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Offline Pat the Brat

FC-300 & Katana Artist
« on: February 11, 2018, 07:46:13 PM »
Hi to all,

i owned a FC-300 for several years and used probably only 5% of it's potential controlling my Guitar Rig software in my computer to track and rehearse.

Now, i bought the Katana 1x12 100w (which i expect to replace by the Katana Artist 100w as soon as it released in Canada because the Artist model have a Midi In that the actual model don't have) but i am curious as to what control i gain over it using the FC-300 for live shows.

I am not so familiar with midi, but am able to work with instructions.

Here's what i expect to do when i will have the FC-300 hooked to the Midi in of the Katana Artist;

1- Change Bank (A-B) and Amps Channels (1 to 8)

2- Activate-Desactivate the FX (Booster-Mod / Delay-FX / Reverb) on any selected channels

3- Having Master Volume & Wah assign to Expression Pedals no matter the channel selected (probably to be assign in every channels of the
    Katana via Boss Tune Studio)

Any input will be appreciated before i either invest more money in swapping the amplifier for the Artist Model or to buy the MIDX20 (midi-to-usb) which i have read about on this forum.

Thanx in advance,

Pat The Brat

Offline gumtown

Re: FC-300 & Katana Artist
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2018, 08:24:35 PM »
The MIDX-20 will give you better options,
 the Katana midi in, on it's own, has very limited features.
Then you can use the MIDX-20 on either Katana.
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Offline Pat the Brat

Re: FC-300 & Katana Artist
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2018, 10:00:14 PM »
Hi Gumtown,

thank you for the reply.

Could you give me more detail as to what i would be limited to via the Midi in?

And if the 3 pobjectives i hope to achieve would be possible with the MIDX20?

much appreciated!

Offline Elantric

Re: FC-300 & Katana Artist
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2018, 10:20:27 PM »

Offline Smash

Re: FC-300 & Katana Artist
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2018, 02:02:54 AM »
With midx20 you can control any parameter using FC300 in CC mode - program whatever CCs you like to the pedals.

Asle on here uses katana head with fc300 and midx20 so he's your man to explain but from a facebook chat its extremely versatile

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Re: FC-300 & Katana Artist
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2018, 03:40:55 AM »
Q1- Change Bank (A-B) and Amps Channels ( 1 to 8 )
Send PC#0-7 to the MIDX-20
If you instead need to change patch using a CC#, you can program a Filter in the MIDX-20 that will translate a given CC# to PC#

Q2- Activate-Desactivate the FX (Booster-Mod / Delay-FX / Reverb) on any selected channels
BOOSTER/MOD on/offCC#16 (0=off, 127=on)
DELAY/FX on/offCC#17 (0=off, 127=on)
REVERB/DELAY2 on/offCC#18 (0=off, 127=on)

or individually (MIDX-20 special):
BOOSTER on/offCC#48 (0=off, 127=on)
MOD on/offCC#49 (0=off, 127=on)
DELAY on/off CC#78 (0=off, 127=on)
FX on/offCC#79 (0=off, 127=on)
REVERB on/offCC#58 (0=off, 127=on)
DELAY2 on/offCC#59 (0=off, 127=on


Q3- Having Master Volume & Wah assign to Expression Pedals no matter the channel selected (probably to be assign in every channels of the
    Katana via Boss Tune Studio)


GLOBAL VOLCC#7 (0-127)
MOD WHA PEDALCC#62 (0-127)
FX WHA PEDALCC#92 (0-127)
Note: For the Wha pedal there's a filter in the MIDX-20 that is nice to use.
The last foot toe down part of the expression pedal will turn wha on/off while it operates normal between heel and "almost-toe".
It works almost like there's a hardware on/off switch in your pedal.

The patch need to be setup with MOD=Pedal Wha (either by BTS or sending CC#60 14 to MIDX-20).

To activate this you need to program the MIDX-20 using the PC Assistant software:
1. In the PC-Assistant goto to tab Translations.
2. In the section CC# Translations/Operations:
3. Set Point of operation = MIDI IN
4. Set "From Ch" = 1
5. Set "From CC#" = 62
6. Set To "CC#" = 49
7. Set "Operation" = "EXP TOE TOGGLE (To CC)"
What will happen now is when the MIDX sees CC#62 incoming at "MIDI IN" it will forward the values if between 0-120.
If greater it will instead send CC# 49= 0 or 127 (in a toggling fashion).
Can also be done with FX section but then it's different CC# numbers.

« Last Edit: February 12, 2018, 03:46:59 AM by CodeSmart »
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Offline Pat the Brat

Re: FC-300 & Katana Artist
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2018, 07:25:17 AM »
Thank you guys for this great and quick reply.

Gumtown, Elantric, Smash and Codesmart, i really aprecciate your help and input to solve my dilemma.

i will order the MIDX today and keep you posted about how i get my rig operationnal.

Regards,