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If I already have a Ground Control Pro, can I control Pedal Switchers that way instead of buying a Commander?

How many Pedal Switcher units can I control with Commander?

How many presets are in Commander?

What happens if I hit the same preset switch on Commander again?

Does Commander have to sit right next to Pedal Switcher?

Can I put another Commander at a different stage location for remote access?

Can I control the Commander remotely with any MIDI controller?

Can Commander control other MIDI-capable devices?

How do I power Commander?

How do I power Pedal Switcher?

Can I power the Pedal Switcher from my Pedal Power?

Are the Pedal Switcher loops buffered or passive?  

Do I have to use the buffer?

Does Pedal Switcher have the same buffer circuit as the GCX?

Can I add a Pedal Switcher to my existing Ground Control Pro/GCX system?

Can I use a third-party MIDI footcontroller with Pedal Switcher? 

Can the Pedal Switcher loops switch the channels on my amp?

What exactly is a TRS insert?

Do I need Commander if I just want to make my pedals “true bypass”?

Do I need to understand MIDI mapping and editing to use Pedal Switcher with Commander?

What are the dimensions for Pedal Switcher and Commander?

Still got questions?


When will they be available?
Both units should be available Q4 2007.

If I already have a Ground Control Pro, can I control Pedal Switchers that way instead of buying a Commander?
Yes! Ground Control Pro looks at the Pedal Switcher’s 4 audio loops as half a GCX (rackmounted 8 loop expander).

How many Pedal Switcher units can I control with Commander?
As many as you want...Seriously!

How many presets are in Commander?
Commander has 10 presets set up as 2 banks of 5. Bank A is 1-5, and Bank B is 6-10.

What happens if I hit the same preset switch on Commander again?
This let’s you instantly move over to that same position in the other bank. For instance, if you have your favorite clean sound in preset #1, you can put a lead sound in preset #6 and instantly A/B between them! You can do the same thing for 2/7, 3/8 and so on like this:

Switches
1   2   3   4   5
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5  (Bank 1-5)
6 | 7 | 8 | 9 |10 (Bank 6-10)

By setting up your sounds in Commander this way, you’ll probably never need to use the Bank Up/Down button again.

Does Commander have to sit right next to Pedal Switcher?
No. You can put Commander anywhere you want just by connecting them via a standard MIDI cable.

Can I put another Commander at a different stage location for remote access?
Yes. For instance, you can use one Commander by your main stage location, and keep a second at an alternate stage or guitar tech location.

Can I control the Commander remotely with any MIDI controller?
Yes. You can call up Commander’s presets remotely with another controller or sequencer using MIDI patch changes.

Can Commander control other MIDI-capable devices?
It will only send out program changes 1 through 10 on MIDI channel 1. So, if that's all you need to do, then YES.

How do I power Commander?
Commander is phantom powered by Pedal Switcher.

How do I power Pedal Switcher?
Pedal Switcher comes with it’s own 9VAC power supply.

Can I power the Pedal Switcher from my Pedal Power?
Yes. You can power the Pedal Switcher with either a Pedal Power 2 Plus or Pedal Power AC. With the Pedal Power 2 Plus, use either L6 output with the dipswitch in the "on" position. With the Pedal Power AC, use any of the 9VAC outputs.

Are the Pedal Switcher loops buffered or passive?  
The loops are absolutely transparent because there is no circuitry at all! Every connection is made using the finest gold contact relays sealed in nitrogen. This is the only way to provide perfect clarity and unlimited headroom.

Do I have to use the buffer?
Not if you don't want to!  The buffer is a completely separate circuit from the loops. You can choose to use the ultra-transparent input buffer, or just patch directly into the first loop. You might want to experiment with which sounds best in your rig.

Does Pedal Switcher have the same buffer circuit as the GCX?
Yes. The buffer circuit is identical to the current production GCX, including the expensive (and sonically superior) Burr-Brown opamp.

Can I add a Pedal Switcher to my existing Ground Control Pro/GCX system?
Yes. The Ground Control Pro can control Pedal Switchers in the same way that it controls the GCX. Plus, the Pedal Switcher has its own instant access switches. Now you still have all your Ground Control Pro switches available for other devices.

Can I use a third-party MIDI footcontroller with Pedal Switcher? 
Not really. You can call up the Pedal Switcher's presets with MIDI program change commands, but there is no way to save or modify presets without Commander.

Can the Pedal Switcher loops switch the channels on my amp?
No. The Pedal Switcher is intended for switching pedals!  Besides pedals, loops can be used as a mute and/or tuner out, and the last loop can be used as an A/B switch.

What exactly is a TRS insert?
Using the TRS insert breaks the connection between loops 3 and 4. This allows you to patch in a volume pedal or additional effects that you don't need Pedal Switch to control.  TRS refers to the type of stereo 1/4-inch plug (Tip, Ring, Sleeve) which then breaks out into mono IN and OUT jacks. This is commonly referred to as an "insert point" cable.

Do I need Commander if I just want to make my pedals “true bypass”?
No. You can use Pedal Switcher as just a stand alone 4 loop switcher. You can easily add Commander at any time.

Do I need to understand MIDI mapping and editing to use Pedal Switcher with Commander?
Nope. MIDI is just the type of cable you’re going to use to hook them together. That’s all you really need to know. Both units are completely plug and play!

What are the dimensions for Pedal Switcher and Commander?
Pedal Switcher is 11 3/4 x 3 3/8 x 2 x 1/4. Commander is 18 1/2 x 3 x 2 1/4.

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