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Can a FBV EXPRESS MkII control a Pod HD (bean) and another MIDI device?

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#1 cbrown1334

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 08:31 PM

I'm thinking about getting the Pod HD (bean) and the FBV EXPRESS MkII.  I don't really need the full HD500/X floorboard. So, can an FBV EXPRESS MkII control a Pod HD (bean) and another MIDI device over USB via a computer?

 

Long version:  I want to have a Behringer DEQ2496 (a fancy programmable digital EQ) connected to the Pod HD via S/PDIF (via Coax/RCA to optical converter or RCA to AES/BEU adapter) and change with the patch changes on the Pod HD.  It could help with dialing in some patches.  Now, I know the Pod HD (bean) doesn't have MIDI connectors.  The FBV EXPRESS MkII manual says that it will send MIDI via USB and (at least with the X3) could be connected through a computer and send MIDI changes between the Pod and the floorboard (over USB).  Can it also send changes to the DEQ2496 (via MIDI adapter connected to the computer)?  It sounds like you can't connect the floorboard to the Pod via Cat5 and use USB on the floorboard at the same time, so USB all around would be required.  The Pod HD isn't sending MIDI over USB, right?  So the floorboard (and computer) has to be in the mix to change both devices.

 

Short version:  So all 3 devices would be connected through a computer.  Hit a pad on the floorboard and have the bean change patch and the DEQ2496 change to the appropriate EQ patch. 

 

Anybody tried anything like that?  I've done a little MIDI software dev stuff - so if the devices are sending/receiving anything across MIDI (via USB) - I can probably sync them up.  It would be nice if it just worked, though.  I played with DEQ2496 on an X3 Live years ago and it worked well and helped dial in the sound a bunch.  Of course, you didn't need the computer in between.  I'd guess it would work with the HD500/X easily, too.

 

Searching on the FBV EXPRESS MkII (on this forum) doesn't instill a lot of confidence that it works well with the Pod HD (bean), though.  I'd just like some patch switching, control the looper, and have the expression pedal.  Any thoughts?

 

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#2 cbrown1334

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 08:54 PM

Crap!  I searched the old forum archive (via Google) and it seems the bean didn't get the MIDI control updates that the other HD's got.  Can anybody confirm that?   I looked through the updates but I don't see anything listed.

 

So no MIDI control down the USB cable to the bean?  Something is going back and forth for the editor to work.  I suppose a USB sniffer (and a bunch of time) could probably figure it out.  May not be worth the effort.

 

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 06:23 AM

The bean doesn't have any MIDI capability.


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#4 cbrown1334

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 10:09 PM

So, looks like Sweetwater is out of the $199 beans anyway. Thanks for the confirmation on the MIDI stuff, Joel!

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