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Reasonably priced USB / MIDI foot switch pedal / controller?

624 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 15, 2012 1:22 PM by Bruno Filipe RSS
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Nov 15, 2012 3:34 AM

Hi all,


Looking for some advice - in your opinion what's the cheapest foot switch with expression pedal available that will work well as a stomp box with MainStage? I've done a bit of research - the Gio looks great but is very expensive and it doesn't include an expression pedal in the cost. The Behringer FCB1010 with iFCB seems like a popular option - I already have a M-Audio Fast Track Pro so I can hook it up to that, although a pure USB solution would be nice.


Is anyone using any of the Zoom pedals to achieve this? Seems crazy to buy an actual effects processor when I'll be ignoring that side of it entirely, but it seems like it might be the cheapest way. Any success with the Line 6 FBV Express / Shortboard MK II?


Any advice appreciated - I've read a lot of posts that are 2-3 years old and it feels as if the market must have moved on in this area, I expect there must be a lot of people wanting a cheap USB foot controller.



  • abg0201 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    I use the Line 6 short board. I chose that as it's a) USB, b) got a small on stage footprint and c) cheaper than the competition. I have had no trouble from it and would recommend it.

  • Bruno Filipe Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)

    Hi capitalg,


    I´m not a guitar player but use midi pedals on my gigs. The Gio really is too expensive. I use FCB1010 because for me it´s appart from the others in the market, the price, 2 expression, some input pedal, a lot os pedals, many banks to choose, editable on win/mac... but to use it like a real stompbox (not my cas) you need a uno chip which is a firmware update to FCB1010


    Some other options are available on the market but sometimes very expensive. You can try to do youself if you have the skills


    Hope i´ve helped you.

  • Bruno Filipe Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)



    you´re right I just assume that


    Everything you said on your post is right about the original firmware and uno chip.


    Good luck to find someone to help you.


    I hope I have given you some thoughts


    Bruno Filipe


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