MIDI foot pedal

Hello all, I’m searching for a certain feature in a midi foot controller and I’m curious if anyone here knows if something like it exists.

I’m looking for a midi foot controller with 8-12 switches where, per switch, you can send either different note or CC values depending on if you tap the switch versus hold it for a short amount of time, say 1/2 a second. The tap and hold behaviors would be simultaneously available without having to toggle any settings on the foot controller.

It would be fine for the “tap” value to be sent on the initial touch (vs the release) and the “hold” value to be sent shortly after, if kept depressed.

Is anyone aware of such a controller?

Keith McMillan SoftStep is highly configurable, so can do what need; Maybe even the 12 Step (this one I don’t have so not sure)

Awesome thanks - just reading up on it and it does seem to have quite a few functions per switch. I’m a bit weirded out by the soft switches though and would greatly prefer harder switches. Any other products come to mind?

If you want, I could build you something custom with softstep switches and teensy… DM me and we can chat about it. Or if you’re in the mood for a DIY project I’d be happy to help you with it.

More ideas:


https://nektartech.com/pacer-midi-daw-footswitch-controller/

http://www.gordius.be/midi-footcontroller-products.php

This is quite tempting. If I can’t find the right solution out of products that are available I will reach out to you.

The Morningistar has less switches but it just might do the job with the additional actions per switch. Good find!

bumping this with curiosity about the morningstar…

@Prnts: did you ever try one?

There aren’t many MIDI foot controllers. I use the FCB1010 on stage for lack of other similar options. As far as tap vs hold, you could write a simple max patch to handle that.

I have not yet gotten my hands on one

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Dear all

I need a recommendation: a piece of mine is on the road and the performer needs to replace his MIDI/USB cue pedal (for a computer running a patch) I need a solution commercially made, reliable, available. I used to use eowave Foot Control, but they are nowhere to be found. Any pointer welcome.

pa

(ps: no I don’t want to solder mine in this case, thanks)

ok some recommendations that arrived from another channel, feel free to comment:

USB and open - very much a replacement of the eowave:
https://www.audiofront.net/MIDIExpression.php

cheap and delicious but hard to extend:

only midi so need a usb midi card:
http://midisolutions.com/

If anyone has experience with the AudioFront one, I’m all ears!

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i have an audiofront 1 input jack, works very well, would suggest it!

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Thanks @tehn for the vote of confidence. I was also suggested this:

which looks sturdy (guitarist-proof :slight_smile:) if anyone has any experience with that.

Please read this before purchasing a logidy… Friends of norns: gear, accessories, etc - #723 by zebra

There have been a lot of issues with this foot pedal and Norns.

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More offers from the guitar world: https://www.morningstarfx.com/mc6-mkii

these look incredibly sturdy and flatter my pop bass guitar background with the brushed aluminium :slight_smile:

I have an mc6 mkii. It is solid and I haven’t had any problems using it with norns. Certainly a nice pedal option if a little programmability it desired. The web based editor UI works well. The only part I found confusing was having to switch modes in the editor when doing a multi page setup.

If I were to do it all over again I would have gone for the audiofront adapter for two reasons

  • The switches are too loud to use if I’m trying to record something acoustically

  • After some thought I realized I wanted the flexibility to spread multiple pedals (on one adaptor) across my feet while sitting.

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thanks. loud switches is a no go for me, so that is very very useful feedback. thanks!

FWIW, I have had a Logidy UMI-3 for many years, and it’s always worked really well for me as a USB-guitar-pedal, usually attached to a maclaptop via a hub. The switches are moderately loud (they’re momentary, so they don’t have the click-on-click-off sound, but they’re still mechanical and undamped), but so are the switches on my other pedals.

I don’t mean to suggest that you should ignore the technical assessment provided there, but depending on your use case, the issues presented there may not actually be a problem for you

On the silent footswitch side of things, I’ve also generally enjoyed using a KMM 12-step (soft step probably works equally as well), though while it’s quiet/silent, I do find myself missing some sort of haptic feedback to feel whether I’ve actually pressed a switch or not. Using socks instead of shoes helps with that though

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Anyone ever use a USB foot pedal for MIDI purposes?

I have a Midisolutions footswitch that I’ve been using for years to add sustain CC’s to my feed from a drum module. But lately I get a better midi latency with USB instead of DIN for whatever reason. I’m interested whether one of these can be programmed to send a MIDI CC?