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Alternatives to Boss FS6

Postby Kit McCarthy » 09 Oct 2018, 11:41

I'm looking to buy a program change pedal to use with my NS3, and the Boss FS6 comes highly recommended.

However, searching online, I found dual switch pedals at about a fifth of the price (such as this one). Would a cheaper pedal work as well, and what might the disadvantages of it be?

Many thanks for any help!
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Re: Alternatives to Boss FS6

Postby solmaster » 12 Oct 2018, 00:09

You have a very expensive and fantastic keyboard in the Nord Stage 3, so why scrimp and take a chance on a cheap untested pedal? The Boss comes highly recommended because it's reliable, well built and just works. Used for loads of gigs, including the demanding musical theatre environment with no issues. I've added a grippier rubber to stop it moving. Go for it, you won't refret it!
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Re: Alternatives to Boss FS6

Postby sirtobi » 19 Oct 2018, 16:44

Hello, the Behringer FS112BX 2 Button Footswitch works.
€ 15
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Re: Alternatives to Boss FS6

Postby MatthiasMk1 » 13 Dec 2018, 00:57

Hallo !
Is some owner of the stage 3 here who use one of the following footswitches for Programm Change...?

Digitech FS 3X

https://www.thomann.de/de/digitech_fs_3x.htm

or this

DigiTech FS 300

https://www.amazon.de/DigiTech-FS-300-für-Vocalist/dp/B0002GU89K

are they working well with the stage 3 for song up and down???

I've tryed the boss fs7 and this works fine but - I'm not sure about the comfortable handling in a live situation...
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Re: Alternatives to Boss FS6

Postby Bjosko » 13 Dec 2018, 01:21

What’s wrong with the Boss FS6, to expensive?
I will think you will have trouble hitting the right switch on the Digitech with your feet, and if you hit the wrong switch, you will change the switch direction.
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Re: Alternatives to Boss FS6

Postby MatthiasMk1 » 13 Dec 2018, 01:30

The FS6 need a 9V batterie for working, I try to avoid something like that...:)

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Re: Alternatives to Boss FS6

Postby 23skidoo » 13 Dec 2018, 02:10

Boss FS-7 is nice - no batteries needed, compact but still easy to hit the up and the down. I've heard good things about it in a live situation from guitarists who put it in a crowded pedalboard, easy to hit the right direction, no accidental taps. But I haven't personally gigged it. Good enough that it's at the top of my list, though. And rugged.
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Re: Alternatives to Boss FS6

Postby Bjosko » 13 Dec 2018, 08:31

MatthiasMk1 wrote:The FS6 need a 9V batterie for working, I try to avoid something like that...:)

Ah, bummer. I didn’t know that, on my old single Boss pedal, the battery are only needed for the LED lamp, on this one, the battery are needed for operation :thumbdown:
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Re: Alternatives to Boss FS6

Postby MatthiasMk1 » 15 Dec 2018, 22:04

So nobody tryed to use an Digitech FS 3X or an TC Electronic Switch 3 for Stage 3 Programm Change??? Really? :) Hm so maybe I have to order it and try by myself...

any other suggestions for a pedal working without battery?
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Re: Alternatives to Boss FS6

Postby MatthiasMk1 » 16 Dec 2018, 15:17

If I would buy a Latching Dual Pedal from "bright onion pedals" would that work same as a boss FS-6 ??? I tryed a Boss Fs-7 and the only way to change be behavior from latch to momentary was to go in the menu from the stage 3 and change "open" to "closed", the Latch-Switch on the FS-7 did'nt change anything!
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