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Foot Control - Roland FC-7 replacement options

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Foot Control - Roland FC-7 replacement options #5779
Greetings Roland Fans,

I'm looking for an alternative to the FC-7 pedal (multi-switch) that Roland no longer makes.

Can anyone suggest a good alternative?

Thanks,
Kate
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Foot Control - Roland FC-7 replacement options #5780
Kate there are few options, but regardless how you take them, they are a compromise:
- KORG EC-5, 5 pedals only and you will need a custom cable. Roxy's in NY state makes them, actually Leon does them. It works. Nice, small and lightweight pedal, but only 5 footsteps. For most that will do.
- MIDI pedals: There is the FC-300 from Roland which cost about $450, Beheringer FCB1010 and some others. In any case you have to program the features via MIDI commands. Be aware some can't be addressed, like "next performance" or "Melody Intelligent"

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My advice would be to keep scouting online auction sites. The FC-7 isn't really rare- they pop up several times a year. It was dumb on the part of Roland to discontinue this item without a migration path, as it's an essential accessory to the BK-7m, which was considered a current model until just recently. My $.02.
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Thanks for these ideas. I would ideally like to have the original Roland product. I shall endeavor to put out the feelers for one!
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If you do a search on the forum, you will find a few other threads from a while back detailing FC-7 alternatives and wiring. For a 5 switch solution, the EC-5 will work, and yes, there are ready made (but, IMHO expensive) solutions to plugging it in.

Personally, if I couldn't find an FC-7 (I have two, accumulated over the years) I might go with the EC-5, but I personally would inquire about a custom wiring solution that added a couple of 1/4" jacks to add the additional 2 switches, then use simple tablet-type sustain pedals (Roland polarity, or switchable polarity because there's nothing in the Roland's to allow reverse polarity switches). If you think about it, four switches for the Variation select doesn't really leave much over with only five to choose from! I consider seven a minimum for working an arranger fairly hands free.

Bottom line, if you have (or anyone you know) even basically decent soldering capabilities, it isn't hard to create your own custom loom. There are no electronics involved in the EC-5/FC-7, they are simple dumb momentary switches, so it is just basic 'wire up a jack' skills. OK, maybe a hair more complex if you decided to not use a cable already wired to the FC-7's DIN plug, but still basic compared to anything else.

Check for the other threads, there are wiring diagrams and user experience (a few have already gone this route).
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Thanks, Diki. I will consider this option, if I can find somebody who can wire this up for me.
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Foot Control - Roland FC-7 replacement options #5806
For those who could not find the information of the FC-7 wiring,
Attached a document made by me in the years when the R.A.G.
(Roland Arrangers Group) forum was the community for help.

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