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Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller

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In a world that's gone digital, which is especially prevalent in today's recording environments, there's always room for innovations, and the 12 Step Controller from Keith McMillen is a prime example of just that. The 12 Step is a chromatic keyboard foot controller that uniquely sends MIDI via USB or MIDI interface to your computer allowing you to ...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

In a world that's gone digital, which is especially prevalent in today's recording environments, there's always room for innovations, and the 12 Step Controller from Keith McMillen is a prime example of just that. The 12 Step is a chromatic keyboard foot controller that uniquely sends MIDI via USB or MIDI interface to your computer allowing you to control your favorite soft synth, MIDI keyboards, and MIDI sound modules simply by using your feet. Each key is velocity and pressure sensitive and can store up to 5 notes for impressive chord designs that can be triggered quickly, and without ever laying a finger on the keys. Each 12 Step key can use the tilt control and pressure of your foot to control parameter such as pitch bend, polyphonic, aftertouch, or any MIDI CC value that can easily be assigned with the included software editor, which lets you create user defined presets for future performances. The 12 Step also incorporates visual cues via corresponding LEDs next to each key, that will help to keep track of the 59 factory, and up to 128 user-made presets that are available. Keith McMillen Instrument is no stranger to inventive pro audio designs, and the 12 Step Controller is proof of that.

Features

12 Velocity sensitive, touch response keys
Play up to 5 notes per key
Rugged and durable carbon fiber construction
Expressive poly aftertouch, and pitch bend
Small and lightweight design makes for easy transport
Specifications
System Requirements:
For Mac: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.3GHz or greater; Mac OS 10.5 or later; 50 MB free hard disk space.
For Windows: Windows XP or Windows 7; 1 GB of RAM; 50 MB free hard disk space.
Dimensions (WxHxD): 17-1/5" x 3/4" x 4"
Weight: 1 lb
In the Box:
12 Step Controller
12 Step Protective Sleeve
USB A-to-B cable (15')
1/8" To 1/4" expression pedal adapter
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Keith McMillen12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller
 
2.8

(based on 8 reviews)

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2.0

Just not easy to use, keys require a lot of pressure

By Pat

from Richmond, VA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • it takes a lot of pressure on the keys to get a

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Keith McMillen 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller:

    Unit has a lot of capability if you take the time to learn, download the manual and configure but the keys take a lot of pressure by you foot to get good sounding notes which is hard to do during a show. I'm sending it back. unit also requires the Expand module to tie into a MIDI sound module. The 12 step should have a MIDI plug on it but it doesn't.

    (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    just doesn't work on Maverick OS

    By OLIVER

    from texas

    Comments about Keith McMillen 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller:

    seems to be a great foot controller really!!!! but how come that in 2014 this, not cheap, foot controller haven't been upgraded for the latest OS. waiting for the upgrade... if you have the maverick OS don't even bother!!!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Worked great, until the warranty ran out, then....

    By Lacepage

    from Tulsa

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Bright buttons

    Cons

    • Not road-worthy

    Best Uses

    • Avoiding

    Comments about Keith McMillen 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller:

    After warranty ran out, one button stopped lighting up, then same button would trigger the select button causing unit to change sounds completely unrelated to what you wanted, or it would freeze the note you were playing until you completely pwred the unit down. Emailed cust serv and was told update firmware would fix, it didnt. Tech said nothing he could do outside of warranty with hardware issue but sell me new one at slight discount. Couldnt really afford this one and I wont chance another one @ a "slight discount". I play bass in a three piece and wanted to add keys to fill out the sound more so Im still learning and this unit is completely useless now. Didnt even make it to the stage.

     
    2.0

    I would buy again, although it will break.

    By drumcon11

    from Denver

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Only product like it on the market.

    Cons

    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Keith McMillen 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller:

    I have only used this sparingly while practicing or writing new songs on my own. After 2 years of barely any use, the G key is acting as if it is constantly being pressed, and other keys are changing slightly in pitch. Before this, a little bit of practice made this 12 step really fun to use and functioned as intended. I recommend not using it on any floor that is carpeted, as this may have caused the structure to bend slightly, possible causing this issue. Hopefully more products like this are created for live use.

     
    5.0

    Excellent product

    By Joey

    from Wisconsin

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about Keith McMillen 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller:

      Great product - thanks. I wrote the "Glad someone made this review" but forgot that I had a good picture to submit with it. Shows my rig...

       
      5.0

      So glad someone made this

      By Joey

      from Wisconsin

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts

        Comments about Keith McMillen 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller:

        I had been looking for this exact product for years before I found it. I loved my first one so much that I now own three. My first unit stopped working - out of warranty - because I used it too much on carpet. Customer service was helpful in this matter - offered to repair it (for a fee) but also sent me instructions on how to replace the broken part myself. And they gave me a significant discount on a new unit.

        As to function, I have few complaints, almost all praise. Does exactly what I want it to do, which is play backing synth pad chords behind my solo instrument. I run two through Ableton Live and trigger a pad sound. They were plug and play ready in Ableton. The footpads come with some proprietary software for setting up which notes are triggered and how. I found it intuitive. You can also adjust the pressure it takes to cue a note - I have mine set on light pressure and find it takes very little to trigger a note. I have each key set to trigger a root-5-root chord. One pedal holds the tonic chord and one pedal is used to change chords over that. Makes a beautiful thick backing. I get lots of compliments about these things. People find the idea of it and look of it onstage very intriguing and impressive. Thank you, Keith McMillen.

         
        1.0

        Would not work

        By Ken

        from Connecticut

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

          Cons

          • Not Functional
          • Poor Quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Keith McMillen 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller:

            I tried to use this with two different synthesizers and no matter what I did it kept freezing. I used it with the novation bass station 2 and a korg volca keys. If I tried to switch key settings, it would get stuck on a note and i'd have to unplug and reboot it. The buttons are also incredibly hard to get a feel for. I could not get it the software to work with my computer either. I ended up returning it.

             
            5.0

            Perfect for my needs.

            By eric

            from undisclosed

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Keith McMillen 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller:

            I use it to trigger samples in Ableton live during live performance while playing bass.

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