Month: July 2012

How do I setup my MFC-101 for use with the Axe-Fx II?

The Axe-FX II is an amazing piece of gear, but we need a little help controlling it when playing live. After all, we only have 2 hands right (I’m looking at you, Steve Vai…). That’s where the MFC-101 MIDI Foot Controller comes in to help.  The MFC can help us change presets, enable and bypass effects and blocks, and control a whole bunch of parameters in realtime while our hands are busy playing that Journey tune. In this video, I show how to setup the basic menu items on the Axe-FX II and MFC-101 to get everything connected and communicating correctly.  I am using the latest firmware available for each unit, 6.02 for the Axe-FX II and 2.02 for the MFC-101.  I am connecting using the Expansion Port on the MFC, which uses a CAT5 cable.  If you want to connect using a MIDI cable instead, you will need to power the unit using the included power adaptor, and set the first item in the MIDI menu “USE PORT” to MIDI.  This is described in the video. MAJOR IMPORTANT NOTE: As stated in the video, do NOT use both a CAT5 cable and the included MFC power adaptor at the same time.  That’s 2 sources of power to the unit and that’s not good!  However, keep a long MIDI cable and the power adaptor in your gig bag as...

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How do I setup Expression Pedals with the MFC-101?

Playing guitar live is great, but we always wish we had a few more hands to play like Steve Vai, or at least to control some extra things while our 2 hands are busy playing. That’s where Expression Pedals can help, and the Axe-FX II and MFC-101 Foot Controller make this very easy and powerful. The MFC can host up to 4 expression pedals at once, each one controlling a different parameter. You can create a Volume pedal, Wah pedal, or even control parameters within effects and amp blocks such as delay mix, or amp gain, and many, many other things. However with most things, it’s all about the setup and making sure everything works and communicates well with each other. In the video above, I go step-by-step and explain how to connect a single expression pedal to the MFC. I discuss the default settings as well as how to change things so your expression pedal can control any parameter that can be modified. I show how to use a Volume Block for volume control, how to setup a Wah pedal and then how to control an effect parameter. Finally I show how to use 2 expression pedals at once (repeat the steps for up to 4 pedals) and then how to calibrate your pedals to get the full range of control. I explain how CC#s are responsible for...

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