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12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller
- Polyphonic - play up to 5 Note chords with a single touch
- Expressive - velocity sensitive, poly aftertouch & pitch bend
- Portable - fits in a gig bag or backpack, weighs only 1 lb
- Rugged - built from elastomeric and carbon fiber composites
- Familiar chromatic keyboard layout (13 keys)
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Chromatic Bass Pedal
Features to Love
Trigger Samples and Launch Clips
You can use 12 Step to trigger samples and launch clips in your favorite DAWs or hardware samplers.
12 Step's keys feature a smart fabric layer that responds to the velocity, pressure and tilt of your foot.
Durable by design. 12 Step has been tested to survive spills, 2-story falls, and being run over by a van.
Everybody Loves 12 Step
"Supreme Awesomeness! Keith did it just the way I'd hoped!"
- Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Niacin, Winery Dogs)
"If you're looking for a USB/MIDI foot controller that's supremely portable, flexible, visible and reliable your search is over."
- Keyboard Magazine
"Keith McMillen Instruments is among the most innovative and forward-thinking manufacturers in the pro audio industry today. It's no surprise that the 12 Step is so intelligently designed and easy to use"
- B&H Review
12 Step was designed with portability in mind. It's small profile, light weight and small footprint make it the ideal foot controller to bring to your gig or load into the studio. Synth bass pedals and sample triggering have never before fit so perfectly into your gig bag.
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|Item Dimensions||17.5 x 4 x 0.75 inches||11.4 x 3.9 x 1.7 inches||27.05 x 8.7 x 2.36 inches||17.5 x 4.2 x 1 inches|
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12 step is a road-proof, brilliantly backlit MIDI keyboard foot controller. Designed to be ultra-portable and fit in a backpack or gig bag, The 18”, 22 ounce 12 step is more than a foot-driven keyboard – it is also a controller capable of sending continuous messages while reacting to the pressure and tilt of your foot. 12 step’s keys can trigger individual notes, 5-note chords, clips, backing tracks, and give you control over parameters such as pitch bend and volume. By putting the keys at your feet, 12 step gives you the power to add depth to your performance, even if both hands are tied up. Its rugged build and lack of moving parts ensures 12 step will be an essential part of your rig for years to come. Features: road proof: durable by design. 12 step has been tested to survive spills, 2-story falls, and being run over by a Van. Smart fabric: 12 Step's keys feature a smart fabric layer that responds to the Velocity, pressure and tilt of your foot. Playable: perfect for playing bass lines, chords, triggering clips, or any other musical accents that fit your style.
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Unfortunately, the 12 step is difficult to play and the size only adds to the difficulty.
The keys are rubber nubs about the size of my thumb which I have to stomp on to get them to work even with the sensitivity turned all the the way up. As such, I am not able to use the tip of my foot (toes), but have to use the ball of my foot. They don't have any physical feedback such as movement or a click. And since I am using the ball of my foot, I can't see the little LED indicator.
I think if I was standing, it may be easier to use. But I'm not.
Additionally, the back is slick and flexible. I had to mount it to a board to use it on carpeted surfaces.
And now the price: I paid around $300 for it and the midi expander, which was REQUIRED to use it with my gear. It was a much cheaper option than other piano-style midi foot pedals. But it still seems over-priced for what it is: a small board with 14 rubber nubs. For comparison, Beringer has a midi foot controller with ten buttons (not piano-style) and two expression pedals for half that price (no midi expander needed).
Ultimately, I believe that I will get used to the playability issues and will make it work for my needs.
The 12 Step differs in many respects. Chiefly it is far smaller. Rather than keys, rubberized, lighted soft pedals are configured in the same arrangement as one octave of a well-tempered piano.
It would be one thing if the 12 Step simply played in a chromatic scale, but here the beauty of this unit is evident. The 12 step features tons of presets giving capabiilites such as diatonic 3rds, 4ths,, 5ths, and extended intervals like 9ths. This means that one key pressed plays one note plus the harmony set by the user. Diatonic triads are also available, not to mention a slew of other settings like legato, polyphonic etc. Furthermore, each key has after-touch capability, bending, pitch shifting and a variety of change controls.
The unit is powered over USB, meaning only a laptop is required. For want of a laptop, a powered hub or KMI's MIDI Expander with USB wall wart are available.
The Set List of presets (and there are hundreds) can be programmed (along with any firmware updates) by the free 12 Step utility for Windows or Mac OS.
Having owned and used both Korg MPK-130 and Roland PK5, I can say honestly that this small unit is an upgrade. Though small in size, the keys are comfortable to access. The back-lighting is a very good feature, meaning no more fluorescent tape a-la Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. It is made out durable polymer and should be quite resilient.
I have successful used it to trigger soft synths in Cubase and Ableton Live, plus standalone synths like SampleTank or Korg M1. It's great for iOS Synths like Nave, Sunrizer or Korg Module (I used a Focusrite iTrack Dock for power and connectivity). With the optional KMI Expander I am able to control the Korg Krome 88 and trigger not only notes but any RPPR sequences. There are even presets for Ableton Live clip launching.
I can attest that KMI's customer service is spot-on, delivering friendly personal responses to any of my inquiries. All in all this is fast becoming my secret weapon and I highly recommend it.
Top reviews from other countries
In quanto a materiali e robustezza è sicuramente buono, ma per quanto riguarda la compatibilità e facilità di utilizzo è un'altra storia. La documentazione sia sul sito ma su vari siti internet in generale è veramente scarsa.
Mi aspettavo che funzionasse come una semplice master keyboard, ma a quanto pare non è proprio così. Al momento sono riuscito a farla funzionare collegandola ad un pc con windows con il programma Ableton, ma anche qui, cambiando i suoni di ableton qualcosa non va in quanto i suoni sono diversi da quelli che mi aspetto. Magari sono io a non saperlo usare bene e bisogna configurarla, ma come dicevo prima, mi aspettavo funzionasse come una semplice master keyboard, cosa che ho avuto e che potevo collegare anche ad un tablet android!
Anche sul manuale c'è scritto che se non funziona con qualche dispositivo allora bisogna provare con altri...???? Questa frase mi sembra un po un modo per uscirsene facili da eventuali incompatibilità.
Per farla breve se dovessi tornare indietro non la ricomprerei.
Die Verarbeitung ist soweit OK und Keith McMillien typisch. Schon beim K-BOARD stört mich, dass die Gummitasten nicht immer präzise reagieren und die Anschlagsdynamik daher kaum verwendbar ist.
Ohne Schuhe, also nur mit Socken oder barfuß ist das 12step meiner Meinung nach nicht spielbar. Man muss schon sehr exakt den Druckpunkt der einzelnen Tasten treffen, um einen Ton auszulösen. Ein schneller Basslauf ist damit überhaupt nicht zu spielen. Auch das auslösen einzelner Noten gestaltet sich schwierig. Im Bühnenbereich, mit Straßenschuhen und möglichst in stehender Position über dem Board, könnte es funktionieren, vorausgesetzt, man spielt nur mit der Schuhspitze.
Alles in Allem enttäuschend. Die Idee und das kompakte Design hätten mir schon gut gefallen, die Spielbarkeit ist für mich aber vergleichbar mit den ausrollbaren Fußmatten und das rechtfertigt den Preis nicht. Schade.