First review so I free to inaugurate the puns (smelly feet) on this new chip is at the Keith McMillen Instruments.
I just got it today, so I can advise hot on the use of this instrument directly out of the box.
First positive point, it comes with all necessary cables to connect to the computer and / where (in my case) to the MIDI interface distributed by KMI. It costs 38 € and that's not the foot but it is essential for me to drive a synthesizer Moog Slim Phatty. There is also a mini jack adapter jack for expression pedal and a protective cover (fine but it's the thought that counts).
It takes very little time to hook them up and run the machine. In one quarter of an hour is all set up and ready to go. Already visually, it's pretty class and futuristic. The step 12 is revealed already a beautiful object that contrasts with the competition, it tends rather to tanks roland type PK-6. A short overview of the computer is essential to take a look at the instructions found on the manufacturer's website and after 5 minutes, diagrams and explanations in support, we understood the basics of operation.
My goal was to trigger sounds and arpeggios on the synth while keeping your hands on my bass. Sitting on a stool, it's a bit sporty, but it does so very well because the step size of 12 is fairly modest and it's nice to see that, when put up against the wall, the tool is quickly on its promises .
In terms of trigger notes, no problems, even with one foot. There is a choice between different modes of play that can compensate for lack of podextérité (foot neologism!). Few people will at first sight to embark on a solo ignited "no hands". D "Moreover, the day someone launches into the business live, I want to be present because the show may be worth a visit (it is a call of the foot). The notes are easily accessible, even shod with thick shoes. It will still consider playing sitting to enjoy the instrument.
Regarding the side "expressive" is however a bit more complex. The pedal reacts as intelligent and more pressure, it may reflect the angle of the pressure and the force with which it engages the MIDI note information. We can, for example, controlling both the note played, but also its volume while a bend or tucking the modulation of the note. That said, if it is entirely possible, it is quite tricky and it will take practice to get results musically convincing. In this regard, the 12 Step is a real instrument.
The editor PC / Mac also offers many opportunities for modification and customization that will delight tweekers and should allow you to configure the
12 Step to respond to toe and eye of each musician. I chose to work without a computer and it's a little painful for me to have to go through it but today, we take either the train or on foot to rest.
To summarize, the step 12 is a small step for man one giant leap for the world controllers.
Iphone to generate a sound, a soft step to control the problem without taking everything in a bag of guitar and you're ready to create the blues of the third millennium.