Programming the All Access Toe Controller is easy, especially when it is used as an organist would use it.

First plug the "wall wart" into the wall. You will then see this picture:

This is normal playing mode. Notice that Preset 1 is selected, by looking at the screen and at the light above the
no. 1 switch. The numbers are even slightly backlit. ("Preset" is computer terminology for Piston/Toe Stud).


Press "2nd" and then "11". "2nd" will enter Edit Mode, and "11" will put you in Midi Mode. You will now see this picture:

At the top of the screen you will see the PRESET Number. You will have 120 of these grouped in 8 banks of 15.

The next item to the right is the CHANNEL Number. Generals are Channel 7
Divisionals are set to the channel of the division: Pedal is 1, Great is 2, Swell is 3, Choir is 4, Solo is 5.
Reversibles are channel 8. Current (Reactivate), Next (Increment), and Previous (Decrement) in the Registration 
Sequencer are Channel 7.

The last item to the right is the PROGRAM CHANGE number. The Channels and the Program Change numbers are 
the same as used for pistons (from the Midi Console Section of the Hauptwerk User Guide.)


Now we program the Presets.

An example of Programming the All Access

I want Preset 1 to be my General One so I leave the Preset column alone, since it is already set to Preset 1, and I go to the
Channel Column. I use the no. 6 switch, which in edit mode is Channel Up, and I press it six times to assign Channel 7 to
Preset 1. Then I move to the Program Change column and since Program Change is already set to 1 I don't have to change
it. (If I wanted Program Change 2 instead, I would press the Program Change Up button, which is switch number 7, one
time.) 

The All Access is capable of setting program changes on every channel for one Preset.

You want only ONE program change to happen when you press a preset.
Therefore you will want to go  back to the Channel column and press Channel Up (Switch No. 6) and Channel Down 
(Switch No. 1) to make sure that none of the other 15 channels have any program changes assigned to them. 
(In other words Channels 1-6 and 8-16 should have "None" in the Program Change Column. If they have program 
change numbers go backward past Program Change 1 to find "None" in the list.)

Now select Preset 2, by pressing the UP button. Change its Channel and Program Change Numbers, making sure
that none of the other channels have program changes assigned to them (as mentioned above.)

When you have finished programming all of the presets you need, press the "2nd" switch again. This will save all of your 
presets and leave edit mode. In the screen you will then see the number of the preset that is selected. You will also notice 
that a light will be lit above that switch. (See first picture.)

So that you can keep track of where you are, the numbered toe Switches will activate the Presets 1-15, then 16-30, etc. up to 120.
The no 1 Switch will be used for Preset 1, 16, 31 etc., the no. 2 Switch will be used for Presets 2, 17, 32 etc.


Toe Switch set up ideas:

This is how I have set up Banks One and Two on my All Access:

Bank One:

2nd Gt/Pd Sw/Pd Ch/Pd So/Pd Tutti
Up Ped 1 Ped 2 Ped 3 Ped 4 Ped 5
Down Next Gen 1 Gen 2 Gen 3 Gen 4

Bank Two:

2nd Gen 11 Gen 12 Gen 13 Gen 14 Gen 15
Up Gen 6 Gen 7 Gen 8 Gen 9 Gen 10
Down Gen 1 Gen 2 Gen 3 Gen 4 Gen 5

All it takes is one switch press "Up" or "Down" to get to the next bank. You can also make very fast changes from
from Bank to another if necessary. How would you use that? I want to press General 10
and then in the next two measures press Ped 1. Start with Bank Two, Press General 10 (Switch 10) 
then press "Down" and Press Ped 1 (Switch 6).

It is pretty rare that you would need to do that, but it is that easy. You can also daisy chain two All Access Controllers
together and have the left side be Generals and the right side Pedal Pistons and Reversibles.

The total daisy chain order could be:
Pedal out to Solo In
Solo out to Swell in
Swell out to Great in
Great out to Choir in
Choir out to Toe controller in
Toe controller out to Computer midi in.
(A second toe controller would be inserted after the first and before the computer.)


The All Access toe controller mounting pictures

The Platforms were made by Creative Woodwork in Biddeford, Maine (207-284-3131)

The Platforms are mounted on the back of the Classic Midi Pedalboard

The All Access(s) are placed on the platforms (Palace of Arts in Budapest organ sample set by Inspired Acoustics on screen.)

The All Access Toe Controller is a well constructed piece of equipment. Pressing the switches produces a solid feel
to the performer. After a while you don't even notice that you are pressing a switch instead of a normal toe stud.

If you are playing a recital and have two toe controllers, you can program both to mimic the toe stud layout of the organ 
you are about to play. It only takes just a few minutes to program all 15 switches in one bank.

This tutorial only gives you a glimpse of what this very powerful piece of equipment can do. To read more about it go to http://www.rocktron.com/frameset1.html, choose "Products" and then choose "All Access"

Disclaimer: I am in no way connected to Rocktron or any of it affiliates.

 


Roctron Midi Toe Controllers (dimensions are from the perspective of a person standing above the unit which is sitting on the floor. All models
are very well constructed.)


All Access 15.5W x 10.5D x 3.5H (app. $975.00)
   
Midi In and Out (can be placed anywhere in midi daisy chain and allows for two All Access units in the chain), 15 switches x 8 Banks = 120 Presets, 
      capable of note on/note off messages and many other types, extremely easy programming and quick bank changes. Easily fits on either side of expression pedals. 


Midi Mate 19.75W x 5.5D x 2H (app. $150)
   
Midi out only (must be placed at beginning of midi daisy chain),10 switches x 12 Banks = 120 Presets, multiple channels, no separate up and down switches, 
      so changing banks requires several switch presses. Size is a bit large for a comfortable fit on the pedalboard.


Midi Exchange 21W x 10.5D x 4.5H (app. $100)
   
Midi out only, 1 preset switch with up and down switches, single channel. Very large for a comfortable fit on a Pedalboard. 
      Good if you only need a "next" toe switch, or don't mind changing banks for every program change (like having one toe stud and having to change memories
      for each combination change.

 


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