Bogner Fish - Control Switcher - Which MIDI controller?

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Shifter
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Bogner Fish - Control Switcher - Which MIDI controller?

Post by Shifter » Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:34 pm

Hey guys,

I was happy to acquire an used Bogner Fish preamp from the early 90's. The preamp has 4 channels of madness that can be switched via two outputs. I am currently using a Boss FS6 for channel switching but it is quite a pain since I have to use two buttons at once to get a certain channel. I want to use the Fish with the Control switcher and a MIDI controller so that I have access to each channel via one foot switch.

Is it possible to use a Voodoo Lab Pedal Switcher as a controller for the Control Switcher or is this controller only for pedal loops suitable? I did not find any information in that subject in the manual. Other than that, a Boss FC50 should work, doesn't it? I might get one used as well but I would prefer a Voodoo Lab controller besides the GCX and ground control that is a bit easier concerning the price. Can you guys help me? The Pedal Switcher would be perfect with its four buttons and it is not huge, either.

Thank you very much in advance!

Regards,
Nico

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Re: Bogner Fish - Control Switcher - Which MIDI controller?

Post by JohnClark » Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:45 am

Wow! A Bogner Fish... Great catch!

The Control Switcher will certainly handle the channel switching on the Fish, but no, the Pedal Switcher will not act as a controller.

The Control Switcher will accept Program Change and/or Control Change messages so it can be controlled from just about any MIDI Controller, including the FC-50.

I hope that helps!

Shifter
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Re: Bogner Fish - Control Switcher - Which MIDI controller?

Post by Shifter » Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:23 pm

Thank you for your reply! I think I will stick with the FC50 or a smaller MIDI footswitch. Quite a pitty that Bogner does not offer a modern solution but nevertheless, the amp is very nice!

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Re: Bogner Fish - Control Switcher - Which MIDI controller?

Post by nyteowl » Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:18 am

Shifter wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:23 pm
Thank you for your reply! I think I will stick with the FC50 or a smaller MIDI footswitch. Quite a pitty that Bogner does not offer a modern solution but nevertheless, the amp is very nice!

Well, you are talking about a product that's been around for nearly 30 years. Tough to find a manufacturer in any industry that still supports a product that old.

On the other hand, that does open up a market for third party suppliers such as Freiboth's Trading, makers of Kool Kat custom switch pedals, which I find to be very fine, top quality replacement pedals. Perhaps you might find something on their web site that will work for you.

Best of luck!!
I am not affiliated with Voodoo Lab in any way, but enjoy sharing what little MIDI and signal routing knowledge I've picked up over the years. If you find my assistance helpful, please pay it forward.

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