Behringer BCF2000-WH User's Manual

Behringer BCF2000-WH User's Manual
User’s Manual
Version 1 2007-06
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heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including
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Total Recall USB/MIDI Controller Desk with 8 Motorized Faders
s Unique, total recall cascadable desktop MIDI controller with analog feel and an intuitive user interface
s 8 ultra-precise 100-mm motorized faders for ultimate control of virtual mixers, organ-drawbars
(inverse mode) or virtual synths and samplers
s 4 virtual groups with 8 dual-mode, high-resolution encoders that feature LED rings and an additional
push function
s 16 + 4 illuminated buttons freely assignable to all types of MIDI functions from note on/off, control
change and program change to MMC and system exclusive data
s All panel elements freely assignable—manually or via user-friendly learn mode
s Additional multi-function foot switch and foot controller connectors can be used to address all types of
MIDI data
s 32 user presets each with 4 encoder groups
s Configurable MIDI and USB modes for ultra-flexible system integration
s 1 MIDI In plus 2 MIDI Outs, usable as an additional USB to MIDI interface
s Multi-function 4-digit LED display with real-time parameter indication plus write-in fields for your own
s MIDI input with merge function for cascading several control units
s Easy connection to any computer/expander, etc. using standard MIDI In/Out connectors
s Generic USB MIDI support with Windows XP and Mac OS X operating systems
s Additional drivers and editor/librarian software available for free download on our website
s High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction for long life and durability
s Conceived and designed by BEHRINGER Germany
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Dear Customer,
Welcome to the team of
BEHRINGER users, and
thank you very much for
expressing your confidence in us by purchasing the B-CONTROL.
Writing this foreword for
you gives me great
pleasure, because it
represents the culmination of many months of
hard work delivered by
our engineering team to
achieve a very ambitious
goal: to present an
outstanding USB MIDI
ist extreme flexibility it
can be used as a central
control unit with USB/MIDI interface as well as for mere MIDI
control applications. The task of designing our B-CONTROL
certainly meant a great deal of responsibility, which we assumed
by focusing on you, the discerning computer user and musician.
Meeting your expectations also meant a lot of work and night
shifts. But it was fun, too. Developing a product usually brings a
lot of people together, and what a great feeling it is when all who
participated in such a project can be proud of what they’ve
It is our philosophy to share our enjoyment with you, because
you are the most important member of the BEHRINGER team.
With your highly competent suggestions for new products you’ve
made a significant contribution to shaping our company and
making it successful. In return, we guarantee you uncompromising
quality as well as excellent technical and audio properties at an
extremely reasonable price. All of this will enable you to give free
rein to your creativity without being hampered by budget
We are often asked how we manage to produce such high-quality
devices at such unbelievably low prices. The answer is quite
simple: it’s you, our customers! Many satisfied customers mean
large sales volumes enabling us to get better purchasing terms
for components, etc. Isn’t it only fair to pass this benefit on to
you? Because we know that your success is our success too!
I would like to thank all of you who have made the B-CONTROL
possible. You have all made your own personal contributions,
from the developers to the many other employees at this company,
and to you, the BEHRINGER user.
My friends, it’s been worth the effort!
Thank you very much,
Uli Behringer
1. INTRODUCTION ........................................................ 5
1.1 Before you get started .................................................... 5
1.1.1 Shipment .............................................................. 5
1.1.2 Initial operation ..................................................... 5
1.1.3 Online registration ................................................ 5
1.2 System requirements ..................................................... 5
2. INTRODUCTION TO MIDI ......................................... 5
MIDI control for beginners .............................................. 5
The MIDI standard .......................................................... 6
MIDI connections ............................................................ 6
The MIDI format .............................................................. 6
4. OPERATION .............................................................. 8
4.1 The operating modes ..................................................... 8
4.1.1 USB modes .......................................................... 8
4.1.2 Stand-alone modes ............................................ 11
4.2 “Play” mode menu ........................................................ 14
4.2.1 Selecting a preset .............................................. 14
4.2.2 Copy/store presets ............................................. 14
4.2.3 Copying encoder groups .................................... 14
4.3 Programming ................................................................ 14
4.3.1 The LEARN function .......................................... 14
4.3.2 Programming in EDIT mode .............................. 14
4.4 MIDI messages ............................................................. 17
4.5 Settings in the global setup menu ................................ 18
4.6 Emulation modes .......................................................... 19
4.6.1 Global Edit Setup ................................................ 19
4.6 Additional functions ...................................................... 19
5. APPENDIX ............................................................... 20
6. SPECIFICATIONS ................................................... 21
7. WARRANTY ............................................................ 22
FCC COMPLIANCE INFORMATION .......................... 23
EMULATION TEMPLATES .......................................... 24
contact the distributor nearest you. A list of distributors can be
found in the support area of our website (
Thank you very much for expressing your confidence in BEHRINGER
products by purchasing the B-CONTROL BCF2000-WH. The
B-CONTROL is an extremely flexible control surface suitable for
a wide array of applications. Regardless of whether you want to
intuitively control your sequencer software with mixers, plug-ins
and virtual instruments, or if you wish to use its broad MIDI
functions for controlling rack synthesizers, general MIDI sound
generators or effect processors, the B-CONTROL offers you
tremendous ease of use that leaves no wishes open.
Registering your purchase and equipment with us helps us
process your repair claims quicker and more efficiently.
The following user’s manual is intended to familiarize
you with the unit’s control elements, so that you can
master all the functions. After having thoroughly read the
user’s manual, store it at a safe place for future reference.
Thank you for your cooperation!
1.2 System requirements
for USB operation:
Up-to-date WINDOWS PC or MAC with a USB connection
1.1 Before you get started
1.1.1 Shipment
The B-CONTROL was carefully packed at the assembly plant to
assure secure transport. Should the condition of the cardboard
box suggest that damage may have taken place, please inspect
the unit immediately and look for physical indications of damage.
Damaged equipment should NEVER be sent directly to
us. Please inform the dealer from whom you acquired
the unit immediately as well as the transportation
company from which you took delivery of the unit.
Otherwise, all claims for replacement/repair may be
rendered invalid.
To assure optimal protection of your B-CONTROL during
use or transport, we recommend utilizing a carrying case.
Please always use the original packaging to avoid
damage due to storage or shipping.
Never let unsupervised children play with the
B-CONTROL or with its packaging.
Please dispose of all packaging materials in an
environmentally-friendly fashion.
1.1.2 Initial operation
Please make sure the unit is provided with sufficient ventilation,
and never place the B-CONTROL on top of an amplifier or in the
vicinity of a heater to avoid the risk of overheating.
A power supply unit which meets the necessary safety requirements
is enclosed for connecting the B-CONTROL to the mains.
The sound quality may diminish within the range of
powerful broadcasting stations and high-frequency
sources. Increase the distance between the transmitter
and the device and use shielded cables for all connections.
1.1.3 Online registration
Please, do remember to register your new BEHRINGER
equipment right after your purchase by visiting
(alternatively and kindly read the terms and
conditions of our warranty carefully.
Should your BEHRINGER product malfunction, our goal is to have
it repaired as quickly as possible. To arrange for warranty service,
please contact the retailer from whom the equipment was
purchased. Should your BEHRINGER dealer not be located in
your vicinity, you may directly contact one of our subsidiaries.
Corresponding contact information is included in the original
equipment packaging (Global Contact Information/European
Contact Information). Should your country not be listed, please
“USB MIDI compatibility”. Soon, you will be able to
download drivers for other operating systems, for multi
unit support, new presets as well as a WINDOWS editor
software free of charge. Just click
to get it for free.
The B-CONTROL can also be operated stand-alone
without a computer as a pure MIDI controller. Software
control via MIDI is also possible, provided your
computer has a MIDI interface.
2.1 MIDI control for beginners
Application possibilities for the B-CONTROL are truly wideranging. We’ll start with a couple of general explanations and
examples that should quickly let you get a good understanding of
MIDI basics.
What exactly does the B-CONTROL do?
Simply put, this a remote control for all kinds of MIDI equipment.
Using the faders, encoders (infinitely variable rotary controls) and
keys, an entire array of control functions can be performed.
Adjusting these parameters, you can control various functions of
external (hardware or software) equipment in real time. For
example, countless software mixers, sound generators or effects
can be remotely controlled. With these software applications, you
are dealing with simulations of “real” equipment in your computer,
whereby they are visually represented on the computer screen,
while the computer takes over the function of replicating their
respective functions.
And how does it work?
You can assign particular MIDI data to each control element on
the B-CONTROL; for example, you can assign the so-called “MIDIController 7” (CC 07) that adjusts the volume of a MIDI device to
one of the controls on your B-CONTROL. If you move / turn the
corresponding control on your B-CONTROL, you can hear how
the volume on the receiving MIDI device also changes (provided it
is also connected to an audio output). Keep the following in mind:
MIDI data is only control data and contains no audio
What settings do I have to make? Where? How?
Often, you can assign MIDI control data numbers, the so-called
control change or CC numbers, to individual MIDI parameters.
That’s particularly the case with music software such as software
sequencers, mixers and sound generators as well as the so-called
“plug-ins” (effect units or sound generators integrated into the
Basically, you have 2 options:
You either set the desired control numbers at the B-CONTROL
and transmit them to the software you are controlling, or you can
set the desired control data directly on your MIDI device and let
the B-CONTROL receive the information about number
assignment using the LEARN procedure.
On a software synthesizer, you want to control filter frequency,
filter resonance and volume using the MIDI controllers 5, 6 and 7.
To receive MIDI data, you’ll need to perform the following settings
on your software synthesizer:
set filter frequency to CC 05
set filter resonance to CC 06 (receive)
set volume to CC 07 (receive)
To get detailed information on how to assign them, please refer
to chapter 4.3.2 “Programming in the EDIT mode” on page 13.
Now, define in the B-CONTROL the control elements that will control
these 3 parameters. You can either use the LEARN function if the
software synthesizer gives you the option to send its CC data via
MIDI, or you can implement the following settings manually:
Assign the push encoder 1 CC 05 to filter frequency control
via dial rotation.
Assign the push encoder 2 CC 06 to filter resonance control
via dial rotation.
Assign the push encoder 3 CC 07 to volume control
via dial rotation.
How do I wire the B-CONTROL?
Several classic examples can be found in the explanations of
different operating modes (see chapter 4.1 “The Operating
Modes”). Basically, the following applies:
If you want to control hardware MIDI equipment, use the
MIDI connectors.
To control software MIDI equipment, you can either use the
MIDI connectors on your B-CONTROL – provided your
computer has a MIDI interface – or you can use a USB
To remotely control both hardware and software equipment,
several combination modes are available. These are
explained in chapter 4.1.
What kinds of equipment can I control with the B-CONTROL?
You can basically control any device supporting the MIDI format.
Both hardware and software MIDI devices are controlled exactly
the same. The only difference is in the wiring.
Here are a couple of suggestions on how you can use your
s Editing sound parameters of (virtual) synthesizers, sound
samplers, GM/GS/XG sound generators
Controlling parameters on effects equipment/software
plug-ins such as effects processors, reverbs, compressors,
equalizers etc.
Remotely controlling software mixers (volume, panorama,
equalizers etc.)
Remotely controlling transport functions (playback, forward,
stop etc.) on sequencers, hard disk recorders, drum
computers etc.
Using faders as drawbar control for virtual or digital organ
Controlling MIDI-enabled lighting equipment
Live control of volume and sound parameters on expanders
Triggering (i.e. playing live) short samples, drum loops,
shouts, effects etc.
Remotely controlling groove boxes, step sequencers, MIDI
generators (such as arpeggiators etc.), DJ software and
other “live” software
Program changes and volume control on sound generators
(just like on a master keyboard)
Likewise, applicable to band keyboardists, solo entertainers,
organists, electronic music performers, DJs, sound engineers,
home/project studio owners, theater technicians etc.
2.2 The MIDI standard
The MIDI standard (Musical Instruments Digital Interface) was
developed in the early ’80s to make communication between
equipment from different manufacturers possible. Over the years,
the MIDI interface has become hugely popular; it has become a
matter of fact that complete studios can be connected via MIDI.
At the center of any such network is at least one computer that
controls peripheral equipment. You can use the B-CONTROL in
such a studio to control your sequencer or other software tools
running on your computer (e.g. software mixers, VST instruments,
effect plug-ins). But even if you don’t use a computer, you can
use the B-CONTROL as a central control surface in your studio
for comfortably editing your rack synthesizers, GM/GS/XG sound
generators and effects equipment.
2.3 MIDI connections
The MIDI connections in the back of your B-CONTROL feature
the standard 5-pin DIN connectors. You will require MIDI cables
to connect your B-CONTROL to other MIDI equipment. In general,
commercially available ready-to-use cables can and should be
used. Their length should not exceed 15 m (50 ft.).
MIDI IN: Used for receiving MIDI data (parameter feedback, SysEx
data), or to mix MIDI signals with the B-CONTROL signals (merge
MIDI OUT A/B: Data for controlling other MIDI equipment can be
sent through the MIDI outputs.
The B-CONTROL has two MIDI outputs. MIDI
OUT B can be configured as MIDI THRU, so that the
incoming data at MIDI IN can be passed through
2.4 The MIDI format
Although your B-CONTROL is very easy to use, it still makes
sense to review some information about this data format. Each
MIDI command, also called message, consists of a status byte
and up to two data bytes. The status byte defines the command
type, and the data bytes contain the corresponding values.
Different types of MIDI messages used by the B-CONTROL are
explained next:
Note messages:
Among keyboard hotshots, Note On and Note Off messages are
among the essential MIDI messages. Playing MIDI instruments
from a master keyboard or computer is only possible with these
messages. The B-CONTROL can also send Note Messages;
however, this is not absolutely necessary to play music. This way,
note events are also used to trigger drumloops or individual notes
from a sampler. Many effects processors also allow rhythmic
entering of delay times or song tempos with note commands.
Note On and Note Off messages have the following data format:
Note Off
Note On
Status Byte
&8n (n = channel #)
&9n (n = channel #)
Data Byte 1 Data Byte 2
Note #
Note #
Table 2.1: Data format of Note On and Note Off messages
The value range for channel numbers is between 1 and 16; for
data bytes it is 0 to 127. Even though Note Off messages are not
really used by keyboarders anymore, the B-CONTROLs support
sending this status information.
Velocity corresponds to the key pressure, and therefore to the
volume of a touch-sensitive keyboard (piano). Since the
B-CONTROL does not feature touch-sensitive keys, the velocity
value is transmitted with a fixed value that can be set during
A note command can only be assigned to keys,
footswitches and push functions of the encoder.
Control Change (CC):
Control Change Messages are some of the most “powerful” MIDI
messages. Using them, a vast number of parameters and functions
can be recalled and automated. Individual control elements (faders,
rotary dials, keys etc.) can be assigned to CC messages on your
B-CONTROL. Because not only keys but also faders and rotary
dials can be used, control values can be controlled in real time
either statically or dynamically. A list with the standard controller
numbers can be found in this user manual’s appendix.
Additionally, controllers that have no standardized assignment
can also be used, and can therefore be assigned according to no
predetermined rule. These controllers are called NRPNs (NonRegistered Parameter Numbers). NRPNs are further subdivided
into MSB (Most Significant Byte) and LSB (Least Significant Byte)
in order to achieve a higher resolution. A lower resolution is
particularly easy to observe during fader movement of a mixer, in
which 7-bit (= 128 values) jumps in the signal level can be heard.
By subdividing NRPNs into MSB and LSB, you can achieve
14-bit resolution of faders and rotary dials, which means that the
movement of a fader is divided into more than 16,000 steps (214)!
In addition to NRPNs, there are also RPNs (Registered Parameter
Numbers). RPN commands are defined as GM (general MIDI),
GS (Roland) and XG (Yamaha) MIDI standards.
Pitch Bend
The pitch-bend wheel of a keyboard is used for tone modulation
and has its own commands in the MIDI format.
In this chapter, we will describe various control elements of your
B-CONTROL. All controls and connectors are explained in detail,
and we’ll give you useful tips on how to use them. An illustration
of the control elements with the corresponding numbering can be
found on the next page.
The 8 infinitely variable push encoders are used to send
MIDI data. They have two functions (turn and press) that
can be assigned to different MIDI commands.
Each of these 16 keys can send one MIDI command.
The four-digit LED display indicates the current operating
software version briefly during startup. After that, it shows
the selected preset number. When in play mode, activating
one of the control elements indicates value changes on the
LED in real time. When in programming mode, it indicates
the type of MIDI commands, program/channel numbers and
parameter values.
Using the ENCODER GROUP keys, four so-called encoder
groups per preset can be recalled, so that eight PUSH
encoders for a total of 64 different MIDI functions are at
your disposal.
These LEDs indicate the following:
MIDI IN, OUT A and OUT B illuminate if MIDI data flows
through the respective connectors.
After Touch
MIDI keyboards featuring After Touch can respond to varying
key pressure even after you release the key (i.e. after the keystroke
is over) and can send this data via MIDI. This function either
reacts key-specific (key pressure) or it reacts to all notes at the
same time (channel pressure).
USB Mode illuminates if a USB connection to a computer is
active (your computer must be on).
MIDI Machine Control (MMC):
With MIDI Machine Control, you can assign transport functions
of a sequencer or drum computer (e.g. start, stop, FFW/RWD)
and locator points to individual keys with a permanently adjustable
time position (locate, punch in/out points).
Permanently fixed functions are assigned to this key section:
Program Change Messages and MIDI Bank Select:
Program change messages are used to recall programs/presets
in MIDI devices connected to your B-CONTROL. 128 program
numbers can be recalled. For devices with more than 128 presets,
use the bank select function, which lets you select a storage bank
before sending a program change.
Running Status:
Because the MIDI interface is a serial data transmission format
(meaning that its data is transmitted as a succession of individual
data segments), it became apparent very quickly that it may not be
fast enough. To avoid perceptible delays in the output of MIDI data,
Running Status was designed. It suppresses the transmission of
the status byte when the same MIDI messages are transmitted in
succession. This means that, for example, during a continuous
change of the data byte of a controller (e.g. volume), the status
byte is only sent once. The only thing that is transmitted are the
changes in the data byte. This goes on until another status byte is
sent. 8 bits are saved for each message sent.
SysEx Dump:
System-Exclusive data refer to a function that makes transmission
of nonspecific data via MIDI possible. This is often used for reading
out memory contents and storing them externally.
The status byte notes the data type (SysEx); the first three data
bytes are a manufacturer ID, so that when you have a large MIDI
network, you can still “talk” to the correct MIDI device.
The FOOT SW LED illuminates if the footswitch is pressed.
FOOT CTRL LED illuminates when the footcontroller is
actuated (MIDI data is sent).
STORE saves presets.
LEARN gets you to the LEARN mode.
EDIT gets you to the EDIT mode.
Using the EXIT key, you exit a programming level (edit mode/
global setup). Use it also to cancel a store or copy procedure.
The eight 100-mm faders are freely assignable for controlling
MIDI commands. They are motorized, so they automatically
slide into the predetermined position when you switch to
another preset. If the software you are controlling or the
MIDI device to which your B-CONTROL is connected
support parameter feedback, the fader positions change
Using the PRESET keys, 32 presets can be recalled. The
preset number is shown in the display.
These four keys can be assigned to any MIDI command of
your choice.
These are the MIDI connectors of your B-CONTROL.
Depending on the operating mode, MIDI OUT B doubles as
This is the SWITCH connector for connecting a footswitch.
Its polarity is automatically detected.
CONTROLLER connector. Here, you can connect an
expression pedal that can be used for controlling assignable
MIDI data.
To make using several identical B-CONTROLs at the same time
possible, you can assign a device number (device ID) in the global
setup menu to each B-CONTROL, which assures that only the
correct device receives the data intended for it.
Fig. 3.1: The control surface of the B-CONTROL
Fig.3.2: The back of the B-CONTROL
Use the POWER switch to switch on the B-CONTROL.
Before connecting the B-CONTROL to the power mains,
ensure that the POWER switch is in OFF position. To
disconnect the unit from the mains network, pull the plug
from the socket. When switching on the B-CONTROL,
ensure that the mains plug is easily accessible.
Please note: The POWER switch does not fully
disconnect the unit from the mains power cord plug or
extention cord. To disconnect the unit from the main
power source, pull out the main cord plug or appliance
coupler. When installing the product, ensure the plug
or appliance coupler is readily operable. Unplug the
power cord when the unit is not used for a prolonged
period of time.
The connection to the mains is established using a standard
connection socket. A matching cable is included in the
The USB connector is used for connecting to a computer
with a compatible USB input.
4.1.1 USB modes
USB mode U-1:
4.1 The operating modes
Depending on how you want to use your B-CONTROL, you should
first select an operating mode.
You can use it as a pure USB controller for your computer
applications (software mixers, sequencers, soft synths, VSTeffects etc.), as a stand-alone MIDI controller, or as a combination
of both with different MIDI interface configuration possibilities.
Here is how you select an operating mode:
Keep the EDIT key pressed, and press the STORE key at
the same time.
You are now in the global setup menu and you can let go of
both keys.
Now, select an operating mode by turning the PUSH
encoder 1. You can select USB modes U-1 to U-4 and
stand-alone modes S-1 to S-4. The modes are described
in detail in chapter 4.1.1 and further, and examples about
their use are also given there. Please see also
chapter 4.3.3.
To exit global setup, please press the EXIT key.
The settings made in the global setup menu are
automatically stored and do not have to be separately
The USB connection is briefly interrupted if you switch within a
USB mode, or when you switch from a USB mode to a standalone mode and vice versa.
If a USB connection is made or lost while your B-CONTROL is
on, the selected operating mode is retained.
Fig. 4.1: Routing and use in USB mode 1
In USB mode 1, the B-CONTROL is connected to your computer
by using a USB cable. It sends MIDI data and receives parameter
feedback from the computer, provided that the music software
you are controlling supports these functions. This way, current
parameter values can be shown on the LED, or can be indicated
by the fader position.
All MIDI ports of the B-CONTROL are off. This mode is optimal
for controlling software tools (mixers, sequencers, synths, VSTeffects etc.) if you don’t need any additional MIDI ports. This mode
is also very useful if you are already using other multi-channel
MIDI interfaces on your computer and can’t address any additional
USB-Mode U-2:
USB-Mode U-3:
Fig. 4.2: Routing and use in USB mode 2
Fig. 4.3: Routing and use in USB mode 3
Your B-CONTROL sends MIDI data to the computer and receives
parameter feedback, provided that the software you are controlling
supports this function. MIDI IN and OUT A are available as a 16channel MIDI interface for your computer. OUT B functions as
MIDI THRU and forwards MIDI IN data unchanged. OUT B is not
accessible from the computer, and doesn’t send any control data
from the B-CONTROL. This mode is ideal for applications in which
you control music software on your computer and at the same
time need a USB MIDI interface with one IN and one OUT.
Additionally, a MIDI keyboard can be tapped into at the MIDI THRU
(OUT B) connector. This way, you can use a master keyboard to
import your arrangements into the sequencer, or to play back
software synths. OUT A controls a hardware sampler, while a
MIDI expander (sound generator without a keyboard; e.g. a rack
synthesizer or a pure preset unit), an effects processor or similar
can be connected at OUT B, whereby it is directly controlled only
from the keyboard or is controlled only via program changes.
This is surely the most often used “standard mode” with computer
This setting is optimal for controlling software while all MIDI
connectors are used as a USB-MIDI interface for the computer.
With this function, there are 16 input channels and 32 output
channels available to your music software (IN and OUT A +
The B-CONTROL transmits its data via USB to the computer.
The availability of parameter feedback from the computer to the
B-CONTROL depends on the software your are controlling. MIDI
expanders can not be directly accessed from the keyboard in this
operating mode. This operating mode is only used to import MIDI
tracks into the sequencer.
USB-Mode U-4 (expanded):
Fig. 4.4: Routing and use in USB mode 4
This operating mode should be selected if you want to couple
two B-CONTROLs to control your software using both
B-CONTROLS through a common USB port. Additionally, MIDI
OUT B of the first controller (unit 1) can be used from the computer
as a 16-channel MIDI output. The data of both B-CONTROLs is
mixed and is sent to the host computer via USB. Select standalone mode 3 for the second unit (unit 2).
Stand Alone-Mode S-2:
4.1.2 Stand-alone modes
The stand-alone modes come into play when the B-CONTROL is
not used as a USB-controller for controlling computer applications
but as a pure MIDI controller. With all stand-alone modes, all
MIDI connectors can be used simultaneously, and these modes
differ only in how the data is transmitted on the MIDI outputs. Of
course, not only sound generators can be remotely controlled
(as shown in the illustrations) but also effects processors, groove
boxes, hardware sequencers, lighting equipment, compact
studios, portable keyboards, digital pianos etc.—basically any
equipment with a MIDI input. This can also be your computer
with its own MIDI interface. The USB connector can not be used
while your B-CONTROL is in one of the stand-alone modes. A
merge function that makes mixing MIDI data from two different
sources to one output possible is active at output A in standalone modes S-1 to S-3.
Stand Alone-Mode S-1:
Fig. 4.6: Routing and use in stand-alone mode 2
Say you want to control just one sound generator from your
B-CONTROL because the tone generator allows extensive editing
(e.g. it’s a rack synthesizer or a sampler, as shown above). The
MIDI keyboard should be able to play both sound generators. In
this case, S-2 is the optimal setup. The second sound module
can be a pure preset unit that doesn’t allow any programming.
However, it can also be an effects unit that only receives program
commands from the keyboard. This operating mode is also very
useful when the data received by the second unit is undesired
and could otherwise disrupt operation (e.g. to MIDI functions that
cannot be switched off or the MIDI channel can not be changed).
Fig. 4.5: Routing and use in stand-alone mode 1
S-1 is probably the most frequently used standard operating mode
among the stand-alone applications. We recommend using it when
you for example want to control two sound generators from your
B-CONTROL, whereby both sound generators are played
simultaneously from a master keyboard. To do this, MIDI data
from the B-CONTROL and the keyboard have to be mixed and
transmitted on both MIDI OUTs. This is done using the integrated
merge function. The master keyboard is connected to the MIDI
input of the B-CONTROL. Both expanders played from the master
keyboard and controlled by the B-CONTROL are connected at
the MIDI outputs. Control data for the B-CONTROL will probably
be program change and real-time controller commands, while
the keyboard will typically transmit keyboard commands (note
on/off, velocity, after touch, pitch bend).
Stand Alone-Mode S-3:
Stand Alone Mode S-4:
Fig. 4.7: Routing and use in stand-alone mode 3
In this mode, MIDI data from the B-CONTROL is mixed with the
data coming in at the MIDI input (merge function), but is exported
exclusively on output A. Only control data of the B-CONTROL is
available at output B.
This way, you can control two MIDI devices from your
B-CONTROL, but only the device connected at OUT A can
additionally be played from the MIDI keyboard.
If you want to daisy-chain two B-CONTROLs to jointly control
several MIDI devices, you need to connect OUT A of the first
B-CONTROL to MIDI IN of the second B-CONTROL. OUT A of
the second B-CONTROL needs to be connected to the MIDI input
of the effects unit. If additional MIDI devices need to be “talked
to,” please connect the THRU port of one MIDI device to the IN
port of the next MIDI device. This way, with different MIDI channel
assignments, each MIDI device can be controlled from each one
of the B-CONTROLs.
If additional MIDI inputs are needed, then external MIDI merge
boxes must be used. For example, if your sound module only has
one MIDI IN connector, and you want to control if from several MIDI
controllers and from a keyboard, you will need a 2-in/1-out merge box.
If additional MIDI outputs are required, you will need external thru
boxes. With more complex MIDI setups, thru boxes are preferred
to using longer thru chains to prevent data transmission problems.
If you don’t require the response function during software control,
you can connect as many B-CONTROLs as you want per MIDI.
The last B-CONTROL in the chain is then connected to the MIDI
IN input of your computer. This way, you can control nearly as
many channels of a software mixer as you wish. However, keep
in mind that all devices must share 16 MIDI channels.
Fig. 4.8: Routing and use in stand-alone mode 4
The Stand Alone mode “S-4” is very similar to mode “S-2”, with
the difference that the merge function is not available. This mode
is ideally suited for connecting to the MIDI interface of a computer
without a USB connector. The B-CONTROL routes the incoming
data to the MIDI output B (THE THRU function). MIDI control
commands are laid out at output A. This way, parameter feedback
is possible without the danger of creating a MIDI loop.
Connect the MIDI output on the MIDI interface of your computer
to the MIDI IN input on the B-CONTROL. Connect OUT A to the
MIDI input on the interface. An additional MIDI receiver can be
connected to OUT B. An expansion using a second B-CONTROL
is also conceivable. To do that, connect the B output with MIDI IN
on the next MIDI receiver. To send MIDI commands from several
units to your computer, use an external MIDI merge box.
Important information about stand-alone modes:
With the wiring examples shown here, the parameter values of
the controlled devices can be shown on the B-CONTROL’s LEDs
(parameter feedback). If this is important to you, you will have to
connect MIDI IN to the MIDI output of the device you are
controlling. Of course, the hardware unit you are using has to
support sending back the parameter values. If in doubt, check
the user manual of the equipment you are using.
Parameter feedback is enabled in all stand-alone modes. Other
stand-alone modes may cause undesirable MIDI loops. In standalone mode 3, the control data of your B-CONTROL is routed to
the MIDI output B without the merge function.
Your B-CONTROL can also control your computer via MIDI
(without a USB connection) as long as your computer features a
MIDI interface. In this case, all stand-alone modes can be used.
To utilize parameter feedback, you should still use the standalone mode 4. Alternatively, you can also use S-3 and connect
the computer via MIDI OUT B so that no MIDI feedback loop is
4.2 “Play” mode menu
The Play mode menu is the highest menu level in the
B-CONTROL. Use it during normal operation for real-time control
of MIDI data.
After switching on the unit, the current system software version is
briefly displayed. Value changes are shown when using one of
the control elements, provided that they have been activated.
Control elements:
You can use several keys, encoders and faders simultaneously
and send their MIDI data. The classification of MIDI data types is
explained in chapter 4.4. According to its assigned MIDI data
type, each control element shows the current parameter value in
the corresponding LED or LED ring.
We deliberately did not include an autostore function. That way,
you can assign a new MIDI control to a control element without
changing the current preset. If you want to restore a preset, just
select another preset briefly and again return to editing. Now, the
old data has been restored.
4.2.3 Copying encoder groups
With this function you are able to copy an entire encoder group
within a preset. This saves a lot of programming effort if all encoder
groups within a preset consist of the same basic functions (e.g.
MIDI channel, CC number for turn and push function).
Press the encoder group button of the group you want
to copy.
Press STORE; the STORE button LED flashes.
Now select the destination encoder group. The destination
encoder button LED flashes.
Press STORE again, the STORE button LED is no
longer lit.
Cancel the store procedure at any time by pressing EXIT.
The position of the faders changes automatically as soon as you
choose another preset or during incoming parameter messages.
LED display:
The encoder LED ring displays or the status LEDs of the buttons
change automatically when running controller recordings in a
sequencer, provided, of course, all connections have been made
correctly, the correct operating mode is enabled and the software
sequencer supports sending parameter values.
Button illumination varies according to the controller mode: if a
button is in “Toggle on” mode, the button LED illuminates as
soon as the button is pressed. Only when you press the button
once again, the LED goes out. If a button is in “Toggle off” mode,
the corresponding LED will be lit only for the time the button is
The performance of the control elements, the display and the
LED displays can be individually set up and is explained in chapter
4.3 “Programming”.
To permanently store encoder group settings, carry out
the preset store function as explained in chapter 4.2.2.
To copy an encoder group into a different preset, you
have to copy an entire preset! After that, you can copy
or rearrange the encoder groups in the new preset as
described above.
4.3 Programming
4.3.1 The LEARN function
The easiest way to assign MIDI functions to individual control
elements is to use the LEARN function. Here, the MIDI data is
assigned remotely. For example, MIDI data sent from a MIDI
sequencer to your B-CONTROL is assigned to a control element
selected beforehand.
With LEARN, not only CC, NRPN and note commands can be
received but almost any type of MIDI data, including short SysEx
4.2.1 Selecting a preset
. The new
Cancel the store procedure by pressing the EXIT button.
Press and hold the LEARN button while operating any control
element. This can be a fader, a PUSH encoder, button,
footswitch or sustain pedal. The control element is shown in
the display (e. g. Fd 8).
Select a preset with the PRESET button
preset number is indicated in the display.
Alternatively, you may select a preset by pressing and
holding down the preset button while moving one of the
push encoders
As soon as you release the PRESET button, the new preset
is active.
Now, release the LEARN button. The B-CONTROL is waiting
to receive MIDI data.
Start transmitting MIDI data from your sequencer. As soon
as the data is received by the B-CONTROL, it is shown in
the display.
Press the STORE button to save a preset. The button LED
starts to flash.
After correct data transmission, the display shows “GOOD”
or “bAd” if wrong, faulty or too extensive data has been sent.
Select a memory number using the PRESET buttons or by
holding down one of the PRESET buttons while moving a
push encoder at the same time. The new preset number
flashes in the display.
To leave or cancel LEARN, press the EXIT button.
By pressing STORE again, the STORE LED and the display
stop flashing.
If you want to overwrite the current preset, press the STORE
button twice (step 2 can be cancelled).
4.2.2 Copy/store presets
When using push encoders, select an encoder group
beforehand. In addition, you have to differentiate
between turn and push function.
4.3.2 Programming in EDIT mode
If you want to assign MIDI data to additional control
elements, just press and hold the EDIT button and move
one of the control elements. Now, let go of both controls
and use the push encoders to assign a function to it (see
tables 4.1 and 4.2).
To leave the EDIT mode, press EXIT.
Various types of MIDI commands (Pitchbend, After Touch, MMC
etc.) are assigned to the individual control elements in EDIT mode.
To activate the EDIT mode, press and hold the EDIT button
and operate a control element. This can be a fader, sustain
pedal, a push encoder, a button or footswitch. The control
element is indicated in the display (e. g. Fd 8).
When using push encoders, select an encoder group
beforehand. In addition, you have to differentiate
between turn and push function.
Release EDIT; you are now in the EDIT mode.
Using the push encoders, you can now assign MIDI
commands to the selected control element. You will find all
possible MIDI function in tables 4.1 and 4.2, including all
accompanying explanations.
Initially, all settings made here are stored temporarily!
If you intend to store them in a preset, please see
chapter 4.2.2.
The detailed EDIT functions are described in the following two
tables. With the assignable control elements, we differentiate
between CONTINUOUS and SWITCH types.
CONTINUOUS-type control elements (table 4.1) include the
8 faders, the sustain pedal and the turn function of the push
SWITCH-type control elements (table 4.2) are buttons, press
functions for push encoders and footswitch.
Table 4.1: Assignment of the push encoders in EDIT mode (CONTINUOUS types)
Table 4.2: Assignment of the push encoders in EDIT mode (SWITCH types)
Table explanation:
All settings in the EDIT mode are made by turning the push
encoders. Pressing the push encoder displays its current value.
In addition, the setting options depend on whether the selected
control element is a SWITCH type or CONTINUOUS type.
In the EDIT mode, Push Encoder 1 selects (by turning) the type
of command assigned to a control element.
With Push Encoder 2, select a MIDI channel through which that
control element’s data is sent.
Push Encoders 3 - 5 set parameters and values for the selected
MIDI type. They vary depending on the MIDI function. More details
about this subject can be found later in this chapter.
Push Encoder 6 (Controller Mode) selects how the previously
selected control element behaves, depending on whether it is a
CONTINUOUS-type elements:
CONTINUOUS-type element controls are divided into “Absolute,”
“Absolute (14 bit),” “Relative 1” (2nd complement), “Relative 2”
(binary offset), “Relative 3” (MSB, most significant bit), “Relative
1 (14 bit),” “Relative 2 (14 bit),” “Relative 3 (14 bit)” and “Increment/
Decrement.” Absolute means absolute data values although
jumps may occur when changing values. With Relative, the
current parameter value is continued independently from the
position of the control. Absolute (14-Bit) or one of the Relative
(14-Bit) modes are standard modes for value changes at NRPNs
with high resolution. This is necessary with some software mixers
if more than 128 steps are needed. Increment/Decrement serves
as a step-by-step increase or decrease of values by using the
Data Increment/Decrement commands (see list 5.1 in the
The classic controler mode for most applications is
“absolute”. All other modes have to be supported by
the MIDI software or the device to be controlled.
Using Push Encoder 7, you can adjust how control elements
display information. Depending on whether you are dealing with
an encoder, push encoder, fader or foot pedal, there are different
options available:
LED display of the push encoders:
OFF The LED circle remains off.
(1 digit): Only one LED lights up (standard setting).
The LED circle operates similar to “1d”, but when the
value is 0, no LED lights up.
The display of the LED circles occurs in two stages. If you
slowly turn the encoder from left to right, at first only one
LED lights up, and then the next LED lights up while the
previous LED goes out, and so on. This way, even the
slightest value changes can be accurately represented.
Just like “2d”, but when the value is 0, no LED lights up.
Bar display: when the value is changed, all LEDs light up
successively (for volume etc.).
Just like bar display, but when the value is 0, no LED
lights up.
Spread: When the value is 0, the upper middle LED lights
up; when the value is increased, the LED circle gradually
lights up in both directions (left and right).
In the middle position (value = 64), only the upper middle
LED is on. With lower values, the LED circle lights up
toward the left; with higher values, the LED circle lights
up toward the right (panorama adjustment).
(Quality Q) has the opposite effect from spread: the LED
circle lights up gradually when you decrease the value.
This setting is used for indicating filter quality with
parametric equalizers.
Cutoff is optimal for controlling the cutoff frequency of a
low-pass filter, for example on a synthesizer. When the
value is 0, all LEDs light up. The LEDs go out successively
as you increase the value.
Damp Damping: used for damping filters. When the value is 0,
the outer right LED lights up. If the values are increased,
the LED circle fans out from right to left until all LEDs
light up. This way, increasing damping is best represented
when a value goes up.
Fader functions:
Move If you move the fader by hand, it sends a new value directly.
In doing so, jumps in the parameter value may occur if the
current value doesn’t correspond to the fader position. This
can sometimes happen because in this mode parameter
feedback doesn’t cause fader movement.
Pick up: The fader ignores the parameter feedback.
However, value jumps are avoided because the fader only
sends values if the current value (different from the fader
setting) is exceeded.
Motor: With parameter feedback, the motorized fader
engages automatically and always indicates the current
Foot controller function:
Move The pedal immediately sends value changes. Value jumps
may result.
Pick-Up: The foot pedal become active and sends values
only if the set value is exceeded.
SWITCH-type elements:
SWITCH-type control elements have three different modes:
“Toggle On”, “Toggle Off” and “Increment”. Toggle On is similar
to a switching function (e.g. a light switch). Each time you press
the switch, the value sent alternates between the “on” value (set
by encoder 4) and the “off” value (set by encoder 5). This setting
is perfect for triggering drum loops from a sampler (press once =
start, press again = stop).
The Toggle Off mode corresponds to a momentary-contact
button, comparable to the switch of an electric door opener. The
“on” value is sent only as long as the button is pressed. After
releasing the button, the “off” value is sent. Use this control type
to trigger short sound FX or samples (similar to using a keyboard)
by sending Note On and Offs.
The Increment option only works for buttons, and only on CC,
NRPN and after touch command types. This mode lets you
gradually increase the controller value with each new keystroke.
Set up increment size using encoder 7. If you repeatedly press a
button, the value sent will be increased each time by the preset
amount selected here. If increment size is set to “10,” values 0,
10, 20, 30 ... 110, 120, 0, 10 and so on will be successively sent
one after another. You can also enter negative values (e.g. -10)
to achieve a gradual decrease in the value. If you use encoders 4
and 5 to delineate the lowest and the highest value that are to be
sent, the values always stay within that range here as well. With
this function, you have the option to use your B-CONTROL to
control software buttons with more than two switch positions.
The value display activated using Push Encoder 8 is identical
for switch and continuous elements. If this value display is active,
the current value is indicated in the four-digit display when you
actuate a control element. The display shows the preset number
again as soon as you release the control element.
4.4 MIDI messages
Program Change:
With the encoders 3 and 4 you can select bank numbers. If a
MIDI device contains more than 128 presets/programs, first a
bank change command has to be sent. Even though this is a
controller command, it has to be sent before the program change
(and is therefore adjustable) since it is linked to the preset change.
If the bank select message is not needed, simply select “off”.
Encoder 5 selects the program number. If the selected control
element is a control dial (continuous type), the program
number is directly selected when turning the dial. Pressing
the switch directly selects the assigned program number.
This can be useful if you always want to start from the same
Control Change CC:
A control change consists of a controller number and its respective
value. Encoder 3 sets the controller number. With buttons, different
values can be sent when pressing and releasing (to be set with
encoders 4 and 5). This function is useful if fixed parameter
settings are to be sent.
With faders and control dials (continuous type), the value range
can be determined by using encoders 4 (minimum value) and 5
(maximum value).
Alternatively, you can invert the value scale by assigning
127 as the minimum value and 0 as maximum value
(scale inversion). A classic application is the draw bar
control of virtual or digital organs or organ expanders.
If assigning controller 7 (volume) to the faders this way,
the signal becomes quieter when moving up the fader.
Moving down the fader is similar to moving out the draw
bars, and the volume increases.
A NRPN is needed if none of the 127 standardized controller
numbers are available for a certain function.
Encoder 3 selects the parameter number. For assigning mixer
faders, we recommend the high resolution (“Absolute 14 bit”),
provided that the control hardware/software supports it.
Of course, a note can only be assigned to one SWITCH element.
The note is set with encoder 3. Note C3 (C key) corresponds with
note number 60. Encoder 4 sets the note velocity (note volume).
Pitch Bend:
Pitch bend is assignable to only one CONTINUOUS element.
Since this is a type of command with its own status byte, selecting
a MIDI channel (Encoder 2) and Range (Encoder 4) is sufficient.
After Touch:
Normally, “ALL” is selected here. This means that After Touch
affects all notes equally (“Channel Pressure”). If you want to use
a polyphonic After Touch (“Key Pressure”), the single note on
which After Touch should have an effect can be selected using
encoder 3. Since this process is only supported by a few tone
generators, channel After Touch will be best most of the time.
When a switch element has been selected, an “on” and “off” value
can also be set (release dynamic). Therefore, you can limit the
modulation range (FX depth) using After Touch.
MIDI Machine Control data is only assignable to button elements.
Encoder 4 (Value 1) sets “Locate Time” hour and minute values,
while encoder 5 (Value 2) sets seconds and frames. The Locate
Position is always sent before the MMC command. We therefore
have the following logic-switching sequence:
If the “Locate” parameter has been selected, the sequencer or
hard drive recorder always jumps to the set position. If “Play” has
been selected as the parameter (for a button), the sequencer
always starts from the set locator point as soon as the button is
pressed. “Rewind” always begins at the chosen locator point.
Select the frame rate with encoder 6: 24, 25, 30 (non-drop), 30d
(drop frame) or “off” (in this case only the MMC message is sent,
without any information of the locate position).
Encoder 3 directly selects the most important “Main Control”
parameters. The display indicates them as a (shortened) text
(table 4.2). In this case, these are CCs or NRPNs (no SysEx
Operating Mode
Global RX Channel
Device ID
SysEx Dump
MIDI Data Interval
U-1 ... U-4, S-1 ... S-4
Off, 1 ... 16
1 ... 32, Last
1 ... 16
Table 4.4: Push encoder allocation in global setup menu
To exit the global setup menu, press EXIT.
The settings in the global setup menu take effect
immediately and do not have to be separately stored.
Operating Mode:
The operating modes are described in chapter 4.1. You can
select USB modes U-1 to U-4 and stand-alone modes S-1 to S-4.
Global RX Channel:
The B-CONTROL receives program change commands on this
Footswitch type:
Because there are different kinds of footswitches (depending on
their switching behavior), the polarity of the footswitch connector
can be set (normal/inverted), or it can be automatically detected
during power startup (auto recognition).
Start Preset Number:
Each of the 32 presets can be selected as the startup preset.
Additionally, with the “Last” function, at startup you have the option
to always load the preset that was used last.
Device ID Number:
You should change the ID number settings only if you work with
several BCF2000-WHs at the same time, and problems with
recognizing the correct device start occurring during a SysEx
Dump procedure.
Please keep in mind that SysEx Dumps can only be
received at the device number to which they were sent!
SysEx Dump Select:
Turning push encoder 6 lets you select between the current preset
(single) or the entire memory contents of the 32 presets (all) should
be sent as a SysEx dump. One press on encoder 6 triggers the
To receive a SysEx dump, you don’t have to change any settings
on your equipment. If you send a single preset to the
B-CONTROL, the data is written to a temporary memory; to be
stored permanently, the data has to be stored on a storage slot
of your choice (preset store function).
Table 4.3: GS/XG Parameter Main Controls
Encoders 4 and 5 let you confine or invert each controllers’ value
4.5 Settings in the global setup menu
Settings that have an effect on all presets are made in the global
setup menu.
Keep the EDIT key pressed and at the same time press the
STORE key.
You are now in the global setup menu, and can let go of
both keys.
Now, turn the push encoders 1 to 8 to get the desired setting.
This is how the push encoders are allocated:
WARNING: If you send an “ALL-Dump” to the
B-CONTROL, the entire memory contents are directly
overwritten! No request to confirm will be made, and
the memory has no redundant safety function!
To cancel a SysEx dump, press the EXIT key.
MIDI Data Interval:
This is where you adjust the data transmission rate. This setting
only has an effect on MIDI data packs such as SysEx dumps and
not on controlling of MIDI commands (they are carried out in real
time anyway). The transmission rate is adjustable in milliseconds.
4.6 The Emulation Modes
4.6.1 Global Edit Setup
The BEHRINGER B-CONTROL is the ideal supplement to many
sequencers and recording software. It offers an intuitive und musical
operation of the most frequently used control elements. This
chapter outlines the connection and configuration of the
B-CONTROL and your computer.
If any of the 4 emulation modes is active, it is not possible to
change presets, control elements or parameters on the
B-CONTROL. You cannot select Global Edit parameters as
described in chapter 4.5. You can, however, change these before
starting the selected emulation mode. Simply follow these steps:
In order to obtain the best connection between the B-CONTROL
and your software, use one of the five B-CONTROL emulation
modes. The emulation modes contain pre-programmed control
element assignments:
B-CONTROL mode (BC): General mode where you can
create your own settings. Please see chapter 4.3 for further
Mackie Control (mC C): This mode is ideal for applications
that support the Mackie Control protocol (Steinberg Cubase
SX and Nuendo, Propellerhead Reason and Ableton Live 5).
Logic Control (LC): In this mode, Apple Logic Pro detects
the B-CONTROL as Emagic Logic Controller.
Mackie Control (mCSo): Special Mackie Control mapping for
Cakewalk Sonar 3.
Mackie Baby HUI (bhuI): Mapping for applications that
support the Baby HUI protocol (Digidesign Pro Tools,
Steinberg Cubase SX / Nuendo, easier setting than Mackie
Control Protocol).
The emulation templates (see chapter 5 “Appendix”) indicate which
parameter of the corresponding protocol is assigned to which
B-CONTROL control element.
The Mackie and Logic Control emulations contain the most
common parameters/select options. The function of each control
element is pre-programmed and complies with the emulated
hardware controller. The specifications of the parameters orient
themselves on the original adaptations; see emulation templates
below for detailed assignments. For detailed descriptions of the
original protocols and software adaptations of the emulated
hardware controllers, please visit the homepages of the
corresponding hardware manufacturers (controllers), software
manufacturers (adapted music application) or look up the help
menu of the corresponding music software.
Ensure that the B-CONTROL is switched off.
Push and hold the desired mode button (LC).
Push and hold the desired mode button (see fig. 4.9).
Switch on the B-CONTROL and wait until “EG” (EDIT
GLOBAL mode) is indicated on the display.
Release the mode button.
Now you can edit the global settings with the push encoders
1 to 8 as described in chapter 4.5.
Press the EXIT button to leave the Global Edit setup. The
preselected emulation mode is now active and is indicated
on the display.
4.7 Additional functions
Temporary “Local Off”:
“Local Off” means that when you move a control element on the
B-CONTROL, no MIDI data is transmitted. If the position of a
control element deviates from the current value in the software,
you can readjust its position until the correct position is found by
using this function. After that, the control can be moved again
without creating an audible value deviation.
Deviations between the position of a control element and the
current parameter value can occur if no parameter feedback is
being sent while a value is being changed in the software (e.g.
mixer automation).
Press the EXIT key and keep it pressed.
Move the desired control element until you get the correct
Let go of the EXIT key. The control element can now be
moved again.
Panic Reset:
This function resets the most important MIDI data to their factory
Press EDIT and keep it pressed.
Now press EXIT. The reset is performed as soon as you
press EXIT. “PAnC” (for “Panic”) appears in the display.
As soon as the reset is over, your B-CONTROL goes
automatically into the play mode, and the current preset is
shown in the display.
Data Request:
Current value settings of the MIDI device connected to your
B-CONTROL can be transmitted to your B-CONTROL using the
data request function (provided that the MIDI device supports
this function, and a request command was defined using the editor
software). In this case, the MIDI device doesn’t send data; the
B-CONTROL requests them instead.
Fig. 4.9: Emulation mode buttons
Switch on the B-CONTROL and wait until the selected mode
is indicated on the display.
Release the mode button.
Press the LEARN key while the EDIT key is kept pressed.
The request takes place, and the B-CONTROL indicates
the controller values of the receiving MIDI device on the
LED ring or through fader positions.
Snapshot Send:
A Snapshot Send lets you send all current controller values in
order to transmit the B-CONTROL settings to the connected MIDI
PRESET” key while the EDIT key is kept
Press the “
pressed. The B-CONTROL now sends the current controller
Single Preset Dump:
In addition to the SysEx Dump function in the global setup menu,
the following key combination lets you send all settings of the
current presets:
Press the “PRESET
If you want to cancel the dump, press the EXIT key.
” key while the EDIT key is kept
Snapshot Send and Single Preset Dump differ in the
kind of data that is being sent: With Snapshot Send,
only current control values are transmitted in order to
synchronize them with the connected MIDI device. With
Single Preset Dump, the entire contents of the current
preset including the current control assignments are
sent. With this function, you can easily archive certain
presets, or swap them with other B-CONTROL users.
Motor Off Function:
The fader motors can be temporarily disengaged. To do that, one
or several fader(s) is/are assigned a key that disengages the
fader’s motor for the duration of the keystroke. All 20
programmable keys (
) are available.
Press the EDIT key and keep it pressed.
Move the fader(s) whose motors you wish to disengage.
Press the key to which you want to assign the motor-off
Exit with EXIT.
The MIDI command assigned to a key remains
preserved. This way, that MIDI function can be used
simultaneously with the fader motor being disengaged
when the key is pressed.
Table 5.1: Standard MIDI Controller
Full-speed 12 MBit/sec.
USB MIDI class-compliant
5-pin DIN connectors IN, OUT A,
8 motorized 100-mm faders
8 infinitely variable push encoders
with LED rings
20 keys
10 system keys (4x Encoder Group,
4x programming, 2x Preset)
Table 5.2: GS/XG Parameter Main Controls
C3 (Clef C)
60 (Yamaha-Convention)
4-digit 7-segment LED display
Foot pedal
1 x ¼" TS connector
with automatic polarity detection
1 x ¼" TRS connector
Power consumption
Mains connection
100 to 240 V~, 50/60 Hz
max. 15 W
T 1 A H 250 V
Standard IEC receptacle
(W x H x D)
13" x 4" x 11 4/5"
(330 mm x 100 mm x 300 mm)
approx. 2,60 kg (5 ¾ lbs.)
Table 5.3: MIDI note number assignment
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