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Roland FC-300 MIDI Footswitch Controller  

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The FC-300 sets a new standard of power, versatility and innovation for MIDI foot control. With features such as bi-directional MIDI data flow to the Roland VG-99 via RRC2, patch memory recall, twin e... Click To Read More About This Product

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The FC-300 sets a new standard of power, versatility and innovation for MIDI foot control. With features such as bi-directional MIDI data flow to the Roland VG-99 via RRC2, patch memory recall, twin expression and control pedals and more, this advanced control station is a perfect companion for Roland's VG-99 V-Guitar System or any other performance-based MIDI instrument or device.

Advanced MIDI foot controller with two assignable expression pedals, two control pedals, nine footswitches and expandability
New Patch Mode stores up to 100 MIDI setups
In addition to standard MIDI connection, advanced RRC2 protocol adapted for bidirectional data flow between FC-300 and Roland RRC2-equipped products
3-way power supply and rock-solid metal construction for stage use
Two Amp Control switches for controlling amp channels or effects
Perfect companion for the VG-99

Features
  • RRC2, Bi-directional MIDI data flow
  • 2 expression/control pedals
  • 9 footswitches
  • Expandable
  • 100 MIDI setups
  • 3-way power supply
  • Metal construction
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RolandFC-300 MIDI Footswitch Controller
 
4.2

(based on 5 reviews)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

FC-300: Extraordinarily Functional and Easy To Use

By Steven Cardoza

from Undisclosed

Comments about Roland FC-300 MIDI Footswitch Controller:

The FC-300 MIDI foot controller is a rugged floorboard that gives you complete realtime control over all your MIDI devices. If you're familiar with Rolands older V-Bass or V-Guitar floor modules, or their GT series effects processors, you know the basic physical layout of this unit, and the quality and durability of its parts. There are no flimsy plastic components, and you'd have to work really hard to do any damage to its tough metal chassis.

The two Expression Pedals have very smooth travel and output evenly throughout their full range. Theres just enough resistance to allow the pedal to stop securely at any point along its excursion, great if you want to capture a particular filter notch in a wah or synth, or the sweet spot in a volume sweep. In fully depressed position, there are on/off switches that are easy to access without putting all your weight on them, and yet they will not switch too easily so you don't have to worry about accidentally switching them on or off. The two Control Pedals can be set for latch or momentary operation. The Expression and Control Pedals are each assignable to virtually any two controllable parameters. There are two Mode Pedals, generally intended as Bank Up and Down controls, or to switch between Modes when depressed simultaneously. There are five Patch Pedals, each of which can select two patches within any bank. Depending on which of the four Modes is selected (standard, control, sys ex, or patch) each of the pedals can be assigned somewhat different if related functions.

All pedals have associated lights to let you know exactly whats currently engaged. The two-line LCD allows for 16 characters per row, so you can have a pretty thorough designation for each selected patch. The variable intensity lighting in the LCD display insures that the characters are clear and easy to read in any lighting.

If you need more control, the FC-300 has three additional jacks for connecting external Expression or Control Pedals, and a dedicated Mode jack for a pedal just to switch among Modes. There are even Amp Control jacks so you can switch between amp channels and their effects if your amp allows for that. Because this is a MIDI controller, of course there are MIDI in and out jacks too!

The FC-300 has an onboard memory of 8 KB, and is capable of storing 100 separate Patches. If you have a very extensive MIDI set-up and somehow need more than 100 onboard Patches, that may be the only limitation you'll find with this controller. Full disclosure, this is more than Ive attempted with mine so far, but thats on the horizon. While a full-featured MIDI controller able to work with all MIDI devices, the FC-300 is optimized for both the VG-99 and the VB-99, and communicates with them so seamlessly that all programming is effortless and automatic. Ive only used mine with the VB-99, and I couldn't be happier with just how transparently easy it is to use, and how perfectly all the functions perform. No need to be fluent in MIDI if thats your main use for this. The FC-300 can be powered by an external power supply or internal batteries, but as an additional bonus when connected to the VB-99 through Rolands RRC2 cable (their proprietary CAT5 cable), it derives all its power from that. That eliminates the need for a separate power cord or MIDI cables to the VB-99 too, helping to minimize stage or studio clutter.

The FC-300 isnt a sexy device, but its an extraordinarily functional one and will make your life a lot easier. Packed with features, as versatile as you could want, expandable with external pedals, and built solidly enough to withstand all the rigors of the road, Roland got this one exactly right.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WILL buy another

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Roland FC-300 MIDI Footswitch Controller:

This product is fantastic. I paired it up with a BOss GT-PRO, and an amp With midi as well.. It works very well, i don't program Midi foot controllers, i always program the device(s) instead.. With the GT-pro, i had to only program one thing on this pedal, and that was to make patch banks start at Zero (0), instead of one (1).. That was it.., it took about 20 minutes to choose what pedals i wnated per patch, in the global settings.. and i was done.. its labeled and i've jammed 30-40 times already with this pedal.. This is the best midi-pedal you can get until you spend about $1000.. Also look into the ground control as well, as that is easier to program the pedal itself.. I Chose this one purely because i love Roland products, and boss it a part of Roland, so its exactly what i needed for my boss GT... it did work very well with my Amp as well though!.. I'm the biggest noob in midi, and this pedal made it very easy for me. I purchased the FCB1010 first, and that was a peace of junk compared to this one..

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Good Piece of Equipment

By peak37

from Southern California

Comments about Roland FC-300 MIDI Footswitch Controller:

Have owned this pedal for about 2 months - Have it matched with a Boss GT Pro rack unit. It took quite a bit of effort to figure out how it works because the manual is pure crap. The unit is rock solid and easy to work once you get the hag of it. Definitely worth the cost!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Versitile, solid,

By Zulu prime

from studios, hotel rooms, planes and bars

Comments about Roland FC-300 MIDI Footswitch Controller:

This works very well, is incredibly versatile and solid as a tank. Roland always seems to have trouble making a comprehensible manual. If you have any midi know-how, that shouldn't be too-much of a problem though. Other than that, no complaints. The dual expression pedals are especially useful. I assign one for volume and the other for controlling various effect parameters. Switches feel robust and have never failed yet despite thousands of drunk tap-dances on them.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Controller

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Roland FC-300 MIDI Footswitch Controller:

This is a great controller. I am running a Mesa head with a G-Force effect processer. It is wonderful to change the effect of the G-Force and the channel on the head with one press of a button. The only thing that I did not like is Roland did not include a power supply, it had to be bought separately.

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