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ctc
Joined: Apr 23 2010
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10 Function Aux/Midi Control TimeFactor

ctc
November 26, 2010 - 01:42 pm

I have my TimeFactor mounted on top of my amp so that I can tweak it's knobs on-the-fly in a standing position.

Since I can't operate the footswitches with my feet, I purchased the recommended FS3X auxiliary switch and Ernie Ball Jr. Expression pedal.

I would like to select the following 10 TimeFactor funtions with my feet: Bank preset 1; bank preset 2; bank up; bank down; toggle mode; repeat on; tap tempo; record; play; and stop.

The auxiliary switch does most of these functions very well but it can't do bank preset 1 or bank preset 2 without using "alternate mode" which is in itself limiting. But it can't be effectively programed to control more than 6 of these functions at a time.

I took a quick look at midi, but it seems that the TimeFactor won't allow midi to control bank preset 1 or bank preset 2. Any ideas?

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brock
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brock
November 27, 2010 - 04:51 pm

[quote]I took a quick look at midi, but it seems that the TimeFactor won't allow midi to control bank preset 1 or bank preset 2.

You would select 'Factor presets using adjacent Program Change Numbers.  Using default Program Change maps, sending Program Change #0 would result in Bank 1:1, Program Change #1 selects Bank 1:2, ... Program Change #99 selects Bank 50:1, and Program Change #99 selects Bank 50:2.

Something to watch out for:  Some MIDI device manufacturers number Program Changes in a range of 0-127; others may use a range of 1-128.  Everything still functions the same.  There's simply a numerical offset to consider.

With the type of setup that you've described, I suggest looking into a MIDI pedalboard like the Behringer FCB-1010.  (Roland makes a similar 'board.)  Ten 'preset' footswitches, with the ability to send up to 5 Program Changes,  2 static CC values, a MIDI Note On, and 2 relay switches per foot press.  Plus 2 expression pedals sending  variable CC values, and Up/Down Bank switches.

ctc
Joined: Apr 23 2010
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ctc
November 28, 2010 - 09:54 am

[quote]You would select 'Factor presets using adjacent Program Change Numbers.  Using default Program Change maps, sending Program Change #0 would result in Bank 1:1, Program Change #1 selects Bank 1:2, ... Program Change #99 selects Bank 50:1, and Program Change #99 selects Bank 50:2.

Thanks for the explanation. If I follow the logic there is a typo, the last program change you mention should be #100.

Drag, I was hoping that it wasn't true. Midi is too confusing to me, swapping one set of meaningless bank:preset numbers for another meaningless set of midi program change numbers.

Eventide, please give us simple parameter destinations for selecting bank preset 1 and bank preset 2!