Get with the program
The extent to which Pacer can be programmed is truly impressive, although the old-skool single- knob-and-alphanumericdisplay interface is a chore to use.
Each switch (and the encoder, outside edit mode) can output any of a range of MIDI messages – all CCs, note, NRPN, Program Change, Pitchbend and Aftertouch. A switch can be configured to send up to six MIDI messages at a press, either at the same time or in a sequence, advancing through them with repeated presses of the switch in question or one of the others. Ingeniously, each preset can also be assigned up to 16 messages that fire when it’s loaded, so a preset dedicated to a particular song, say, could activate and/or bypass multiple plugins when called up. Individual presets can be assigned to switches, too, for easy stepping between specific setups, enabling incorporation of pre-planned transitions through presets into the presets themselves.