COLAN, I too was confused by the initial hype about the FC 1. I interpreted it to mean i could play FTP patches without my computer making Mexican club gigs potentially less prone to damage and complexity. I haven't used my FC 1 or ftp once live and so far just for its admittedly great sounds in my studio. The gear i was hoping to improve on with the triple play experience, mainly Roland vg 88 &99, really are more user friendly for gigs, despite a 13 pin cable, which really isnt that much of a hassle if you keep contacta clean and strain off the cable ends. I play more than background organ. Lots of slide in 5 different tunings. With the Roland gear and nice thick user manuals, everything but a firmware update went smoothly. In the studio, playing with the ftp has been fun. The fc1 is gathering dust. Actually after my last ftp update attempt nothing works. I gave up and build my tube amps or guitars, since the grin to groan ratio is much better. I hope fishman gets the ftp and fc1 easier to use and understand for musicians with limited technical desire or time to burn getting something to work, or like Elantric noted, pay some 3rd party to set it all up. Hell, at 70 yo i still pack my own gear. So hiring someone to program my gear is like buying a car only a tech savy guy can drive for me. Isn't that why we pay engineers by buying the products they develop?
If you go back to early posts on the ftp and fc1 you'll see you weren't the only one confused. I was and bought both, consequently a much more powerful dedicated windows computer and spend more time reading about it online than i actually use it. It is clear to me this gear could be the future of midi guitar BUT IVE SEEN ALLOT OF MIDI GUITAR GEAR LIVE VERY SHORT PRODUCTION AND SUPPORT LIFETIMES. At 70 yo I can't buy back hours i waste so i will likely wait until this gear becomes more user friendly and use my OUT OF DATE roland and axon gear in the mean time.