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#1 NinoScholz

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 04:19 PM

Ive searched all over for this and found nothing useful. Has anyone successfully replaced their rj45 foot controller cable with a wireless solution? 

 

In other words, i want a wireless fbv shortboard. Is there a simple solution?


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#2 TheRealZap

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 04:49 PM

no simple solution... the FBV gets power through that RJ45... so for the most part wireless is not practical, and certainly not simple.


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#3 NinoScholz

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 05:12 PM

^^^ you know what? I didn't even think about the power factor at all. Great point. Not gonna happen then!! thanks for the response. Probably better that I can't start going down that rabbit hole anyway.


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Posted 03 September 2013 - 04:30 AM

I've never seen any PRO guitarist with a wireless pedal/control system.   As TheRealZap mentions, power is the first consideration.  Much easier to run the cable(s) along the front of the stage, around the side and up to the amp.


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Posted 19 October 2013 - 02:04 AM

To me , ending this topic is not good enough. I use a desktop(bean) pod in a live situation and often our set is plugged into an external PA. Our set cannot be position in the venue because it is not possible to lead the rj45 through the crowd. So now we are forced to connect at one side of the stage. If line 6 would provide a wireless solution using penlights AA for powering the floorboard i would definitly be interested in purchasing this.

 

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 02:20 AM

I don't see why this is not possible, a little tricky perhaps but possible. It shouldn't be a problem to provide power externally to the FBV via adapter, even batteries. then its just a point of converting the signal (prob from rs232 or some other protocol) to network protocol, flying through wireless then converting back the other end.


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#7 NinoScholz

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 04:54 AM

Yeah i'd agree it certainly can be done. Was hoping for an easy solution, as in someone selling a transmitter/receiver for $30 or something. Line 6 - you should be seeing $$$$$$$$$$$$.

 

then again, it's one more thing to go wrong at the gig.


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Posted 04 November 2013 - 06:39 AM

I think that the floorboards are essentially using a MIDI protocol, or something very close to it, but whether or not it could easily be sent wireless, I don't know. I saw this wireless MIDI setup the other day. Pretty darn pricey: http://www.sweetwate.../MIDIjetProUSB/


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Posted 04 November 2013 - 07:11 AM

Most 'decent' wireless systems sell starting for about $300 per set  Then add the cost of conversion of the MIDI to network protocol (and back), you're probably looking at a $500 (retail) solution.

 

As I've said before, I've never seen a pro guitarist use a wireless system from guitar to pedalboard, nor from pedalboard to amp/PA - the pedalboard is always hard-wired because batteries wear out and fail at the most-inconvenient time.  I'm sure Line 6 has looked at this but decided that the number of sales would not justify the cost to develop and manufacture the system.


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 03:45 AM

I'm currently investigating a mod to switch two amps. line6 are not being very helpful at all and unless they are willing to impart info on connections and protocols theres not a lot can be done with this or any other mod ideas :0( Shame on Line 6!

Ive never had problems getting info from any other amp manufacturer...


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 03:54 AM

google has some info: http://www.instructa...pider-Amp-Hack/

 

http://www.vlotech.nl/?q=node/272

 

looks like 2 pairs are power and the other pairs are transmit/receive.


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 06:58 AM

It's a liability thing.  If you (or someone) gets hurt, or you wreck your amps, who's going to get blamed.  Lawyers are taking over the world.


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Posted 09 November 2013 - 03:00 AM

Yeah I guess ....
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Posted 10 November 2013 - 04:03 AM

Woke up early this Sunday morning, browsing the Net because I can't get back to sleep, and ran across this thread. My thoughts ...

 

1) Being an retired network engineer, I cringe inwardly when someone says something is not possible or practical just because it has never been done before. This world is full of engineers whose income depends upon their being able to figure out how to do what has never been done before.

 

2) Any reasonable bright high school kid with a pair of wire cutters, a soldering iron, and access to google.com can figure out how to use his lunch money to buy the parts from Radio Shack necessary to route power from a couple of AAs thru a couple of pins on a RJ-45 cable. If you can't figure it out, ask one of your kids, or their friends, for technical assistance.

 

3) As someone else mentioned, there are already OEM boxes out there like the one Sweetwarer sells. But at a price of $450? I hate capitalism and everything it stands for. Here in America, we slap paint on the fatted calf of filthy lucre, change its name to capitalism, and use that glorious notion to justify murdering thousands of Muslims with unmanned drones to defend the right of BP and Royal Dutch Shell execs to continue earning their multi-million dollar bonuses. But I digress ...

 

4) There is also a Way to solve the problem without hiring your kid or his friends for their technical assistance:

  1. MIDI cable a LINE 6 amp to one computer which does WiFI.
  2. MIDI cable a 2nd computer which does WiFi to a FBX Express pedal.
  3. Route MIDI signals between the two computers over WiFi. Apple OS X has features that can do this. There is Open Source software call rtpMIDI which does the same thing for Windows.

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 07:18 AM

 

4) There is also a Way to solve the problem without hiring your kid or his friends for their technical assistance:

  1. MIDI cable a LINE 6 amp to one computer which does WiFI.
  2. MIDI cable a 2nd computer which does WiFi to a FBX Express pedal.
  3. Route MIDI signals between the two computers over WiFi. Apple OS X has features that can do this. There is Open Source software call rtpMIDI which does the same thing for Windows.

 

 

The only way for a Line 6 amp to 'talk' to a computer is via an FBV pedal, and it's not 'MIDI', is is the Line 6 system, however the signals can be used for MIDI control by using Line 6 Control software.

As you are proposiing hooking up the FBV pedal to a computer, it's not wireless ....  might as well just run the cable to your amp, eliminate the 2 computers, extra FBV, extra cable ...


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Posted 12 November 2013 - 07:56 AM

sometimes you have to "play to the audience" in front of you...

wasn't exactly teaching advanced engineering...

for the average person... this is not do-able....

i'm sure theoretically i could eat cheese on mars...

but in reality my skill set is a bit more limited.

if one of those engineers you refer to figure it out...

then you've certainly got an audience here.

 

 Being an retired network engineer, I cringe inwardly when someone says something is not possible or practical just because it has never been done before. This world is full of engineers whose income depends upon their being able to figure out how to do what has never been done before.


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Posted 12 November 2013 - 08:51 AM

At the end of the day, I'm sure Line 6 could create a wireless FBV system if they were so inclined.  I'm sure they could adapt their current wireless instrument/mic technology.  Since 2-way communications are involved, it would probably be expensive.

 

The question is whether they could do it economically enough to make it marketable.  The second question is "could Line 6 sell enough to make it profitable?"

 

I imagine the answers to both of these questions are "no" and "no"


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#18 NinoScholz

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:03 AM

At the end of the day, I'm sure Line 6 could create a wireless FBV system if they were so inclined.  I'm sure they could adapt their current wireless instrument/mic technology.  Since 2-way communications are involved, it would probably be expensive.

 

The question is whether they could do it economically enough to make it marketable.  The second question is "could Line 6 sell enough to make it profitable?"

 

I imagine the answers to both of these questions are "no" and "no"

 

I think this sums it up for me - makes sense. Its already a proprietary product (mostly), then who wants to go wireless among the current owners?

 

probably not a huge consumer base for that. Frankly, i should have thought more about it before i posted. At this point it just sounds like more trouble than it's worth! Right now the RJ-45 is the only cable on stage for me - not bad really.


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Posted 13 November 2013 - 04:56 AM

The only way for a Line 6 amp to 'talk' to a computer is via an FBV pedal, and it's not 'MIDI', is is the Line 6 system, however the signals can be used for MIDI control by using Line 6 Control software.

As you are proposiing hooking up the FBV pedal to a computer, it's not wireless ....  might as well just run the cable to your amp, eliminate the 2 computers, extra FBV, extra cable ...

 

The FBV MK II has, in addition to the RJ45 jack, a _standard_ USB port. Even more important to this discussion, that _standard_ USB interface talks MIDI. Which means the FBV can talk MIDI [directly or indirectly] to any other MIDI device. As a matter of fact, as I type this right now, I have the USB port of my FBV MK II cabled to one of the USB ports on my Macbook and am using an open source diagnostic program called MIDI Monitor [http://www.snoize.com/MIDIMonitor/] to capture and decode MIDI messages from my FBV on my Mac. And I am using the same program to capture and decode MIDI messages from my _standard_ USB MIDI attached Peavey VIP amp. It would be a trivial issue to route MIDI msgs between the FBV and VIP and there are programs out there which can perform that MIDI thru function for you. I use the FBV's _standard_ USB MIDI interface to control my DAW [Ableton Live]. And, as mentioned in my previous posts, there are also programs out there which will route MIDI between two WIFI computers.

 

Since Line 6 sells the FBV with a _standard_ USB MIDI port, and since there are people like me who are using the FBV to control non-Line 6 MIDI products, I assumed that Line 6's engineers were bright enough to have designed their amps to be controlled by the FBV's _standard_ USB MIDI.

 

If that is not the case, if Line 6 is using the FBV's _nonstandard_ RJ45 interface to control their amps, that is just a really dumb engineering decision which, again, highlights how and why capitalism is ruining Corporate America. I can just imagine being a fly on the wall during a Line 6 strategy meeting while some bean counter got out his calculator and figured out how many pennies they could save by using the _nonstandard_ RJ45 port to control their amps.

 

Such abuses are best remedied by replacing your Line 6 amp with a better engineered one that uses a _standard_ MIDI interface. My Peavey VIP 2 amp talks MIDI thru a _standard_ USB MIDI port [same port used by the FBV], and only cost $200 --- less than half the price of Sweetwater's wireless MIDI solution. Those who are realy hurting for a wireless MIDI solution might look into using a VIP with the FBV. I am currently working on coding a open source app [for my personal use] to control the VIP with a FBV. I had not previously considered making it wireless compatible --- but this exchange has nudged me in that direction for no other reason than to prove a few coppertops wrong and, perhaps, convince a few others to wake up and take the red pill.

 

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 06:26 AM

islota - not sure what you are getting at (except you seem to have some real background issues with 'corporate america' and 'capitalism') - yes, it could be done, with multiple devices, computers, software, etc, but what's the point?  Why run all that instead of a simple RJ45 cable to the amp?  telling users to switch amps is not helping anyone.  Do you even have a Line 6 amp?


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