Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step

12-key Chromatic Foot Controller with 12 x Velocity/Pressure/Tilt-sensitive Foot Pedal Keys, Up to 5 Notes of Polyphony Per Key, and USB Connectivity
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Take Control with This Next-gen Foot Pedal!

Whether you're a DJ or a live musician, Keith McMillen Instruments' 12 Step MIDI foot controller is the perfect way to kick your live performances up a notch. From simply triggering individual notes to integrating your feet into your complex MIDI rig, there's nothing you can't do with a 12 Step. Each of the 12 Step's 12 velocity sensitive pedal keys lets you play notes, trigger chords, and take control of up to two parameters (such as volume, modulation, and pitch bend) at once. If you're ready to get creative with the way you perform, then you need a Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step MIDI foot controller!

Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step MIDI Foot Controller at a Glance:
  • Expressive controls let you put your feet to work
  • 5-note polyphony lets you play chords with a single foot
  • Nearly indestructible construction withstands serious abuse
Expressive controls let you put your feet to work

The Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step is by no means your typical set of playable MIDI foot pedals. Whereas most MIDI foot pedals are merely velocity sensitive, the KMI 12 Step gives you a massive range of expression in each of its 12 keys. That's because each of the 12 Step's keys is not only velocity sensitive, but they also respond to the pressure and tilt of your foot - perfect for controlling volume swells, rotary effect speeds, and filter cutoffs! Once you unleash your imagination with a 12 Step, you'll never perform the same way again!

5-note polyphony lets you play chords with a single foot

Here's another neat trick that the Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step can do that most other foot pedal controllers can't: chords. That's right - each of the 12 Step's keys can fire off up to five MIDI notes at once. That's perfect for triggering lush pads, organ stabs, or any other musical accents that fit your style. What's more, the 12 Step comes loaded with tons of great polyphonic presets you can easily access on the fly.

Nearly indestructible construction withstands serious abuse

There's no doubt that the 12 Step MIDI foot controller is one killer performance tool, but how tough can a foot pedal be that's less than an inch think and weighs just about a pound? The answer: very. When Keith McMillen Instruments designed the 12 Step, they didn't just push the envelope of interactive sensor design, they redefined the notion of lightweight stability. Go ahead, stomp on it - your 12 Step is built to withstand the abuse. It's even spill proof, so you never have to worry about taking your 12 Step out to the club.

Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step MIDI Foot Controller Features:
  • Dynamic MIDI foot controller that lets you play instruments and control your sounds with your feet
  • Perfect for keyboardists, bass players, singers, guitarists, DJs, electronic musicians, and anyone else who likes to get creative when they perform
  • 12 x soft pedal keys give you control of a full octave key range
  • 120 layers of velocity sensitivity adds dynamic expressing to your performance
  • Pressure sensitivity provides aftertouch control for each key
  • Each key is tilt sensitive, allowing you to control an additional parameter or continuous controller
  • Trigger up to 5 notes with a the press of a single pedal to play chords
  • Massive selection of presets provide you with flexible performance options
  • Virtually indestructible design stands up to years and years of real world use and abuse
  • Compact and lightweight design travels well
  • Connects to your computer via USB
  • Compatible with KMI's MIDI Expander, for use with conventional MIDI-port-equipped gear
  • Dimensions: 17.5" x 4" x 0.75"
  • Weight: 1 lb.
Put your feet to work with a Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step MIDI foot controller from Sweetwater!

Additional Media

12 Step User Manual

Tech Specs

USB 1 x Type B, 1 x Mini
Height 0.75"
Width 17.5"
Depth 4"
Weight 1 lb.
Manufacturer Part Number K-705

Customer Reviews

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Fantastic MIDI controller for a guitar player

This is a fantastic MIDI controller for a guitar player. I needed a way to trigger samples with my feet while playing guitar. This device is perfect for that. The companion application lets you create scenes, in each scene you can assign a MIDI channel and multiple MIDI notes to each button. I've got it connected via a McMillen MIDI Expander to an AKAI MPX8 Sampler Player. The 12 Step can also send a program change when you switch scenes; unfortunately the MPX8 handle program change messages. I can imagine that in the future I will use more of the 12 Step's capabilities. The unit is sturdy and lightweight. The big chunky foot buttons are rubberized plastic and are back lit to make them highly visible on the stage. The only improvement I would want is a proper MIDI out so that I would not need the MIDI Expander.
Music background: Live Performer

The 12 Step Is Amazing!!!

Plugged this into my Windows 7 laptop (HP dv7) rig running Cantabile 2.0 with immediate success! I'm amazed at the amount of flexibility provided by the 12 Step. The presets are great and, with the 12 Step Editor (downloadable from, you can tweak and configure all you want! I was pleasantly surprised at how well it's lit up too! There'll be no problem seeing it on stage!!! BTW, there's a review online where someone talks about having problems hitting the correct note with their feet. I'm a size 10 and, even wearing clumsy flip-flops I'm having no problem with that PLUS the device has a configurable key safety mode that helps to prevent this.
Music background: Bass Guitarist

Mostly Excellent/I LOVE My KMI 12 Step!

Of $20,000 in electronic equipment I've purchased in the last 5 years, most from Sweetwater, this is simply one of the best conceived and constructed devices I've bought! I love it!! It only loses 0.5 stars as it tends to slip around a bit on the floor and because the MIDI Expander wasn't included "in the box". (If I sat upright in a chair all the time, kept my foot directly over the 12 Step, this wouldn't be a problem. I do, however, have to wear "small" shoes to help me push one key at a time. But--again--that is more a facet of my physique/playing-style than a fault of KMI. The 12 Step can "assist" with that "problem" by our using a setting that precludes inadvertently pressing and sounding two keys at once.). Keith McMillen Instruments' support is fast, friendly, and excellent. Right now, I wish for two items, (1) more $ with which to purchase some more KMI product (I WILL be getting a KMI MIDI Expander, as my--and most others'--usage(s) will require it), and (2) a valid reason for buying more KMI product. Sadly, neither will be forthcoming soon! ); Regardless, I LOVE my KMI 12 Step and look forward to seeing Sweetwater sell new and increasing innovative Keith McMillen Instruments products as KMI creates them. :D
Music background: Voice, Uke (left-handed, tho' I'm a "righty"), E-Drums (right foot), 12 Step Synth-Strings (left foot)

A great inovative product!

This is a really nice piece of gear. It was a little smaller than I expected, but makes for a very lightweight and portable pedal board for the gigging musician. Love the bright LED's and the ease of use. I plugged this into my Mac and was up and running in minutes.
Music background: Live Playing, Home Recording

Solid Pedal Board Fits My Needs Perfectly

I'm working up an art music solo show with sax, wind controller and Ableton Live with looping, voice processing and echo pedals. I want to perform nearly everything live with minimal prerecorded material. I needed a budget MIDI trigger and this is it! Combined with Steve Duda's Cthuhlu MIDI plugin, the 12 Step can trigger massive chords with one note. I played with the preset chord function and it works great but I want different harmony on every note. My only gripe (and the reason for 4 1/2 stars) is the need for the MIDI Expander. I'm sure that's because this thing is so thin (thinner than a MIDI jack...really!) that there's no room for it. Just slightly bigger bump next to the USB jack would've done it. Otherwise. an amazing, powerful, simple tool!
Music background: Retired composer, producer, recording engineer now playing with art and sound
See also: Controller Keyboards, Keith McMillen Instruments, Keith McMillen Instruments MIDI Controllers