Two controllers were specifically designed and built by TC Electronic specifically for use with the TC 2290 - the TC 0144 and the TC 0050. They also provided instructions for building your own five function switcher. These are not MIDI pedals and connect via 1/4" jack plugs.
The TC 2290 does not respond to MIDI CC (Continuous Controller) messages. This makes it difficult to control the internal functions of an individual preset using many of the commonly available MIDI foot controllers. The only way to perform any kind of continuous control is to use SysEx, and there are only a few devices I am aware of that can do this.
TC 0144 FOOT CONTROLLER
The first is the TC 0144. This is the bigger of the two and has 14 footswitches. See the Downloads page to get the manual.
The footswitch is hard-wired for mains power. It can also be powered from the TC 2290 itself, via the TC Link cabling, but the manual suggests this should only be used as a temporary measure - "Getting power-backup: Using a stereo to stereo jack/jack (or the above mentioned XLR to TRS jack) cable, for the TC LINK: connection will provide you with a ‘power-backup’ from the 2290, if for some reason the main power to the TC 0144 fails." Apparently it puts a strain on the TC 2290's power transformer and the LED indicators don't light as brightly.
• fast shift between 100 preset sound combinations of:
• easy access to all sounds through comprehensive displays and single key press preset shifts facility.
• Preset shift- or preset shift plus direct effects on/off control modes.
• 2 programmable switches for boost, mute, tap delay time, trig sample or whatever you prefer.
• reliable control connection through a standard mono jack cable. - hum & noise pickup eliminated -no audio signals pass to the remote controller.
• heavy duty metal construction for years of rugged on-the-road use.
TC 0050 FOOT CONTROLLER
The other controller is much more rare and has less functionality - the TC 0050 Remote Control. This has 4 remote assign footswitches and 1 LEARN / TRIG footswitch.
TC DIY REMOTE SWITCH
A third option is to build your own Remote Switch, building instructions for which were made available by TC Electronic, available on the Downloads page. The schematic seems to replicate the functionality of the TC 0050 above, giving you the choice of building it into a different form factor, such as a small switch box.
OTHER MIDI FOOT CONTROLLERS
Of course, the TC 2290 can also be used with other manufacturers' MIDI foot controllers. However, the functionality of most of them is limited to PC (Program Change) messages, which only allows you to change presets. Alas those from Voodoo Lab, CAE, etc. fall into this category.
If you want to be able to access features within a TC 2290 preset (such as tap tempo, or fx loop on/off), you will need to use SysEx (System Exclusive Messages) and only a few readily available foot controllers have this facility.
One is the RJM Mastermind GT series; very fully-featured devices with individual displays per switch and a matching pro price tag.
A cheaper option is the MX series from Voes. At a third of the price of the RJM, you lose the individual displays, bu the SysEx support is present and correct.
The Voes MX-12 Foot Controller