Keith McMillen Instruments introduces SoftStep lightweight, customizable foot controller 05/02/10
Here's the press release...
The SoftStep foot controller is the alternative to bulky and
limited footswitches used by musicians today. The latest innovation from Keith McMillen Instruments
(KMI) weighs in at just over a pound, fits into many laptop cases, and boasts ten keys, each with 5
degrees of freedom. This interface is so versatile that it will become the last foot controller a musician
will need and the first that satisfies the growing demands of today's stage and computer music.
"SoftStep gives more power than ever to the musician in a smaller lighter package,"
says inventor Keith McMillen. "Anything that can be controlled with a knob or sliders can
be controlled with SoftStep. It is a mouse for the feet."
SoftStep's diminutive size (17.5" x 4" x .5") and sleek design is a relief to traveling musicians. Though
incredibly light, SoftStep's elastomeric and carbon composite construction is deceptively rugged.
backlit keys are easy to see on stage and a 4 digit, alphanumeric display with 20 LEDs keeps the
user informed - these keys provide more than just on/off control.
Each of the ten keys have five degrees of motion that can be preprogrammed to control effects,
software, or multimedia via USB. Once programmed, SoftStep can function disconnected from the
computer for more freedom. Each key is laid out to be easily accessed by foot and can register
movements such as up/down, left/right, inc/dec, pressure and rotary motions. SoftStep also boasts an
expression pedal and expansion port, and offers optional MIDI in/out. A diamond shaped array of 4
Navigation buttons can access presets or serve as a volume pedal, scrub, or loop control.
easily accomplishes what usually requires a sophisticated hand operated control surface.
The bundled SoftStep Connectivity Software is designed to be simple to learn and infinitely flexible.
This evolved set of software tools allows the user to move seamlessly through a piece while
controlling presets, notes, continuous controllers and transport commands. Beyond effects, SoftStep
will be capable of controlling audio and video editing workstations so you can navigate software while
leaving your hands free. Pricing and Availability: