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Keith McMillen SoftStep Midi-Expander

Keith McMillen SoftStep Midi-Expander

SoftStep MIDI Expander

  • Accessories for SoftStep hardware controller
  • Expanding the device to 1 x MIDI input and 1 x MIDI output
  • Power supply (included)

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A necessary but slightly cheeky unit

LouisC, 22.01.2015

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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.

Useful additional functionality for the SoftStep

30.05.2016

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The Midi-Expander is a simple, small and very light little box that adds the ability for your SoftStep to talk to MIDI devices without going through your computer first. It has to be plugged in to power, and it then provides power to the SoftStep too.

I use it with a Roland EV-5 expression pedal plugged in to the SoftStep; using the Midi-Expander allows me to merge the SoftStep's output with other MIDI controllers that have no USB functionality.

In any situation where you need your SoftStep to work with conventional MIDI, rather than USB, this box provides the option and works fine.

Essential purchase for the 12 step

Woodinblack, 23.02.2015

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The 12 step (and I assume the soft step) works fine if you want to plug it into a laptop, which is easy enough at home or in some venues, but if you play pubs / clubs where you might not want to take a laptop, you probably just want to plug it into your keyboard or synth module. This is what this device does.
Its a little metal box, plug your 12 step in one plug, usb power into the other plug and connect the midi out to the midi in of your module / synth. Then press the pedals and make sound. There are no controls or settings in the module itself, it is effectively transparant in use.
The box is tiny and pretty robust (I have stepped on it). It comes with the (very long) leads you need to use it and the 12 step (unlike the 12 step) as well as a generic 5v USB power supply.

Not really much more you could add to this - if you have a 12 step, you pretty well need it, so it is good that it is so well made.

Does what it's supposed to do

Rohan D., 28.01.2016

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It's light, has the connections to expand the SoftStep and in general does what it's supposed to do. I only wish that this was not needed in the first place. It's an unnecessary and expensive middle step to connect the SoftStep to my Kemper.

Simple but effective

13.12.2014

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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!
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