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The MFC-101 MIDI Foot Controller is the perfect foot controller for the Axe-Fx (Std/Ultra/II/XL). It puts powerful remote control capabilities at your feet with the ability to select presets, turn effects on and off, tap tempo, and much more. Connect up to four expression pedals to control effects like wah, volume, whammy and more, and four external switches for even more control options. This rugged, road-ready pedalboard works great to control other MIDI devices as well. 

In comparison to the Mark II version, the new Mark III adds a FASLINK connector for direct interconnection with the Axe-Fx II XL. (The Mark III also has the EtherCON and MIDI ports of the earlier model.)

Just as the Axe-Fx is known for its simple, intuitive user interface, the MFC-101 Midi Foot Controller is impressively easy-to-use. It is virtually plug and play, requiring you only to select an Axe-Fx model and specify how you're connected. Up to 384 Preset numbers/names appear on the floor, and effect switching functions are easy to set up and customize. Artists and owners frequently tell us that this is the easiest pedalboard they've ever set up.

Besides easy to use, the MFC-101 MIDI Foot Controller is powerful and flexible, with deep control options for today's modern rig. Preset switches can send program changes, CCs, and even custom midi data. Instant Access switches offer the ability to handle typical control change functions but likewise offer program change and custom MIDI data capabilities. Expression pedals and external switches with global controls can also be set up with different MIDI capabilities for each preset.


The MFC-101 is designed and built to last, ready for life on the road and great night after night on-stage performance:

  • 16-gauge powder-coated steel chassis.
  • Twenty-one quiet SOLID STATE SWITCHES in 3 ergonomic tiers
  • Patented SSS switches are easy to operate, very quiet, and far more failure resistant than traditional footswitches.
  • Twenty one bi-color LEDs
  • Brilliant 20-character transflective display
  • Jacks for 4 expression pedals and 4 external switches
  • Ethercon to connect an Axe-Fx II (Eliminates ACadapter AND Phantom power!)
  • FASLINK port to connect an Axe-Fx II over a single XLR cable. (Optional adapter coming in 2014.)
  • 7-pin MIDI out supports phantom powering the unit

With incredibly flexible MIDI capabilities and a range of connector options, the MFC-101 is designed to fit diverse needs. A typical scenario is depicted below, showing the MFC-101 with 4 external expression pedals and 4 external switches conntected to an Axe-Fx II by a CAT5 cable (which also powers the MFC-101 without the need for an AC adapter.) An outboard MIDI device is connected at the THRU port of the Axe-Fx II, which is itself connected via USB to a computer for simultaneous editing/recording. Nearly infinite possible scenarios exist; see the MFC-101 or Axe-Fx II user manuals for more ideas.

axe fx ii mfc 101 setup diagram


Axe-Fx Mode makes the MFC-101 Midi Foot Controller the best and easiest way to control a Fractal Audio Systems Axe-Fx II XL, Axe-Fx II, Ultra, or Standard. The two units are virtually plug and play. Total customization is of course also possible, for those with specific creative requirements.

Axe-Fx mode offers hassle-free setup, smart preset integration, easy FX control, dedicated tap tempo (with matching LED flash), tuner display on the floor, and much more. You will never need to enter or sync preset -- they are read and displayed dynamically each time you stomp, and update automatically if you change them on the Axe-Fx.

The MFC-101 also automatically configures itself to control effect blocks without messy manual CC# mapping. Simply select switch functions from an easy list (ex: "Drive 1 Bypass") and the MFC-101 does the rest. What's more, the bi-color LEDs dynamically show whether the effects behind each switch assignment are ON, OFF, or "not present," reading this information from the Axe-Fx at the moment the preset loads. If you're using the Axe-Fx II, the MFC-101 offers a dedicated LOOPER CONTROL MODE allowing access to all Looper functions in a single layout with no programming required.


In the tradition established by our Axe-Fx line of products, the MFC-101 undergoes continual improvement. New firmware adds fixes, features, and more and is always offered for free to anyone who owns the MFC-101. The MFC-101 Midi Foot Controller Manual covers the details of use, with step-by-step guides for common setup operations, plus a complete parameter reference, detailed specs, additional information, and more.

MFC Downloads

  • Firmware
  • Manuals
  • MFC-Edit

MFC-101 Firmware v3.08 
Mar 20, 2015 - Zip Archive with separate versions for Original/Mk2 and Mk3.


MFC-101 Firmware v3.09 Public Beta 
Mar 16, 2017 - Zip Archive with separate versions for Original/Mk2 and Mk3.
This version includes a fix for expression pedal values “wrapping” on some MFC units.
The upgrade is not required for most customers.




MFC-101 Owner's Manual
Dec, 2013 - MFC-101 MIDI Foot Controller
(PDF file).


MFC-101 Looper Control Mode
Jul 13, 2012 - MFC-101 Looper Control Mode Mini Manual(PDF file).


MFC-101 Quick Start
Apr 11, 2014 - MFC-101 Quick Start Guide(PDF file).


FASLINK Adapter Setup Guide
May 1, 2014 - (PDF file).


A Robust Editor for the MFC-101

MFC-Edit is the official editor for the MFC-101 MIDI Foot Controller, making it easier than ever to edit:

  • Instant Access Switches
  • mfc edit 300Presets
  • Songs
  • Sets
  • External Switches and Pedals
  • Internal CCs
  • ProgramChange Maps
  • Axe-FX Preset Transmit Maps
  • MIDI channels and settings
  • Custom Midi Messages
  • Performance Modes and Banks
  • ... and everything else the MFC-101 can do
  • Convert between Mk I / II / III models

MFC-Edit is a java application for Mac, Windows and Linux.

You can purchase MFC-Edit at shop.fractalaudio.com

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