The Gecko is a great solution for quickly switching between programs on midi devices. With an increasing number of guitar pedals being built with midi capabilities, being able to access presets in a quick and efficient manner has become an important part of playing live. The Gecko allows guitarists to use two modes to access programs.
Manual mode allows guitarists to scroll through midi programs one by one. Use the up or down switch to scroll through programs and once a desired program is reached, hit the select switch to choose the program. Hold down the up or down switch to quickly scroll through all of the programs from 0-127.
The second mode is preset mode. Preset mode allows you to save 8 presets from 0-127 and scroll through those 8 only. This way you can skip all of the effects you aren’t using and be able to play a concert smoothly.
Preset mode on the Gecko is great for live situations. Having quick access to your favorite presets will take away all hesitation to use digital effects live. With program mode, simply scroll between your predetermined 8 saved programs and with one more stomp of a switch that program is activated. Saving presets is also incredibly easy. Simply scroll through all of the individual effects in manual mode and when you've found the effect you liked to save simply hit the store button and decided which preset slot you'd like to preset to be saved to.
Manual mode is great for recording sessions or band rehearsals. While recording searching for the right tone for a certain song is always an important task. Being able to search through presets hands free makes the process much simpler. Manual mode essentially allows you to scroll through programs one by one, or scroll quickly by holding down the up or down switches.