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Offline Elantric


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Boss Katana Amp firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.



Sent this to Roland / Boss today

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Boss Katana firmware update wish list (March 2017)


1 ) Add Control Assignments in Boss Tone Studio – these can allow ability to assign a user defined FX parameter Target for EV-5 Expression pedal and the three FX knobs: (Booster/Mod, Delay/FX, Reverb)

2 ) Permit user to store three distinct sets of deep FX parameters, one for each color (Green ,Red, Yellow) with unique FX Parameter settings.
At present, FX Parameter targets for the FX knobs default to a common setting regardless of the current “color” selected” and does not allowing user defined FX settings for each available effects memory selected (three available: Green, Red, or Yellow)

3 ) If the “Reverb” FX knob could have a mode to instead become a duplicate of “Delay / FX” or subset of the Delay / MOD / FX



4 ) Can the External FX Loop become separated from the AMP Block, and allow additional signal chain order options than just the current three.
Perhaps External FX Loop placed last after the Reverb. Or add a fourth chain configuration where all FX including Reverb could be pre –amplifier Block.



5 ) External FX loop status to be “Global or Patch” - Allow the on/off state and the Send / Return levels to be unique for each patch: (CH1, CH2, CH3, CH4)


6 ) SIGNAL CHAIN (CHAIN1,CHAIN2,CHAIN3) status to be “Global or Patch” - Allow the Signal Chain to be unique for each patch: (CH1, CH2, CH3, CH4)


7 ) Add the ability to turn off speaker simulation for the Line Out signal so users can use their own cabinet simulator.


8 ) Support more than four presets (CH1, CH2, CH3, CH4) , even if these can only be selected via MIDI, MIDI over USB


9) Release Complete Boss Katana MIDI Implementation


10 )
The three expression pedals I'd like MIDI CC# Transmission or use as CTRL Assignment Sources

1 expression pedal jack on rear of the amp

2 more via a the GA-FC

Three EV-5 pedals as sources

And Eight Control Assignments for Katana FX control.
These are separate from the existing three way FX button switches on the amp.

The three FX foot switches on GA-FC can be used as CTRL Sources


Give me 8 CTL Assignment slots that can function like the 8 CTRLs in GP-10 for FX assignments with 8 MIDI CC# controllers or morph between 2 effects from one expression pedal
« Last Edit: April 08, 2017, 05:52:06 PM by admsustainiac »

Offline Elantric

Re: Katana -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2017, 01:51:48 PM »
Katana  -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas. 

Offline Elantric

Re: Katana -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2017, 01:51:54 PM »
Katana  -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas. 

Offline snhirsch

Re: Katana -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2017, 09:38:24 AM »
Ok, I'll go first.  In no particular order:

  • Add ability to assign panel knob to user's choice of deep DSP effect parameters (boost/mod/delay, etc.)
  • Permit user to store distinct sets of deep parameters for colors other than the one that's active at preset recall. At present, settings saved for the default are effective for both of the other colors.
  • Release complete MIDI spec
  • Support more than four presets.  It's ok with me if these can only be selected via MIDI - others may feel differently
  • Support controller assign in a manner similar to other Roland/Boss devices

Offline DGA

Re: Katana -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2017, 03:42:00 PM »
Freeing up the reverb slot is the big one for me. I don't use reverb much and usually have some slapback going instead. I'd love to stick the slapback in the reverb spot.

Offline stevesilk51

Re: Katana -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2017, 04:13:20 PM »
Really would like each Channel to have a "switchable" effects loop.

At the moment you turn off effects loop in one channel then it is off on all of them

Similarly If you turn Effects Loop on on a channel the its on all of them.

In a nutshell , I want to choose in each channel if its on or off and it remembers the setting.

Offline gustavz

Re: Katana -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2017, 05:26:15 AM »
i'm using a looper in the send/return of the amp.
I would like to have a CHAIN4 in the BTS which sets the amp/eq section at last behind the reverb to grab also this effekt with my looper.

Offline Elantric

Re: Katana -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2017, 06:48:15 PM »
Sent this to Roland / Boss today

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Boss Katana firmware update wish list (March 2017)


1 ) Add Control Assignments in Boss Tone Studio – these can allow ability to assign a user defined FX parameter Target for EV-5 Expression pedal and the three FX knobs: (Booster/Mod, Delay/FX, Reverb)

2 ) Permit user to store three distinct sets of deep FX parameters, one for each color (Green ,Red, Yellow) with unique FX Parameter settings.
At present, FX Parameter targets for the FX knobs default to a common setting regardless of the current “color” selected” and does not allowing user defined FX settings for each available effects memory selected (three available: Green, Red, or Yellow)

3 ) If the “Reverb” FX knob could have a mode to instead become a duplicate of “Delay / FX” or subset of the Delay / MOD / FX



4 ) Can the External FX Loop become separated from the AMP Block, and allow additional signal chain order options than just the current three.
Perhaps External FX Loop placed last after the Reverb. Or add a fourth chain configuration where all FX including Reverb could be pre –amplifier Block.



5 ) External FX loop status to be “Global or Patch” - Allow the on/off state and the Send / Return levels to be unique for each patch: (CH1, CH2, CH3, CH4)


6 ) SIGNAL CHAIN (CHAIN1,CHAIN2,CHAIN3) status to be “Global or Patch” - Allow the Signal Chain to be unique for each patch: (CH1, CH2, CH3, CH4)


7 ) Add the ability to turn off speaker simulation for the Line Out signal so users can use their own cabinet simulator.


8 ) Support more than four presets (CH1, CH2, CH3, CH4) , even if these can only be selected via MIDI, MIDI over USB


9) Release Complete Boss Katana MIDI Implementation
« Last Edit: March 20, 2017, 08:57:45 PM by Elantric »

Offline snhirsch

Re: Katana -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2017, 07:54:52 PM »
Thanks, Steve!  You have done the entire user community a service by reaching out and engaging with the good folks at Roland. I'm hopeful we'll see some or all of this implemented.

Offline Elantric

Re: Katana -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2017, 07:59:32 PM »
I'm told not to expect any new Katana Firmware until fall 2017

Offline gumtown

Re: Katana -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2017, 08:08:56 PM »
WoW !!
and you got a reply the same day too.
Free "GR-55 FloorBoard" editor software from http://sourceforge.net/projects/grfloorboard/

Offline melodisk

Re: Katana -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2017, 03:53:44 PM »
Scenes like the axe fx, scene 1-2-3 on green,yellow,red making that at total of 9 scenes.
or more presets,  :)
« Last Edit: April 05, 2017, 12:43:25 PM by melodisk »

Offline Elantric

Re: Katana -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2017, 12:24:26 PM »
The three expression pedals I'd like MIDI CC# Transmission or use as CTRL Assignment Sources

1 expression pedal jack on rear of the amp

2 more via a the GA-FC

Three EV-5 pedals as sources

And Eight Control Assignments for Katana FX control.
These are separate from the existing three way FX button switches on the amp.

The three FX foot switches on GA-FC can be used as CTRL Sources


Give me 8 CTL Assignment slots that can function like the 8 CTRLs in GP-10 for FX assignments with 8 MIDI CC# controllers or morph between 2 effects from one expression pedal

Offline October3

Re: Katana -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2017, 05:05:06 PM »
I'd like to be able to run 25/50 instead of 50/100, occasionally ie be able to toggle in software

(In the 100watt combo)

Offline gumtown

Re: Katana -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2017, 05:45:35 PM »
not sure if a new firmware update should be applied unless someone checks that Boss haven't gone and crippled the recently discovered hidden features.

They might have been saving the hidden features for a future 'free' upgrade should sales start stagnating.
Free "GR-55 FloorBoard" editor software from http://sourceforge.net/projects/grfloorboard/

Offline Beanow

Re: Katana -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.
« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2017, 05:49:35 PM »
not sure if a new firmware update should be applied unless someone checks that Boss haven't gone and crippled the recently discovered hidden features.

They might have been saving the hidden features for a future 'free' upgrade should sales start stagnating.

Agreed, so make sure you have the current firmware with your backups :]
https://www.boss.info/global/support/by_product/katana-100/updates_drivers/eaa1f675-cdcc-49f3-ae33-1d8d9466bf91/

Offline admsustainiac

Re: Katana -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.
« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2017, 05:53:00 PM »
And archive is on 1st post as attachment

Offline John.Doe

Re: Katana -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.
« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2017, 04:10:09 AM »
For the live environment I'd like to have some sort of global EQ for adjusting all the programmed channels together. This can be handled with EQ pedal but it goes beyond the minimal setup. May be in some mode the panel EQ could work not as absolute but relative control, so 12 o'clock means no-adjustment applied, rolling left/right lowers/rises db of the corresponding EQ band for any channel in this mode, immediately when channel is activated.
« Last Edit: April 11, 2017, 04:14:16 AM by John.Doe »
Katana 112 : Vox NT15H-G2/V112NT-G2 : Boss GT-100 : Boss GT-1 : LP Standard 2008 : Fender Strat

Offline RosewellTech

Re: Katana -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.
« Reply #18 on: April 20, 2017, 08:57:18 AM »
I really like the Katana head that I purchased, but I'm disappointed that I can't use my GT-100's expression pedal to control parameters of various Katana effects via midi. It may be asking too much, but I'd like to see tight integration between the GT-100 and Katana. It would be awesome if I had the ability to manipulate a host of Katana parameters using the GT-100.

Offline Beanow

Re: Katana -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.
« Reply #19 on: April 23, 2017, 07:14:43 AM »
I really like the Katana head that I purchased, but I'm disappointed that I can't use my GT-100's expression pedal to control parameters of various Katana effects via midi. It may be asking too much, but I'd like to see tight integration between the GT-100 and Katana. It would be awesome if I had the ability to manipulate a host of Katana parameters using the GT-100.

Wouldn't the easy route be 4 cable method and putting the pedal effect on the GT-100?

Offline John.Doe

Re: Katana -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.
« Reply #20 on: April 27, 2017, 09:45:45 AM »
Wouldn't the easy route be 4 cable method and putting the pedal effect on the GT-100?
It involves additional AD/DA? Digital link GT <-> Katana would be nice feature.
Katana 112 : Vox NT15H-G2/V112NT-G2 : Boss GT-100 : Boss GT-1 : LP Standard 2008 : Fender Strat

Offline kneagle

Re: Katana -Boss Katana firmware update wish list - Submit your Ideas.
« Reply #21 on: April 27, 2017, 11:39:19 AM »
I know this thread is for firmware update wish list, but instead of starting a new thread elsewhere, I have a few thoughts on hardware upgrades. I'm sure any (all) of these would have cost implications, but for a future model I would be willing to pay for:

1. Color blind friendly led's - maybe blue, yellow and red.
2. External speaker jack.
3. Some kind of visual representation for patch names and effects. I like the scribble strip on the Helix, but anything would help. Heck, as long as we're dreaming, maybe an upgrade to the venerable GA-FC that would mirror the display from the amp.
4. Maybe a setting in between .5 and 50 watts on the 100 watt amps.

Having said this, I have to make clear that, in my opinion, the K100 is the most amazing, most groundbreaking amp I have ever had (black face Super and Twin Reverbs, silver face Bandmaster Reverb, Cube 100 (the orange one), Blues deVille). For a first release, I don't think it's hyperbole to put it almost on a level with Leo's early work.

Offline sikejsudjek

I'd ask for more options for boss multifx units to be able to control the katana via midi or usb. The GA FC is fairly limited compared to what could potentially be achieved with control from the multifx units. I would suggest it makes good commercial sense to do this, and is common in av equipment where manufactures know tight integration between products sells more boxes ! Other manufacturers are going to struggle to offer anything to compete.
« Last Edit: May 25, 2017, 02:15:09 AM by sikejsudjek »

Offline admsustainiac

I'd ask for more options for boss multifx units to be able to control the katana via midi or usb. The GA FC is fairly limited compared to what could potentially be achieved with control from the multifx units. I would suggest it makes good commercial sense to do this, and is common in av equipment where manufactures know tight integration between products sells more boxes !
Until then, there exists this alternative option that enables  more Katana control via MIDI
Just add FCB-1010 or KMI SoftStep2, or your favorite MIDI floor controller 


PRIMOVA MIDX-20 Dual Roland USB MIDI Converter / Ctrl Interface
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=17561.msg125048#msg125048

http://www.primovasound.com/midx_20.html

MIDX-20 owners manual
http://www.primovasound.com/pdf/MIDX20_Manual.pdf
MIDX-20 NEW V1.4 Firmware with BOSS Katana MIDI Bridge (+Sneaky Amps).
http://www.primovasound.com/midx_20.html
(Need PC Assistant V1.1 from web page to flash the upgrade, Previous Assistant V1.0 will not flash properly)

MIDX-20 Katana MIDI Bridge document updated:
http://www.primovasound.com/pdf/MIDX_20_Katana.pdf









« Last Edit: May 25, 2017, 02:29:07 AM by admsustainiac »

Offline CodeSmart

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With upcoming MIDX-20 V2 firmware (free upgrade) you also get all Katana 'new' sneaky effects, Boost and Mod at the same time, Delay and FX at the same time, all accessible using CC# from your foot controller.

http://www.primovasound.com/midx_20.html

MIDX-20 Comparison chart / Feature list
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=17561.msg151641#msg151641
Documentation/manuals and a new batch of MIDX-20 units is in production now.

Also in MIDX-20 V2 there's MIDI filtering, virtual channels, dual channel broadcasts, CC expression curve mods, tip-heel inversion, CC/channel translation/duplication, momentary to toggling conversions and more.
« Last Edit: June 01, 2017, 03:13:05 PM by Elantric »
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