BOSS has introduced the FS-1-WL Wireless Footswitch, a multi-function foot controller that’s designed to control digital music score apps, YouTube videos, DAWs, and supported BOSS and Roland gear wirelessly over Bluetooth.
You can connect a MIDI cable to control wired multi-effect processors, pedals, and other MIDI hardware. And with the dedicated editor/librarian app, the FS-1-WL can be customized to control nearly any software application or MIDI device.
The FS-1-WL can send keyboard commands over Bluetooth to smartphones, tablets, and computers, and comes with three pre-loaded setups for popular apps. Users can also change presets, control effects, and more on Bluetooth-equipped BOSS products like Pocket GT, Katana-Air, and Waza-Air, or the GX-100 via the Bluetooth Audio MIDI Dual Adaptor.
In addition, the FS-1-WL supports communication with Roland’s WM-1 Wireless MIDI Adaptor and WM-1D Wireless MIDI Dongle to control MIDI hardware devices and computers without built-in Bluetooth support.
With the FS-1-WL editor/librarian app on a Mac/Windows computer or iOS/Android mobile device, users can assign custom keyboard commands to the footswitches, either single keystrokes or combinations with modifier keys like shift and control. And in MIDI mode, custom PC and CC messages can be assigned. The app software also provides the ability to save and organize configurations for different needs.
Two AAA alkaline batteries offer up to 14 hours of operation on the move, and AC power is supported with an optional BOSS PSA adaptor.
Up to two external footswitches can be connected to the FS-1-WL for expanded control, both with MIDI messages and keyboard commands. An external expression pedal can also be connected for continuous parameter control of any device that responds to MIDI CC messages. The FS-1-WL features a TRS MIDI jack for wired operation of MIDI hardware devices. It also functions as a plug-and-play MIDI input device for computers and mobile devices over USB.
Availability & Pricing
The BOSS FS-1-WL will be available in the U.S. in November for $129.99.
4 thoughts on “BOSS Intros FS-1-WL Wireless Footswitch”
Looks very useful. I wonder how many MIDI messages can be sent from a single switch press? I wish it had a 5-pin DIN for MIDI out, seems like there’s room for it. Nice to see that the switches have status lights that are easy to see. And battery power is a nice touch.
The Ampero Control is a comparable product in many respects. It has a small display, 4 internal switches, 2 ext jacks for dual switches and/or expression pedals.However, it lacks LEDs for switch status, and can’t send qwerty keystroke combinations. But worth a look if you’re considering this boss thingy.
Looks like they’re just on/off. So 8 states altogether if you use both feet.
I like wireless. sadly, it usually has a computer attached to the other end.
I just read the user manual and the editor manual and I feel like I know less after reading them. Perhaps both documents would make more sense if I had a unit in front of me to tinker with.
It’s difficult to tell from the docs, but it appears that you can store 30 sets of settings in the Editor App, and a whopping 3 sets of settings (“memories”) on the unit itself. VERY unimpressive.
It is impossible to tell how many MIDI instructions can be sent with a single button press, but it appears like you can only send two (?).
I’m glad I got the Ampero Control; it is WAY more powerful, flexible. But it lacks the ability to send qwerty keystroke combos. Perhaps that could arrive in a firmware update, but that’s just a wish at this point. I wonder if some software utility could take incoming MIDI and convert it to a keystroke to send from a “virtual keyboard” to another app.