The MIDI Solutions F8 8-input MIDI Footswitch Controller provides eight 1/4" phone jack inputs for connection to footswitches or contact closures which can be used to trigger MIDI events. Triggered MIDI events are merged with incoming MIDI messages and sent to the MIDI output of the F8.
Triggered event types are programmable and include:
Other functions include:
The Polarity of each footswitch can be determined automatically on power-up, or programmed to normally-open or normally-closed. It's also possible for the F8 to send out the state of its footswitches immediately on power-up rather than waiting for each to be depressed.
The F8 is programmed by sending it MIDI System Exclusive messages (read the Programming FAQs for more details). This is easily done with the MIDI Solutions Programming Tools software. Once programmed, the F8's settings are retained even after power is removed. The F8 can be reprogrammed with new settings as often as needed.
The F8 is MIDI-powered, and requires no batteries or power supply to operate with most MIDI products (for more information read the Power FAQs). A MIDI indicator LED lights up when the product is powered and flashes when MIDI data passes through it.