SoftStep: The MIDI Foot Controller You Have Been Waiting For.

Tired of hauling around that clunky metal MIDI foot controller? If you haven’t checked out the Keith McMillen Instruments SoftStep yet you need to. It might just be the answer to your prayers. Here is a review I did of an early version in 2010. Most of the bugs have been worked out since, though you will want to baby the MIDI cable input, which could use a a stabilizing clip. [KMI reports that they have addressed this issue in later models].

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Looping Tips From A Master

Former Guitar Player Magazine editor Joe Gore (to whom I owe my role as GP Consulting Editor) gives a great demo of the looping process. He also shows one possible method of combining guitar, laptop, software, and external hardware in this informative video. Here he uses a MacBook Pro laptop, Apple’s MainStage software, Native Instruments and SoundToys plug-ins, a Boomerang III looper and Side Car, a Keith McMillen SoftStep MIDI control pedal, and a James Trussart Steelcaster. Be sure to check out his sites: tonefiend.com and mental99.com

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