Here is a long-needed update on this How To!
- The process can be greatly simplified if you use the Virus plugin on a computer and assign your pedals to control the soft knobs on that. The computer just becomes yet another box you have to lug to gigs!
- I no longer recommend the MIDI Solutions Pedal Controller http://www.midisolutions.com/prodped.htm. This sometimes stops working for no apparent reason. It has let me down at gigs. There is one for each pedal, linked in series. So it means that the connected pedal and any whose pedal controller is connected downstream from the faulting one is out of action till it comes right. (So the emergency fix is to remove the faulting pedal controller from the connected series. The pedals connected to the other two pedals will then work.)
- Instead, I highly recommend the Audiofront's MIDI Expression range of pedal interfaces https://www.audiofront.net/MIDIExpression.php. These did not exist when I wrote the article. The model I use is the 'MIDI Expression iO', the way to go if you connect direct to the Virus rather than a computer, as it supports three pedals and old-fashioned MIDI cables as well as USB. Its advantages over the MIDI Solutions Pedal Controller are:
- It's reliable. I've had mine a few years. It always works.
- One pedal interface, about the size of the MIDI Solutions box, connects multiple pedals. Much less spaghetti on the floor!
- It supports MIDI over USB as well as MIDI cables. So it can be plugged into a computer without a MIDI to USB adapter. Even if you don't want to control software synths, this makes configuring the pedal interface a bit easier.