Music Company KMI Steps Onto PC With Foot-Control Keyboard
The SoftStep KeyWorx controller is essentially a multi-effects pedal for musicians like keyboard players and guitars. Instead of buying an expensive effects rack, you’d pick up the KMI controller and plug it into digital effects via MIDI or USB, either on another rack, instrument or computer device.
KMI has taken the same product with a new angle to the PC user, offering its customisable hot-keying interface for computer applications. Up to 100 hot-keys can be programmed into the simple 10-button board, similar to the way gamers make ‘macros’ for faster gaming – turning an operation like alt+ctrl+del into one click, for example.
It’s a bit of a stretch to see the practicality for the average PC user, but part of the target audience includes injured or disabled computer users who’d be able to use their feet rather than hands to control parts of their PC.
The SoftStep KeyWorx sells for US$289.95 on Amazon, but otherwise KMI products are sold in Australia through Sound & Music in Melbourne.