MIDI Solutions F8 Footswitch / MIDI Converter

8 - Foot Switch to MIDI Converter

  • 8 Jack inputs for 8 foot switch
  • Powered via MIDI

Further Information

Wireless MIDI No
Midi Thru No
MIDI Merge No
MIDI Controller No
MIDI Converter / Interface Yes
MIDI Elektronic No
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Very flexible - the potential is limitless
Forty-Two, 16.03.2020
I initially purchased a b-stock version to "play" with to see if it could solve a problem I was having, and now I have two and about to order a third. They are robust, and easy to program, and very flexible...

The initial problem I had was a guitarist was adding a looper to his stage set up, but due to the other pedals he uses, it was difficult to have the looper close enough to tap on the switches easily. So I connected the looper to the FB via MIDI, and then programmed the box to send CC# to 3 Boss FS-5U switches which could be then positioned in locations more fitting to his performance style.

The next implementation was to connect a Strymon Big Sky to the F8 via MIDI and send Program changes via Boss FS-5U switches. This allowed the Big Sky to be controlled from multiple positions on the stage, without the need to run back and forth across the stage, or have multiple units.

Only thing I would suggest is to get the power adapter (Item no: 258434). The box can be powered via MIDI, but getting the power adapter just made it easier as, once the box has been programmed it doesn't need to stay attached to a computer or MIDI Hub, so it can sit on the side of the stage, powered by the PSA.
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Flexible Umwandlung von Schaltvorgängen in MIDI
awlodarski, 18.12.2009
Der MIDI Solutions F8 ist ein Gerät, um die Schaltimpulse, z.B. eines Fussschalters, auf MIDI-Ebene zu wandeln, um sie dort weiterzuverarbeiten. Dabei müssen die Schaltimpulse natürlich nicht zwingend von einem Fusschalter kommen.

Ich habe das Gerät für eine Klanginstallation verwendet, bei der Bewegungsmelder eine Rolle spielen. Die Schaltvorgänge von Bewegungsmeldern aus dem Alarmanlagenbereich (potentialfreier Schaltkontakt) werden in meinem Fall in Midi-Note-On und MIDI-Note-Off Impulse gewandelt. Dies ist nur eine Möglichkeit der Programmierung. Es sind auch z.B Program-Change- oder Parameter-Change-Befehle möglich, auch mehrere kombiniert. Für genauere Informationen empfehle ich die Hersteller-Webseite, wo dies genauer beschrieben wird. So konnte ich mich im Vorfeld versichern, dass das Gerät tut, wofür ich es benötige.

Die Programmierung, was ein Schaltimpuls nun an MIDI-Signal hervorrufen soll, geschieht über Sysex-Botschaften, die in der Anleitung beschrieben werden. Mit MIDI sollte man sich schon etwas auskennen, wenn man ein solches Gerät benutzen möchte. Zur Erleichterung: Auf der Hersteller-Webseite kann ein kleines Tool geladen werden, das eine grafische Oberfläche zur Eingabe bietet und die entsprechenden Befehle automatisch generiert.

Die Benutzung des Tools ist unbedingt zu empfehlen, da das eine große Erleichterung ist, wenn auch die Bedienung der Software noch besser sein könnte. Leider wird sie nicht auf CD mitgeliefert, sodass man erstmal zwingend eine Internet-Leitung braucht, um es runterzuladen. Die einmal vorgenommene Programmierung bleibt übrigens auch nach Ausschalten erhalten.

Die 8 Schaltsignaleingänge sind als 6,3mm-Klinkenbuchsen ausgeführt, die mir sehr straff vorkamen, manche Stecker, je nach Sorte, musste man schon sehr vorsichtig und perfekt gerade einstecken, dann hat alles gepasst.

Die Stromversorgung geschieht ausschließlich über den MIDI-In, was einerseits erfreulich ist - man muss andererseit eben einplanen, dass man neben dem Ausgang, den man ja eigentlich bei diesem Gerät während des normalen Betriebs ausschließlich braucht, auch immer den Eingang anschließen muss, damit das Gerät überhaupt Strom hat.

Preislich ist das Gerät nicht gerade ein Schnäppchen, wie ich finde. Aber da es sehr speziell ist, muss man das wohl in Kauf nehmen.
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Robust and simple
Andersen, 18.06.2017
This unit is flexible. Anything you want to trig from a simple closure contact can be converted into midi.
I use it for triggering samples by converting a passive pedal into midi notes which are fed to a sound module.

Obviously this could have been done by a midi footcontroller able to send notes, but my priority is to keep any wiring passive and eliminate need for power supply at the pedal position on stage plus for the board not to take up a lot of space.

Works very well and is flexible since "anything" could be programmed. This of course requires the user to deal with written code instructions sent from a pc via usb. However it is simple and nicely explained.

On top of this the unit does not need separate external power. This is supplied via midi. The box is robust and 1U 19" format.

Price wise I know I could obtain same functionality a bit cheaper with another unit which is why I rate it at 4 not 5 stars. However, certain design options such as rack mountability became determining factors.
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Pratique, efficace
Stéphane2831, 18.07.2017
Cet appareil fait le job. Pas facile à configurer (configuration via l'envoi de sysex), mais une fois que c'est fait ça fonctionne très bien, peu de latence.
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