Looking for a Kemper Foot Controller? Axe-Hacks Puts the Keith McMillen SoftStep 2 Through its Paces

I still think it’s a little odd that the Behringer FCB1010 has become the de facto controller of choice for what seems like 75% of the Axe-FX and Kemper Profiling amp community members. I mean, I get it: you get 10 program change switches and two expression pedals for $150. But there are so many options on the market, so many companies making great, durable, feature rich units. RJM. MusicomLab. Liquid Foot. Voodoo Lab. Providence.

One company that I was not aware of was KMI – Keith McMillen Instruments. Their SoftStep 2 pedal looks pretty hot, my hatred for CamelCase notwithstanding. It might have the thinnest profile of any large-form foot controller, and buttons that you can step on barefoot are always a plus, assuming they hold up after several years of abuse.

Axe Hacks did a great breakdown of the unit, specifically how it interacts with the Kemper Profiling amp. I’m pretty impressed by the supplementary software they’re released, turning a generic midi surface into what feels like a specifically-designed Kemper footswitch. Take a look.

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and mp3.com were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.