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Boss FS-5U Pedal - How can I get it to change patches?

I'm new... My understanding is that the abovementioned pedal can be used to switch patches (i.e. go from patch 1, to 2, to 3, etc.); however, I cannot get mine to work. Any suggestions? Thanks, KR

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  • krehkop Jan 16, 2009

    Thanks so much...

  • NIKnSTX May 26, 2009

    Perfect! This helped me to resolve the problem that my Pad #1 was not working. Thank you guys!

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Try the follwing:

press <SYSTEM>

press <PAGE+> until CONTROL SW is shown.

press <ENTER>

Parameter: CtrlSW

press your FootSwitch (FS-5U) so the indicator-LED on your SPD-S for the footswitch is lit (or hold down <SHIFT> while pressing <PAGE> until footSW is lit)

Change the value of CtrlSW by pressing <+> / <-> until PATCH+ is shown on the display.

.. this should solve your problem.

By the way:
if you go to: ftp://ftp.roland.co.uk/productsupport/Manuals/
you will find the manual of the SPD-S for download.
On page 79 is the description for your request.

Best regards,




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