Roland FC-300

MIDI Foot Controller with Expression Pedals, 100 Patch Settings, RRC2 Recall, and Amp Switching
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A Foot-controlled MIDI Command Center

The Roland FC-300 MIDI foot controller gives you the power and flexibilty to control any performanced-based MIDI instrument or device with ease, onstage or in the studio. The FC-300 features two assignable expression pedals, two control pedals, nine footswitches and even more expandability, and can store up to 100 MIDI setups. Live performers will benefit from the unit's two Amp Control switches, which control amps and effects. A three-way power supply (AA batteries, AC adapter, or via RRC2) and rugged construction ensure roadworthy dependability from the Roland FC-300.

Roland FC-300 MIDI Foot Controller at a Glance:
  • Fast, easy control
  • Comprehensive patch storage
  • Advanced connectivity
  • Programmable switching

Control and Expression
The FC-300 is outfitted with nine industrial-grade footswitches and two programmable expression pedals for fast, easy control and expanded performance capabilities. The backlit LCD offers a high-contrast view of patch names (when used with VG-99) and other important data, even in the darkest stage environments.

Power Patches
Up to 100 sets of MIDI messages/parameters can be stored simultaneously in the FC-300 as patches. Complex MIDI transmission is made simple, thanks to the FC-300's ability to package chunks of data together in a single patch and transmit each data-burst via footswitch.

Advanced Connectivity
Using commercially available LAN (Ethernet, Cat 5e) cable and the newly adopted RRC2 protocol, the FC-300 provides both bidirectional MIDI transmission and electrical power supply with one simple connection between VG-99 and FC-300.

Programmable Switching
Two multipurpose switch jacks are built into the FC-300. These programmable outputs are an ideal feature for guitarists, as they allow amp channels to be switched from clean to lead, for example, in sync with patch changes on the FC-300.

Roland FC-300 MIDI Foot Controller Features:
  • Two assignable expression pedals, two control pedals, nine footswitches and expandability
  • New Patch Mode stores up to 100 MIDI setups
  • RRC2 protocol adopted for bidirectional data flow between FC-300 and Roland RRC2 equipped product
  • Two Amp Control switches for controlling amp channels or effects
  • Three-way power supply (battery: 6xAA, AC adapter, via RRC2) and metal construction for stage use
The Roland FC-300 MIDI foot controller puts you in command!

Tech Specs

Pedal Inputs 3 x 1/4"
Height 3"
Width 21.65"
Depth 9.875"
Weight 11.68 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number FC-300

Customer Reviews

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Great Roland quality

This is my second FC-300- the first one was stolen. I use it to control my Roland VG99. Absolutely no issues with operation and it works wonderful. It's pricey- but well worth the investment! My only issue is- I wish I could use it to control more than one unit (like my GR55) simultaneously in the Sysex mode
Music background: SemiPro

Using with Yamaha S90XS

Using the arp buttons during live play usually disrupts the beat and then some. With this little beast you can control your 5 arp selections with your foot and do a better job of it! Study the FC300 manual a little .. and you will see you can send midi sysex messages on button down and a another on button release. What I programmed is on a press of button one I send sysex command to turn arps on and on arp 4 which is a short 1 measure turnaround, on release it sends on arp 1 my main drum beat. If you just tap the button quickly it works out you don't get any arp 4 just arp 1. So I can play along my blues tune, at measure 11 just hold button one for a second and my turnaround drum beat happens at the right time and when I release it drum arp 1 goes on again . Button 5 I have set to play arp 5 which is an ending drum riff and on release turn arps off.
Music background: Hobbyist then some

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.
Music background: Pro Musician, Recording Engineer

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

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.
See also: Controller Keyboards, Roland, Roland MIDI Controllers