What are the main things to check when selecting a MIDI board to control a G-Force or G-Major/ G-Major 2?
The features that are in the different MIDI boards can vary, and the degree of control of G-Force/G-Major will also vary in function of these features.
If you check the board, you should notice the following features:
- Send MIDI program change (to recall presets) - Basically they all do that at least.
- Send MIDI CC (continuous controllers).
- From one or two expression pedals : this will allow you to control the global volume and/or some effects parameters (i.e. a delay mix) - MIDI boards with an integrated expression pedal will do that. Some boards have an external input for an expression pedal. That will also work.
- From switch buttons. The switch will be able to control individual effect blocks ON/OFF. The switch must send a MIDI CC that will toggle between values 0 and 127 (on/off). This feature varies a lot on different MIDI boards. Many boards do not have that option, some have some dedicated switches, and some have more.
If you just need to recall presets, select a simple board (it will also be more affordable).
If you need to have instant access to Effect blocks - i.e. activate a delay or a reverb without changing preset, you will need a more advanced MIDI board.