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Yes, it's a MIDI foot pedal, and no we haven't gone mad. The FCB1010 transmits MIDI data just like any other controller, and as such makes it useful for the creative digital DJ. That said, as this wasn't built with the DJ in mind, set up us is a little less straightforward than with some devices; there is no USB MIDI on the FCB1010, for example, so you'll need some way of connecting via the more traditional five-pin cable route.
Control wise you have ten switch-style pedals, two analogue-style moving pedals, and two additional switch pedals for preset navigation etc. The analogue-style pedals are able to transmit a varying range of data in a similar way to a rotary control or fader.
Well first of all, you can DJ with your feet! Sure, it's not exactly set for that out of the box, and you’re unlikely to be able to find any mappings for it, but as this is a configurable controller, it's doable.
More appealing, though, will be its usefulness for setting loop and cue-points and triggering/recording samples. The FCB1010 is also perfect for controlling effects while keeping your hands free - great for DVS users and turntablists. If nothing else, it can really add something to your performance when the audience realises that you’re using your hands and feet.