Behringer BCF 2000
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Added: 21-Sep-04 | Author: admin
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Behringer BCF 2000BEHRINGER BCF 2000, Total Recall USB/MIDI Controller with 8 Motor-Faders, cascadeable Total Recall MIDI Desktop Controller, 8 x 100-mm Motor-Faders, 16 + 4 lit up Knobs with free allocatable MIDI-Functions, Footswitch connection, 32 User Presets, 1 MIDI Input and 2 MIDI Outputs (as Midi-Interface useable), LED-Display, MIDI-Input with Merge-Function, Generic USB MIDI supported mit WINDOWS® XP und MAC OS X®
New (20th Dec' 2010) Full BCF2000 tutorial with Logic Pro
This guide also is mostly interchangable with cubase
Old review and videos
Behringer sent me over a BCF2000 & a BCR2000 controller to checkout, and after initialy being confused by incorrect/out-of-date information on Behringers website and in their product documentation regarding working with Logic, I got it going ok!
The BCF is all I tested so far, and the results are great! - I'll get onto the BCR soon and add video for that with various uses inc' a few popular synths & other plugins.
Updating the OS/Firmware on the BCF & BCR is very easy - Using the supplied utility from Behringers site the units updated no problems, and then off you go!
One thing to note is that Behringer supply a little applet called BCFVIEW.EXE which mimics the Mackie-Control/Logic-Control LCD screen on your desktop - This little screen can be set to 'Always on top' mode and positioned on your sequencer page wherever you like - The screen applet delivers hi-quality visual feedback of which bank of tracks is selected, which actual track is selected, and shows parameters for selected plugin effects, Instrument parameters, sends, EQ's etc etc - all nice and clear on-screen which is incredibly useful!
I didnt so far test alot of 3rd party plugins, but it seems that if the Plugin follows the VST protocol in it's own engine then it works fine - The free plugins by 'Kjaerhus Audio' & 'Blueline' for example work fine with all controls automatable in plugin-edit mode.
CUBASE SX2 - works great with the BFC - All channels can select & control Volume, pan, mute & solo - 4 bands of EQ ('Q', freq' & gain & On/Off), 8 Sends (pre/post, destination & amount), 8 inserts (select insert plugin, fix insert plugin, edit plugin parameters, on/off) etc
LOGIC AUDIO 5 - Again, works great, but Behringer don't tell you it works under Logic Control emulation - On their site and in the documentation, they tell you to dump sysex patches to the BCF & BCR and use them in tandem. You are told to download a special Logic .LSO file and patch things on the environment etc etc - Odd, because it seems to work almost 100% using the straight 'Logic Control' setup on Logic. However, I'm still experimenting to get access to a few last parameters, but suffice to say, almost everything is accessible when using it with Logic.
For working with Logic I found it works fantastic with V5 if you just make a special screentset for Logic and adapt the way you work... You can see more of that in the videos.
Ok... I use Logic on PC - So I started the videos first with Logic - As i said above, i did test it with Cubase SX2 and it works great rest assured...
Cubase SX & BCF video Part-1 has been added (see down page) with Parts 2/3 coming soon.
(5/1/05) We have another BCF which has arrived now, so we are testing & video-ing two units working in sync. Initial tests are working great and it works with 2 sync'd units for Logic & SX fine - Also a video review of the BCR2000 rotary unit will be added once we've finished the BCF video's
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BCF2000 General - Video Footage
Dancetech BCF2000 Introduction Video - [DivX .avi stream - 51.7 mb]
Dancetech BCF2000 Introduction Video - [DivX .avi zipped - 32.3 mb]
An intro to the Behringer BFC2000 - This video pertains to ALL sequencers using the BCF and shows the BCF2000 package & build details of the BCF2000 as well as a full-on sequence showing the updating of the BCF firmware (yup, you see everything on the BCF AND the PC-Screen).... Also shown is how to set the BCF2000 into the different operating 'modes' for your selected sequencer.
[we're re-rendering this one cos the audio goes a bit out of sync towards the end, but it's still watchable as it's only about 1/2 second out]
BCF200 & Logic Audio - Video Footage
Ok first update the BCF2000 OS to version 1.6 - (see the: 'Dancetech BCF2000 Introduction Video' above for a full video of how to do that) - Then set the BCF2000 into LC-MODE (again, in the intro video) - Then you're ready to setup your LOGIC CONTROL inside Logic!
Logic Control setup in Logic
You add in a 'Logic Control' unit by selecting: Options/Preferences/Control Surfaces/Setup - The control-Surfaces page opens. You then choose 'NEW' from the top menu & choose 'INSTALL' - Add-in a Logic Control.
OK - Install one Logic Control unit - My settings for two BCF2000's are like this - HOWEVER - If you only have ONE BCF2000, the 'OUT PORT:' and 'INPUT:' would both be showing: BCF2000
Use the arrow-buttons on the top-left corner of the top two parameter-boxes on the left-hand side of the page to minimise the top two left-hand parameter-boxes, and you can then see all parameters for the bottom left display - Mine is set like this.
OK - Install a second Logic Control unit - my settings are like this
Use the arrow buttons to minimise the top 2 left-hand display boxes and you can then see all parameters for the bottom left display - Mine is set like this.
Dancetech BCF2000 & LOGIC Video - Intro - [DivX .avi stream - 21.6 mb]
Dancetech BCF2000 & LOGIC Video - Intro - [DivX .avi zipped - 11.1 mb]
Logic (PC V5.5) working with the BFC in standalone mode - If you want to get straight to the beef, miss this one out and go for the main details video below. - This short 5 minute intro video shows the basic ability introduction for the BCF working with Logic Audio - Selecting & scrolling up/down through Audio tracks 1-48, Busses 1-16, Audio Instruments 1-64, Outs 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, Master volume, Midi tracks 1-16 in Logic's arrange-page - This short intro shows you BCF's speed when scrolling around following Logic or commanding Logic before the main Part-1 when the screen-recorder s/w is opened to capture Logic's screen to show the various control abilities of the BCF.
Dancetech BCF2000 & LOGIC Video - Part-1 - [DivX .avi stream - 59.7 mb]
Dancetech BCF2000 & LOGIC Video - Part-1 - [DivX .avi zipped - 29.1 mb]
A close up look at the interaction between the Arrange-page in Logic (PC v5.5) and the BCF - Selecting & controlling the channel EQ on compatible tracks which feature the 4-band channel-Eq. Selecting & editing/controlling Insert Plugins & Instruments on tracks, selecting Sends and send-control editing on all relevent tracks which have sends - Setting up a new-look Logic Screenset to maximise productivity with the BCF etc.
Dancetech BCF2000 & LOGIC Video - Part-2 - [DivX .avi stream]
Dancetech BCF2000 & LOGIC Video - Part-2 - [DivX .avi zipped]
A short 5 minute adendum video showing any additional functions & points of BCF working with Logic.
BCF2000 & Cubase SX - Video Footage
[remember there is a general intro video at the top of this pages video section which is relevent to all sequencers, inc' full video footage of updating the BCF os]
SOME CUBASE/BCF NOTES as sent via email to a question:
Remember that bcfview.exe must be running before booting the sequencer as this applet 'steers' the sysex from the bcf to the host sequencer - you can get that at behringer website as a small download - it doesnt need to be installed, just put it on your desktop and you can boot it from there whenever u use cubase/nuendo
if you have probs installing drivers, i just tried it again and found windows would not install the bcf driver - and if i tried to update the driver it said the driver it had already was ok and refused to automaticaly install the bcf usb driver
to install the driver i had to go into control-panel/system/hardware/device manager
select the un-named usb control device you'll see in the SOUND VIDEO & AUDIO CONTROLLERS
right click on it and choose properties choose DRIVER tab, then 'update driver'
then manualy install it, meaning: DONT LET WINDOWS SEARCH - say install from a specific location - then choose: 'HAVE DISK', then browse to the bcf usb driver and select the .inf file - say 'ok', then install it
then you gotta go into cubase/nuendo and do what i showed in the image i sent (add a 'mackie control' device in DEVICE MANAGER)
do NOT use bcf as a midi controller, it doesnt work that way
when mackie control is in the cubase devices list, select it, choose setup tab on right and assign in/out midi ports for it
then close cubase
then boot bcf into mackie control (hold down top row button 2 & power-up - the display shows:
NC C (MACKIE CONTROL)
then it shows EG in the display - ok you now must edit the global parameters correctly
in EG (edit global) use the top row of pots and select the following:
U_2 (usb mode 2 - select this using pot1 on top) & ID_1 (unit's id number - select using pot5 on top)
also, adjust pot 3 on top of the bcf to show AUTO
once all that is set, click EXIT on bcf to exit EG (edit global) - thats all set then and will boot up like that with those settings each time you turn it on
if you add another one to get 16 channels of control, set it the same but set it to ID2 also you'll need to install a second mackie-control in the device setup in cubase
then start BCFVIEW.EXE
then start cubase
try all that
once it's done right, the bcfview blue display jumps to life showing stuff and the fader rise up when you load a default song - try loading a default 24 audio tracks template
reveal the left-column fader display... now use the arrow keys on keyboard to scroll down/up the tracks in cubase arrange page
the bcf follows, BUT... it does not do bank-changes in cubase, so once you pass track 8 the lights dont display on bcf and you must manualy forward to the next bank on the bcf using the PRESET forward/back arrow keys
cubase follows the bcf ok, you just must use the PRESET forward/back arrow keys
The BCF follows cubase in the vertical sdtack on arrange page, meaning whatever order things are stacked on in the arrange page track header column, bcf follows that order, in steps of 8
so try to keep the arrange page setup with things in devisions of 8 - eg
8 x audio 8 x audio 8 x audio 8 x buss 8 x vsti 16 x midi
that way you dont get a preset bank on bcf showing 3 audio tracks and 5 midi tracks or whatever, it always show 8 of the same as you step down/up in blocks of 8 tracks any probs use our forums please
Dancetech BCF2000 & Cubase SX Video - Part-1 - Intro & EQ use - [DivX uploaded to Google video - originaly 63.7 mb]
General navigation using SX with the BCF2000 and the interaction between the two in either direction - Workthru of the EQ section of BCF2000 inc' how it sync's with SX navigation.
[PARTS 2/3 for Inserts, Sends and VSTi use with the BCF & SX will be added soon]
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