Keith McMillen SoftStep Midi-Expander
Keith McMillen SoftStep Midi-Expander, accessory for the SoftStep Hardware, expands the controller with 1x MIDI in and 1x MIDI out, incl. powersupply
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A necessary but slightly cheeky unit
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.
Essential purchase for the 12 step
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
Simple but effective
£ price - guideline price only
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|available since||July 2011|
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