BOSS Intros EV-1-WL Wireless MIDI Expression Pedal

BOSS has introduced the EV-1-WL, the world’s first MIDI expression pedal with Bluetooth wireless connectivity.

The EV-1-WL provides wireless MIDI foot control for BOSS products like the EURUS GS-1, Waza-Air, and Katana-Air, music apps on mobile devices and anything that can receive MIDI Control Change (CC) messages via Bluetooth MIDI. USB and MIDI TRS jacks are also available for wired control of music software and standard MIDI devices.

BOSS also provides a free EV-1-WL Editor app for iOS and Android mobile devices, users can fully customize the pedal for their needs over Bluetooth.

The EV-1-WL can communicate wirelessly with a standard 5-pin MIDI device that has the Roland WM-1 Wireless MIDI Adaptor installed. The EV-1-WL can also pair via Bluetooth with Mac computers, smartphones, and tablets to interface with music apps that support remote operation with MIDI CC messages. The wireless connection brings easy real-time control to all types of applications, from guitar amp simulators and effects to virtual instruments and music production software.

Over USB, the EV-1-WL functions as a plug-and-play MIDI controller for music software on Mac and Windows computers. The class-compliant interface means there are no drivers to install—just connect to the computer with a USB cable and configure the software as needed for external MIDI input.

It can also be used with BOSS pedals equipped with TRS MIDI, including 200 series effects and the RC-5 and RC-500 Loop Stations. And with the BOSS BMIDI-5-35 adaptor cable, the EV-1-WL can connect to any device that has a standard 5-pin MIDI input jack.

Using the EV-1-WL Editor app, custom MIDI CC numbers and value ranges can be assigned to the EV-1-WL’s pedal, toe switch, and optional external footswitches. The Bluetooth, USB, and TRS MIDI outputs support simultaneous operation, and users can create independent control settings for each.

It’s also possible to set the switches for momentary or latching operation, adjust the pedal’s response curve, and more.

Pricing and Availability

The EV-1-WL Wireless MIDI Expression Pedal will be available in the U.S. in October 2021 for $149.99 USD.

4 thoughts on “BOSS Intros EV-1-WL Wireless MIDI Expression Pedal

  1. As with all things BLE MIDI, it’ll be interesting to hear more from people who use this in performance.

    Anyone using Audiofront’s MIDI Expression devices to convert pedals into MIDI? I’ve used mine with a BLE MIDI dongle and it works quite well.
    Chances are, CME will have something to say about this as well, since they tend to position themselves in everything Bluetooth MIDI. (Haven’t had much luck with my WIDI Master and WIDI Jack dongles. Hoping the company will release optimal firmware at some point.)

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