FCB1010 with BeatBuddy
Hi all, this is my first post so I appreciate your understanding. Here is what I am looking to be able to do.
I perform as a guitarist and lead singer at small events that have long dance sets. The songs are ethnic/religious songs. The style is that I will play one song right into the other. Here are some of the things I would like to be able to do:
I'm thinking that this all may be too complex to configure with one MIDI machine, so maybe it would be possible with 2 taps of the foot with different banks?
I know this may be a lot and may be very time consuming to configure, but is it possible with the BeatBuddy along with the FCB1010?
Thank you very much and Happy Holidays!
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Welcome to the group!
I've never used BeatBuddy, so can't give you much in the way of specific advice, but the general answer is, "if you can do it by MIDI, you can do it with the FCB1010"
Looking at the "Tempo Control" section in the BeatBuddy MIDI manual, it looks like to trigger a tempo change you would have to send two CC messages - one to 106 with (tempo / 128) rounded down (x) and another to 107 with (tempo - (128 * x)) , with a min of 40 and a max of 300 (see examples).
As for changing pop/polka/fusion beat, assuming that is a "Song" in BeatBuddy, looks like that needs two CCs and a PC. (See "Folder/Song Select" section in same manual as before). Note that the PC would need to be after the CCs, which I believe Prog Chg 5 is the only one which goes after the CCs.
So for number 1, it looks like it would have to be two separate taps - one to change tempo and one to change program. So you could have "Change to Pop" as pedal 1, "Change to 150BPM" as pedal 2, "Change to Polka" as pedal 3, "Change to 160BMP" as pedal 4 etc.
Number 2 - CC111 controls pause/unpause, I think that will be enough?
Number 3 - Don't know enough about the BeatBuddy to make a call on that, sorry
Number 4 - Increase - CC96 / Val, Decrease - CC97 / Val. Each tap in/decrements by Val BPM. Would have to be two separate pedals
Number 5 - Don't think so. Looks like you can only send a CC with a specific value from 0-100 for the volume.
Number 6 - Nothing in that manual about key changes, so looks like a no, at least from the point of view of doing it via FCB.
If you haven't already, check out this video about programming the presets,
And maybe consider buying FCB Control Center to configure the presets via PC/Mac rather than doing it all manually.
Hope this helps!
On Mon, 28 Dec 2020, 23:24 aronshapiro, <aronshap@...> wrote:
Think of it as a marriage between three: your layout of buttons that works well for how/what you play (this is largely a human thing, how well do you remember what button does what, is the layout logical, this takes time to figure out), what the FCB1010 can output as midi, what your DAW can do. For me it was spending weeks figuring out layouts and fine tuning them, printing out button maps and hoping I’d remember what button does what, then looking at Ableton Live my DAW (in your case Beat Buddy). Soon you will discover limitations of all three compared to what you want to do. Odds are you will need an extra layer of automation to tie it all together, for me it was ClyphXPro which is an automation layer in Ableton Live. Budget is also a consideration. Personally I believe the FCB1010 needs more work to be a fully functional foot controller, many here would disagree, expression pedal control is poor (not fine enough in increments), button layout could be better like using it as a piano keyboard, polyphonic missing, text programmable LEDs (hints of what button does), correct documentation of SYSEX commands, the list goes on, BUT it is an affordable unit and gets there almost/nearenough/goodenough;) . So yes you can do what you want for your BeatBuddy but be prepared to get other tools to make that marriage work.