PSA - I just went to the Decibel Eleven website as I finished writing this post and talk about luck - they have a clearance sale running and still have the Switch Doctor available, brand new for $150 shipped in the US. Seems like a no-brainer purchase at that price so I grabbed one.
I bought my JP-2C used and it was missing the footswitch, so I bought a new one from Mesa and am realizing now that it was probably a waste of money because it lacks a button for either the FX loop or the Shred mode. I know zero about MIDI and after digging around I am finding out that with a MIDI foot switch controller I can do all with it that the OEM footswitch can and much more, like change amp channels and reverb and FX loop and reverb simultaneously.
I have a few pedals also and see that there's a few products out there with loop switching plus MIDI to control the amp, trying not to spend a ton and the Decibel Eleven Switch Doctor and Boss ES-5 seem like they would fit the bill.
Am I thinking correctly that the Switch Doctor should be able to do some or most of what the Boss ES-5 can do? My needs are full control of the amp settings that can be MIDI controlled (which unfortunately does not include EQ) and also some control over engaging the handful of pedals I have. Ideally, I'd like to be able to assign one button to set the amp how I want and engage the 1 or 2 effect pedals I want like a delay or flanger - and not have to tap dance. This should address that, right?
Hoping somebody with MIDI know-how can help me out here - thanks in advance.