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MIDI Expression Pedal - EX3

USB-MIDI Expression Pedal Controller by beat bars
MIDI Expression Pedal - EX3
MIDI Expression Pedal - EX3 MIDI Expression Pedal - EX3

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Make a real difference by streamlining your creative process.

Now you can make your ideas come to life even faster.
Unparalleled flexibility when using MIDI and working with a DAW.
EX3 converts your foot's movement into a stream of MIDI messages, making it an essential tool for controlling thousands of VST plug-ins.

The pedal provides extensive configuration options for controlling parameters in DAWs and virtual instruments.

As a keyboard player, you can modulate any sound parameter. For guitarists, it makes controlling effects such as a wah-wah or pitchshifter much more comfortable.
If you are a DJ, it can replace a knob or slider which you will be able to control with your foot, thus freeing your hands.

A great tool for setting the tempo and syncing.

EX3 provides instant plug-and-play connectivity.
Power it from your computer via the USB port or via a standard USB adapter*. No batteries are required.

Get the most out of your equipment by not having to use your hands.
EX3 is more versatile than most expression pedals.

In addition, it had a beautiful, durable, aluminium design.

Functions (configurable by the software):

  • MIDI Channel.
  • MIDI Message Type
    • Control Change (CC).
    • Pitch Bend Change.
    • Polyphonic Key Pressure (Aftertouch).
    • Channel Pressure (Aftertouch).
    • Timing Clock (Tempo).
  • MIDI Output Range.
  • MIDI parameter value (depends on MIDI Message type, e.g. CC #).
  • Reversed Mode.
  • Pedal Calibration.
  • Factory Reset.

Requirements (for config software):

  • Desktop or laptop computer with Intel processor and 1GB RAM (2GB recommended).
  • MacOS 10.11 (El Capitan) or later.
  • Windows 8 (64-bit) or later.
  • Linux with Java SE Runtime Environment 10 or later.

Technical Specification:

  • Output
    • MIDI USB-B socket.
    • MIDI DIN (5V).
  • Included Accessories
    • 3m USB standard A/B-type male cable, for connection to any USB port on your computer.
    • Allen key (for adjusting the resistance of the pedal).
  • Power Source: USB bus.
  • Power Consumption: ~40mA @ 5V.
  • Data Transmission.
  • Class-compliant MIDI over USB.
  • Weight: 628 g (22.2 oz.).
  • Dimensions: 210 × 98 × 63 mm (8.3" × 3.9" × 2.5").
  • Material: aluminium design.
  • Colour: black.
  • The adapter is compatible with Windows PC, Linux and Mac computers as well as with iPad Pro (3rd generation) tablets and musical instruments with 5-pin DIN sockets.

*power supply is not included.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review
MIDI Expression Pedal - EX3

Reviewed By MarulaMusic [all]
June 7th, 2021
Version reviewed: 1 on Any OS

I recently received both the expression pedal and footswitch from Beat Bars and I've been very impressed so far.

Firstly, and most importantly, the build quality is stellar. The units feel rock solid, and you can really stomp down on these with confidence. The build consists of an exceptionally durable, powder coated metal chassis with plush foam padding under the units.

Aside from the obvious build quality and price, one of the main draw cards here is how these operate. Unlike other expression pedals, these are MIDI enabled and programmable meaning you do not need a quarter inch expression input on your controller for these to work. They transmit via MIDI cable or USB (Switchable via a toggle on the so could be connected directly to your DAW and can effectively be used with multiple controllers at once without having to disconnect and reconnect them.

Programming the pedals is simple and done by downloading the setup app. One quirk which I found odd was currently you cannot program both simultaneously via the app. One needs to be disconnected before setting up the second. Technically its not a huge issue since you really need to only program them once, but it would be great if this were corrected in a future update.

I have the expression pedal set up to control expression amounts in addition to dynamics control on my mod wheel for orchestral libraries, which works great. The footswitch is flexible too allowing you to send a multitude of MIDI messages as well as program change information which I thought was super useful. The switches are lit by LED's and can be set to both held and trigger modes making this ideal for live looping setups too.

All in all, I think these units are awesome value for money for anyone looking to enhance live playing or integrate extra control via your feet to any live or studio setup.

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