Roland FC-300 Reviews5.0/5.0 based on 1 customer review
I currently use this to control Ableton Live and Apple Mainstage during my live performances. Pedal #2 moves down from backing track to backing track and the patch pedals switch entire scenes of synths, guitar rigs and vocal FX inside of mainstage. This is truly a limitless tool for the creative musician.
from New Orleans, LA
October 21, 2011Music Background:
Pro Musician, Recording Engineer
Built like a tank!I've been using this lately as live control for Apple Mainstage 2. The rest of my rig includes a Motu Traveller, Akai MPD-32 controller, Tech 21 Power Engine 60, and 3 Sennheiser ew100 G2 wireless systems for acoustic fiddle, electric fiddle, and whichever guitar I bring - Strat, LP or Godin. As with all of the Boss pedals I sold to move over to this setup, Roland gear is built solid. With Mainstage, I've found numerous uses for 2 expression pedals onboard. It fits like a glove, alone in a cheap Roadrunner pedal bag - easy setup, just power and Midi through loom tubing back to a custom box I built for the Motu, Akai, MacBook Pro, and a power strip that sits on top the Tech 21 like an amp head. With Mainstage, just plug in the board to a Midi in, press the mode button once to change to "Control" and you're DONE! Requires NO PROGRAMMING, other than doing "learn" for each of the footswitches, for the first time you set up your layout in Mainstage. With this pedal and the other components, I now have a simple, compact rig that does EVERYTHING! Only improvement would be if it allowed Mainstage to send Midi back to it, so upon Patch Changes, the lights for effects that are on or bypassed would switch to match the new patch. From my research, it seems that none of the current controllers from other companies have this feature either. Right now, I set the buttons to "Absolute" mode in Mainstage, so On is lighted, and Off is Off. Upon patch change, I quickly switch a few pedals to match the pedal state on the screen before starting the song, to avoid my own confusion - the patch will still sound right regardless.