I'm using CC Mode with an MIDI cable going from the FC-300 to the VG-99 parallel with the RRC-2 one. Using an extra EV-5 to control the Hi-hat. Exp-2 is controlling velocity. Exp-1 is routed to the VG for Wah.
Pedals are assigned to CC's 20 to 29.
This is where it's getting a bit complicated.
- First make a track with a drum plugin (named "Superior Drummer" in the pic") and route "MIDI-from" to the VG-99 Midi channel setting "Monitor" to "In". You need to alter the midi mapping for Hi-Hat control inside Superior to the CC you've chosen on Your pedal. I'm using CC#4 for this one. I've also added the MIDI velocity plugin from Ableton controlling "Drive" using a CC assigned to EXP-2.
- Second you make a midi-track feeding it to the input of track one "Monitor" to "Auto". This is the Clip track where you add loops and such.
- Third thing I did was to make separate tracks for the drums from Superior and group them under "Drums" to record single instruments. These tracks are routed to "Drum mix" so I can record the whole set if desired.
- Fourth i downloaded some amazing midi utilities called midiPiz from here http://www.thepiz.org/pizmidi/
and added "midiCC16Router" to a new Midi track. Taking input from "all MIDI inputs" and "Monitor" to "In".
- Fifth it was time to assign. Assigned FC-300 pedals to CC in 1-16 and CC's out to unique CC per clip. To do this You need to send the MIDI out of Ableton using a new track and the "External instrument" plugin assigning it's output to the "IAC" midi driver.
- Sixth, bring ext back into the midi clip track using remote in Midi setup.
You know what? I'll post my templates. Both for 8 and 9.
You can record the Midi clip channel. This records your clip triggerings. The way I've set things up gives the opportunity to play this recording back using the expression pedals to replay hi-hat and velocity for different feel and dynamics.