Organ pedalboards have existed since 13th century. The idea is fantastic!
You can use your feet for bass duties while your fingers are busy playing higher registers. Of course you can also use MIDI pedalboards for playing higher sounds or triggering samples and fx or whatever you like.
I was interested to try using bass pedals while playing my electric guitar. Many rock groups such as The Police and Rush have used bass pedals (in power trio context).
They used the legendary Moog Taurus - the most famous foot-operated synthesizer.
Taurus 3 is a dream machine but it's like 2000 dollars! And it has only one octave keyboard.
MIDI bass pedals like 12 step by Keith McMillen is more reasonably priced and comes with cool smart sensor keys. It's also has only one octave of keys.
But what if you wan't to try the idea of bass pedals first before buying expensive product. Maybe you already own something like 12 step but need second machine for triggering samples.
Do you have an old ROMpler keyboard collecting dust? Give a new life to your Casio home keyboard!
You will need a working normal size keyboard (at least 4 octaves) that can output MIDI messages.I'll show you how to hack it to MIDI bass pedals machine nondestructively!
Yes! Nondestructively. You can reverse this hack if you want to.
Maybe I'll buy something like 12 step one day but for now I'm perfectly happy with my home made bass pedals hack. I can create cinematic atmospheres with my guitar and play droning bass notes at the same time with my feet like a musical octopus! It's super cool to play some guitar arpeggios with delay fx and try different bass notes - A Happy Accident Generator Extraordinaire!
I hacked my Yamaha SY-35 vector synthesizer. It's a cool synth but not used so often nowadays.
Normal size keyboard instrument (at least 49 keys preferably 61 keys) with MIDI output capability
Double sided tape
Normal clear tape
Thin black and white plastic sheets
I like to use polystyrene sheets in my projects. You can also use something like cardboard. It should be something thin but quite sturdy material. I used cheap containers as a white plastic source
Coloured cardboard (some color other than black or white)
Marker pen and a ruler
Computer with DAW / VST host / Pure Data / Program that manipulates MIDI messages