Keith McMillin Instruments (KMI) has introduced the SoftStep foot controller, a flexible footswitch that boasts ten keys, each with 5 degrees of freedom.
“SoftStep gives more power than ever to the musician in a smaller lighter package,” says inventor Keith McMillen. “Anything that can be controlled with a knob or sliders can be controlled with SoftStep. It is a mouse for the feet.”
The backlit keys are easy to see on stage and a 4 digit, alphanumeric display with 20 LEDs keeps the user informed – these keys provide more than just on/off control. Each of the ten keys have five degrees of motion that can be preprogrammed to control effects, software, or multimedia via USB.
Once programmed, SoftStep can function disconnected from the computer for more freedom. Each key is laid out to be accessed by foot and can register movements such as up/down, left/right, inc/dec, pressure and rotary motions. SoftStep also boasts an expression pedal and expansion port, and offers optional MIDI in/out. A diamond shaped array of 4 Navigation buttons can access presets or serve as a volume pedal, scrub, or loop control.
The bundled SoftStep Connectivity Software is designed to be simple to learn and infinitely flexible. This set of software tools allows the user to move seamlessly through a piece while controlling presets, notes, continuous controllers and transport commands.
Beyond effects, SoftStep will be capable of controlling audio and video editing workstations so you can navigate software while leaving your hands free.