Keith McMillen 12 Step

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Chromatic USB Foot Controller

  • Chromatic keyboard layout (13 keys)
  • Up to 5-note chord playable with one key
  • Monophonic and polyphonic aftertouch by foot pressure and displacement of the pressure point
  • Pitch bending
  • Backlit
  • Display
  • 2 x Expansion port (1 x 3.5 mm mini-jack for expression pedal 1 x mini USB for computer or MIDI interface)
  • Compatible with iPad and other iOS devices
  • Dimensions: 108 x 452 x 25 mm
available since December 2011
Item number 274570
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Amount Of Switches 12
Number Of Pedals 0
Display Yes
Connector For Expression Pedal Yes
USB 1
Pads 12
Diplay 1
Rotary Knobs 0
Fader(s) 0
Expansion 1
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Really versatile pedalboard for the price
Woodinblack 10.03.2015
The 12 step is a semi rigid platform with 13 buttons, one 4 digit LED and a couple of USB sockets, and acts as a one octave pedalboard. The other options for pedalboards are 3 times the price of this.
Note, the 12 step has a USB output, rather than Midi, so if you want to control synthesisers or modules directly, you need to get an adapter, such as the Keith McMillen one they sell, and should factor this into the price (although it is fairly cheap). If you are playing directly into a computer, you don't need this.

The buttons are quite small and close together so takes a while getting used to them, and you do need hard soled shoes to use them to their best. They are rubbery and don't have much feel, they are also pressure sensitive.
The board flexes a bit when pressing, so it works better on a solid platform, rather than a carpet.

The real star of the board is the software, it lets you assign 5 midi notes / events to each pedal, and select whether it is press to hold or momentary, and even to the point of using scripts to run additional events. You can change patches from the board with your foot, so you can have a patch per song, so you can play over 1 octave if you want.

All in all a very worthwhile product to look like if you need synth control but your hands are busy!
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Love it!
Albert5508 07.09.2015
The Keith McMillen 12 step replaced my old Roland PK-series foot bass controller couple of months ago, and I must say I'm in love!

The size, the features, the durability/quality is second to none!

I use this with my Moog Minitaur connected through the midi expander and it's a really solid box.

I have not used this with VSTs or polyphonic synths, and I have not used the program that came with it. The program looks really well thought out.

Only thing I really wan't them to address in further firmware updates is that when I turn it on that it remembers the preset/setting I was using the last time.
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It can do only midi notes.
Alexzandrous 11.01.2020
The brand is already famous, and if you are used or have heard about the flexibility of the SoftStep you can easily think that all Keith McMillen products are that versatile. In practice the 12 Step is just a keyboard for your foot. On the buttons arranged as the keys of the piano you can push and tap but they only send MidiNote messages. No CC or anything else. There are some global middi messages that can be sent when changing the patch but if you imagine to use all this buttons for controlling various things, think twice. The device sends only MidiNotes, or bend control messages associated to the played notes. You can not assign other parameters. I hope I'm clear, since they're not. For playing it works very fine, you push, you get the notes.
Another min point is the brightness of the buttons. It seams that you can not turn it off. If you wish to use the device for a theatre play where lighting conditions are part of the script, this will not work, since it shines bright enough to light your room. Quality and finishing of the product are great, same standard as all the products from this brand. Very easy to program the notes with the computer editor. Also connecting an expression pedal is very useful and works as it should.
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Great versatile unit
Anonymous 22.10.2014
I use it to control everything in our show, from lights to loops to sound effects and mixer controls. Seems well built on initial inspection, but I had to have one replaced when it gave up, and now the replacement is starting to show a couple of glitches/crashes. I'd still recommend it for light to medium use.
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