F8

MIDI Solutions F8:

The MIDI Solutions F8 8-input MIDI Footswitch Controller provides eight 1/4" phone jack inputs for connection to footswitches or contact closures which can be used to trigger MIDI events. Triggered MIDI events are merged with incoming MIDI messages and sent to the MIDI output of the F8.

 

Triggered event types are programmable and include :

1. Note Setting:

Each footswitch input of the F8 can be programmed to send out up to eight Note-on messages when the footswitch is depressed, with the corresponding Note-off messages sent when the footswitch is released. The MIDI channel is programmable (a single MIDI channel or all 16 MIDI channels), and the Note number and velocity of each Note is programmable.

Rather than sending the Note-off messages on release of the footswitch as described above, the F8 can be programmed to send the Note-off messages after a programmable duration time, regardless of when the footswitch is released. Or, the Note-off messages can be sent out when the footswitch is released after a minimum duration, or held until a maximum duration has expired, or not sent out at all. Duration times are programmable from 8ms - 1016ms in 8ms increments, and from 1s - 127s in 1s increments.

The F8 can also alternate between sending the Note-on and Note-off messages each time a footswitch is depressed by programming the Footswitch Controller's Toggle parameter to ON.

2. Control Change Setting:

Each footswitch input of the F8 can be programmed to send out up to eight Control Change messages when the footswitch is depressed, with a zero value of the Control Change messages sent when the footswitch is released. The MIDI channel is programmable (a single MIDI channel or all 16 MIDI channels), and the Control Change number and value of each Control Change message is programmable.

Rather than sending the zero value on release of the footswitch as described above, the F8 can be programmed to send the zero value after a programmable duration time, regardless of when the footswitch is released. Or, the zero value can be sent out when the footswitch is released after a minimum duration, or held until a maximum duration has expired, or not sent out at all. Duration times are programmable from 8ms - 1016ms in 8ms increments, and from 1s - 127s in 1s increments.

The F8 can also alternate between sending the programmed value and the zero value each time the footswitch is depressed by programming the Footswitch Controller's Toggle parameter to ON.

3. Program Change:

Each footswitch input of the F8 can be programmed to send out a Program Change message of programmable Program Change number and MIDI channel (a single MIDI channel or all 16 MIDI channels) when the footswitch is depressed. Nothing is sent on release of the footswitch.

4. Start/Stop:

Any footswitch input of the F8 can be programmed to send out a MIDI Start message when the footswitch is depressed, with a MIDI Stop message sent when the footswitch is released.

The F8 can also alternate between sending the Start and Stop messages each time the footswitch is depressed by programming the Footswitch Controller's Toggle parameter to ON.

See also Footswitch Controller Application Examples below for more information on using the Footswitch Controller as an external Start and Stop control.

5. System Exclusive:

The Footswitch Controller can be programmed to send out a System Exclusive message when the footswitch is depressed, and/or another System Exclusive message when the footswitch is released. The maximum length of each System Exclusive message is 20 bytes.

It is also possible to cause the Footswitch Controller to alternate between System Exclusive messages with each tap of the footswitch by programming the Footswitch Controller's Toggle parameter to ON.

6. Pitch Bend:

Each footswitch input of the F8 can be programmed to send out a Pitch Bend message of programmable value and MIDI channel (a single MIDI channel or all 16 MIDI channels) when the footswitch is depressed, with a zero pitch bend message or nothing sent when the footswitch is released.

The F8 can also alternate between sending the programmed value and the zero pitch bend value each time a footswitch is depressed by programming the Toggle parameter of that footswitch to ON.

 

Other Functions Include:

1. Program Change Increase/Decrease:

Any footswitch input of the F8 can be programmed to operate as a Program Change INC control, on a selected MIDI channel or all 16 MIDI channels. A tap of the footswitch causes the F8 to increment its current Program number on the selected MIDI channel and send out the new Program value (nothing is sent on release of the footswitch). The Program number continues to increment with each tap of the footswitch until it reaches 127, after which it wraps around to 0. If a Program Change is received by the F8 at any time on the same MIDI channel, it will update its current Program number to that value. This is useful when overriding the F8 and jumping to other Programs because this new value is picked up by the F8, and the next tap of the footswitch causes it to increment from this new position.

A Program Change INC/DEC function can also be created by programming a second input of the F8 or using a Dual Footswitch Controller as a Program Change DEC device and connecting its MIDI Out to the MIDI In of an INC device.

A tap of the footswitch causes the F8 to decrement its current Program number on the selected MIDI channel and send out the new value.

With the F8's eight footswitch inputs it's possible to set up different combinations of INC/DEC controls on various MIDI channels, allowing you to control multiple devices that are receiving on separate MIDI channels.

2. Rechannelize Function:

Any footswitch input of the F8 can be programmed to control the Rechannelizing function, on a selected incoming MIDI channel or all 16 incoming MIDI channels. In this mode a depression of the footswitch allows you to enter any number of notes corresponding to the MIDI channel you would like to rechannelize to. For example, to rechannelize to MIDI channel 5, depress the footswitch, press any five notes (the notes don't need to be played sequentially, they can be played at the same time to allow them to be entered as quickly as possible), and then release the footswitch After releasing the footswitch, all incoming MIDI messages are rechannelized to the selected MIDI channel. The Rechannelize function can be applied to messages on a selected MIDI channel, or all 16 MIDI channels. The power-up state is for all channels to pass through unchanged. If you are looking for a product that allows you to set and forget its rechannelize settings, see the MIDI Solutions Router.

An All-Notes-Off message on the current MIDI channel is sent out out on depression of the footswitch to turn off any notes that may still be playing before switching to the new channel. Any notes played on the current MIDI channel while the footswitch is depressed are not echoed to the F8's MIDI Out, allowing you to enter the new channel information without being heard. Also, once a channel has been entered you can switch back and forth between that channel and the original without having to reenter the notes each time.

The F8 also allows you to specify a preset MIDI channel to rechannelize to if no notes are entered, allowing you to rechannelize to a desired MIDI channel more quickly. This can also be used to select various MIDI channels by tapping different footswitches

3. Transpose Function:

Any footswitch input of the F8 can be programmed to control the Note Transpose function. In this mode a depression of the footswitch allows you to enter a note corresponding to the transpose interval. For example, to transpose up by a major third depress the footswitch, press the E above middle C, and then release the footswitch. After releasing the footswitch, all incoming MIDI Notes are transposed by the selected interval. The Transpose function can be applied to notes on a selected MIDI channel, or all 16 MIDI channels. The power-up state is for incoming notes to pass through untransposed.

An All-Notes-Off message on the selected MIDI channel is sent out on depression of the footswitch to turn off any notes that may still be playing before switching to the new key. Any notes played on the selected MIDI channel while the footswitch is depressed are not echoed to the MIDI Out, allowing you to enter the new transpose interval without being heard. Also, once an interval has been entered you can switch back and forth between that interval and the original without having to reenter the new key each time.

4. Tap Tempo Function

Any footswitch input of the F8 can be programmed as a Tap Tempo input. When programmed for this function, the F8 continuously sends out MIDI Timing Clock messages at a tempo corresponding to the most recent taps of the footswitch. For example, to send out MIDI clock messages at a tempo of 120 bpm, tap the footswitch at 1/2 second intervals. The F8 continues to send out MIDI timing clock messages at the current tempo until a new tempo is entered by retapping the footswitch. .

5. Note On FIlter

Any footswitch input of the F8 can be programmed to operate as a Note-on Filter control. In this mode a depression of the footswitch causes the F8 to filter incoming Note-on messages. An All-Notes-Off message is sent on depression of the footswitch to turn off any notes that may still be playing.

The Note-on Filter function can be applied to messages on a selected MIDI channel or all 16 MIDI channels

With the F8's eight footswitch inputs, this allows you to filter different combinations of MIDI channels by pressing different combinations of switches

The F8 can also alternate between filtering/not filtering the Note-on messages with each tap of the footswitch by programming the Footswitch Controller's Toggle parameter to ON. Or the F8 can be programmed to filter Note-on messages only when the footswitch is released by programming the Polarity parameter of the footswitch opposite to its normal operation

 

MIDI Echo and Footswitch Toggle parameters are selectable on/off.

The Polarity of the F8 can be determined automatically on power-up, or programmed to normally-open or normally-closed. It's also possible for the F8 to send out the state of its footswitches immediately on power-up rather than waiting for each to be depressed.

The Footswitch Controller is programmed by sending it MIDI System Exclusive messages.

This can be done easily with the Processors Programming Tools software.

Once programmed, the F8's settings are retained even after power is removed. The F8 can be reprogrammed with new settings as often as needed.

The F8 is MIDI-powered, and requires no batteries or power supply to operate with most MIDI products.

 

Back F8

 

weight: 4.2 lbs.
dimensions: 19" x 6.5" x 1.75"

 

Application Examples:

The MIDI Solutions Footswitch Controller can be used to generate virtually any type of MIDI message. It can also be used to perform additional functions such as Transpose, Channelize, and Tempo Tap. The F8 is essentially eight Footswitch Controllers in a single rack space unit.

A common application for the Footswitch Controller is to remotely Start and Stop an external sequencer or drum machine. Check the operating instructions of the sequencer or drum machine to determine which MIDI messages it needs to receive in order to start and stop; some devices simply require the MIDI Start and Stop messages - in this case you can program the Footswitch Controller to toggle between sending these messages with each tap of the footswitch. Other devices require both MIDI Start/Stop messages and MIDI Clock messages - in this case you will need to use two Footswitch Controllers connected in series (or a single Dual Footswitch Controller, or two inputs of an F8), one programmed in tempo tap mode to send the MIDI Clock messages, and the other programmed to send Start and Stop messages (this setup allows you to tap in the tempo of the song you are about to play before the song is actually started). Or, if the sequencer or drum machine has the capability of responding to MIDI Machine Control messages, you can program a single Footswitch Controller to toggle between MIDI Machine Control Play and Stop messages with each tap of the footswitch (MIDI Machine Control messages are System Exclusive messages).

Quite a few MIDI devices other than musical instruments use MIDI Note or Control Change messages to activate their various MIDI functions. For example, some of the Yamaha mixing consoles require a middle C to activate their talkback function. The Footswitch Controller can be programmed to generate a middle C, allowing you to control the mixing console's talkback remotely. Cakewalk's Sonar offers a key binding function that enables users to control many of its functions by sending it a series of two notes. The Footswitch Controller can be programmed to send out two MIDI notes in succession, allowing you to control many of Sonar's functions such as Start/Stop, Record, even CAL program files.

The Footswitch Controller has some other useful functions such as Transpose and Channelize.
- The Transpose function allows you to transpose to any key by depressing the footswitch, playing any note above or below middle C, and then releasing the footswitch. For example to transpose up by a major third depress the footswitch, play E above middle C, and then release the footswitch. After doing this, all notes received by the Footswitch Controller are transposed up by a major third. An alternate method of transposing without releasing the notes that are currently playing is by using Pitch Bend - the Footswitch Controller can be programmed to send out a specific Pitch Bend value whenever the footswitch is depressed, and reset Pitch Bend to zero when it is released.
- In Channelize mode the operation is similar to Transpose mode, except that the number of notes is stored. After the footswitch is released all MIDI messages are rechannelized to the channel corresponding to the number of notes that were received. For example to rechannelize to channel five, depress the footswitch, hit any five keys, and then release the footswitch.