MIDI pedal board/foot controller comparison table

For explanations of various features see the page on MIDI pedal boards/foot controllers. There's also a Midi board tutorial at www.musicplayers.com, as well as a Midi board comparison chart in PDF format.

The information on this page is taken from the manufacturers' websites, online manuals and other sources. Some important aspects are not listed, such as price, reliability, number of foot switches and programming flexibility. Please help me correct any errors and omissions.

No single foot controller offers every possible feature. The most flexible solution would perhaps be to choose a foot controller with a big display and phantom power and then connect external expression pedals and MIDI relay switches to it.

A low-budget solution is to use the switches on a floor multieffect (to the extent it supports MIDI), though the preset changes may not be as seamless as a newer dedicated board.

Brand/controller Phantom power Display shows Expression pedal Analog amp channel switching
ADA MPC (discontinued) more info Yes (7-pin cables) 3 digits No No
ADA MXC (discontinued) info more info Yes (7-pin cables) 4 digits 2 external No
ART X-11 (discontinued) No 2 digits No ?
ART X-12 (discontinued) No 2 digits 1 external "AP-1" ?
ART X-15 Ultrafoot (discontinued) No 3 digits 2 built-in Yes
Axxess MFC5 Optional (5- or 7-pin cables) 3 digits No No
Behringer FCB1010 No (built-in power supply) 3 digits 2 built-in Yes
BOSS FC-50/GFC-50 No 1 digit 2 external No
Brandtstaetter & Rebholz FP1 Optional(?) (5-hole contact) 2 digits 2(?) external Yes(?)
CAE RS-10 No 3 digits 2 external No
CAE RS-10 MkII No 3 digits 2 external(?) No
Digitech PMC 10 (discontinued) No 20 characters 2 external Yes
Digitech Control 7 (discontinued) No 4 digits No No
Digitech Control 8 No 4 digits 1 built-in No
DMC (now Voodoo Lab) Ground Control (discontinued) Optional (5- or 7-pin cables) 12 characters 2 external No
DMC (now Voodoo Lab) Ground Control Pro Optional (5- or 7-pin cables) 12 characters 2 external No
Brand/controller Phantom power Display shows Expression pedal Analog amp channel switching
Engl Z-10 Optional (5-hole contact) 2 digits No No
Engl Z-12 Optional (5-hole contact) 2 digits No No
Ernst The Navigator MkII Optional (7-hole contact) 16 characters 4 external No
Fender Cyber (discontinued?) ? 3 digits 2 built-in No
Fractal Audio Systems MFC-101 Optional (7-hole contact) 20 characters 4 external No
G LAB GSC-5 Yes (proprietary) 6 separate displays with characters 4 external Yes
G LAB GSC-3 No 3 characters No Yes
GORDIUS Little Giant No 128 x 64 4 external "Under development"
Keith McMillen SoftStep Yes (through USB or the separate SoftStep Midi Expander unit) 4 characters 1 external No
Kitty Hawk Flight Path ? 2 digits ? Yes
Korg FC6 (discontinued) Possibly (5-hole DIN) 3 digits 2(?) No
Lake Butler MIDI Mitigator RFC-1 (discontinued) more info No 16 characters 1 external No
Lexicon MPX R1Optional (7-hole contact) 3 digits 1 built-in, 1 external Yes
Liquid-Foot ProOptional (7-hole contact) 16x2 characters 4 external No
Liquid-Foot JrOptional (7-hole contact) 16x2 characters 2 external No
Nobels MF1 Optional (5-hole contact) 3 digits No No
Nobels MF2 Optional (5-hole contact) 3 digits 4 external Yes
Peavey PFC-10 (discontinued?)Optional (8-hole contact)20 character by 2-line 2 external No
Philip Rees MM5 (discontinued)No6 characters 2 external No
Brand/controller Phantom power Display shows Expression pedal Analog amp channel switching
Proel MS16Optional (7-hole contact)3 digits No No
Proel MS32Optional (7-hole contact)16 digits(?) 2 external Yes
Prostage X10pro/X10Mandatory (XLR contact)3 digits Any number of the proprietary XCC pedal No
Prostage X07Mandatory (XLR contact)3 digits Any number of the proprietary XCC pedal No
Prostage X01Mandatory (XLR contact)3 digits Any number of the proprietary XCC pedal No
Rocktron MIDI MateOptional (7-hole contact)8 characters 1 external No
Rocktron All AccessOptional (7-hole contact)3+13 characters 2 external No
Roland FC-200 No 2 digits 1 built-in, 6 external No
Roland GFC-50 No 1 digit 2 external No
Rolls MP128 MidiBuddy Optional (5-hole contact) 3 digits No No
Rolls MP1288 MidiWizard Optional (5-hole contact) 3 digits 8 external No
T-Rex Big Foot No 16(?) characters 2(?) external No
Skrydstrup SC-1 Optional (7-hole DIN contact or 6-pin XLR) 12 characters 2 external No
Tech 21 Midi Moose Optional (5-hole contact) 3 digits No No
Voodoo Lab Ground Control Pro Optional (5- or 7-pin cables) 12 characters 2 external No
Yamaha MFC05 (discontinued) ? No display ? ?
Yamaha MFC06 (discontinued) ? No display ? ?
Yamaha MFC10 No 3 digits 1 built-in, 4 external No