I know I’m a bit late to the ‘party’ on this one but I’ve just been reprogramming my B* ID260
& my MIDI controller for a gig (last week) so it is all fresh in my mind. Anyway my 2d, for what it is worth:
1st off, I’m not really an ‘all presets’ player (I’m old fashioned that way .. no doubt due to my age); I prefer to have a (limited) range of dry amp sounds (from clean to high-gain) with the ability to mix & match effects on each sound/preset. Just like the good old days (?) with an amp with a couple of channels & a bunch of pedals.
I use the same set-up for all occasions (home/jams/live/etc) so that I know exactly where ‘that’ sound is when I want it. (my memory is not good enough to be able to instantly & accurately recall that one preset out of the 12 (or 128!!) available that is needed at all times when performing live .. without risking selecting a totally inappropriate sound & then looking like a plonker
… i.e. I need a fool-proof, very simple system. Plus I find an ‘all presets’ approach limits the flexibility of the amp anyway. But obviously to each there own.
So with this as my goal ….
To answer Random’s questions:
1 & 3)
I use a Behringer FCB1010
with UNO chip mod
(the cheapest MIDI controller I could find; especially in the UK). I program it with Ed Dixon’s MIDI Editor which works great & is fairly intuitive to use (with a cheap Chinese MIDI-USB adapter from eBay)
I tried the B* footswitch (FS-10) when I bought the amp … it’s OK for home use, but much too fiddly to be practical in a live setting (IMO) due to its relatively complex switching strategy i.e. just 4 buttons to do EVERYTHING!! It’s just too clever for its own good
4, 5 & 6)
My latest set-up on the FCB1010, which is the simplest & probably the best, is as follows (so far that is; being a guitarist I’m always in search of the holy grail guitar/amp setup .. so I might well change it again at some point … & I’m sure I’m not alone in being like this, LOL).
I limit my selection to just 5 dry ‘amp’ sounds/presets plus the various effects available from the ID260 by means of just a single switch bank (= ‘00’) on the FCB1010, making use of all 10 footswitches & 2 pedals:
(= 5 presets)(bottom row of 5 PC switches):
#1 (Green ) = Very Clean amp (Clean Warm + 6L6)
#2 (Green ) = Clean’ish with punchy drive (Clean Bright + 6V6)
#3 (Green ) = Light Crunch amp (Crunch + EL34)
#4 (Green ) = Heavy Crunch amp (Super Crunch + KT66)
#5 (Yellow) = High-Gain amp (OD2 + KT88)
It’s quite tricky to match the volumes between the 5 ‘amp’ sounds/presets (whilst at home) so that they also match in a louder gig situation; but with this set-up it is relatively easy to adjust (& save) the gain/channel volume on the amp on the fly during the gig, if necessary, without affecting the functioning of the FCB1010.
Note – I use 5 presets only because there are 5 PC switches available on the FCB1010 (front row); actually for my needs, I could probably get away with using only 3 (clean/light crunch/heavy crunch).
: that can be turned on & off on each ‘amp’ via the ‘stompbox’ mode on the FCB1010 (top row of 5 Stompbox switches):
#6 = Modulation (Chorus) ON/OFF (I program the ID260 so that Chorus is the default MOD effect on all presets)
#7 = Alternate Modulation Select: Phaser (when ON) & Tremolo (when OFF) (this switch toggles the MOD effect between Phaser & Tremolo when it has been turned ON by switch #6)(I find a Flanger of limited use, so do not include it in my set-up)
#8 = Reverb ON/OFF
#9 = Delay ON/OFF
#10 = Tap Tempo for Delay
I just love being able to access all 3 modulation effects (Chorus as the default, Phaser & Tremolo as alternates) on each preset using the FCB1010. This works really well.
Expression Pedal #1 = Modulation rate adjust on all presets (on Chorus, Phaser, Tremolo when ON)
Expression Pedal #2 = Volume adjust on all presets
With this setup there are 16 effects combinations for each preset = 80 total amp/effect combinations (plus variation in MOD rate via EXP#1 which works very nice) … and all can be accessed from a single bank of the FCB1010 (10 footswitches & 2 pedals). That’s enough for my needs & I can just about remember 5 presets!!
This set-up can obviously be expanded to include the remaining 7 presets available on the ID260 (yellow & red banks) by means of switch banks 2 & 3 on the FCB1010, but I find I really don’t need them.
I have tried out the option of having the 5 PC (front row) footswitches on the FCB1010 all having dual, toggling functionality, in order to facilitate a solo boost on each preset:
1st press = select preset on ID260 with normal volume
2nd press = boost gain &/or volume on the same ID260 preset (= solo boost)
3rd press = reset to normal volume (same as 1st)
4th press = same as 2nd
This actually worked really well, but is a lot more fiddly to set-up, as the gain &/or volume levels on each preset have to be matched on both the amp & on the FCB1010. This makes adjusting the channel volume on the fly, to match the volume between presets, not possible; plus it is not quite as intuitive to use in a live gig as my current set-up as above.
For my current simpler set-up, as above, each PC switch function to only select the required preset on the ID260 … & I mainly use my guitar volume control for solo boost (although the Volume pedal, EXP#2, also can act as a volume boost, depending on the default preset preamp volume you have set up)
I hope this of some interest to you folks.... & Sorry for the epic post; I get carried away sometimes! Any questions, please feel free to fire away.
The more I use the ID260 & FCB1010 set-up, the more I love it – It’s rocket science in comparison to what I had when starting out all those years ago ( = single channel amp & a fuzz pedal !!). OK it has a few foibles as many have commented on here, but these pale into insignificance when you take the sound & practicality of the amp into consideration.