I had one of these a while ago and liked it, so I picked up another one for my second rig. I was tempted to get another MFC-101, but since I already have one, the $800 or so is too irresponsible even for me... Keeping with my Quig's Simple Second Jamming Rig theme, this little guy is about $200:
[VIDEO]http://www.amazon.com/Rocktron-Midi-Mate-Function-Controller/dp/B001FWBHOK]Amazon.com: Rocktron Midi Mate Multi Function Midi Foot Controller: Musical Instruments[/VIDEO]
And it does the job perfectly. Despite the somewhat clunky interface, it's actually pretty easy to set up. The 4 buttons across the top are assigned to the effects that I use the most (and matches my MFC101 layout, minus one button), plus the tuner in the same basic spot that it lives on the 101. The bottom row is my 5 main presets (a clean, two rhythms and two leads).
Cheap and easy, nice and clean looking. I believe that it can grab phantom power from the Axe-Fx using pin 6+7, but since I already had a spare 5-pin cable I opted not to use it and just have it plugged into my rack power strip.
Here's a great video on how to set it up with the Axe as well:
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_qXIFSN5hM]Gear // Rocktron Midi Mate // Fractal Audio Axe FX Tutorial - YouTube[/VIDEO]
Less buying, more recording solos.
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