Behringer BCF2000 and Compatible Devices

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Behringer BCF2000 and Compatible Devices

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The Behringer BCF2000 can be used in several modes with Forte.


Connected via USB or MIDI (U-1/2/3/4 and S-1/2/3/4)

Mackie mode or native Behringer Mode


USB/MIDI modes are selected by pressing Store and Edit together and using knob 1 to select U-1/2/3/4 through S-1/2/3/4, followed by exit.  Note that you may need to restart Forte as this can add or remove MIDI drivers in Windows.


Mackie Mode vs. native Mode is selected by holding a button while powering on the device.  Note that USB/MIDI modes are only settable while in native Mode although they can apply in enumation mode too.


Consult the BCF2000 documentation for more information.


The key to successfully using the BCF2000 is coordinating its own internal settings with an appropriately configured control surface definition in Forte.  Some BCF2000 modes echo MIDI input back to output, resulting in a MIDI loop as Forte and the BCF2000 both try to send the same data back and forth to each other forever.  Therefore, setting up the BCF2000 correctly for Forte is critical to success.


Native Mode

Forte contains several provided control surface definitions for native Behringer BCF2000:


BCF2000 Bus Mix - faders control only bus volume

BCF2000 Instrument Mix - faders control only instrument volume (only channel 1 for multi-channel instruments)

BCF2000 Module (Bus and Instrument) Mix - faders control the first eight Forte modules, either bus or instrument (only channel 1 for multi-channel instruments)


Using the BCF2000 Connected via USB

When using the BCF2000 with USB, configure the device in U-1 mode.  U-2, 3, or 4 may work as well but the internal routing is more complex.  In USB mode, a MIDI driver will appear in Windows called "BCF2000".  When setting up the USB BCF2000 control surface in Forte, the port will appear as "dedicated".


Using the BCF2000 Connected via MIDI cables

When using the BCF2000 with MIDI cables, configure the device this way:


Connect MIDI in to the BCF2000 MIDI IN port

Connect MIDI out from the BCF2000 using MIDI OUT B/Thru.  Do not use MIDI OUT A as that will result in a MIDI loop.

Use S-3 mode (standalone mode 3) to avoid a MIDI loop.


When configured this way, input to the BCF2000 alters fader position, but is not output back thru to the output.  Manual Fader manipulation will generate MIDI out to Forte.


Emulation Modes

The Behringer BCF2000 can also be configured to emulate the Mackie and Logic control surface products by pressing a mode button while powering on the device.  You may use the following emulation modes either with USB or MIDI:


MC C - Mackie mode for Cubase

LC - Logic Control

MCSo - Mackie mode for Sonar

bhui - Mackie Baby HUI


When using MIDI cables use S-3 standalone mode and the MIDI OUT B/THRU port to prevent MIDI loops.