Just bought a handy Foot Controller :)


So the real question is:
Can my Nord receive CC64 over USB Midi on any midi channel, even when it’s set to DIN MIDI instead of USB MIDI???
Any ideas?


I actually own a handy foot controller- a Line 6 Bass Pod XT Live. Got it more or less by accident. Buttons everywhere and a pedal. I assume with bindings I could make it do anything I want but I don’t have a power adaptor for the dang thing! Been meaning to buy one.

It should work though, right? Surely those controllers go out over MIDI.


Of course it should work. Check the manual if it can send midi CC but I guess if the Express can, this one to?
You can buy an universal adaptor?


It should work… I have an X3 live, so could see what it does MIDI wise. The Helix my new pedal (which I do not do justice to as a guitar player) is really cool, and in its “Command Centre” you can program its switches as you need to


I’d suggest encapsulating the foot controller in a rack and giving it multiple outputs:

  • one for the expression pedal
  • one for each sustain pedal
  • one for song switching (or you create song switching bindings in the background rack and filter those two pedals out)

Create some bindings or routes (I prefer bindings - easier to see what they do) inside that rack to route input from the foot controller to these separate rack outputs

Then you can “wire” this rack flexibly per song and send Sustain 1 to a different destination than Sustain 2, send Expression elsewhere and use the song switching output as a binding source.

I’ve just knocked together a little example for you: I’ve encapsulated the foot controller hardware input in a rack called “Foot Controller Enc”. Now, I’ve connected the sustain pedals and the expression pedal within the song. For another song, you could use the expression pedal for Synth 2 instead of Synth 1 - no problem.

In my own setup, I have only one sustain pedal and one expression ped - I only have one free foot anyways. I have encapsulated them in a “Pedals” rack and simply assign them where they are most useful for any given song - so far, I’ve never needed separate sustain for upper and lower keys. Usually it was either just the lower keys or it was active for both lower keys and a zone on upper keys. And Expression has a different function per song - sometimes it controls an organ or pad layer on the lower, sometimes it is the volume pedal for a solo organ on the upper - I always have a note in my show notes view that explains what Expression does.




The Pod takes a weird adapter that puts out 9VAC but they’re on Amazon for $20, I’m going to snag one and see how it works.


Very nice Torsten. Always like seeing a visual of the way you use racks and routing.



Thx Torsten,
Let me study that. I’ve been breaking my brains already boy didn’t find a good solution yet. :slight_smile:


I got it working. :slight_smile: Jeeeej
These are the settings:

  • Expression for my vst synths on ch1
  • Volume for Organ swell on Ch16 to my Nord
    (I’ve set all my songs to ch1 instead of omni by search and replace in the files)

I added a Footcontroller Output to the background rack also and the bindings.
Thx Torsten for the tips ! :slight_smile:


I have the same unit and enjoy it for guitar control. It is very flexible via it’s configuration file settings. I have looking for a way for the config file to be easily loaded with “External Tools” from within Cantabile to make it even more versatile. Anyone have success with that?


Seems to make perfect sense! I am usually using Livid Guitar Wing, but I was looking for something simple and portable as a backup, as sometimes the BT connection is not the best idea (e.g. in a place with lot of bluetooth devices. Fun-fact: I was once playing in the rehearsal room where I was totally unable to connect via BT to Guitar Wing - it came out that on the lower floor there’s a storage of the rental bikes, each one was equipped with the bluetooth receiver…)


It worked super :grin: maybe thinking of a way to make the pressure a bit higher, the pedal is to sensitive now


Just got mine :slight_smile: Thanks for drawing my attention to this one!


Here is a weird one. Someone was trying to sell a small Line 6 guitar amp at Studio 14. It sold, but for some reason, the pedalboard that went with it got left behind and lingered around for awhile (no one wanted it). It was going to go in the trash, but I did some quick research on it online, and the specs said it could also connect via USB as a MIDI controller. It just happened to be …an FVB Express MKII (gotta luv it). I see where these are selling for around $100 on Amazon. Considering a good MIDI footpedal controller cost several hundred these days, the FVB Express MKiI is still a great bargain at $100.


Hi Sven!

I don’t know if you solved your problem, but here is something i posted a while ageo that might help you:

Greetings, Tom

Bindings: multiple actions

Whaaaaaa cool! Can’t wait to go try it out! Super!


OK, got it and I love it. It’s extremely simple but works out of the box and does exactly what it is intended for. And the configuration process in Cantabile with S-Gear via “bindings” is really easy.

One question: do you guys have any idea how (or if it is possible at all) to “force” the tuner display to work with Cantabile/S-Gear and display the tuner settings from the app on the controller’s display? It’s not something that I’d desperately need, but would be nice to have :wink:


Probably that’s a function only via the network cable and only on line 6 gear?


That’s my guess, however I thought that it’s worth asking :wink:


I checked the manual and no sign of it :slight_smile: