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Keith McMillen SoftStep Midi-Expander

Keith McMillen SoftStep Midi-Expander
€44
£32.85
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RRP: €52
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item number 267967
sales unit 1 piece
available since July 2011
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sales rank 13718 at thomann.de 14 in this category (Details)

Keith McMillen SoftStep Midi-Expander, accessory for the SoftStep Hardware, expands the controller with 1x MIDI in and 1x MIDI out, incl. powersupply

  • 3-year Thomann warranty
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

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Does what it's supposed to.

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I bought one of these so I could use my KMI SoftStep and QuNexus to control and play synth modules without a computer. For example, I can now use the SoftStep to play synth with my feet while my hands are busy playing guitar.
It works exactly as it should, simply connect it up, plug it in and you're good to go. It's very small and light with a metal case, it should stand up to being gigged regularly. Makes my existing KMI gear even more multi-functional.

Brilliant solution

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With this clever box QuNeo can work without a computer. I don't think any other pad has that possibility. I use this to connect the pad to my lighting desk that have midi in.

Simple but effective

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This is a simple device yet is very effective if one is running something like a KMI Soft-step and say, a usb audio interface with no MIDI port. It enables the addition of an extra MIDI device if so desired. Does what it says on the tin!

A necessary but slightly cheeky unit

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I'm extremely glad I purchased the Midi-Expander, and any negative feelings I have towards it are more about the principle than anything else.

In short, the Midi-Expander allows you to plug your SoftStep into a DIN MIDI device, as the SoftStep itself only allows for USB MIDI connections. It also allows you to power the unit without it needing to be plugged into a computer.

Now my concerns here are that SoftStep itself is quite a pricey piece of equipment, and to have to pay another ?44 to be able to fully take advantage of the device's capabilities seems a little bit on the cheeky side to me. I say this because there is almost nothing to the Expander, it's a flimsy little metal case that has almost no weight at all, with a couple of sockets in the front. KMI, I truly believe you should have bundled this with the SoftStep.

It's hard to rate this properly: it serves its purpose perfectly, but its construction seems so cheap and flimsy it could have come out of a Christmas cracker.

4/5: Necessary, but too expensive, and for what it is it really should come bundled with SoftSteps.

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