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In-depth Feature:  Behringer BCF2000
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Editing Presets
The BCF2000 sports a total of 32 presets – in which each of the assignable controllers mentioned above can have different assignments. As mentioned, the top panel (8 rotary and 16 push encoders) are organised in 4 encoder groups within each preset – allowing a total of 8 faders, 32 knob/push encoders and 64 button commands to be assigned within each preset.

Two basic editing techniques are supported: manual and learn. Learn is straightforward – simply press and hold the learn button while tweaking one of the assignable controllers to enter learn mode, send the appropriate MIDI control message, and that it. This works for most MIDI controllers (Program Change, CC, RPN/NRPN, Note etc.) and even for many short SysEx commands, but occasionally falls over – for example assigning “toggle” modes to buttons can be tricky because only one of the “on” and “off” messages will be received. Additionally, this is the only way to assign a SysEx command to a controller – the manual edit mode has no facility for editing the MIDI strings required.

The Edit controls
Manual editing mode is entered in a similar manner – press and hold the “Edit” button while tweaking the relevant controller. Before doing this for one of the grouped controllers it is worth a swift look at the encoder group buttons to ensure the correct group is selected – I accidentally overwrote the wrong encoder group a couple of times but quickly learnt to check before editing.

Within manual editing mode, the first 6 rotary encoders work as editing controls, with feedback provided on the LED. Generally, the first knob selects the type of control signal to send – Program Change (PC), Continuous Controller (CC), NRPN, Note, Pitch Bend, After Touch, MMC or GS/XG. The function of the remaining knobs depends on the type of signal and the type of control (continuous or push).

For example, with CC/NRPN messages, the remaining knobs select the CC number, minimum value, maximum value and controller mode (Absolute, Relative, 7-bit or 14-bit). A number of controller modes are available to support most assignments common for MIDI equipment manufacturers. If assigned to a switch-type encoder, the min/max values specify the values to send with an “On” or “Off” signal.

Similarly, for Note messages (only assignable to switch-type controls), the remaining knobs select the Note number and velocity to send, and whether the button functions as a toggle (on/off) or not.

A handy (not to mention indispensable) table in the supplied user manual lists the meaning of each of the knobs as a simple grid, for both continuous type (rotary/fader) and switch type (button) encoders.

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