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  • Kane Stricker

    Hey DJTT,

    I have been working for Keith McMillen Instruments for a few months as a rep in Detroit, and I am really happy to see the positive reaction of the SoftStep. I must admit, the learning curve was pretty steep in the beginning but once you grasp the basic functionality of the device along with the semi-intricate programming of the hardware (and applied it to my style)… it changed my entire routine, and scope of my musical capabilities. 

    I find a new function every time i use it and the learning curve once you get started is addicting. (I have two in front of me right now doing completely different things).

    If you are the type of person like myself who likes unlimited capability and an open source medium that will perpetuate your creativity and you have some time, patience and passion to learn the SoftStep, I would gladly like to share what I can and learn from all the other SoftStep users out there.

    There are some new products coming soon from KMI soon as well, and i must say the technology and functionality of these products are very exciting. 

    – I would love to contribute to tinkering with some mappings, I have a few of my own I can share as well. 



  • Stinky Flow

    really like this good price for great functionality… but only MIDI via USB? USB powered? D= makes it completely useless to anyone not using a computer. shameful!
    give me one with its own power supply and a 5-pin MIDI out and i’m sold

    • Andrew

      Hi, Andrew from KMI here, we have an optional MIDI expander for $49.95 which let’s you connect to any hardware with a 5pin MIDI DIN connector and has a power supply.

  • You should allso cover breath controllers for DJing. They’re extremely fun for VST-s and probably for Traktor effects too.

  • You should allso cover 

  • Awesome! I’d be into a mapping! 

  • Ginkgo

    I could definitely see myself using one of these puppies. The mapping would be most values, as always. 

  • jprime

    The main site defaults to the mobile version.   Also – I cannot log in to the forum.  

  • Laszlo Biro

    Great post! But the thing I’m wondering is…. what pair of awesome shoes are those in the header picture?

    • Spacecamp

      It’s Zach’s shoes! 

      • J2O

        They look like Vans to me..

  • can this be used with maschine ad a BD pedal? because if I understood correctly, you can dynamically play a kick in different velocities with this thing.
    only thing is: is this thing well built enough for kicks?

  • Nice to see a review of the Softstep. I actually bought it early this summer, looking for an extra hand. I am glad that DJTT has picked up on it. In my opinion it is a quality, innovative hardware.

    I can testify that it’s a rock solid piece of gear & beer-proof!

    As mentioned in the review, no one will see you foot mashing, so for performance sake I tend to keep the “functional” stuff for under the desk buttons.

    There is also an input for a 1/4″ sustain pedal. That’s great, because yes there is pressure but this is by no means a wha pedal. The sustain pedal input can be used for any number of inputs and can use modifiers.

    One bug I had with the earlier software was that the VCI interfered with the program change  and sometimes changed programs on me. They both communicate on the same midi channel. I don’t know if this is fixed in the update. Also there was no way to send Midi Out to light up leds.

    The possibilities are endless on this baby and as Ean said, can get quite complex. I am really looking forward to see what DJTT can come up with mapping-wise.

  • Jasonmd2020

    Actually if you already have a MidiFighter, you can mod it with 1/4″ jacks instead of buttons. Plug in some keyboard sustain pedals and yer good. I’m planning on doing this for the recording & loop recording functions.

  • Drna

    It can be great for live input FX manipulation in Traktor. Especially for Piano/Guitar/Vox

  • I want it, but not for 260 :c

  • I want it, but not for 260 :c

    • Andrew

      $25 factory rebate offered in US and Canada if purchased during October!

  • Nice to finally see a solid review of this on the net, one question remains for me, is the output programable? I really like the looks of the softstep, if a techtools map was made for it I don’t think I’d be able to resist, as with any techtools map a great amount of value is added to said controller once you guys get stuck in. 

    Being that I’m skratch dj paired with the launch of T2, I had to get a foot controller to allow access to the loop recorder while my hands are busy on the decks. The choices out there for midi/usb foot controllers are minimal at best. In the end I went for the 

    Line 6 – FBV Series – Foot Controller Pedal / Floorboard

    Super solid basic construction, sweet controller editor and very cheap as it hasn’t had dj tax applied to it. On the negative side there’s no programable output and some might think it’s a little bulky, similar foot print to 13inch laptop.