I had decided to add another looper track to ableton, so needed to reprogram a bank of the FCB1010 to control it. So, I copy the bank, paste into the next slot, adjust the CC values and send the sysex file back to the FCB. Or rather not, since no matter what I sent, it either didn’t accept or store the values properly. So, I tried with a BCR2000 midi controller, only to find that it doesn’t, apparently, send complete sysex fles. I tried a midi/usb cheapo cable, that whilst it received, it didn’t send.
AN edirol controller lent by a friend seems to have gone tits-up, my edirol PCR300 controller has midi in & out, but the input isn’t passed to the output! So after more or less a days faffing about, resetting the device & reinitialising the Uno chip inside, I dug out & dusted down my old PC which has a DMX fire soundcard, with midi I/O – under XP, this actually worked. I can’t believe it is so difficult to send a sysex file down a midi cable, but under win8, I cannot find a way to do this. Arse and again, ARSE.
Just sharing my pain and please keep any “buy a mac” quips to yourselves!
Update – after checking the database of FCB friendly devices on the yahoo-uno page, I bought a cheap (£13) midiman midisport 2×2, which works perfectly under XP – I’m sure I can look forward to endless fun when my laptop finally moves up from XP ;(
I read frequent comments about the quality of the build with Behringer products. Mostly, I’ve not found this to be the case, although two AB200 footswitches rapidly developed faults, but at the price I paid on ebay, I can’t moan too loudly.
So, when one of the footpedals on my FBC1010 starting acting dogy, I considered the 10 or so years of perfect service it has given me, forgave it and had the thing open. Only one microswitch caused problems, so I resoldered the four connectors, which seems to have done the trick.
I guess at some point I should replace *all* the microswitches, but that’s for another day.
We would like to publicly apologise to Frostlake, who supplied the enchanting vocals on the Lost Garden track Zasada – through a series of senior moments, we seem to have forgotten to give her the credit she deserved on the sleeve. We are utterly mortified – It’s inexcusable, even for two men prone to more than their fair share of senior moments. We hope a reprint will happen before too long and at that point, will restore the missing credit.