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Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller  

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Overview
  • 12 Velocity sensitive, touch response keys
  • Play up to 5 notes per key
  • Rugged and durable carbon fiber construction
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    $289.95
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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.

 

12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller 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 McMillen Instruments12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller
 
3.6

(based on 8 reviews)

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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...

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5.0

Great Product!

By Darknut

from Arkansas

About Me Professional Musician

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

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      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!

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        (6 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE...

        By Pete Pell

        from Austin, TX

        About Me Experienced

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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.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Step in the Right Direction.

        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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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Serious Control

        By Tosh Ridgeway

        from West Coast

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

        The 12 step is a very advanced MIDI controller and should not be taken lightly. I see that it can be confusing and intimidating for novice users of MIDI. Like anything deep and advanced, it will take some time to get used to and some functions may be over your head, but anything worth waiting for takes time. Its a one of a kind small,
        The ability to completely control what messages the device sends out is where it really shines. The 12 step is also surprisingly responsive and sensitive to your input. Each key can send accurate pitch bend and aftertouch data, which can be very expressive.

        Also the ability to store presets and work without a computer is a huge "step" in the right direction.
        This thing is built like a tank! If someone broke into my house, I would feel comfortable knowing my 12 step is right there and strong enough to bash someone over the head with! I have become very confident stepping all over this thing and it takes it like a champ.

        The body is made of carbon fiber, which I'm pretty sure is one of the strongest elements in the known universe, so that helps. I bet that if you ran it over with a car, it would still work!
        Considering all the functionality of the 12 step, if feel its definitely worth the price. There are few MIDI foot controllers on the market anyway, let alone something this advanced and portable.

        Its small, lightweight, durable, expressive, and extremely customisable, 'nuff said.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Super Useful Studio Tool

        By Paul Gaeta

        from Asheville, NC

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

        Overall, I'd highly recommend the 12 Step to anyone looking to get more physicality and expression into their music When I first started using the product I thought to myself, "why haven't I been using my feet more all along?" This product also helps me compose. I simply set up all the chords I want to use for the entire key I'm playing in and can explore different progressions quickly. That to me makes it worth the money!
        The 12 Step's main strengths lie in the ability to program up to 5 notes to each button, and the fact that each button, or pad, is has tilt as well (great for pitch bends). You can switch easily between all the different chord presets and octaves as well.
        The build quality is fantastic. This thing has been all over the country with me and shows no signs of wear. Carbon fiber makes this thing damn near indestructible!
        At less than 3 hundred bucks this is a great value. Especially for someone who wants to expand what is possible during a performance. A keyboard player will really get a lot out of being able to play chords with his feet while laying down melodies with his hands. Also super helpful for people looking to trigger clips in Ableton live.

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        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Fun!

        By Mike The Teach

        from The Beach!

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

        I'm writing this review after looking for something more portable than the Moog Taurus that I used to play way back when. The 12 step delivers a ton of expressive capabilities and comes loaded with presets that make it fun out of the box. I love getting lazy and switching it to pentatonic and jamming away. The best is getting is throwing it in my backpack with my Ipad and use it to control the AniMoog app. Good stuff!
        ~ Mike.
        The 12 Step comes loaded with presets and a ton of scales and chords. I really enjoy having the octave switching and pitchbending be so accessible.
        Great build, been using it for a couple months and not a problem... and I'm a stomper
        I like the size, I like the price!

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