At the 2016 Summer NAMM Show, startup company Amelia’s Compass introduced the ControllerHub 8 – a device that lets you connect up to 8 expression pedals and foot switches and create your own custom MIDI pedal board.
Company co-founder Steven Christensen gave us an overview and demo at the show.
At the Summer NAMM Show, Amelia’s Compass introduced the ControllerHub 8 and ButtonPusher:
- ControllerHub 8 is the central hub for your modular control setup. Connect as many as eight 3rd-party expression pedals and footswitches. ControllerHub 8 converts pedal movements and button presses into MIDI message streams over USB and standard MIDI cables. Within your audio software, simply click the “learn” button to assign these control movements to your desired target parameters. If you need more than 8 controllers, you can combine multiple ControllerHub 8’s.
- ButtonPusher is a a custom-designed footswitch for use with ControllerHub 8.
They have plans for additional controller designs.
The ControllerHub 8 grew out of a practical need of company founders Liz Grove & Steven Christensen. Here’s their story:
We were playing in a progressive rock band using a 25-year-old product called the Lake Butler CFC4 – a great piece of gear from an innovative company that really seemed to “get” the possibilities of MIDI.
It had four expression pedals mounted on a common base, wall wart input, and MIDI Out. In response to pedal movements, it sent MIDI message streams to control synth modules.
Well, one day it finally died. We searched for a replacement… the company had long ago gone out of business; but of course the entire market segment that once produced a variety of midi control accessories is now a memory.
In our search on-line we found many people looking for the same type of product. We realized that there was an unmet need, and decided “Let’s build our own!”
Pricing and Availability
The ControllerHub 8 is available now for US $390 and the ButtonPusher is priced at $60.