|Product Dimensions||13.97 x 5.59 x 4.83 cm; 371.95 Grams|
|Item Weight||372 g|
MeloAudio Upgrade MIDI Commander Guitar Floor Multi-Effects Portable USB MIDI Foot Controller Foot Switches (midi Commander) (guitar pedal)
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- Ultra-smooth pedal movement for the utmost in comfort and control.
- Small size for better placement on the effector mounting plate
- The pedal shaft is designed with damping. When it is not stepped, it will stay at the specified angle
- The EXP-001 Pedal delivers precision response and smooth action in a durable cast aluminum housing. Rubber pedal for comfortable play and non-slip action
- The EXP-001 Pedal is compatible with any model or brand of effect that features a stand TRS expression input, such as TS MEGA, MIDI COMMANDER, Fractal AXE Fx2, KPA（Kemper profiling amps), ZOOM G1 G2 G3 G5 G7, Line 6 HX Stomp,Digitech RP360, etc
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Description: The MeloAudio EXP-001 is a robust and reliable universal expression pedal designed to work with TS Mega, MIDI Commander, any keyboard, synthesizer, or pedal with an expression or CV input. . it's just as solidly built with a lightweight aluminum chassis and aggressive non-slip tread.The EXP-001 pedal puts great tonal control at your feet and provides a great way to make your amp or multi-effectsunit even more fun, more expressive and more versatile. Compatible with: MeloAudio ToneShifter(TS)Mega MeloAudio Midi Commander Third party compatible devices list(Note: because of the third party device internal hardware, sometimes the 100% Min-Max range may not be reached perfectly. Normally＞95% is in the control range) Fractal Axe Fx2 Fx3 Kemper profiling amps Zoom G1 G2 G3 G5 G7 serials Line 6 HX Stomp Digitech RP360 Specification: Item: EXP-001 Pedal Potentiometer: 10K Dimension: 140mm*55mm*50mm Weight: 0.37Kg Material: Metal, Plastic, Rubber Color:Black Package inlcuding: 1*Expression Pedal 1*6 Feet 6.35mm to 6.35mm stereo audio cable
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How I use the MIDI Commander:
* The JMP-1 is a MIDI guitar pre-amp, which I run into the TC G Major 2 for all of my effects, like reverb, chorus etc. I change patches on both units via MIDI Program Change messages, and use an expression pedal to vary my overall volume levels.
* The Tubemeister 18 is controlled by the TC G Major, which can change the channels on the Tubemeister via the footswitch input. The G Major accept the MIDI Program Changes and changes the channels on the Tubemeister as needed, and provides the reverb, chorus and volume control via an MIDI expression pedal.
I wanted a foot controller that could send Program Change messages to switch patches in both systems, and the MIDI Commander is doing that very well, with the aim of having one pedal board that could control either rig.
The good bits:
1) Once I set it to “Custom 1” mode, I was 95% of the way to controlling my systems the way I wanted to. I was using a Roland FC-100 before this, which is also a pretty simple MIDI foot controller, similar in capabilities to this MIDI Commander when you put it either of the custom modes (ie, it basically sends program changes, and controller changes from the external controllers). The MIDI Commander sends out a Program Change message per foot switch, which is NOT user definable, but just goes in incremental order up the banks, of which there are eight, so you can send Program Changes from 1 to 72. I doubt I would have that many patches programmed, but it would be nice to be able to use all 128 Program Changes.
2) It seems well built, but time will tell, once I have gigged it a few times, to see how reliable it will be.
3) The LCD screen is adequate, but could have been bigger, but the patch numbers are displayed big enough, and there’s an LED next to every foot switch to show me which patch/switches are active.
4) The unit seems to be pretty configurable, once you decipher the manual! You can change the CC numbers of the external expression pedals, you can assign CC numbers to the individual foot switches, but you cannot assign a value to the CC messages sent, it only toggles between 1 and 127 when you assign a CC to a foot switch, meaning you can only toggle functions on and off in your amp/processor/DAW etc.
Once you get into the menu system to configure the unit, it’s not that hard to do.
5) MIDI data is transmitted by USB and a standard 5 pin DIN MIDI socket, which is great for controlling standard MIDI-equiped gear, which is how I use it.
The bad bits:
1) The user manual is terrible. Melo Audio needs to address this. The manual has been (badly) translated from another language, but seems a little brief also. Some more detail about how to edit the parameters and the overall capabilities would have been nice, but I was able to figure it out. (I’ve dealt with enough badly translated manuals to get the idea!).
2) The unit is powered by USB - the same kind of USB cable that you would use to connect your printer to your computer. This is fine if you intend to use it with a PC or Mac, as the USB also handles the MIDI data. But when you want to use it on a pedal board, you have to sort out a USB charger. It can also be powered by batteries, but I don’t like to rely on batteries for too many things.
**** Beware - try as many different USB chargers as you can find. Some work better than others! When testing the MIDI Commander, I found that some chargers introduced a lot of noise into the audio circuit of my amps. So far, the best charger I have found is a Samsung phone charger, but your experiences may vary. ****
(I intend to make a little gadget to take a standard 9 volts from my pedal power supply and step it down to 5 volts for the USB input on the MIDI Commander. Maybe the manufacturers should supply a converter as standard? It would make this a much better product from the outset.)
3) This is the smallest foot controller I have seen, and I’m a little worried that the foot switches are a little close together, because I don’t have the smallest feet on the planet!
4) There’s no way to calibrate the expression pedals when you plug them in to the MIDI Commander. I only use one of the two available pedal inputs, but it does not let the pedal go to a full value of 127. You can see this because the unit displays the values of the CC messages on the LCD. (It shows the CC# and the value being sent.) Not a deal breaker for me, but might be an issue for someone else.
I can’t comment on the compatibility with systems like the Axe FX or Kemper, etc, as I don’t have them.
The MIDI Commander has definitely helped me reduce the size of my pedal board without losing any functionality that I had with my previous controller, which was my main aim in buying this unit.
I’d recommend this unit to someone who wants a basic foot controller, that can be set up to send basic Program Changes and Controller Changes, like I need it to do. This unit won’t send out complex message to change the settings in other gear, for example, I have a TC Nova Drive and while I can use the MIDI Commander to change patches, it’s not smart enough to edit the parameters in the Nova Drive itself, not like a G System can.
Maybe a firmware update can add some more functionality, or improve on some of the issues. I hope that happens in the future, but for now, I'm pretty happy with the MIDI Commander.
I'll be using it at a few gigs over the next couple of months, and that will be the real test! If it fails, I shall update this review if I can.
- Size, awesome, maybe a bit tight for clumsy players, but this unit tries to fit into the "compact footswitches" so, tick!
- Cheap. Did I say how cheap it is for its build quality and features?
- Visual: It looks good. Display is small but bright enough.
- Easy to use, sort of. If it can do whatever you need, out of the box, you're in good hands. If you need to do some programming, you might find you need it to do something it actually cannot (like send MIDI notes... somehow they overlooked this feature that would not take any technical challenge to be implemented).
- Some "ready to use" versions are available. If you go online you'll find some "official MODs" that can change it to be ready for some wide used industry gear, such as HX Stomp from Line6. It's not ready out of the box, but if you apply a patch, it changes the support from one product to another. It could be easier to update yourself, and tweak the out of the box... but if you need to tweak, you need to use the Custom 1 or Custom 2 (so you can either use the gear ready available or program 2 of your own... if you need more than 2, well... too bad, so sad... you need to re-patch whenever changing products)
Not so good:
- Updates. Erm. You'll find online documentation and apparently the channel to get the updates is there, alive and kicking, etc. It just seems to be stale and nothing coming from there in a while, so I might get stuck in terms of updates/new features...
- Lack of MIDI-Through. Ok, I get it, it's supposed to be the MIDI commander, the one that initiates it all... but... in MIDI gear we're used to this as basic functionality. Not sure it works when used as MIDI-over-USB, still need to check
If you check this product, everyday on Amazon, the price fluctuates from as high as A$249 to as low as A$159. So, take your time, you might get a better price tomorrow.
There are obviously much more elaborate devices if you want to route audio or control a large number
of devices simultaneously, or deep DAW integration out of the box, but it's easy to program once you get
how it's organised, and if i just want a bit more immediate control under my feet i'll add a second one.
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I was looking to use this to control my HX Stomp via my Morningstar MC6 mk2. I was finding that whatever I assigned the Exp to, had a really poor sweep and wondered if it was a faulty pot inside, most of the command change occured within a few mm of travel and was pretty much useless.
I was able to get the pedal working ok in the HX Stomp using a TS cable and assigning to EXP1. EXP1 uses Tip & Sleeve and EXP2 uses Ring & Sleeve.
Reading through the manual for the Morningstar, it expects the Tip of the TRS to be attached to the wiper, whereas the Melo has the wiper attached to the Ring, so I desoldered them and swapped, to make it easier, I added some perf board as it's a board mounted pot (made by Alpha, which was reassuring).
I'm sure I should add something about carrying out this work will void warranty and all that. Also, I occasionally build and mod pedals, so it was a simple change, so think wasn't a 'plug and play' experience, but hopefully this info is useful for someone looking to go down this route and have the Melo as viable alternative to the Dunlop. I suppose if I really wanted to, I could have made the change switchable, though I can't imagine wanting to undo it in a hurry.
I was initially confused by the title bass guitar wah but it works for normal guitar perfectly.
Buy this if you want a good quality keyboard pedal but pony up some extra dough and buy another pedal if you want something for guitar/bass.