New Owner using SooperLooper under Linux



I recently bought a used Behringer FCB1010 and am learning to program it, slowly... with the help of this very well done youtube video from "In The Mix"

Behringer FCB1010 Full Tutorial / Video Manual

And the confusing manual

I am using SooperLooper under Linux, QjackCTL, command line midisnoop, and other Ubuntu Studio apps.
Programming this thing is not that easy, but frankly I am having more difficulty understanding
  • which superlooper functions I need  to get started ( sooperlooper forum helps with that)
  • why I should care about multiple banks - aren't 10 switches enough?

Does anyone have experience getting a sysex dump to amidi to work?
Studio7010:...~$ pmidi -l
 Port     Client name                       Port name
 14:0     Midi Through                      Midi Through Port-0
 20:0     AudioBox USB                      AudioBox USB MIDI 1
 24:0     M Audio Audiophile 24/96          M Audio Audiophile 24/96 MIDI
128:0     Client-128                        qjackctl
Studio7010:...~$ amidi -l
Dir Device    Name
IO  hw:1,0,0  AudioBox USB MIDI 1
IO  hw:2,0    M Audio Audiophile 24/96 MIDI
Studio7010:...~$ amidi -p hw:2,0 -d

amidi will not run with -p 24:0  and when I start it as shown, and use the instructions in the manual 2.7.1 Saving the FCB1010 memory with the help of
SysEx dumps
the fcb1010 switch # 6 LED does not light up, and amidi is left hanging.
Note: My midi cables are connected and I can see midi messages in midisnoop. I have a midi keyboard on FCB1010 midi in

Any thoughts?

Cheers   -Rob

[Subject edited by moderator to add focus]

[update by rmilby]
I gave up on amidi, but I managed to get a sysdump
$ arecordmidi --port=14:0 dump.txt
$ ls -l dump.txt
-rw-rw-r-- 1 rob rob 2433 Dec 12 14:43 dump.txt
$ cat dump.txt | xxd

Also midisnoop was able to capture it, and to my surprise formatted the output, but it has no ability to send the output to a file.
I am done for now.

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