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Re: 12step or softstep



I had tried using the softstep with Ableton and MainStage. MainStage didn't work so well because it takes in all midi and I couldn't figure out how to make MainStage only look at one midi in port and ignore the other midi data coming in. You could get around that by using the midi expander. I have the midi expander because it came free with the soft step for being an early adopter but I don't like adding the clutter to my setup.

I did try adjusting the sensitivity back when I first got the softstep, I spent days and days, and also returned a couple soft steps, getting replacements, and toying with it but I could never reliably execute the functions I needed. I would get out my old trusty fcb1010 and everything suddenly got so much easier because of the switches. 

All that being said, I'm not experiencing that so far with the 12 step. 



On Sep 8, 2013, at 3:38 PM, Ricky Graham <rickygrahammusic@gmail.com> wrote:

Todd Matthews, do you use the softstep with a DAW?


On Sun, Sep 8, 2013 at 3:31 PM, Ricky Graham <rickygrahammusic@gmail.com> wrote:
I have my students working with both at the moment. I like the 12 step's octave control and single and multi key modes. Re: Per's concern, I find you can improve responsiveness of the controller by tweaking the global sensitivity. This is a good approach to get the most out of the tilt function, for example. See p. 16 in the manual. The softstep is great for the usual parametric control: toggle, pressure, XY. 

Also this comparison table may be of use: http://www.keithmcmillen.com/support/stepcomparison/

If anyone is interested in purchasing, I rep in NJ/NY. Get in touch, off list.


On Sun, Sep 8, 2013 at 2:48 PM, Todd Matthews <gtmatthews@gmail.com> wrote:
I just picked up a 12 step this weekend. I love it so far. I only ever need to send midi notes to control my software and I struggled to program the softstep to do that simple task when I first got it. I just plugged the 12 step in and it worked. Not as much tactile feedback as I would like but the switches are silent and I like them better than the softstep. Softstep also has a bug where it can't send midi note 0 that they haven't fixed for years now. Of course the looper in my strymon goes into record with midi note 0.

I'll hold on to the softstep for now in case I want to do some crazy midi controlling in the future but I have a feeling ill probably sell it. 



On Aug 30, 2013, at 3:20 PM, todd reynolds <toddreyn@gmail.com> wrote:

I haven't had any problem at all with the softstep, but I'll grab a twelve step to compare for sure.  My feeling is that the softstep is off the hook for programmability and the 12 step is less so.