The first universal USB/MIDI multi-touch foot controller is now available 29/10/10
Keith McMillen Instruments has
announced the release of SoftStep, the first universal multi-touch
USB/MIDI foot controller as previewed on these pages earlier this year. Here's what they have to say about it...
Whether used with an effects racks or
popular software programs, SoftStep is the most affordable, versatile
and expressive foot controller available.
Weighing in at just over a pound and fitting into most laptop and
guitar cases, SoftStep has unparalleled flexibility compared to
existing foot controllers. Ten sensor keys go beyond the simple on and
off commands by supporting five degrees of motion such as up/down,
left/right, inc/dec, pressure and rotary motions that can be
preprogrammed to control effects, software, or multimedia.
SoftStep also has a four-direction navigation pedal, an alphanumeric
LED display, and backlit keys. SoftStep connects to a computer through
USB and contains Expansion and Expression ports. With the MIDI
expansion module, SoftStep can be used with or without a computer (Mac
or PC) to connect to external MIDI hardware. SoftStep easily
accomplishes what usually requires a sophisticated hand operated
On stage, SoftStep becomes a virtual pedalboard, connecting to MIDI
hardware and software to switch programs, control parameters, trigger
samples and loops. Guitar and bass players can control their MIDI FX
hardware or software apps such as Guitar Rig and AmpliTube. Laptop
musicians and DJs can trigger and process loops/FX in Live, Reason and
Traktor. Keyboardists can now keep both hands on the keys while
switching patches, sweeping filters and tapping tempos.
In the studio, SoftStep allows control of transport functions, DSP
plug-ins, punch-in/out, levels, jog wheel, and panning in Digital
Audio Workstations and MIDI Sequencers.
And for the first time, SoftStep provides silent switching and
click-free control of program change, patches, and FX while recording. SoftStep features:
Ten multi-touch keys control up to 6 unique notes, Continuous
Controllers, Program Changes, Bend, MMC, Aftertouch or OSC.
Each key is responsive to 5 degrees of control: X- and Y- axis,
clockwise rotation, counter-clockwise rotation, and pressure.
Super-rugged design using elastomeric and graphite composites gives
SoftStep road worthy strength, plus it's beer proof!
Four character alphanumeric LED displays and 10 dual color key LEDs
give feedback even in bright stage lights. Futuristic blue backlight
makes each key stand out and easily identifiable
Weighs in at just over a pound, making it ultra-portable and airline
carry-on friendly. Dimensions are 17.5" long, x 4.25", x .5".
USB powered-works with computer or standalone with MIDI Expander
Connects to popular software applications including Ableton Live,
Pro Tools, Logic, GarageBand, MainStage, AmplitTube, Guitar Rig,
Cubase, Reason, Digital Performer and more.
Pricing and Availability:
SoftStep is now available directly from KMI or at music retailers
worldwide for MSRP US $289.00.