External Switch Compatibility

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Overview

External Switch Schematic

The Mastermind GT, LT and PBC can use external switches to act as additional buttons. These buttons are fully programmable and can do anything that the built-in buttons can do, with the exception that external switches can have only a single color LED to indicate whether the switch is on or off.

The Mastermind GT can have four external switches, the Mastermind LT and PBC can have two. The switches are connected using 1/4-inch TRS jacks. Each jack can accept a single or dual footswitch. The tip corresponds to the lower numbered switch, the ring corresponds to the higher numbered switch. The switches should short to the connector sleeve when pressed.

External switches must be momentary and normally-open. They don't need to have an LED in order to function, but if an LED is installed, it must be installed in parallel with the switch. Use only LEDs that have a forward voltage of less than 3 volts. Red, green, yellow and orange LEDs all work. Blue, violet or white LEDs will probably not work.

Notes on Specific Pedals

RJM Music

We sell single and dual button footswitches that are similar to amp footswitches. These have a red LED over each button and are wired to allow the GT or PBC to control the LED.

Boss FS-5U

The Boss FS-5U is a momentary (unlatched) footswitch with no LED indicator. It will work as an external switch if you set the Polarity switch to II.

You can connect two FS-5Us to an external switch jack if you use an insert cable. Connect the TRS end to the external switch jack and the other connectors to the two switches.

Boss FS-7

The Boss FS-7 is a compact, dual footswitch. It will work with our products if you follow these guidelines:

  • Use a 1/4-inch TRS cable to connect the external switch jack to the B jack on the FS-7
  • Set the Polarity switch to II
  • Set the Mode switch to Momentary
  • The FS-7 must be powered in order for the Polarity and Mode switches to work properly! This is an odd "feature" of the FS-7. It can be powered by a Boss PSA or 9 volt Pedal Power output.

The FS-7 has LEDs, but they will only light when the button is being held - the LEDs will not be able to be controlled by the GT or PBC like RJM external switches can.