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Hi guys,

 

Not sure if this has been posted before, but I've looked accross the forums and I can't see anything, but only slightly related topics.

 

At the moment, I'm running an FBV Mk.II through the RJ45 FBV input a Pod HD Pro X. Pretty simple set up.

 

 

 

What I want to do is use an external preamp instead of the built in amps, and also be able to control it at the same time as the Pod.

 

I'm looking at an Engl E570, which has MIDI control capabilities.

 

My question is: Is it possible to use the FBV Mk.II (connected via Ethernet) to change a patch on the Pod HD, while simultaneously sending that signal through the "Midi Thru" of the Pod to a MIDI capable Preamp (Engl E570)?

 

If I program the FBV to send a Program Change message, will it send it to the Pod and the Preamp at the same time?

 

If anyone can answer me this, they'll have my eternal gratitude!  :)

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Didn’t see this post earlier but anyway here are my thoughts:

 

I believe you can because in my setup I also use a midi controllable pre-amp (Peavey Tubefex) and use the POD HD to change the presets on the Peavey. Here  is how I did this:

The pre-amp is connected to the POD using the POD’s FX loop (send & return) You can set the desired send and return levels in the FX block.

For controlling the pre-amp you will need a standard  MIDI cable to connect the devices.(which is a standard 5-Pin MIDI cable). To send MIDI communication to another device, connect the MIDI cable from the POD’s MIDI OUT/THRU to the MIDI Input of the external device.

 

You will need to set the POD in ABCD mode. Also you need to set the midi channel (1 to 16) which you will going to use to send messages. At the pre amp side you (obviously) need to ‘listen’ to that same channel.

 

By default, the POD will send a  â€˜program change’ message for each preset in a setlist.

 

Within any setlist the following program change commands are given(by default)

 

Preset  Program Change Value

1A                                 0

​1B                                 1

​1C                                 2

​1D                                 3

2A                                 4

​2B                                 5

​2C                                 6

 

and so on....

 

You can edit these values on the device or in HD Edit.

I expect that the ENGL will also recognize these messages. I suggest to hook you POD  via midi to the ENGL, set up the correct midi channel and see what happens if you change patches. I think  this will work.

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My question is: Is it possible to use the FBV Mk.II (connected via Ethernet) to change a patch on the Pod HD, while simultaneously sending that signal through the "Midi Thru" of the Pod to a MIDI capable Preamp (Engl E570)?

 

Forgot to mention this: in addition to my previous reply: What I described is based on using my POD HD PRO with a FBV shortboard (no MKII), So the POD itself is connected to the pre-amp, not the shortboard.

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