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michhill8
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What is an MIDI pedal?

From what I gather, you can dial your knobs and have a setting, then record it into a patch that you can use with the footswitch. Is that right?

SO.... is that just for your amp? Or can it be with some effect pedals you have hooked up to your rig as well? And if that's true, then do you have to have the pedals hooked up to the rig for the foot controller to work?

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kent_eh
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It's essentially a control "panel" for anything that can be controlled by MIDI. They send control information to the controlled devices, audio doesn't connect to the pedal. They are sometimes called MIDI floorboards.

You could use it to change the settings on your effects and amp (if they have a MIDI interface) to go from one collection of presets to another.
If the floorboard has volume pedal type things, you can use those to adjust any setting in the effects on the fly (volume, wah, reverb depth, leslie speed, mix of dry-wet... ).

If you have MIDI controlled stage lights, you could even control those, if you wanted to.

There are a number of different types
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Roland-FC300-MIDI-Foot-Controller?sku=150244
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-FCB1010-MIDI-Footcontroller-?sku=182469
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/navigation/guitars?N=100001+304262&Ntk=All&Ntt=midi+control&Nty=1

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Tommy Guns
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I use a midi board to control my effects unit and preamps. I press 1 button and it automatically changes the effects unit and switches between 3 preamps.

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Hyperborea
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I have the Behringer MIDI pedal that kent_eh linked to ( http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/%20...%20sku=182469 ). I use it to control my laptop (I have software that converts MIDI commands into regular OS events) and more often use it for controlling Logic Express ( http://www.apple.com/logicexpress/ ). I use Logic Express for backing tracks, for recording my playing, as a fancy looper, etc.

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michhill8
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hmm.. how do I know if I have an MIDI interface on my amps or effects? Would I run the pedal to my power amp in or run it out from my preamp??? This is all very confusing to me.

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kent_eh
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how do I know if I have an MIDI interface on my amps or effects?

Does it have a connector that looks like ?

The same connector type (called 5 pin DIN) can be used for other things, but MIDI is one of the most common. It will be labeled "MIDI" if that's what it is.
Would I run the pedal to my power amp in or run it out from my preamp??? This is all very confusing to me.
The most important thing to remember is that MIDI is not audio, it's data.
Most guitar effects pedals and amps don't make use of MIDI. And if they do, it's only to change their settings.

Here is an article that will tell you more than you wanted to know about MIDI.

The short answer is that you probably don't need to think about MIDI for most normal guitar related applications.
In the guitar world, MIDI is an advanced topic.

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