In the past several months we’ve been revamping our show to make the electronics much more ‘live’ – meaning being able to trigger sections, grooves in response to the crowd energy. What we’re going for is to almost be DJ’s with live instruments and grooves. So far a crucial player in this has been the FCB1010 Pedal. This pedal is not too expensive, a little less than $200.00, it’s stable and sturdy and for a bass player who can’t easily take his hands off the instrument to hit a button, indispensible.
Now, the one downside to this pedal is that it’s a huge pain in the ass to program. The manual, should be tossed immediately – pretty useless. If you get one of these bad boys, get online and start reading. I found this link to get the pedal to send basic commands to Ableton Live. This was a start, but it really only dealt with midi CC commands. These are great to trigger clips in session view but don’t work for turning on and off effects and instruments in Live. To do this you need to send actual midi notes. To to this is the same process except subsitute button 10 for button 6.
This turned out to be the best $20 I’ve spent in a long time. After a few hours of tweaking to get the pedal to work it completely simpified the process. I’ll post more about it as I get deeper into it, but if you’re serious about using this pedal with Ableton Live, just skip the manual programming part and go right to it. It will save you a lot of time.