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Make sure you are in Editor mode. Press Switch C+D to enter editor mode or click the Toggle Edit Mode button on the editor.
Entering Edit Menu
Press Switch D+F in the main preset page. The last used preset, expression pedal input and bank will be displayed in the menu.
Make sure to exit Editor mode to have the full functionality available before you use it with your devices.
Design and Architecture
The MC6 MKII is a fully programmable MIDI controller, capable of controlling up to 16 MIDI devices per switch.
There are 30 banks. Each bank has 12 presets and 2 expression presets. Each preset can be programmed to send out 16 different messages.
Each bank can display up to 6 presets, of which all are accessible from the 6 switches. The other 6 presets can be engaged via dual switch presses or external aux controllers. A Page Toggle function is also available to switch between the first 6 presets and the last 6 presets.
Powering the MC6
Your MC6 MKII device can be powered via the following methods
9VDC Centre Negative power supply
Connect a 9VDC centre negative power supply to the power input of the MC6.
Phantom Power (9-12v AC or DC)
Connect a 7-pin Midi cable to the MIDI OUT port of the MC6. Phantom power is received through pins 6 and 7. Phantom power is chained to pins 6 & 7 on the MIDI IN port as well, allowing you to power other devices connected to the MC6’s MIDI IN port (if the receiving device accepts phantom power via MIDI).
If sending DC power via the pins, the polarity does not matter.
Connect a USB cable to the MC6. The MC6 is capable of being fully powered by USB.
The device requires a power supply of at least 120mA at 9VDC
Information on all the inputs and outputs on the MC6.
This is where the MC6 receives MIDI messages from other MIDI devices.
The MC6 passes incoming PC, CC and Note MIDI messages via the MIDI In/Receive port out to the USB port, and vice versa.
This is where MIDI data is sent from the MC6 to other devices. You can use a standard 5-pin MIDI cable, or a 7-pin one if you want to power the MC6 with phantom power. The MC6 also has MIDI THRU, which allows incoming MIDI messages to be relayed to other MIDI-capable devices.
The MC6 can also send and receive MIDI data via USB, allowing you to have control over your DAWs and music software. It is class compliant and compatible with Windows, macOS, Android and iOS.
The MC6 passes incoming MIDI messages via the MIDI In/Receive port out to the USB port, and vice versa.
EXP 1 & 2
These inputs can
Be used with an Expression Pedal
Be used with an Aux Switch (up to 3 switches)
NEW Be used as a TRS MIDI OUT port.
You can connect your expression pedals to these ports to control the expression presets, or connect aux switches to Bank Up, Bank Down and Toggle Page.
Please note that these ports are INPUT only, and cannot be using to control functions like amp switching or sending Control Voltage messages. You should only be connecting an expression pedal or TRS passive Aux Switches to these ports.
You should only use STEREO CABLES. Using Mono cables will cause the device not to work as intended.
Please do not apply any power to these inputs!
Using External Aux Switches
You can connect an external Aux switch to your MC6 to control Presets G - L.
The MC6 requires an aux switch that is wired to work with the Eventide H9. It has to be connected to the MC6 with a stereo cable, where the Tip is connected to the ground via a footswitch, and similar to the Ring as well. Another switch can be added to connect both Tip and Ring to ground to engage an additional preset/setting. Please refer to the schematic below.
There are a few pedal builders that sell such devices:
Please note that we are in no way affiliated with these companies.
If you would like to build one yourself, you can refer to the following schematic:
The MC6 work with TRS expression pedals. It works best with expression pedals with fitted 10k - 25k linear potentiometers. The potentiometer wiper should be connected to the Tip of the stereo cable, while the Ring and Sleeve should be connected to the outer lugs on the potentiometer.
When connecting a new Expression pedal, be sure to calibrate it first by going into the Edit menu (Switch D+F), selecting Exp1 or Exp2 and then Calibrte.
Using Expression Port as MIDI OUT
In Firmware v3.8 onwards, the Expression Port can be used as a MIDI OUT port. There are 3 options for this in the Controller Settings
MIDI Standard - Sends MIDI on the Tip and Power on the Ring.
MIDI Tip - Sends MIDI on the Tip while Ring is left floating.
MIDI Ring - Sends MIDI on the Ring while Tip is left floating.
This setting depends on the device you are planning to control. Chase Bliss devices require the MIDI Ring option, while Meris devices require the MIDI Tip option. Boss devices require the MIDI Standard option. Please check your device manual for more information.
Global Configuration Menu
To access the Controller Settings Menu, hold down Switch D before powering up the MC6. This menu allows you to edit the global settings for the device.
The Main Configuration Menu can also be accessed by going into the Edit Settings page (Switch D+F) and selecting GblConfig.
Please note that the controller will restart after exiting the Main Configuration Menu.
The display will indicate that it is booting into the configuration page.
Factory Reset - Reset
To do a factory reset, hold down the Reset switch for 2 seconds. The MC6 will show that it is performing a factory reset. All user presets and settings will be reset to factory default when a reset is done. You will lose all saved presets and settings!
Set MIDI Channel - MidiCh
Set the MIDI receive channel for the MC6. The MC6 can receive and respond to messages from external midi controllers. Press Switch A or B to increase or decrease the MIDI channel respectively.
Press Save to save your settings and Exit to exit.
Change Expression Input - ExpInpt
Change the device Expression Input Type and select between Aux Switch, Expression, Fixed Sw 1, Fixed Sw 2 Setting.
Aux Switch: Use a stereo cable to connect to an external aux switch to control more presets.
Expression: Connect an expression pedal via a stereo cable (Tip connected to wiper) to engage the expression preset.
Fixed Sw 1: Similar to the aux switch, but the functions are hard-coded to control the Bank Up, Bank Down and Toggle Page functions without sacrificing any presets.
Fixed Sw 2: Similar to the Fixed Sw 2, but with the Bank up and down reversed.
Switch Sensitivity - SwSens
Set switch sensitivity. Choose from 1 (least sensitive) to 5 (most sensitive). Pressing Switch A+B will select 2, while Switch B+C will select 4.
By default, this is set to 3 and should be comfortable for most users. Depending on personal taste, you may adjust sensitivity to help you bank up/down (by stepping on 2 switches at once) more accurately.
More sensitive means that the lag between the time when a message is sent out and when the switch is pressed it at its minimum.
Bank Display Time - BnkTime
This setting adjusts the amount of time the bank details will show when the bank is changed.
The value displayed is in milliseconds.
Bank Change Time - BnkChgDelay
This setting adjusts the time it takes to load the next bank when the bank is changed.
The value displayed is in milliseconds.
MIDI Clock - MidiClk
The MIDI clock setting toggles the persistent MIDI clock function ON and OFF. This setting is related to the MIDI Clock message under MIDI Types. If persistent MIDI is ON, the MIDI Clock message will continue sending a MIDI clock signal when engaged, even when engaging other presets or scrolling through banks. However, if persistent MIDI is OFF, the MIDI clock signals will shut off when an event (like a switch press or expression pedal move) is triggered.
Align Short Name - LcdAlign
When LcdAlign is turned on, your Preset Short Names will be aligned, depending on its position on the LCD. For example, Preset A name will aligned to the left, while Preset C name will be aligned to the right.
Lock dual switch presses - DualLock
When the dual lock setting is turned on, dual switch press functions like Bank Down, Bank Up and Toggle Page will be disabled.
Re-arrange Banks - BankArng
Your banks can be re-arranged in this menu. More info here.
Remember Toggle States - RmbTog
Determine whether preset toggle states are remembered when you change banks. If set to ON, your preset toggle states will be preserved when you change banks. When set to OFF, your preset toggle states will be reset when you change banks.
Long Press Time - LngPrsTm
Sets the amount of time (in milliseconds) you need to hold down the switch in order to trigger a Long Press action.
MIDI Thru - MidiThru
Enables the passing thru of all MIDI messages from the MIDI IN port to the MIDI OUT port.
Reset Bank Presets - RstBkPst
This resets all the Bank Presets to empty.
Cross MIDI Thru - CrsMdTru
Enables the passing thru of certain MIDI messages from DIN5 MIDI Input to USB MIDI Output, and USB MIDI Input to DIN5 and TRS MIDI Outputs.
Not every MIDI message is supported. The supported MIDI messages are PC, CC, Note On, Note Off, Pitch Change and After Touch messages.
Ignore MIDI Clock
If Ignore MIDI Clock is enabled, the controller will ignore any incoming MIDI clock messages from the USB port. If disabled, any incoming MIDI clock messages from the USB port or MIDI IN port will set the controller’s MIDI Clock BPM, and the controller will then generate MIDI Clock messages to be sent out.
Step on Switches A+B together to bank down and Switches B+C to bank up. There are a total of 30 banks on the MC6 MKII.
Bank Changes can also be executed by programming a Bank Change function to a preset, or by using an External Aux Switch.
Switch and Display Names
Each switch corresponds to the display name closest to it. Pressing Switch A activates Preset A, Switch B activates Preset B and so forth.
Mapping Actions to Midi Types
The MC6 MKII allows you to map actions taken on the switches to MIDI Types and functions. For example, you can map a CC#1 message to a Press action, and a CC#2 message to a Release action. When the switch is pressed, a CC#1 message will be sent, and when the switch is released, a CC#2 messages will be sent. There is a list of actions available to you.
The MC6 MKII can be programmed to pass incoming MIDI signals from the MIDI IN port to the MIDI OUT port. It can also pass CC, PC and Note messages thru to the USB port. The MC6 MKII will also pass incoming CC, PC and Note MIDI signals from the USB MIDI port to the MIDI OUT port.
You can toggle this setting on and off by pressing Switches A+Ftogether, or editing it in the Controller Settings.
Both the Switch Presets and Expression Presets on the device can be edited via the on-board editing functions or the Web/Desktop Editor.
Copying, Pasting and Swapping Presets
The device allows copying and pasting of presets into different presets. These options are available in the device itself (D+F >> Preset >> Copy, Paste, Swap).
Dual Switch Functions
The MC6 MKII makes use of dual switch combination to carry out certain functions.
Toggle Editor Mode
Toggle MIDI Thru
Besides this, you can also use dual switch presses to call the extra presets.
Editing the MC6
The MC6 MKII can be programmed on the device itself, or by using the Web/Desktop Editor.
On a new controller, all switches are initially labelled as EMPTY. It is up to you to decide exactly what each one will do.
To enter the Edit Menu
Press the switch you wish to program
Press Switches D+F together. This will take you the the Edit Menu shown below.
After pressing Switch D+F, the Edit menu will be displayed. The preset and expression you last used will be displayed, as well as the bank you are currently on.
Press Switch D to edit the preset, Switch E to edit the expression preset, or Switch F to edit the bank.
Upon pressing Preset in the Edit Menu, you will be directed to the Preset Edit page.
Preset Edit Menu
Msg - Edits the 16 Midi Messages available in the preset.
ClrPrest (Clear Preset) - Clear the preset settings.
Copy - Copy the preset settings
Paste - Paste the copied preset settings to the currently selected switch.
Holding down ‘Paste’ will paste the copied preset settings to all banks.
Swap - Swaps the current preset with the last copied preset
ShrtNme (Short Name) - Edits the preset short name. Look at Editing Names for more information on how to edit any names in the MC6.
ToggNme (Toggle Name) - Edits the preset toggle name. Look at Editing Names for more information on how to edit any names in the MC6.
FullNme (Full Name) - Edits the preset full name. Look at Editing Names for more information on how to edit any names in the MC6.
Toggle - Toggles between On and Off for the preset toggle setting. If On, each time the preset is engaged, the toggle position of the preset will change. The Midi Messages in the preset will rely on the toggle position of the preset to determine if it should be invoked.
Blink - Toggles between On and Off for the preset blink setting. If On, the preset short name will blink when the preset toggle is in the engaged position. This is useful to visually determine the toggle state of your preset.
(Exit) - Exits the menu.
Editing Preset Messages
The MC6 has 16 Messages in each Preset.
Selecting a Message to Edit
When you enter the Edit Msg interface, the screen above will show. In this screen, you can view the current Midi Type that is assigned to that message. It also indicates the current message that is selected for editing. Pressing Next will allow you to edit the selected message.
Depending the Midi Type that is selected in the previous menu, unique parameter edit menus will be loaded. Edit your parameters and then press Save on the last page to save your settings.
How to toggle between two different MIDI messages on your MC6 MKII with the same switch Video tutorial available here: https://youtu.be/VEr0TB58EgA
Using the Web/Desktop Editor
Setting up a toggle message is easy. On the editor, there is a toggle option on the top left of the interface. Switch it to On to enable toggling for the preset.
How it works
Each preset on the MC6 allows you to toggle between two positions: 1 and 2. By default, the presets are on toggle position 1. If you switch the toggle position to ON, each time the preset is engaged, it will toggle to the other position (between 1 and 2).
Each message also has a position option, where it will be sent out only when the position of the message matches that of the preset. Hence, if you set Msg1 to be a PC message in Pos 1, and Msg2 to be a PC Message in Pos 2, and you have your toggle on for the preset, each press will toggle between Msg 1 and Msg 2.
When the preset is in position 1, the Short Name will be displayed. When the preset is in position 2, the Toggle Name will be displayed.
To indicate that the preset is in position 2, you can also use the blink option, where if the blink option is set to On, the Toggle Name on the main page will blink when the preset is in position 2.
Using the built-in MC6 editor
After going into the preset edit menu, go to Page 3 of the menu. The Toggle button toggles between Toggle On and Toggle Off position for the preset, which the Blink button toggles between Blink On and Blink Off position for the preset.
When editing individual messages, there will be an option to select the toggle position for the message you are editing. Choose between position 1 or 2 accordingly.
Editing Expression Messages
To edit expression messages, press Switch D+F first, which will bring you to the edit page, and then select the expression option.
Expression Edit Menu (Page 1)
The first page of the menu for editing Expression Messages are the same as that for editing Preset Messages.
Expression Edit Menu (Page 2)
On the second page, you have the option to edit the Full Name, Sensitivity or calibrate your expression pedal.
Edit Full Name
When the expression pedal is being used, you have the option of displaying a Name for your expression preset. Simply edit and save the name to your expression preset. See Editing Names for more information after entering the FullName option in the Expression Edit Menu.
Calibrating your Expression Input
It is best to calibrate your expression pedal before use to get the optimum performance. Simply go into the Calibrate setting in your Expression Edit Menu. Once there, follow the instructions in the LCD. First set your expression pedal to a heel down position. Ideally, the value should be displayed as 0. Press Next. Next, set your expression pedal to a toe down position. Ideally, the value should be displayed as 127. Press Save to save your settings. Do not worry if you can get a value of 0 and 127 in both positions. Once your setting is saved, the MC6 will optimise the settings to get the most out of your expression pedal.
Setting your Expression sensitivity
Depending on the potentiometer value used in your expression pedal, you may have to edit the sensitivity to get optimum performance. We recommend using expression pedals with 10k potentiometers. The sensitivity setting is used mainly to remove jitters, where the value sent by the MC6 might bounce between 2 values very quickly.
Editing Bank Settings
To enter the bank settings, press Switch D+F, which will bring you to the edit page, and then select the Bank option.
In the edit bank interface, you can edit the Bank Name as well as copy and paste banks.
Bank Name - Edits the Bank Name.
Bank Pst - Edits the Bank Presets. Similar to editing Presets. Each bank can be configured to send MIDI messages on Entering or Exiting the bank.
Copy - Copies the current bank.
Paste - Paste the previously copied bank to the current bank.
ClearTgs - Toggles the Bank Clear Toggle feature between On and Off. This feature allows you to disengage the rest of the preset toggle positions except for the preset that is just engaged. This is useful when you want the last-engaged preset to blink.
When editing any of the MC6 names like Preset Short Name, Toggle Name, Long Name, or Bank Name, this interface will be display on the screen.
Controls - Moving the cursor. To move the cursor left and right, press Switch D or Switch E.
Changing characters - To change the characters, use Switch C and Switch F to scroll up and down the available characters.
(Save) - Saves the name into memory.
(Exit) - Exits the interface.
Besides using the on-board MIDI editing features on the MC6 MKII, you can also edit your settings via the Web/Desktop editor. The Web Editor will always contain the latest developments, while the Desktop editor will be updated less frequently.Using the Web/Desktop Editor with your MC6 MKII
If your device is connected, it will appear in the Firmware Uploader software.
Click on Upload and select the firmware .hex file.
The firmware should then begin uploading and should take only a couple of seconds. Once it is completed, your device will restart with the new firmware.
In the rare event where your device upload is not successful, the device might appear to be bricked with blocks showing across the LCD screen.
This issue might happen if you have the device connected to a USB Hub while updating.
Do not worry and follow these steps:
Download the latest firmware from our website.
Remove the back cover for your device and locate the reset button. It is located on the underside of the circuit board, towards the lower left when facing the MC6 from the top.
While the device is connected to your computer via USB, and with the Firmware Uploader open, press the reset button location on the PCB.
Once pressed, the Firmware Uploader should detect the device. Thereafter, repeat the above upload procedure.
MIDI implementation chart for the MC6 MKII.
The MC6 MKII can respond to CC and PC messages from the USB MIDI port and MIDI IN port to execute specific functions. You can send PC or CC messages via an external MIDI controller or software to control the MC6 MKII functions specified below.
PC messages will change the banks on the MC6 MKII, where a PC#0 message will engage Bank 1, and PC#1 message will engage Bank 2, and so on.