Mkii Express General How To?
Posted 23 July 2013 - 10:41 PM
Posted 24 July 2013 - 04:23 AM
The Express is just a set of switches (and continuous pedal that can be used as wah or volume on the Spider amp it is hooked to). If you want to use it to control MIDI software, you will need to learn about MIDI control settings.
If you want to change preset Banks on your amp from a foot pedal, you will need to get the FBV Mk II Shortboard.
Posted 24 July 2013 - 03:44 PM
Thank you Uber and Mike. But no I do not wish to use the pedal with midi software. I was wondering if understanding the midi setup of the pedal would allow me better control of the Spider 75 amp?
Isn't there any more that I can do with my $100 pedal than to switch btw 4 current presets and start the looper control? For example the blurb in the manual said "and a few FX assignments for the pedal." I find no info anywhere on doing that unless its part of the midi?
But the bottom line is - isn't there a better way for me to learn to use this pedal than to ask random people random questions? I don't understand the lack of documentation about this.
Posted 24 July 2013 - 04:04 PM
always the manual....
you can also do vol/wah. and tuner funtions as well as update the amp...
the real way to figure it out though is actually the manual for your AMP... (not the link above)
essentially the floorboard is just a dumb controller.. it can't do anything that your amp can't do.
Posted 24 July 2013 - 04:59 PM
I'm starting to get it that this pedal isn't very useful after all. It does a few things but not what you really need. Like if I have a sound that I need to switch to in the middle of a song - I guess I have to make a new user bank with the first preset and the 2nd in the same bank so I can switch btw them during the song.
I have read everything in the manuals. The MKII manual says use the Spider manual and the spider manual only lists the 2 entries I put in my first post. Beyond that - I haven't found any usable info other than here.
Thank you again..
Posted 25 July 2013 - 05:01 AM
You've got it correct regarding setting preset patches as needed per song.
For example if you are playing SONG 1 in your set list and need a chorus-clean sound for the intro, and non-chorus clean sound for the verse, and delayed sound for refrain and a louder sound for the lead part, you would set a bank on your amp, call the bank 'SONG 1', then set the 4 patches accordingly.
For most songs you would probably only need 2 patches - one for the rhythm part and a louder (or more distorted one) for the lead part.
I was using my Spider IV 75 in a Beatles tribute band for acoustic guitar, electric guitar and keyboards, and only used 5 user banks total - a couple of these had the same patches in different banks for easy switching during songs.