What it is

FCBBooster is a software tool conceived to increase the performance of the Behringer FCB 1010 MIDI foot controller. It works as an interface between the pedalboard and whatever MIDI device, hardware or software, you want to drive with it, augmenting the controller's capabilities and simplifying its use at once. It is NOT an editor for the FCB 1010.
FCBBooster Version 2.0.1 (Mac), 1.1 (Win)

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Features

Ability to send a virtually unlimited number of MIDI messages to a virtually unlimited number of MIDI devices simultaneously from each footswitch or expression pedal.

Ability to send MIDI messages that the FCB 1010 is not able to manage, including system exclusive messages, both fixed and variable.

Simple but powerful programming capabilities, implemented through a WYSIWYG editor, allow you to define complex functions that would be impossible to handle for a FCB 1010.

Gives a visual feedback of the functions assigned to footswitches and expression pedals.

Footswitches can act as buttons, switches or multiple state switches.

Messages can be individually programmed to be sent when a footswitch is either pressed or released.

Much easier and faster to program than the actual FCB 1010.

Entire setups can be saved as documents, allowing backups and fast switching between completely different configurations.

New in 2.0: MIDI destination devices and channels are now coupled as “targets” and defined just once in the preferences window, instead of being specified multiple times on an action-by-action basis.

New in 2.0: multiple state footswitches can now optionally expose their current state to all actions belonging to the same patch, so that these can be programmed to perform only when a control is in a particular state.

New in 2.0: interfacing with the FCB 1010 has become much easier: FCBBooster is now able to receive a SysEx dump from the pedalboard or load it from a file, apply the possible needed corrections and send it back without requiring any programming on the FCB 1010 (the old step-by-step learn mode is still available); FCBBooster can also save SysEx dumps to a file for backup purposes.

New in 2.0: the "patches setup" window, now simply called the editor window, has a new, clearer layout, with green lines and boxes indicating the relationships between patches, controls, states and actions; when the editor window is open, the currently selected control is shown with a red border in the main window.

New in 2.0: there are new "cut", "copy" and "paste" buttons for each of the "patches", "controls", "state" and "actions" sections; the "controls" section also has a new "swap" button to easily exchange position between controls of the same kind.

New in 2.0: a new "reference bank" preference allows to choose between the traditional mode of operation, that uses a single FCB 1010 bank as source for MIDI messages, and a new "all banks" mode, that limits the number of the definable patches to ten, but lets you select them with the up/down keys on the pedalboard.

New in 2.0: some new MIDI actions are available: "all sound off", "all notes off", "reset all controllers" for footswitches and "channel pressure" for expression pedals.

New in 2.0: a new "wait" action may be used to introduce a delay between actions; this can be useful to let some hardware devices digest complex sysex messages before sending them other messages.

New in 2.0: there is a new, unified preferences window.

New in 2.0: the "navigation" mode is now not immediately dismissed when a footswitch is pressed; instead it stays active until the "*" activation footswitch is pressed again; the current destination patch is highlighted with a green border in the list at the right side of the main window.

New in 2.0: the "go to patch" action now supports special destinations like "higher in level", "last visited", "next visited", "previous in list", "next in list", which are analogous to the navigation mode commands.

How it works

A comprehensive user manual is available.

The latest Mac OS X version is 2.0.1. It's a 32/64-bit Intel fat binary that runs on 10.6.6 (Snow Leopard) and later versions.

A DEMO version is available here. The demo version cannot save files. In addition, all MIDI output stops after a few minutes.

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The latest Windows version is 1.1. It's a 32-bit application that runs on XP, Vista and 7 and is distributed as shareware. This means that if you use this software, you are required to make a donation through the PayPal button below.

Click here to see the terms of the license agreement under which the Windows version of the software is distributed.

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