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Programming the Bass Firmware 07 Feb 2016

by Industrial Radio

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In this post we will show you how to program the bass firmware using the firmware programmer applications.

IMPORTANT! Don't update the bass firmware right before an important performance. It is essential to allow a few days for experimenting with the new settings. This will also give you time to solve any technical issues that may arise as a result of the programming process.

Persistance of Bass Settings

Before we get into the steps involved in actually programming the bass firmware it is important to point out that while the majority of the bass settings saved in the firmware are preserved, the settings associated with certain parameters may appear lost, seemingly changed, or set to a new default setting. Sometimes a parameter's setting may even appear blank until the setting is further changed. This may occur when parameters have changed fret position, the settings within a parameter have changed or when a new parameter has been introduced and there is no pre-existing setting to preserve.

For such parameters you will need to manually review and adjust the settings.

The parameters to watch out for are:

  • COMPRESS
  • HIGHPASS
  • PATCH #
  • CC KNOB
  • PEDAL
  • MIDI SEND

However, prior to programming the bass firmware we recommend you take note of all bass settings that are important to you for your preffered setup.

Download Bass Firmware Programmer

Download the relevant programmer from the downloads page and follow the instructions below.

IMPORTANT! In order to program the bass firmware using the Windows programmers you will need to have already installed the MIDI USB drivers (see article). Attempting to program the bass firmware without the drivers installed can cause the bass to temporarily lock up (until correctly reprogrammed after the drivers have been properly installed).

Programming the Bass Firmware with the FSI-1

If you have the 15-pin system with an FSI-1 Fretsense Interface follow these steps.

  1. Start with the FSI-1 turned off, the MIDI USB on the FSI-1 connected to the PC and the bass connected to the FSI-1.
  2. Run the appropriate programmer software, either Pro4_Programmer_4_16.exe or Pro5_Programmer_5_16.exe.

Screenshot of PRO-4 Programmer Rev 4.16 with message 'Switch on FSI-1'

  1. Now turn on the FSI-1 and leave it in MUTE mode. The programmer will automatically detect the USB MIDI port and begin programming the bass firmware. You should see blocks of data loading in the programmer's window.
  2. Wait a couple of minutes until the programmer says 'Finished' then close the programmer.
  3. Switch off the FSI-1.

If you are using a PRO-4, when you turn the system on again and select FIRMWARE (fret G18) the LCD display will read:

> FIRMWARE
  Rev 4.16

A PRO-5 user will see:

> FIRMWARE
  Rev 5.16

Programming the Bass Firmware with the MBM-1

If you have the 8-pin system with an MBM-1 MIDI Bass Module follow the steps below. Due to the fact that there is no USB MIDI connection on the MBM-1 the process is slightly different.

  1. Start with the MBM-1 turned off (ie. the power supply is not connected to the unit), the MIDI IN and MIDI OUT on the MBM-1 connected to the corresponding inputs and outputs on your audio/MIDI interface that connects to the PC and the bass connected to the MBM-1.
  2. Run the appropriate programmer software, either Pro4_Programmer_2_16.exe or Pro5_Programmer_3_16.exe.

Screenshot of PRO-4 Programmer Rev 2.16

  1. Now select the appropriate MIDI IN and MIDI OUT addresses from the select lists on the programmer. The options listed here will be different for each user and depends on the names assigned by the audio/MIDI interface.
  2. Press the 'PROGRAM' button on the programmer. When you do this the progress bar will turn red and the programmer will read 'Trying to communicate...'
  3. Now connect the power supply to the MBM-1.
  4. The programmer should then read 'Communications Established' and will begin programming the firmware. You should see blocks of data loading in the programmer's window.
  5. Wait a couple of minutes until the programmer reads 'New Software Successfully Loaded!' then close the programmer.
  6. Disconnect the power from the MBM-1 to switch off.

If you are using a PRO-4, when you turn the system on again and select FIRMWARE (fret G18) the LCD display will read:

> FIRMWARE
  Rev 2.16

A PRO-5 user will see:

> FIRMWARE
  Rev 3.16

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