The 7 Best MIDI Foot Controllers and Pedalboards
MIDI foot controllers are a great way to add extra control to your music without having to use your hands. Your hands may already be full with playing another instrument or tweaking other controls, so get your feet involved!
MIDI foot controllers come in different varieties, from basic footswitches to feature-rich devices.
These can be used live on-stage to improve your performance, as well as helping to improve your workflow in the studio.
The Best MIDI Foot Controllers and Pedalboards – Our Pick
1. Behringer FCB1010 MIDI Foot Controller
One of the household names when it comes to the MIDI pedalboards, Behringer FCB1010 has a lot to offer. This model is a bit older, but because it’s so good it still lives on.
This foot controller comes with 12 stomp buttons and two separate pedals through which you can fully control everything on this board. On the inside, this board comes with ten banks of presets, all of which are fully editable and user-controlled if you want them to be. The software for this pedal is open-designed, so anyone can take a look at it and create software, which can be found on the Behringer website.
This pedal gives you full versatility, whether you’re on stage or in the studio. It can initially seem a bit complicated to set up everything, but it’s quite simple to use once you get going on it.
All in all, this is a high-quality, comprehensive, all-in-one midi foot controller.
2. Line 6 FBV Express MkII
The Line 6 FBV Express MkII is an excellent small pedal that keeps things simple while still allowing room for flexibility and creativity.
Express II is a smaller pedal by design, with 4 footswitches and a pedal. Apart from that, you have just a LED screen and the chassis is built out of steel, so it’s very sturdy and road happy.
Connection wise, it comes with a USB and RJ-45 cable (similar to ethernet cable). It is marketed for use with Line 6 Spider line of amps, but you can, of course, use it with anything you like that you can connect to it.
This is a great mid-range controller for people who need some versatility, but don’t want to spend money or drag with them huge pedalboards everywhere they play.
3. Logidy UMI3
This is a good option if you’re looking for a small, no-nonsense MIDI footswitch to control a few functions.
Logidy UMI3 is a quality, easy to control foot pedal with three separate switches. It has a metal casing, and the switches are also metal and very durable. Even though it is metal, it’s small and light, so it’s a joy to take it with you on the road if you have gigs every other night.
For the connection, it has one USB cable and one ¼” jack input. It’s powered through USB, and it can be used for anything MIDI related, whether that’s controlling your DAW or just playing backtracks in the live gig.
It’s a cheap, reliable solution for anyone that needs just several controls at a time.
4. Nektar Pacer MIDI Foot Controller
Nektar Pacer is another high-quality foot controller that has a lot of options.
With this foot controller, you’ll get ten switches, one switch for control over the footboard, and a wheel for controlling the board.
As far as the presets go, you can have 24 presets at max, which is all easily accessible by the use of different buttons.
This will give you a great amount of freedom and control when working with this pedal.
Connection-wise, there’s MIDI I/O, USB jack, and six different ¼” jacks. These enable you to use external pedals and footswitches or to make use of them as programable relays for your guitar amp.
5. Voodoo Lab Ground Control Pro
Voodoo Lab Ground Control Pro is a high-end, programmable MIDI foot controller.
The main feature of this controller is that you can control up to eight different devices at the same time, and everything in the build of this controller is stage friendly. The footswitches are easily controllable by your feet without having to look at them.
The case is made out of metal, with 15 differently used metal buttons and a large, brightly lit LED screen, that’s easy to read in the speed at the dark of the stage.
As for the connectivity, there’s MIDI I/O and two ¼” jacks through which you can add more footswitches or pedals.
If you’re looking for a pro option with great build-quality, then this is something worth considering.
6. Roland FC-300
Another iconic name on this list and a MIDI foot controller that’s one of the most famous ones on the market – and for a good reason as well.
Roland FC-300 is a high-end quality item that’ll fulfill any need you might have from a foot controller.
This baby comes with nine stomp buttons and two separate pedals with which you can control the MIDI output while standing up. You also get eight smaller buttons with which you control the whole board and a bright backlit LED screen.
This controller is great when used with the Roland VG-99, a famous (and mighty) guitar effects processor, where it can be connected using a standard LAN cable.
7. MeloAudio Guitar Floor Multi-Effects
We finish off this list with an affordable model that’s suitable for anyone not looking to invest heavily into similar equipment, but still looks to have variety while playing.
The MeloAudio MIDI foot controller is a budget-friendly option, with which you get ten different buttons and a large LED screen.
Connection wise, there’s two ¼” jacks that you can use to expand with expression pedals. Also, this controller can work on batteries as well as AC power and has a USB connection.
We hope that this article has helped you check out what’s what in the world of MIDI foot controller. Whether you’re looking for a simple foot controller or a highly flexible one, there’s something for everyone on this list.