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B-CONTROLNANO BCN44

User’s manual

Version 1.0 March 2005

B-CONTROLNANO BCN44

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

CAUTION: To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove the top cover (or the rear section). No user serviceable parts inside; refer servicing to qualified personnel.

WARNING:

To reduce the risk of fire or

This symbol, wherever it appears,

electric shock, do not expose this appliance to

alerts you to the presence of

rain and moisture. The apparatus should not be

uninsulated dangerous voltage

exposed to dripping or splashing and no objects

inside the enclosure—voltagethat

filled with liquids, such as vases, should be

may be sufficient to constitute a

placed on the apparatus.

risk of shock.

 

 

 

 

This symbol, wherever it appears,

 

 

alerts you to important operating

 

 

and maintenance instructions in

 

 

the accompanying literature.

 

 

Please read the manual.

DETAILED SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS:

1)Read these instructions.

2)Keep these instructions.

3)Heed all warnings.

4)Follow all instructions.

5)Do not use this apparatus near water.

6)Clean only with dry cloth.

7)Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

8)Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.

9)Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-typeplug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.

10)Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.

11)Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.

12)Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tipping over.

13)Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.

14)Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as power supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.

15)CAUTION - These service instructions are for use by qualified service personnel only. To reduce the risk of electric shock do not perform any servicing other than that contained in the operation instructions unless you are qualified to do so.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

1. INTRODUCTION.........................................................................................................

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1.1 Before you get started ........................................................................................................

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1.1.1 Shipment ......................................................................................................................

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1.1.2 Initial operation ............................................................................................................

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1.1.3 Online registration .......................................................................................................

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2. CONTROL ELEMENTS AND CONNECTIONS ..........................................................

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2.1 Additional functions ...........................................................................................................

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2.1.1 Snapshot Send ............................................................................................................

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2.1.2 Single Preset Dump ....................................................................................................

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2.1.3 Storing received Single Preset Dumps .......................................................................

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3. APPLICATION EXAMPLES .......................................................................................

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3.1 Software-Controller ............................................................................................................

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3.2 Hardware controller .........................................................................................................

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3.3 Multiple MIDI controllers ..................................................................................................

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4. MIDI ..........................................................................................................................

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4.1 LEARN function ................................................................................................................

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5. SPECIFICATIONS ....................................................................................................

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6. APPENDIX ................................................................................................................

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7. WARRANTY .............................................................................................................

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1. INTRODUCTION

Thank you for expressing your confidence in us by purchasing the B-CONTROLBCN44. TheB-CONTROLis an extremely versatilepocket-sizeMIDI controller. Despite its modest size, its numerous functions will thoroughly impress you.

Unlike with conventional MIDI controllers, our goal with the BCN44 was to offer an intuitive, flexible and optically appealing product that doesn’t inhibit your creativity with miniature knobs and buttons. Therefore, we have decided to go with a robust, clearlylaid-outdesign consisting of freely programmable encoders and buttons, extensive MIDI functions and the possibility to work practically anywhere. These are just some of the outstandingB-CONTROLBCN44 characteristics that will be a lot of fun to use for a very long time.

+The following user’s manual is designed to help you get comfortable with this unit’s control elements, so that you can learn all of its functions. After carefully reading the user’s manual, store it somewhere where you can easily find it later, in case you need to look something up.

1.1Before you get started

1.1.1 Shipment

The BCN44 was carefully packed at the factory to ensure secure transportation. Should the condition of the cardboard box suggest that damage may have taken place, please inspect the unit immediately and look for physical indications of damage.

+Damaged units should NEVER be sent directly to us. Please inform the dealer from whom you acquired the unit immediately as well as the transportation company from which you took delivery of the unit. Otherwise, all claims for replacement/repair may be rendered invalid.

+To ensure optimal protection during transportation, we recommend using a carrying case.

+Always use the original packaging to avoid damage due to storage or shipment.

+Never let unsupervised children play with your BCN44 or its packaging.

+Please dispose of all packaging materials in an environmentally friendly manner.

1.1.2 Initial operation

To avoid overheating, ensure adequate ventilation and never place your BCN44 on top of an amplifier or near radiators.

The wall power unit included in the delivery supplies the power to your BCN44. It complies with all applicable safety regulations.

1.1.3 Online registration

Please do remember to register your new BEHRINGER equipment right after your purchase by visiting www.behringer.com (alternatively www.behringer.de) and kindly read the terms and conditions of our warranty carefully.

BEHRINGER warrants all items purchased against defects in material or workmanship for one year* from date of purchase. Full terms of the warranty may be found on our website at www.behringer.com (alternatively www.behringer.de).

Should your BEHRINGER product malfunction, our goal is to have it repaired as quickly as possible. To arrange for warranty service, please contact the retailer from whom the equipment was purchased. Should your BEHRINGER dealer not be located in your vicinity, you may directly contact one of our subsidiaries. Corresponding contact information is included in the original equipment packaging (Global Contact Information/ European Contact Information). Should your country not be listed, please contact the distributor nearest you. A list of distributors can be found in the support area of our website (www.behringer.com).

Registering your purchase and equipment with us helps us process your repair claims quickly and efficiently.

Thank you for your cooperation!

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2. CONTROL ELEMENTS AND CONNECTIONS

Fig. 2.1: BCN44’s control elements

Use the left PRESET button to select the next preset down.

Use the right PRESET button to select the next preset up.

+To select presets more quickly, keep one of the preset buttons pressed and simultaneously turn one of the push encoders. The new preset is active as soon as you release the preset key.

PANIC: This function restores the most important MIDI data back to their factory settings.

sPress both PRESET buttons simultaneously. The unit resets as soon as the buttons are pressed.

sAfter the reset is complete, the unit automatically resumes normal operation and the current preset is shown in the display.

When powering up the unit, the four-digitLED display shows the current operating software version. After that, the display switches to displaying the last selected preset. Each time you change a setting using any of the control elements, the LED shows this value change in real time. When in programming mode, MIDI commands, program/channel numbers and parameter values are shown.

+Additional display functions are described under .

Use the STORE button to store presets.

sPress the STORE button. The button LED starts blinking.

sSelect the desired preset using the PRESET buttons or keep one of the PRESET buttons pressed and

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simultaneously turn one of the push encoders. The new preset number blinks in the display.

sPress STORE again, and STORE LED and the display stop blinking.

sIf you want to overwrite the current preset, press the STORE button twice (step 2 is omitted).

sYou can cancel the store by pressing the EDIT/EXIT button.

+We have deliberately refrained from having an automatic store function. This way, in the meantime you can assign a new MIDI command to a control element without changing the current preset. Should you then wish to restore the previous preset, briefly dial up another preset and then switch back to the old preset. Now, all the data has been restored, including the control element whose function had previously been briefly reassigned.

The EDIT/EXIT button has two functions:

1. EDIT mode: To activate the EDIT mode, keep the EDIT/EXIT button pressed and actuate the desired control element (push encoders throughor buttonsthrough). After that, release the EDIT/EXIT button. The EDIT mode is now activated for the selected control element and is shown in the display (e.g. E(ncoder) 3 > LEDis lit or b(utton) 1 > LEDblinks).

To exit the EDIT mode, press the EDIT/EXIT button. The unit switches back into normal operating mode.

+All EDIT mode functions for particular controller types are listed in tables 6.3 and 6.4.

+There are two different types of assignable control elements: CONTINUOUS (knobs) and SWITCH (buttons). The corresponding functions and setting options are described in tables 6.3 and 6.4.

+Please keep in mind that 2 different data types can be assigned to a push encoder (either “continuous” or “switch-type”).

+All the settings made here are stored only temporarily! If you wish to store them permanently, you will have to store them in a preset.

2. GLOBAL mode: All cross-functionalsettings that affect not only presets but the whole unit are made in this mode.

sKeep the EDIT/EXIT button pressed and then press the STORE button. You are now in the global setup and can release both buttons.

sThe possible settings are listed in table 2.1:

Table 2.1: Overview of GLOBAL mode parameters

Global MIDI Receive Channel:

Your B-CONTROLreceives program change commands on this channel. No program change commands are received in the “Off” position.

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Device ID Number:

You should only change ID number if you are using several NANOs and problems with recognizing the correct unit occur during a SysEx dump.

+Please keep in mind that SysEx dumps can only be received on the device ID number to which they were sent!

System Exclusive Dump (SysEx):

By turning the VALUE 1 push encoder , you can select whether only the current preset (Single Dump) or the entire 99 preset contents (All Dump) are sent as a SysEx dump. Pressing the push encoder once triggers the dump.

To receive a SysEx dump, no adjustments on the unit whatsoever are necessary. If you send a single preset to the B-CONTROL,the data is stored in temporary memory and has to be stored into a preset if you wish to store it permanently (seepreset store function).

+ATTENTION: If you send an “All Dump” to the B-CONTROL,the entire contents of its memory are immediately overwritten! You will not be asked to confirm your choice, and there is no memory safeguard function!

sTo cancel a SysEx dump, press the EXIT button.

MIDI Merge:

With this function, incoming MIDI data are mixed with the BCN44 data at MIDI Out (see fig. 2.2).

Fig. 2.2: Routing with MIDI merge

To activate MIDI merge, turn the push encoder . The 4 push encoders labeledthroughare used for sending MIDI data. These push encoders have two functions (turn and press), to which different MIDI commands can be assigned.

When in EDIT mode, use CHANNEL to change the values set in tables 6.3 and 6.4.

When in EDIT mode, use PARAMETER to change the values set in tables 6.3 and 6.4.

When in EDIT mode, use VALUE 1 to change the values set in tables 6.3 and 6.4.

When in EDIT mode, use VALUE 2 to change the values set in tables 6.3 and 6.4. Each of the 4 buttons labeledthroughsends the programmed MIDI command.

+Note on using the buttons while in EDIT mode: Keep the button pressed and use the push encoder located above it to select a value. After that, release the button.

The TYPE button selects the type of MIDI data sent in EDIT mode.

The MODE button selects the “Controller Mode” for the selected MIDI data type function in EDIT mode (see table 6.3 and 6.4).

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The DISPLAY button is used for adjusting display functions. When in normal operating mode, value changes are displayed in real time. You can deactivate this function in EDIT mode (see tables 6.3 and 6.4).

Use the LEARN button to activate the LEARN function in EDIT mode. Detailed information about the LEARN function can be found in chapter 4.1.

Fig. 2.3: Rear-endconnections and control elements

These are the MIDI connectors of your B-CONTROL.BCN44 parameter data are received on theMIDI IN connector.

Data for controlling MIDI equipment can be sent via MIDI OUT. If MIDI MERGE was activated (see ), the MIDI data received, along with the control data of the BCN44, is sent to theMIDI OUT

connector.

+Detailed information about MIDI and MIDI functions of your BCN44 can be found in chapter 4.

The POWER switch turns theB-CONTROLon. The POWER switch should always be in its “Off” position whenever you establish a connection to the mains.

+Please keep in mind: The POWER switch does not entirely separate the unit from the mains. Please disconnect the power cord from the mains if you won’t be using the unit for a while.

Power is provided via a two-poleconnector. A matching mains adapter is included in delivery. A strain relief for the mains cable is located next to the connector.

Alternatively, your BCN44 can also run on batteries. For battery operation you will need to insert three standard AA 1.5-Voltmignon batteries into the battery compartment located on the bottom side of the unit (see).

+When running on batteries, the BCN44 does not show the current preset. If you need to see the current preset number while running on batteries, briefly press the EDIT/EXIT button.

+When you are not using your BCN44 for a long time, you definitely need to remove the batteries!

The battery compartment is located at the bottom. To run your B-CONTROLon batteries, you will need 3 AA 1.5 Volt mignon batteries.

The SERIAL NUMBER of your BCN44 is also located at the bottom.

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2.1Additional functions

2.1.1Snapshot Send

A Snapshot Send sends all current Controller values, so that B-CONTROLsettings are transmitted to the MIDI device connected to it.

sWhile the EDIT/EXIT button is kept pressed, press the PRESET. TheB-CONTROLwill now send the current settings of the controller values.

2.1.2 Single Preset Dump

In addition to the SysEx Dump function, this button combination can also send all settings of the current presets:

sWhile the EDIT/EXIT button is kept pressed, press PRESET .

+Snapshot Send and Single Preset Dump differ in the type of data being sent. With Snapshot Send, only the current control values are transmitted in order to synchronize them with the MIDI device connected. With Single Preset Dump, the entire contents of the current preset including the current control elementassignment are being sent. This function lets you easily archive specific presets or swap them with otherB-CONTROLusers.

2.1.3 Storing received Single Preset Dumps

This function lets you store individual presets that were sent by an external MIDI device.

sSend a Single Preset Dump via MIDI IN to your B-CONTROL.

sPress STORE; the LED blinks.

sUse PRESETto select a storage location.

sPress STORE again; the LED no longer blinks.

3. APPLICATION EXAMPLES

Your BCN44 can be used in many different ways, the most common of which are shown and described in this chapter.

3.1 Software-Controller

When used as a software controller, the BCN44 can control any audio/MIDI software. These include, among others, virtual instruments and effects units, sequencer software etc. It connects to a PC via the MIDI connectors. Using an external USB MIDI interface, the MIDI signal can also be transmitted via USB. The graphic on the next page shows how different devices need to be wired.

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Fig. 3.1: Software controller

3.2 Hardware controller

Generally speaking, the B-CONTROLcan control anyMIDI-capablehardware. This example shows a setup with a MIDI keyboard, a sound module and an effects unit. The effects unit is connected in series using the MIDI THRU connector on the sound module, thus receiving thelooped-throughMIDI control data of the BCN44. The key data (note, pitch bend etc.) are mixed with the controller data of the BCN44, provided that the MIDI Merge function (see ch. 2) is activated.

Of course, you can also control the often hard-to-accesssound parameters of a keyboard in real time. Connect MIDI OUT of the BCN44 to MIDI IN of your keyboard.

Fig. 3.2: Hardware controller

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