Usage with Behringer FCB1010 MIDI Footcontroller, some tips

VGA-7

Set Volume and WAH do different MIDI Control Change Numbers:

[SYSTEM] pressed -> Power On
Use Parameter Down/Up and Value Up/Down
[SYSTEM] to Quit

1	1	MIDI Channel
2	On	Omni
3	1	Device ID
4	7	Volume CC
5	14	Wav-wav CC
6	80	Tuner CC
7	65	EFX CC
8	66	Delay CC
9	67	Chorus CC
A	68	Reverb CC
b	69	Tap CC
C	70	Capo CC
d	75	User/Preset CC
E	64	Manual/Memory CC



FCB-1010
Set CNT1 and CNT2 to send on different MIDI channels:

[Down] pressed -> Power On
[Up]
CNT1
[Up]
MIDI Channel 1
[up]
CNT2
[Up]
MIDI Channel 2
[Up]
[Down] pressed -> Exit



MIDI Commands from FCB1010 to VGA-7:
Program Change	1-80
Control Change 1-31, 64-95
	Send 127 for ON/OFF Value and 00 to confirm 
	(Make sure to set CNT1 and CNT2 to send on different MIDI channels,
	else the FCB1010 will toggle the commands by first sending CNT1 then on the next 
	preset-press send CNT2)
	Tuner ON/OFF -> CNT1=CC80#127 + CNT2=CC80#0
	User/Preset ->  CNT1=CC75#127 + CNT2=CC75#0 
	(this will only toggle between U and P on the selected patch)
Control Change	0 + 0,1		
	Preset 63 -> PrgChg5=63 CNT1=CC00#1
	User 63   -> PrgChg5=63 CNT1=CC00#0
	(this will leave the selected mode in Preset or User)
	The Behringer FCB1010 is sending PrgChg5 _after_ it sends the CNT1 and CNT2 (!)




I have put together 10 nice-to-have commands in bank 9 of the FCB1010

1	USR	P5CC00#0 + CC07#0	Set User - select patch 1, volume 0
2	PRE	P5CC00#1 + CC07#0	Set Preset - select patch 1, volume 0
Usage:
Go to 92 - press on the 2
When you now go trough the patches 0-1 to 7-0. you will be selecting beetween the presets

Go to 91 - press on the 1 
When you now go trough the patches 0-1 to 7-0. you will be selecting beetween your user presets


3	MAN	CNT1->CC64#127 + CNT2->CC64#0
4	CAP	CNT1->CC70#127 + CNT2->CC70#0
5	EFX	CNT1->CC65#127 + CNT2->CC65#0
6	TAP	CNT1->CC69#127 + CNT2->CC69#0
7	DEL	CNT1->CC66#127 + CNT2->CC66#0
8	CHO	CNT1->CC67#127 + CNT2->CC67#0
9	REV	CNT1->CC68#127 + CNT2->CC68#0
0	TUN	CNT1->CC80#127 + CNT2->CC80#0	

These switches instantly and toggles between the states -
except for Tuner witch seems to be a bit unstable but it will eventually switch if you press and wait a while before next press...


Volume and Wav-wav
On each preset:
Set the volume to send on CC7 - min value 0 max value 127
Wav - CC14 - min value 1 and max value 127


COSM Guitar Amplifier Name Due to Copyrights (my guess) Roland has not put the names directly on the VGA-7, instead they call it CLASSIC2 or METAL etc. Here is a name convention I have compiled, based on the description of the sounds and a peek in the User Manual for VGA-7's big brother VGA-88: CLEAN 1 Roland Jazz Chorus 120 2 Fender Twin Reverb 3 Vox AC30 4 Polytone Mini-Brute CRUNCH 1 Fender Pro Reverb 2 Vox AC30 3 Fender 59 Bassman 4 Matchless D/C-30 LEAD 1 Marshall 1959 Plexi I 2 Marshall 1987 I+II 3 Mesa Boogie 4 Soldano SLO-100 5 Peavey EVH5150 6 VGA Metal HiGain From VGA-88: CLEAN JC120 Roland JC-120 (Jazz Chorus 120), a favorite of pro musicians around the world. TWIN This models a Fender Twin Reverb. VOX AC30 This models the clean sound of a VOX AC-30TB. POLYTONE Polytone Combo, Mini-Brute. This is a sound suited to jazz. CRUNCH PRO This models a Fender Pro Reverb. VOX This models the drive sound of a VOX AC-30TB. TWEED This models a Fender Bassman Combo. MATCHLESS This models the sound input to left input on a Matchless D/C-30. LEAD The desciption from the patches describes the Marshall sound as a 1987 (50W), the VGA-88 use the older 1959 (100w) model. MS1959(I) This models the sound input to Input I on a Marshall 1959. MS1959(I+II) This models the sound of a Marshall 1959 with Inputs I and II connected in parallel. Mesa/Boogie This models the lead sound of the MESA/Boogie combo amp. R-FIER RED V2 This models the lead channel of a MESA/Boogie Dual Rectifier. SLDN LEAD This models a Soldano SLO-100. METAL 5150 This models the lead channel of a Peavey EVH 5150. METAL DRIVE A high gain and powerful metal sound. Rolands Own VGA HiGain Metal Amp.
More info: VGA-7 User Manual size 3.8Mb VGA-7 and GFC-50 size 100Kb VGA-7 MIDI Implemetation size 1,3Mb VGA-7 Preset Patch Chart high resolution - size 2,9Mb VGA-7 Patchlist low resolution - size 500Kb Description Patchlist (Pno) sorted on Patch Number size 50Kb Description Patchlist (amp) sorted on amp type size 50Kb FCB1010 with VGA-7 setup sample size 16kb SysEx File of the settings above - size 3kb COSM Amp Names size 45Kb Roland SMFUpd MIDI update utillity for Windows Reset your amp with: Power on while holding WRITE. Release WRITE, then press WRITE again Note! The ftp-site for Roland UK is not available anymore, it did have a FW-update from 1.00 to 1.10 ftp://ftp.roland.co.uk/ProductSupport/VGA-7/VGA7UPD_1.10.zip I had a local copy from way-back-when, this file also includes the UpdSMF.exe program: Firmware V1.10 - file size 452Kb, updated software for VGA-7, hold CH + REV at power-on to determind what version you have Note! No guaranties for that this update will work! Please consult Roland Support if it fails in any way... And, please do not use the included SMFUpd utility, use a sequencer program, where you have full control over the order to send the file. The SMFUpd utility is notorious for having issues with it "feature" that allows you to target an entire folder of SMF MIDs and upload them in order. Apparently it will sometimes use an arbitrary order but even more often it will send the next file before the device on the other end is ready for it. With newer devices this is not a big problem, as they'll just fail the update and revert but in the older devices like VGA-7 it can brick the bootloader. (Thanks to Jay Winks, Birmingham, AL for pointing this issue out) If you are still will be using the UpdSMF.EXE Utillity from Roland, do not queue up all the files but send them one-by-one in correct order. There was some discussions on the long gone Yahoo-groups of upgrading the VG-88, a similar process like the one on VGA-7. Read more here Extract from Elantric's Tips and Blog 1) Perform Factory Reset: Power on while holding WRITE then press WRITE. 2) Connect the MIDI In of VGA-7 to the MIDI Out of your PC/Mac with a known good working MIDI Interface with the MIDI cable. 3) Power on the VGA-7 while holding COSM GUITAR TYPE and MANUAL. 4) Press WRITE while holding TUNER. 5) Wait 30 seconds, send each SMF in numeric order ONE AT A TIME In other words, launch the UPDSMF.EXE Application (which is included with the VGA7UPD_1.10.zip file) Establish your MIDI Out connections in Preferences. ** Crucial Info - Avoid pointing the UPDSMF app "SMF Path" to the file directory that contains your "V7_110_*.MID" SMF files. If you accidentally set the "SMF PATH" to the location of your "V7_110_*.MID" SMF files, then the UPDSMF app corruption prone process of "Auto Download the next higher numerical Sequence file - before the target Roland product being updated is actually ready" occurs, and this can clobber your VGA-7. Its the same paradigm as the corrupt prone VG-88 Firmware update procedure, which became a Roland Service nightmare back in 2001. 6) After the last SMF is sent, turn the VGA-7 power off and back on. 7) Perform Factory Reset: Power on while holding WRITE then press WRITE.
First issued: 2005 Last updated: 2021