Keith McMillen Instruments today announced the release of SoftStep, the first universal multi-touch USB/MIDI foot controller. 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 control surface.
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.
• 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.
SoftStep is now available directly from KMI or at music retailers worldwide for MSRP US $289.00.