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Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller 

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Free up your hands on stage, and still play keys like a pro.

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

Look Mom, no hands! Order the 12 Step today, and add next level control to your show.

SPECIFICATIONS

12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller

  • 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 McMillen Instruments12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller
 
3.7

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

56%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (5)
  • Functional (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (4)
  • Not functional (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Step in the Right Direction.

Summing it all up

Love it, use it, highly recommend it.
This pedal Is incredibly easy to setup (just plug and play), come with dozens of very...Read complete review

Summing it all up

Love it, use it, highly recommend it.
This pedal Is incredibly easy to setup (just plug and play), come with dozens of very nice/useful presets, and, in a compact design, covers and expands upon pretty much everything one could possibly imagine for it's intended use.

The Software Is fine and fairly easy to use, with several helpful tutorial videos on the company's website.

In short. a VERY powerful pedal.

I'd have to say that despite the efficiency and portability of it's compact size, I'd love to see a version with a two - three octave range!
Being that this product was designed to be repeatedly stepped on, one would hope that it would be sufficiently rugged, and it is!

This thing can take a hit!

The buttons are spaced at a nice proportion that keeps things compact, yet still allows for ease of play and efficiency.

This thing has been through quite a few shows with me already, and there is very little to NO sign of wear and tear.

Buttons feel great when stepped on and pitchbend/aftertouch is perfectly responsive (And adjustible to your liking in the software).

A Solidly build thing!
Now this pedal may cost a bit more then other some similar things out there, but to be honest it has a pretty unique place in the world of gear.

There really Isn't another alternative for a COMPACT, MIDI, foot controller pedal, setup like a proper keyboard out there (Unless you get into the considerably more expensive realm of midi bass pedals)

The closest competitor seems to be the FCP1010 by Behringer (Whose dubious reputation preceends them)

Basically I'm saying you get what you pay for, which is A huge amount in a tiny package.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE...

I use Samplitude Pro DAW, which has endless MIDI options (12-Step wouldn't work). Also, I recently bought a used M-Audio controller, which worked 'plug and play' - After a few...Read complete review

I use Samplitude Pro DAW, which has endless MIDI options (12-Step wouldn't work). Also, I recently bought a used M-Audio controller, which worked 'plug and play' - After a few minutes I was controlling my DAW and playing synths. I really wanted to buy American too, but this Foot Controller, is extremely difficult to get working and other issues like changing presets, it's so inpractible, Also, the Software 'Editor' is poorly designed and can't even change presets thru that. It's not my computer, since all my other MIDI devices work flawlessly. I've been doing complex MIDI stuff for over 15 years, and build guitar amps, so I'm a 'tech' sort, for building and fixing things. This product should be in 'pre-beta' stage of development and removed from the market in my opinion untill they get the 'bugs' out of it. If I sound upset, Yes I am, after wasting over 40 hours to no avail. Very sorry Keith (McMillen) for the harsh words, but this item is not ready to be sold yet, you need to work out lots of incompatibility issues as well as improving 'patch' changes. I could go on about other problems. I'm debating doing a Pete Townshend smash-up, or return it to Mucisian's Friend. I've only given a poor rating on one other review (The Slash Cry Baby).

Sorry again Keith, it's a great idea, it's well built - just not ready for the stores.

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2.0

Verdict still out

By Walrus

from Bristol, TN

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Pros

  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller:

Works ok with computer programs such as Garage Band to do bass lines. That said, it's difficult to use by feel without looking at your feet for me. So far it is complicated to use with my Roland VR 09's and the Roland manual doesn't give much help. The online tech support folks refer you back to Roland, and the circle is unbroken. Works as advertised, but not as useful as I had hoped for. Would not recommend to a friend as a bass pedal for keyboard, but more uses may be realized with work and research.

 
4.0

Dynamite in a Small Package, but a Bit Too Small

By Jokerville

from Austin, TX

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Pros

  • Functional
  • Improves Sound

Cons

  • Layout too cramped.

Best Uses

  • Concerts

Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller:

I currently play bass guitar and use the Taurus 3 pedals. When I read about the 12-Step and the ability to do chords, I had to check it out. I already have a Roland Juno DS-61 synth on stage, so, a MIDI cable, and walla, chords. After three gigs here are my thoughts.
Good value for the money.
Pretty easy to program. I downloaded the software to my laptop, and it is pretty user friendly. I love how you can just click notes from the virtual keyboard at the bottom to create your chords. And you can assign any chord to any button. Or single notes. If you want to have 12 different C chords on one preset, no problem. I do presets by song. You can also leave buttons blank so they have no sound. This comes in handy as explained later.
The MIDI Expander needed to run to a keyboard is a bit of a pain. Easy to set up, but three cables needed. Power, one to the pedal (both of those are included), and then the MIDI cable to your synth (not included). The cables are a bit sketchy - not very durable. The AC adapter has a wall wart and uses a USB-type plug in cable. Eh. The power to pedal is a small plug in like a Smart Phone. Kinda scary. Wouldn't take much of a wrong step to mess that up. Think putting your cell phone on the floor and stepping around it. Everyone has had those phone charger cables go bad - a bit worried about that. The pedal is solid, but connections seem more studio than built for live.
But it works great. Very cool. And fun. Just as if I played the chords on the keyboard.
HOWEVER, geez those buttons are close together. My 9.5 sneakers.... The Taurus of course is like an organ bass pedal, and I even sometimes step on the wrong one, especially while singing. What I've done is use one preset per song. I usually only need a few chords, so I spread them out among the 12 buttons, with some blank ones in between. Still challenging. They are lit up EXTREMELY well. I find the top taller row easier to navigate.
3.5 stars. Make larger, easier to connect, better cables.

 
5.0

Don't let the small size put you off

By RBM

from Rockyface, GA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller:

      My family purchased this for my 51st birthday for me. My son knew I had been looking for new bass pedals and did the research. I was put off at first by the small "key" size. I had always used full sized bass pedals in the past. I was very impressed with the build quality right out of the box. What really sets this unit apart from the rest is the software. You can really customize the heck out of this thing. I am looking forward to buying another to put under my main mic setup and having my other under my keyboard station.

       
      3.0

      great potential but too small

      By mundo

      from el paso, tx

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • opens many doors

      Cons

      • buttons too small
      • Difficult To Use
      • Not Functional

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller:

      The 12 step has great potential to experiment and open your world to new sound possibilities in the live setting, but ultimately the size is a big limiting factor. The buttons are too small for an adult male's feet in shoes, which makes it difficult to use the tilt and velocity function accurately, you have to play with your tip toes which isn't practical live. If you use an iPad or similar device as the sound source, expect some set up problems, you need to make sure your device is putting out enough power to the 12 step so that your apps detect it. More than likely you'll need the 12 steps aux input to be plugged into a power source as well.

      I think the 12 step is a great idea and alternative to the usual foot keyboard routes but not perfect. This device needs to be bigger in order to accommodate foot size with shoes and boots, and the buttons can use better threshold settings or more resistance to prevent wrong notes played do to imbalance playing with your toes. That said, I would buy an improved model that addresses these problems with buttons at least three times bigger

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazingly easy to setup & use!

      By Darknut

      from Arkansas

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller:

        I use the 12step primarily to control a Roland GR-30 guitar synth .... it works perfectly!

        I also used it with a PC to control a soft-synth in Sonar X2 & X3 ... worked perfect as well.

        I use it in a live setting mostly & have no trouble with it being small ... one of the best thing about the 12step is the small size. ( I have size 11 feet )

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Way Way to small

        By Guitarfretfingers

        from Appleton, WI

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Legato
        • Rugge
        • Rugged

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Hard To Use
        • Small
        • To Sensitive

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller:

        If you have normal size feet, like larger than a size 7, don't bother buying. Keith Mcmillen must have very small feet to think that this would be easy to use on stage, LOL. When I use it I need to use my toes. Also the select button is way to sensitive. If they made it another 6" longer it would be better. Also very expensive for the stuff it can do. Will be modifying a midi keyboard now...

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Product!

        By Darknut

        from Arkansas

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller:

            I use this to control a Roland GR-30 (with midi expander) while I play Bass guitar & remain wireless ... works perfect

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            not compatible for pc and roland sp404sx

            By hambone

            from Dover, New Jersey

            Pros

              Cons

              • 4 Ableton Only
              • 4 Mac Users Only
              • Midi Nightmare So Far
              • Not Functional
              • Not Pc Friendly

              Best Uses

              • Door Stop

              Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller:

              I bought this unit to play midi soft synths in my PC based Daw and am not having much success.
              I have tried to use it as a trigger for an Roland sp404sx but it doesn't work with that either.
              The downloaded software note editor for my pc failed to function.
              You can not get anyone from Kieth Mcmillen instruments to actually help me make this unit work well with anything. I can see that it works well for Macintosh and Ableton musicians. My advice would be that if you are using Cakewalk, Roland and PC/Windows oriented Daws is to avoid the headaches and use Roland pedals like the Roland pk-6. Now I am out of money and still can't get a one man band going!

              (8 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE...

              By Pete Pell

              from Austin, TX

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              Pros

              • None

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use
              • Frustratting
              • Incompatible
              • Not Functional
              • Poor instructions
              • Waste Of Time

              Best Uses

              • Garbage Bin
              • Night Light

              Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller:

              I use Samplitude Pro DAW, which has endless MIDI options (12-Step wouldn't work). Also, I recently bought a used M-Audio controller, which worked 'plug and play' - After a few minutes I was controlling my DAW and playing synths. I really wanted to buy American too, but this Foot Controller, is extremely difficult to get working and other issues like changing presets, it's so inpractible, Also, the Software 'Editor' is poorly designed and can't even change presets thru that. It's not my computer, since all my other MIDI devices work flawlessly. I've been doing complex MIDI stuff for over 15 years, and build guitar amps, so I'm a 'tech' sort, for building and fixing things. This product should be in 'pre-beta' stage of development and removed from the market in my opinion untill they get the 'bugs' out of it. If I sound upset, Yes I am, after wasting over 40 hours to no avail. Very sorry Keith (McMillen) for the harsh words, but this item is not ready to be sold yet, you need to work out lots of incompatibility issues as well as improving 'patch' changes. I could go on about other problems. I'm debating doing a Pete Townshend smash-up, or return it to Mucisian's Friend. I've only given a poor rating on one other review (The Slash Cry Baby).

              Sorry again Keith, it's a great idea, it's well built - just not ready for the stores.

              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A Step in the Right Direction.

              By James McKillop

              from NYC

              Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller:

              Summing it all up

              Love it, use it, highly recommend it.
              This pedal Is incredibly easy to setup (just plug and play), come with dozens of very nice/useful presets, and, in a compact design, covers and expands upon pretty much everything one could possibly imagine for it's intended use.

              The Software Is fine and fairly easy to use, with several helpful tutorial videos on the company's website.

              In short. a VERY powerful pedal.

              I'd have to say that despite the efficiency and portability of it's compact size, I'd love to see a version with a two - three octave range!
              Being that this product was designed to be repeatedly stepped on, one would hope that it would be sufficiently rugged, and it is!

              This thing can take a hit!

              The buttons are spaced at a nice proportion that keeps things compact, yet still allows for ease of play and efficiency.

              This thing has been through quite a few shows with me already, and there is very little to NO sign of wear and tear.

              Buttons feel great when stepped on and pitchbend/aftertouch is perfectly responsive (And adjustible to your liking in the software).

              A Solidly build thing!
              Now this pedal may cost a bit more then other some similar things out there, but to be honest it has a pretty unique place in the world of gear.

              There really Isn't another alternative for a COMPACT, MIDI, foot controller pedal, setup like a proper keyboard out there (Unless you get into the considerably more expensive realm of midi bass pedals)

              The closest competitor seems to be the FCP1010 by Behringer (Whose dubious reputation preceends them)

              Basically I'm saying you get what you pay for, which is A huge amount in a tiny package.

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