Month: January 2015

What is "Scene Mode" on the MFC-101? How do I turn on "Scene Mode"?

There is no Scene Mode on the MFC-101. There is also no Scene Mode on the Axe-Fx II. Scenes are always “on” or “active” with the Axe-Fx II, so there is no mode to enable or turn on. Every Preset of the Axe-Fx II loads Scene 1 by default. If you never use Scenes 2-8, then you technically are using “Preset #xxx, Scene 1.” Therefore on the MFC-101, loading a Preset with a Preset switch loads “Preset #xxx, Scene 1” as well. However, many people confuse the Reveal switch function as Scene Mode. By default, the MFC-101 Switches 1-5 are Preset switches. This means by default Switch 1= Preset 1 Switch 2= Preset 2 Switch 3= Preset 3 Switch 4= Preset 4 Switch 5= Preset 5 However, every Preset Switch also has an underlying Instant Access (IA) or Effect function as well. Pressing the Reveal Switch temporarily “reveals” these functions, which can also be described as turning a Preset Switch into an IA Switch while in Reveal Mode. The IA functions of Switches 1-5 just so happen to be Scenes 1-5. So at default settings, pressing the Reveal switch will change Switches 1-5 to Switch 1= Scene 1 Switch 2= Scene 2 Switch 3= Scene 3 Switch 4= Scene 4 Switch 5= Scene 5 It is this function – the changing of Presets to Scenes using the Reveal switch...

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What is the difference between the MFC-101 Mark I, Mark II and Mark III?

The MFC-101 is Fractal Audio System’s MIDI Foot Controller intended for use with the Axe-Fx line of products. Summary of Differences Mark I: Original Version Mark II: Changed ethernet jack to etherCON jack Mark III: Upgrade to Silent Solid State switches, FASLINK jack added Mark I The first version, now known as the Mark I, was announced in September 2010. This version is fully compatible with all Axe-Fx products as of October 2014 including the Axe-Fx II XL, Axe-Fx II Mark II and Axe-Fx II Mark I. There are 17 “IA” switches which can be programmed to be Preset changes (starting from Switch 1) or Instant Access switches that can be programmed to control various parameters. There are 4 additional switches for System functions like Bank/Preset Up/Down, Edit mode and Reveal/Looper mode. There are 4 ports for connecting Expression Pedals and 2 ports for connecting External Switches – up to 4 switches can be used with TRS or TRS-TS Y cables. To interface with the Axe-Fx II line, there is an ethernet port for use with a standard CAT5-RJ45 cable that connects to the ethernet port on the Axe-Fx II (Mark I, Mark II & XL).  Using and Ethernet cable from the Axe-Fx II to the MFC-101 will provide power to the MFC-101, so no power adaptor is needed for the MFC-101. (In fact, you CAN’T and shouldn’t use the...

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Ethernet vs etherCON – Cat 5 vs Cat 5e vs Cat 6

Ethernet vs etherCON Cables Ethernet cables are the standard for computer networking and have an RJ45 connection at each end. Standard ethernet cables can be used for connecting all Axe-Fx II models to all MFC-101 models using the ethernet or etherCON ports. Crossover type ethernet cables should NOT be used. etherCON cables are basically ethernet cables with an XLR style locking housing around the RJ45 connector. Because the XLR style housing will lock, the “clip” found on ethernet cables should NOT be present! Axe-Fx II Mark II and Axe-Fx II XL models feature an etherCON port for use with...

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Can I use a Cat 5e Cable instead of a Cat 5 Cable?

Short answer: Yes. Cat 5e is the current standard for ethernet cables supporting speeds up to 1000 Mbps and has basically replaced Cat 5 cables. As long as the cable is an ethernet cable with RJ45 connectors and NOT a cross-over type cable, a Cat 5e cable will work the same as a Cat 5 with your MFC-101 and Axe-Fx II. See this post to read more about ethernet cables: Ethernet vs etherCON – Cat 5 vs Cat 5e vs Cat...

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Can I use a Cat 6 Cable instead of a Cat 5 Cable?

Short answer: Yes. As long as the cable is an ethernet cable with RJ45 connectors and NOT a cross-over type cable, a Cat 6 cable will work the same as a Cat 5 (or Cat 5e) with your MFC-101 and Axe-Fx II. Cat 6 cables are generally more rigid and less flexible than Cat 5 cables due to an extra “spline” separator and usually thicker wire, so they may not lay as neatly on the ground as a Cat 5. See this post to read more about ethernet cables: Ethernet vs etherCON – Cat 5 vs Cat 5e vs Cat 6 See this thread on the Fractal Audio Forum: http://forum.fractalaudio.com/mfc-discussion/95407-cat-6-ethernet-cable-mfc.html#post1142426...

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