Sure thing, I’ll attempt to summarise:
As of the current release, the Quad Cortex has 3 operating modes. They are:
-Scene (footswitches change Scenes);
-Preset (footswitches change Presets);
-Stomp (footswitches turn on and off/bypass Effect Blocks).
What is currently missing is a “Hybrid” mode, where for example, the bottom row of footswitches can change Presets, and the top row of Footswitches can turn on and off Effect Blocks within that Preset. This particular control setup is my preference, especially since I have come from a Kemper (Remote and Stage have this layout) and previous to that, a Line 6 HD500. I’m assuming that you can have the same control layout with the latest generation of e.g. Line 6 products (Helix, Helix LT) and Axe-FX.
I did some searching and found a lot of people asking for Hybrid mode, and some examples of solutions using an external MIDI controller/footswitch. Since I was trying to downsize my gig rig, this wasn’t preferential for me, and after reading the manual I came up with a bit of a crazy theory.
To enable a “Hybrid” mode/control layout on the Quad Cortex, without the use of an external MIDI controller
Actually it’s quite simple! All that’s needed is a MIDI cable so that the Quad Cortex can send MIDI messages to itself:
- Connect a MIDI cable to the 2 MIDI ports on the back of the Quad Cortex (MIDI In and MIDI Out/Thru)
- Ensure MIDI Thru is OFF in the Quad Cortex settings. Menu->Settings->MIDI Settings. I also disabled MIDI Over USB but I believe that is not required.
- Ensure you already have Presets and Scenes set up according to your preference, depending on your goals
- Switch the Quad Cortex to Stomp Mode. I think this is the best way to implement this control system, but you might choose Scene Mode if that works best for you
- Unassign the footswitches that you want to use for Hybrid Mode, press on the Effect Block assigned to that footswitch and unassign it
- Assign MIDI commands to the footswitches. Reference Quad Cortex User Manual Pages 86-92 (Version 1.3). Menu->Preset MIDI Out->Press the footswitch you want to assign a MIDI command to->Assign the relevant PC or CC message (reference the User Manual for a list of these messages)
- If you are using Presets (e.g. you have decided to assign Preset 1/2/3/4 to a row of Footswitches), you will need to assign those MIDI commands to each Footswitch for EVERY Preset. Make sure you save it!
- Enjoy your new Hybrid Mode!
-You can assign e.g. Scenes to a row of Footswitches (or just 2) if that’s your preference;
-You can assign e.g. Presets to one row of Footswitches, and Scenes to the other (this could be a very powerful control layout, giving 16 different tones with 8 Footswitches
-You can assign Looper X controls to Footswitches e.g. Start/Stop, Undo/Redo etc WITHOUT having the Looper X open
-You can turn on/off the Tuner without having to hold the Tap Tempo footswitch
-You can assign a Setlist change to a Footswitch
-See the User Manual for the full list of MIDI commands!
If want to change Presets 1, 2, 3 & 4 with the bottom row of Footswitches (FS), assign:
Type - PC | Program# - 0 to FS E
Type - PC | Program# - 1 to FS F
Type - PC | Program# - 2 to FS G
Type - PC | Program# - 3 to FS H
If you want to changes Scenes A, B, C & D with the top row of Footswitches, assign:
Type - CC | CC# - 43 | Value - 0 to FS A
Type - CC | CC# - 43 | Value - 1 to FS B
Type - CC | CC# - 43 | Value - 2 to FS C
Type - CC | CC# - 43 | Value - 3 to FS D
-Once you assign a MIDI command to a Footswitch, there’s no indication what you have assigned to it (even in Gig View), so you’ll have to remember what you did (not really an issue)
-Once you plug in your MIDI cable, you can’t use MIDI for anything else without using either MIDI over USB or an external MIDI splitter e.g. MIDI Solutions Quadra Thru (I have not tested this device)
I think that’s it, feel free to ask me any questions!