing is massive. When playing guitar I am not a pedal user and I am not use to having anything on the floor except a tiny channel switch. Having to drag this thing around to run the lights doesn't thrill me...but until I can afford a lighting guy, this will have to do.
    One of the few footswitches that will do all three types of midi signals. Lots of features enabling it to handle simple to very complex rigs.
    Haven't had it long but it seems to be built pretty robust (as much as can be with todays products being made with so much plastic). The body is metal, the pedals are plastic. The unit is very large and heavy for a footswitch.
    There are only two pedals I can find that will send midi note signals. This unit costs half of what the other did so I guess it makes it an OK value. Getting through the programming is the hardest part.

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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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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Piece of Equipment, Takes Time

    By anupjthomas

    from New Milford, NJ

    About Me Experienced

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    Verified Buyer

    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.

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    (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.

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    5.0

    FCB1010 works great with Obey 40

    By Bob J

    from Woodland, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    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.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beast of a unit

      By Eric Vanlangenhoven

      from Undisclosed

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      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.

          Comment on this review

          (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!

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Control issue

              By Steve North

              from Sacramento CA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              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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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great addition at a low cost !!!

              By Dutch

              from Kalamazoo, Michigan

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Behringer FCB1010 MIDI Footcontroller:

                at first I was a bit apprehensive about the fbc 1010 only because the pricing was so low. I read all the reviews and decided to go ahead and give it a shot. I use the fcb1010 with my g major 2 and couldn't be happier. At first I needed a few questions answered about its calibration but found the support people at Behringer both friendly and happy to assist..I don't believe for the price anything else can come close.

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                (2 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                FCB1010 MIDI Footcontroller

                Comments about Behringer FCB1010 MIDI Footcontroller:

                Because of the complex midi programming.
                IF YOU DONT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT MIDI "DONT BUY THIS" I have had mine almost a week and half and I still cant figure it out. And if your buyinh this to for a stomp box you have to change a chip to do this. I plan to vkeep it keep trying but I wished I would have not bought this. Simple as that.
                dont know have got it to work yet.
                dont know yet.

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                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                works great- once you understand the programming

                By Andrew Magnuson

                from California

                Comments about Behringer FCB1010 MIDI Footcontroller:

                I would rate this product really high for all of its features but it I have two real complaints.

                The biggest drawback is the difficult programming. I am using this unit to control a lighting console that requires 'note on' midi signals. If you are using it for a guitar rig that uses 'program changes' it will probably work for you without so much hassle.

                I am a very tech savy guy and this thing came close to being sent back. It comes with NO instruction manual. You must download it off the internet. That being said, the manual was clear as mud. After several days of agony (I'd think I had it figured out, but it wouldn't work) I finally found the answer on a forum on the internet. Yes...you have to hit the Note button TWICE!! Once to illuminate, the second time to flash..then 'Enter'.
                Now it works for me. If only the manual had thoroughly explained this! Many people seem to give up and program it with thier computer (with a midi set up of course).

                The second complaint I have is the FCB1010's enormous size. This thing is massive. When playing guitar I am not a pedal user and I am not use to having anything on the floor except a tiny channel switch. Having to drag this thing around to run the lights doesn't thrill me...but until I can afford a lighting guy, this will have to do.
                One of the few footswitches that will do all three types of midi signals. Lots of features enabling it to handle simple to very complex rigs.
                Haven't had it long but it seems to be built pretty robust (as much as can be with todays products being made with so much plastic). The body is metal, the pedals are plastic. The unit is very large and heavy for a footswitch.
                There are only two pedals I can find that will send midi note signals. This unit costs half of what the other did so I guess it makes it an OK value. Getting through the programming is the hardest part.

                Comment on this review

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I love it!

                Comments about Behringer FCB1010 MIDI Footcontroller:

                Get it.
                Extremely versatile. I'm just using it to change sounds in my guitar rig and I am using both expression peddles. It looks like it does a lot more stuff that I will probably never use, like sending all types of MIDI information.
                Very-very solid. Awesome. Feel like I could drive a tank over it.
                I have not used any type of expression peddles before but I was anticipating something a bit stiffer. These, they stay in place when set, but they are very 'light' and almost too easy to move. But that's about the only thing I would change. Other than that it really does surpass my expectations.
                Extremely good value for money.

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