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MIDI Footswitch - FS3

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MIDI Footswitch - FS3
MIDI Footswitch - FS3 MIDI Footswitch - FS3

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FS3 is perfect for home and studio recording, and also includes special features for live performances.

The solid and lightweight housing made of the best grade aluminum, combined with a modern electronic construction ensures that the FS3 will meet the requirements of the most demanding gigs.
FS3 is a programmable footswitch tailored to all needs related to MIDI control.

Made for guitarists, keyboard players, DJs, and for anyone who needs to control hardware and software – or both! Have ready settings wherever and whenever you need them.

FS3 is perfect for controlling states and parameters in DAWs or loop recording programs when you just want to play without having to use your mouse or touchpad.

You can completely reconfigure entire sets of VST plug-ins at the push of a button, start/stop backing tracks, and even synchronize the tempo.

This footswitch provides instant plug-and-play connectivity.
Power it from your computer via the USB port or via a standard USB adapter*. No batteries are required.

A solid, classic, aluminum construction.

What does all this mean?
Spend less time on configuring settings and more on being creative.

Functions (configurable by the software):

  • MIDI Channel.
  • MIDI Message Type
    • Control Change (CC).
    • Program Change.
    • Note On.
    • System Real-Time (Clock, Start, Stop, Continue).
  • Toggle Mode:
    • On/Off (2 configurable MIDI values).
    • Impulse (1 configurable MIDI value).
    • Toggle Controller/Program number.
    • Up/down Controller/Program number.
    • Toggle Note number.
    • Start/Stop | Continue/Stop.
    • Tap Tempo (MIDI clock).
  • MIDI Output Range.
  • MIDI parameter value (depends on MIDI Message type, e.g. CC #).
  • Button modes: Toggle / Momentary.
  • Factory Reset.

Requirements (for config software):

  • Desktop or laptop computer with Intel processor and 1GB RAM (2GB recommended).
  • MacOS 10.11 (El Capitan) or later.
  • Windows 8 (64-bit) or later.
  • Linux with Java SE Runtime Environment 10 or later.

Technical Specification:

  • Output
    • MIDI USB-B socket.
    • MIDI DIN (5V).
  • Included Accessories: 3m USB standard A/B-type male cable, for connection to any USB port on your computer.
  • Power Source: USB bus.
  • Power Consumption: ~40mA @ 5V.
  • Data Transmission
    • Class-compliant MIDI over USB.
    • MIDI DIN.
  • Weight: 323 g (11.4 oz.).
  • Dimensions: 151 × 104 × 53 mm (6.0" × 4.1" × 2.1").
  • Material: aluminium design.
  • Colour: slategrey.
  • Buttons: 2, with status LEDs.
  • The adapter is compatible with Windows PC, Linux and Mac computers as well as with iPad Pro (3rd generation) tablets and musical instruments with 5-pin DIN sockets.

*power supply is not included.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review
MIDI Footswitch - FS3

Reviewed By MarulaMusic [all]
June 7th, 2021
Version reviewed: 1 on Any OS

I recently received both the expression pedal and footswitch from Beat Bars and I've been very impressed so far.

Firstly, and most importantly, the build quality is stellar. The units feel rock solid, and you can really stomp down on these with confidence. The build consists of an exceptionally durable, powder coated metal chassis with plush foam padding under the units.

Aside from the obvious build quality and price, one of the main draw cards here is how these operate. Unlike other expression pedals, these are MIDI enabled and programmable meaning you do not need a quarter inch expression input on your controller for these to work. They transmit via MIDI cable or USB (Switchable via a toggle on the so could be connected directly to your DAW and can effectively be used with multiple controllers at once without having to disconnect and reconnect them.

Programming the pedals is simple and done by downloading the setup app. One quirk which I found odd was currently you cannot program both simultaneously via the app. One needs to be disconnected before setting up the second. Technically its not a huge issue since you really need to only program them once, but it would be great if this were corrected in a future update.

I have the expression pedal set up to control expression amounts in addition to dynamics control on my mod wheel for orchestral libraries, which works great. The footswitch is flexible too allowing you to send a multitude of MIDI messages as well as program change information which I thought was super useful. The switches are lit by LED's and can be set to both held and trigger modes making this ideal for live looping setups too.

All in all, I think these units are awesome value for money for anyone looking to enhance live playing or integrate extra control via your feet to any live or studio setup.

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