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Is there such thing as a MIDI foot controller for velocity? Effects Pedals, Units & Accessories
Old 10th September 2011
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Is there such thing as a MIDI foot controller for velocity?

I don't mean the switch type controller. I mean more the wah-wah pedal type, something you can rock back and forth to control the velocity of samples.
Old 10th September 2011
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This doesn't really make sense ... can you explain in musical terms want you want to do.

Velocity is literally how fast you press a midi controller. It's data that is embedded into the MIDI Note data ... and typically its used to assign the volume level of a note that is played. Typically used for percussive type sounds - sounds that get louder if your hit them faster/harder.

But MIDI Velocity data is just a number, and can be assigned to do anything you like. You can modulate pitch, or filter, or anything you can think of. But the catch is that Velocity only applies to the Note ON data - it doesn't change anything after the Note has started playing.

If you want to control sounds with an expression pedal - I suspect you want full control over the sound, including After the Note has started playing. That requires using a different type of MIDI event.

There are fixed MIDI event control numbers for Volume and for Pitch Bend and for the Mod Wheel etc. Then there are a bunch of controllers you can use for virtually anything.

So what are you trying to control?
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