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SoftStep Foot Controller

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  • 10 pressure and directionally sensitive keys plus a diamond shaped navigation pad
  • 4 character LED display, 10 dual-color key LEDs, and a blue EL under-glow
  • USB powered, connects to a computer or MIDI hardware (optional MIDI Expander), & expression pedal jack
  • Constructed from rugged elastomeric & graphite composites with a carbon fiber backing
  • Control up to 6 messages per key - Note, CC, Pitch Bend, Program Change, MMC, or OSC
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SoftStep Foot Controller + KMI MIDI Expander + 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 7.7 x 3.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B004A908TK
  • Item model number: K-700
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,626 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 20, 2010

Product Description

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.

SoftStep: Control MIDI for Musicians

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.

Expressive Control at your Feet

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.

In the Studio

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.

Hosted or Standalone Mode

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).

SoftStep: Control KeyWorx for Any Computer Task

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.

Streamline Workflow, Improve Efficiency

Media production professionals, software programmers, data entry clerks, and anyone else working in computers can save valuable time and energy.

Reduce RSI, Increase Universal Access

Transfer computer tasks to your feet, improving accessibility and reducing the likelihood of Repetitive Stress Injuries.

Get Your Feet in the Game

Augment your controller surface to take your computer gaming to the next level.

Video Artists, Robots, and Beyond

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.

SoftStep Hookup Diagram
Minimum System Requirements:
  • For Mac: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.3GHz or greater; Mac OS 10.5 or later; 50 MB free hard disk space.
  • For Windows: Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7; 1 GB of RA; 50 MB free hard disk space.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Overall, this is an amazing addition to anyone's live or studio rig that needs a foot controller.
Charles Meininger
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.
Jonathan B Whitcomb

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By tangent VINE VOICE on November 23, 2012
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Like some other reviewers, I found this product to be at the same time groundbreaking, amazing, awesome.. and intensely frustrating.

The hardware itself is great, awesome concept, solid build quality. The only qualm I have with the hardware is that I wish the pads were set a little farther apart from each other, some actions can be kind of hard to perform due to how closely spaced they are.

The software, on the other hand, is abysmal.. to put it lightly. It is so buggy and the UI is so poorly thought out that it practically makes the device unusable. I am an electrical engineer with a significant amount of programming experience, also very experienced with MIDI, etc.. so this is definitely not a case of me not understanding how to use the device.

The main issue with the software is that the majority of it is not hand-coded software, it was created using the Max/MSP 'visual programming language' and is delivered as a set of standalone max patches. I assume they implemented it this way in order to make it both Mac and Windows compatible without having to program for both environments. So instead of developing a platform specific driver and application to configure the controller, they deliver a set of cross-platform max patches which are bug-ridden, resource intensive and very poorly thought out.

Before I bought this product, I had been waiting for quite a while for KMI to release their StringPort device for Windows (the hardware itself is cross-platform but the driver and software are Mac only). I first contacted them about StringPort on Windows when it was first released, they said a port was in the works.. that was over 2 years ago and it is still not available, so it seems clear that KMI is lacking in knowledgeable software developers.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harry TIles on January 14, 2011
This thing is amazing! It's is a huge step beyond what has been available 'til now (FCB-1010, etc).
The Max5 based software still a little buggy (as of Jan-2011, V.1.03) and could be better, and hopefully will be soon if the quality of the pedal is any indication.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By tyr on January 22, 2011
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I had previously submitted a pretty scathing review of the software, but as it turns out I was having a hardware issue, lol (bum unit). Once I got a replacement, things were much better.

This is the foot controller we've all dreamed about for ages. The power and flexibility of this thing is amazing.

My apologies to the folks at KMI for not giving it a proper chance the first time around. There are still little bugs here and there (hence 4 stars and not 5), but nothing that will prevent you from utilizing this fantastic foot controller.

Time to put the FCB1010 in the gear closet, lol.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fehrn on June 5, 2011
My first Softstep had it's USB joint knocked loose from general wear and tear. I am fortunate enough to live near KMI, and I was able to walk in and be handed a brand new one no questions asked. Without a doubt the easiest time I've had with a warranty replacement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By frankstone on February 4, 2014
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This product is great in theory. Way smaller than the Behringer FCB1010 with nearly the same functionality. Small company with some very good ideas. I read the negative reviews and figured maybe the issues were isolated, so I took the chance and bought one. Unfortunately I do think there is some merit to the claims others have made.

Upon unboxing, I noticed that the unit was a bit flimsy. But I can give that one a pass as they're clearly going for compact size here. Others have complained about the feel of the pads, but I actually like them. There is certainly less feedback on the press than with more traditional buttons, but the press is mostly effortless. The spacing of the pads are a bit close but with some practice you can make it work.

First experience with the software was not great. Every time I load it up on my MacBook, it freezes on the load screen for over a minute. After the wait it worked okay, save for a few force quits. Not easy to program but what MIDI controller is?

My main gripe is that the unit is not roadworthy. Actually, I would have a hard time saying it's studio worthy. The USB cable doesn't seat in the jack very well, and as a result the unit occasionally shuts off. Angle the cable up a millimeter or two and it comes back to life. It's really frustrating in the studio, I can't imagine that scenario in a live situation. After experiencing this with two units, I'm going back to the behemoth Behringer.

If they come out with an updated version with a beefier USB connector and updated software, I would certainly give them another try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Horen on July 15, 2013
I purchased 2 Softstep units (one as a backup), as an investment in my hands-free interactive live composition with Ableton Live. After over ONE MONTH of emails with the company, I have simply thrown up my hands with UTTER FRUSTRATION. I have followed all the instructions from their support people, switched cords, switched units, worked in the various modes of operation, programmed, re-programmed....and have come to the conclusion that the unit is simply NOT STABLE enough for live performance....It constantly crashes. I consider myself knowledgeable, both as a composer and software user---Yes, I certainly cannot depend on this for a live performance. Given my experiences, I cannot recommend this unit for any level of musical performance.
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