Source Audio is back with the release of the Soleman MIDI Foot Controller, a versatile and highly configurable hardware and software MIDI controller packaged in a sleek, durable housing.
The Soleman is an extremely flexible pedal that features two 5-pin MIDI DIN outputs, a USB port, four programmable footswitches, three powerful modes of control, complementary editing software, a tap tempo switch, expression input, and a high-contrast LCD display with preset naming capabilities.
“Two years ago we envisioned a powerful yet highly intuitive means to control Nemesis Delay, a Neuro Hub pedal collection, or any more general MIDI-based effects system,” says Source Audio President, Roger Smith. “With the release of Soleman, we are bringing this vision to life.”
The Soleman offers a highly advanced collection of features and functions. The pedal has two MIDI 5-pin DIN outputs, which allow it to interface with any effects pedal or rack unit that adheres to the MIDI standard. It has a USB-MIDI interface for direct control of MIDI-compatible software such as DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations), virtual instruments, synths, or VST plugins. The Soleman’s four footswitches scroll through scenes, launch individual MIDI messages, step through set lists, or trigger highly customizable MIDI macros. An external switch port allows for two additional footswitches making navigation more convenient. The expression input allows users to plug in a passive expression pedal and generate MIDI continuous controller (CC) messages, providing direct expressive control over MIDI-compatible devices and software.The Soleman’s high-contrast LCD is visible in light conditions ranging from a dark stage to direct sunlight.
When combined with the Neuro Hub, the Soleman acts as the command center for a highly sophisticated Source Audio Neuro Effects System, supplying simultaneous, one-step control of up to five Source Audio One Series and Soundblox 2 pedals. The Soleman also greatly enhances the power of Source Audio Nemesis Delay, providing external access to its 128 presets, individual parameters, routing options, tap tempo, and expression control.
The Soleman’s three powerful control modes include “Scene Mode,” “Set List Mode,” and “Panel Mode.” Scene Mode is a simple up/down Program Change (PC) controller. Set List Mode allows users to arrange Program Change messages in up to 64 different running orders, perfect for arranging presets into a custom sequence for a single song or an entire set. In the highly flexible Panel Mode, each of the four footswitches can be fully customized to perform virtually any MIDI function. Each switch can be individually configured with options that include: Switch Action, MIDI Message Types, MIDI Chanel, On/Off Messages, LED state, Tap Tempo, and much more.
The Soleman Editor application (Windows/Mac) is available as a free download at sourceaudio.net. The Soleman Editor provides an easy-to-use interface for editing Scenes, Set Lists, and Panels as well as hardware options, names, setting MIDI Clock BPM, and defining complex MIDI Macros. The Soleman Editor also offers convenient functions for backing up data and exporting settings for sharing with other Soleman users.
The Soleman MIDI Foot Controller costs $249 USD.