Behringer FCB1010 Midi Foot Controller
Behringer FCB1010 Midi Foot Controller

MIDI Pedal

User Reviews: 4.399 Average price: $150

All user reviews for the Behringer FCB1010 Midi Foot Controller

Average Score: 4.3 ( 4.3/5 based on 99 reviews )
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Value For Money: Excellent
tomsonkiller 10/22/2014

tomsonkiller's review "For beginners I recommend it."

I began to discover the magic of MIDI + rack efekty.Jak already have been written programming a bit more complicated (not all IT) but I understand the principle of the excess satisfied.
A price / performance of this device is really no competition.
Controlled only JMP-1, Rocktron Intellifex.
For beginners I recommend it.
JeffTadashi 05/26/2012

JeffTadashi's review "Hard to program, but powerful"

4
The Behringer FSB1010 is a Midi Floorboard that can fulfill anyone's midi footswitch needs. With 10 banks of 10 customizable presets each, two expression pedals will customizable midi channel, control, and range, two programmable external relay switches, midi in, midi out, and midi through, this footswitch is very midi powerful!

For each preset, you can program 5 different program changes (on 5 different channels), 2 control changes, 2 expressions, and a direct midi note output. You can also set the two external switches on and off; these are perfect for controlling amp channels, such as on Mesa Boogie guitar amplifiers. The hardest part is going through the manual to figure out how to program the unit; it can get very confusing, very fast! Behringer always makes budget, affordable items, and this item is no different. Functionally, it is great, but it is obvious that the ease of programming the unit suffers from cheap development. You have to know your midi very well, which is usually the case anyways with most midi applications. There are lights on each of the pedals, which helps decipher how the preset is programmed (while in the edit more), so that can be helpful.

Depending on what version the software is on the FB1010, some of the system features are different. For example, the newer software has an easier, faster way to recalibrate the expression pedals. On the older software, you have to run though an entire diagnostics test, which includes checking the function of all the pedals.

I've used this pedal for multiple bands, multiple applications, and although I haven't used it in years, I keep it around, because one day I'm sure I'll need it again. Whether you simply need to change channels, or it you want to use the expressions, or just play some midi notes, you can't go wrong with this midi floorboard. Just don't expect it to be easy to program.
stompboxjon 04/12/2012

stompboxjon's review "heavy duty .. i love it"

4
The Bhringer FCB 1010 is definitely worth your money. Not that it cost a lot either! it’s a mdid foot controller that has 10 bank presets and you can edit each one. There are also two expression pedals that can be assigned to a midi channel. The FCB1010 is a really good investment. This is the first kind of midi foot controller I have every used. Since then I have used a few but must say that this one is probably best when it comes to money spent and quality.

Its very easy to set up , it can pretty much be set up in any program with a global or generic midi option. But once you do that you will be able to save and create your own presets so that each time you turn it on all of your favorite stuff is saved so you wont have to go through setting it up each time you want to use it. Which comes in handy because doing that every time would give you quite a headache.

The Behringer FCB 1010 has a built in power supply and it is built to last. Although I wouldn’t be stopping on this thing to much just because I wouldn’t want to take the chance in damaging something internally. But that doesn’t mean you have to step on it like its an egg. You can put some weight and pressure on it. Just don’t be jumping up and down on it!

I have to say I am impressed with the FCB 1010. It actually made me check out some other foot controllers out of curiosity just to see how good this one actually is. Like I saw before its better than a lot of other models that I have tried. Its German made so you know it will last a long time! Give it a shot, you wont be disappointed with your purchase.
James... 08/25/2011

James...'s review "For this price it's gleefully amazing"

5
Ah yes. The FCB 1010. Brings back memories from high school...when rack systems were new and fresh! Okay, enough nostalgia. This is a midi controller of course. In fact my first ever midi controller was an FCB. Since then I've used about 6 or 7 different ones. This one, obviously was by far the least expensive. As I recall my rack consisted of a mesa studio preamp, a Digitech GSP unit, and a Mesa power amp of some sort. It was quite heavy.

Anyway, let's get to the review.

What are the features? Well the FCB has bank switches for something like 128 presets. There are 10 presets to a bank. You can use CC or PC commands. If you are familiar with midi this is straightforward stuff. It has a whopping 2 expression pedals which I don't think I've seen on any other unit. Now I know some people complain about the feel of these, but honestly considering the price and the fact that they are functional, I think it's fine. I used one for volume and one for wah. Never failed and never felt that cheap. The switches inevitably get criticized too. But I will say they feel great and never broke on me. It's true you get a more tactile response with the metal "switchcraft" style buttons you see on higher end units but hey, if you stomp on it who needs a tactile response? One function that is very cool is the relay switches. I used these with my Mesa Studio to switch channels and effects loops on and off. I was a bit surprised to see a function like this one a unit this cheap because a lot of the nicer midi controller I own don't even do that. Impressive.

What I really loved about the FCB is its reliability. I abused mine badly and it never gave me any trouble. Furthermore, the unit FEELS very strong which is surprising given the brand. People I know bash Behringer all the time, but I have used a handful of their products and find I'm usually surprised by what they can do for the price. The FCB though is far and away an impressive piece of work. Feature wise, it spanks units at 3 times the cost. If you want better buttons and expression pedals, prepare to pay.
songboy 03/22/2010

songboy's review

5
What I like most about the FCB 1010 is that it is a fully functioning Midi foot controller that does everything you could ask of it for a fraction of the price that other foot controllers cost. On top of that, most of those other controllers only come with one foot pedal where the FCB has two (very nice). It is also made very well and is not a plastic piece of junk which I half expected it to be since it is from behringer and its fairly inexpensive. Another nice thing is there are additional pedal jacks incase you need more stomps/pedals. So far, there is nothing I dislike about this unit except maybe the fact that there is no USB connection, but that's not that big of a deal. I paid $140 on ebay brand new which for a midi foot controller is an excellent deal. This unit doesn't effect sound as it is only a midi controller. I used to own a Rolls Midi buddy but after months and months of trying to figure out how to get it to do anything besides just changing patches, I sold it and bought this guy, what a good move. Yes, I think if you use midi devices and need to control them with your feet, then this is the best controller you can get for the money. Something else to note, I read in some places that there are some faults with the firmware that the FCB 1010 ships out with like not being able to use the pedals at the same time as the stomps. I haven't run into any serious problems yet, but I do plan on buying the "UNO Chip" for this very soon. The uno chip is designed to fix all of these problems and is very inexpensive. The only problem is it comes from a third party developer and you have to install it yourself. It seems reliable and easy to do though.
StephDu62 09/25/2014

StephDu62's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " A great product but a horror to program"

4
I use it for 6 months.
I use it as a controller in Ableton Live 9.
It serves me many things;
- Check the tracks (track playback, record, stop ...)
- Loop-Station with PlugIn Mobius ...
...

I struggled as it is not allowed to configure ... and thank you to forumeurs Audiofanzine because they have provided a link to a site to set up my stuff in Ableton among others ...

I have not done the upgrade UNO, I do not need it. The possibilities are enormous if they have a good editor, and unlimited patience (with me, he almost passed several times through the window) ...

The design is rugged enough for live use.

Anyway, there is no competition at this price point ...
Dark_chameau 06/28/2014

Dark_chameau's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " unbreakable"

5
When he had to return to pedal noon to cause re-equipment rack to turn pro, the choice was not very wide. This is an opportunity that makes the thief and it is a choice that paid off in the first months of use. It is virtually unbreakable. His only weakness may come from two wheels encoding expression pedals that become imprecise force dust and fair quality plastic they are made (optical cells). It is programmable stepper and "gear friendly" with other products such as the behringer v-amp.
It is also upgradable: you may change the chip for the UNO which transforms it into stompbox controller, it all editable pc / mac via IFCB. So of course, it does not grow further (up to 128 cc) but it's enough to drive most current Multieffects apart from eventide and lexicon.
qweroth 06/22/2014

qweroth's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " unbeatable price / performance ratio"

5
I bought it used with the UNO chip already installed
Buy the basis for control effects in reason with my Keytar.
I recently had the guitar and he's found a new use in the coupling with Guitar Rig.
Used with Guitar Rig 5 and 7 Reason (for plug line 6).
In Guitar rig I used in GR for:
- The 1,2,3,4,5 switch and switch up / down to change the preset
- The Switch 6,7,8,9 and 10 to activate the effect generally like distortion, chorus, delay, the reveb
- 1 st expression pedal on the Wah
- 2 nd expression pedal Volume or Whammy

A bit complex to program but once mastered it works nickel.
Hardware level is solid with a metal case and switch on the air to keep going.
I not use it 100%, I know for example that in the two programs we can Programmer output to make the channel switcher and, for example, the reverb amp.

The only complaint I can make it: I liked a mode or all switch can make switching effect (and still need to find a sound with 10 effects switcher ;)
Sixseven 02/23/2014

Sixseven's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " many possibilities!"

I use this pedal for several years to control patches on multiple devices, Voicelive, xt Pro Line 6, Roland, Ultranova module.

With the Uno chip, the possibilities are extensive, but it remains level complex programming for novices.

There is a pc program to facilitate prog fortunately :)

I do not regret this purchase, and I did indeed find anything affordable to replace my FCB.
yakoba 11/22/2013

yakoba's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " robust"

4
How long have you use it? 7 years

What is so special that you like most? Robust, reliable

least? bulky transformer noise.

How would you rate the quality / price? This is the least expensive compared to its possibilities.

With experience, you do again this choice? I will take a second for use in parallel.