[linux-audio-user] Behringer FCB1010 foot controller

Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Sat Jan 7 10:48:50 EST 2006

On Sat, 2006-01-07 at 12:10 +0100, Olivier Ricordeau wrote:
> Hi there,
> Thanks to Santa Claus' help, I have the possibility to buy some hardware
> to make music with my linux box.
> Looking for a MIDI foot controller, I found the Behringer FCB1010.
> http://www.behringer.com/FCB1010/index.cfm?lang=ENG
> I'd like to use it for two things:
> * Real time effect control (creox, jack-rack, pd a bit later, stuffs
> like that). I'm a guitar player and I'd like to use my linux box as an
> effect rack. I'll use sooperlooper too, for sure...
> * I'm planning to buy a MIDI master keyboard (the M-Audio Keystation Pro
> 88 looks awsome and it seems to work like a charm with ALSA). I'd like
> to use the MIDI foot controller to control the keyboard too.
> I found very few FCB1010/Linux feedback on the web (and in the list's
> archives). I'm interested in hearing from people who have this pedal.
> Some successful linux experiences?
> More generally speaking, does it all sound feasible? I mean, will
> combining the FCB1010 and the M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 fit my needs
> (real time effects/looper control + basic mixing possibilitie expected
> from a master keyboard, a bunch of controls and a midi sequencer)?

the FCB1010 works perfectly with linux - its a purely MIDI technology. I
use it with sooperlooper and to provide foot controls for my 2 h/w

my only bad experience was plugging my first FCB1010 into a socket in
rotterdam. even though it has an IEC power socket, it absolutely is not
equipped with a universal power supply. a large hum/buzz later, and my
investment was destroyed by twice the voltage it was designed for :(

do read the manual *very* carefully, even if you think you know all
about what it does. i spent a long night getting more and more confused
because i thought i already knew what it did; i was wrong. it did the
right thing, but a little differently from my mental model.


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