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SoftStep is a leap forward in the portability and flexibility of foot controllers. Whether used with an effects rack, MIDI keyboard, popular music software, or with the KeyWorx software to send keyboard and mouse commands to any computer application, this innovative device frees your hands while expanding your total control. SoftStep is small and portable (1.3 lbs and under 1" tall), but ruggedly built with an elastomeric skin and carbon fiber backing. A 4-character LED display, 10 dual-color key LEDs, and EL under-glow give you performance feedback with striking visual appeal.
The SoftStep Foot Controller works with the SoftStep software application, turning simple foot motions into finely tailored MIDI controls. These modified control sources are mappable to any MIDI or OSC destination, giving the player unlimited potential for creative expression.
Each of the 10 pressure-and-direction sensitive keys can be mapped to expressively control Notes, CCs, Pitch Bends, Program Changes, MMC, or OSC messages. X-axis, Y-axis, and Pressure sensors translate foot motions into dynamic controls.
Control punch-in/out, levels, jog wheel, panning and transport functions in Digital Audio Workstations/MIDI Sequencers, or control multiple DSP plug-in parameters in real-time. Rubberized, silent switches ensure that your studio performace remains free of mechanical noise.
Use SoftStep with a computer in Hosted mode or download your scene presets to the unit and use it in Standalone mode (with optional SoftStep MIDI Expander).
With the KeyWorx software you can launch programs, call browser windows forward, scroll through folders and open documents, control the cursor, send out keystrokes and mouse clicks, zoom in and out, control volume, output complex key commands, and more; all from simple foot movements.
Media production professionals, software programmers, data entry clerks, and anyone else working in computers can save valuable time and energy.
Transfer computer tasks to your feet, improving accessibility and reducing the likelihood of Repetitive Stress Injuries.
Augment your controller surface to take your computer gaming to the next level.
SoftStep's expressivity makes it an ideal choice for video and multimedia artists, installation artists, robotics afficianados, and those looking to expand the limits of control and performance.
Overall, this is an amazing addition to anyone's live or studio rig that needs a foot controller.
Look at the 'staff' page with employee bios, all but one of the Software team have degrees in music or art, none list any previous software development credentials.
Second, if you will be using this in stand-alone mode (without a computer host), many of the features are disabled.
The software still needs tweaking by KMI to make it better, but man, this is one of my favorite pieces of hardware ever. Read morePublished 9 days ago by jonathan
I use MIDI for so many things and actually perform with A laptop (Sometimes Two actually).. As a guitar player and singer who likes gadgets, the biggest problem I have is... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Andrew D. Flint
The build quality is great and this thing has tons of potential and is very flexible.
However, the buttons are EXTREMELY hard to trigger. Read more
I had high expectations for this thing. After all, on paper it's a dream: Carbon fiber, EL lighting, pressure- and position-sensing switches...It reads like an ideal controller. Read morePublished 11 months ago by P. Shapiro
This is a great controller. Although it's a bit tricky to set up, it works flawlessly once you're done. I use it to trigger scenes and trigger points for my vocal group. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Charles Meininger
This is a clever and innovative controller. It is unusual in that
it does not output MIDI directly - you need an additional piece of hardware for that - but you can... Read more
I am reasonably intelligent with music gear like this and know a thing or two about MAX/MSP. That being said, I could not get this thing to function properly using the editor that... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mikael E Jorgensen
I am a church Worship leader and have been using loops and multitracks for a bit now. This is an essential upgrade for anyone doing live worship using tracks/loops or any sort of... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Gregory T Smith
Im amazed these aren't a part of everyone's arsenal. Its programming is so flexible I feel like this floorboard is an instrument in its self. Read morePublished on August 16, 2012 by D. O'malley