FCB1010 Presets

The Behringer FCB1010 is a MIDI based foot controller pedal.  It has 100 memory positions to store MIDI controller data for up to 5 separate MIDI devices.  

The Red LED, just to the left and above the left expression pedal, shows the current bank selected.  The UP and DOWN buttons are used to change the bank.

Pressing any of the 10 numbered buttons selects the preset for the current bank.  When a preset is selected, the light at the top of the button comes on and the MIDI parameters are sent to any connected MIDI devices.  If either or both of the expression pedals are enabled, the light above them also comes on to show they are enabled for the selected preset.

The FCB can have up to 5 separate PC commands for each preset.  These are usually referenced as PC1, PC2, PC3, PC4, and PC5.  A PC command includes a value that is sent and a MIDI channel that is used to send it.  Typically each PC command sends data on a different MIDI channel.

When a PC command is sent, a value between 1 and 128 is used by the FCB1010.  For some MIDI units, this may be one off from the desired patch you need.  Some MIDI units use zero as the first patch and some use one.  Determine how your MIDI unit functions and set the PC value to the figure that selects the desired patch.

Some MIDI units also support more than 128 presets.  Most such MIDI units, such as keyboards, arrays their presets in banks.  It usually takes a CC command to change the bank, and then the normal PC command works within the selected bank.

Up to 5 separate MIDI devices can be controlled with a single button push.  PC commands are typically used in MIDI gear to select a programmed patch.  For example, the Line 6 POD 2.0 effects unit can store 36 separate programs.  Each program can have different settings for the POD for things like distortion, reverb, and other POD features.  By having the FCB use one of the PC commands, you can change the patch on the POD with a single button press on the FCB.

Each preset can also send up to two Change Controller (CC) commands.  There are usually referenced as CC1 and CC2.  Each CC command includes a CC specific controller and an associated value.  For example the CC controller 7 is used to control volume and the range would be 0 to 127.

Typically each of the PC commands on the FCB is used to control a different MIDI unit.  For example, suppose you have  Line 6 POD Pro, a TC Electronics G-Major, and a Marshall JMP-1 gear for your guitar.  All can be controlled with each FCB button push.

Set the POD Pro to MIDI channel 1, the G-Major to MIDI channel 5, and the JMP-1 to MIDI channel 10.  Then set the MIDI channels on the FCB (the global setup is used for this) to 1 for PC1, 5 for PC2, and 10 for PC3.  Then you can program PC1 to select a patch on the POD, PC2 to select a patch on the G-Major, and PC3 to select a patch on the JMP-1.

This approach can also be extended to handle channel changes in your guitar amp.  Many guitar amps have 2 or more channels controlled via an external foot switch.  The FCB has two built in relays that can be used for the same function.  Since these relay settings can be programmed for each FCB preset, you can also control your amp for each selected FCB preset.

The Editor can also save user entered preset names with each preset.  Enter the preset name desired in the Preset Name field.  This data is stored only on the PC and cannot be stored in the FCB1010, which has no text name support.  This provides an easy way to document each preset with text data to describe the nature and/or source of the preset.


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