BOSS has announced the EV-1-WL, which they say is the world's first MIDI expression pedal with Bluetooth wireless connectivity. The EV-1-WL provides wireless MIDI foot control for BOSS products like the EURUS GS-1, Waza-Air, and Katana-Air, music apps on mobile devices, and anything that can receive MIDI Control Change (CC) messages via Bluetooth MIDI. USB and MIDI TRS jacks are also available for wired control of computer music software and standard MIDI devices. And with the free EV-1-WL Editor app for iOS and Android mobile devices, users can fully customize the pedal for their needs over Bluetooth. Here's more, direct from BOSS...
The EV-1-WL is the ideal creative partner for the growing range of BOSS products and other music performance hardware with Bluetooth wireless support. It provides cable-free foot control for the synthesizer engine in the new EURUS GS-1 Electronic Guitar, allowing players to operate pitch bend, filter, and other functions. And with external footswitches connected, the EV-1-WL becomes a mini Bluetooth pedalboard for the Waza-Air Wireless Personal Guitar Amplification System and Katana-Air Guitar Amplifier, providing patch selection, wah/volume control, and more. In addition, the EV-1-WL can communicate wirelessly with a standard 5-pin MIDI device that has the Roland WM-1 Wireless MIDI Adaptor installed.
The EV-1-WL can also pair via Bluetooth with Mac computers, smartphones, and tablets to interface with music apps that support remote operation with MIDI CC messages. The wireless connection brings easy real-time control to all types of applications, from guitar amp simulators and effects to virtual instruments and music production software.
Over USB, the EV-1-WL functions as a plug-and-play MIDI controller for music software on Mac and Windows computers. The class-compliant interface means there are no drivers to install--just connect to the computer with a USB cable and configure the software as needed for external MIDI input.
With its space-saving TRS MIDI output, the EV-1-WL is a powerful accessory for all types of MIDI music hardware, from effect pedals and multi-effects processors to keyboards, drum machines, and beyond. It's perfect for use with BOSS pedals equipped with TRS MIDI, including 200 series effects and the RC-5 and RC-500 Loop Stations. And with the BOSS BMIDI-5-35 adaptor cable, the EV-1-WL can connect to any device that has a standard 5-pin MIDI input jack.
Using the EV-1-WL Editor app, custom MIDI CC numbers and value ranges can be assigned to the EV-1-WL's pedal, toe switch, and optional external footswitches. The Bluetooth, USB, and TRS MIDI outputs support simultaneous operation, and users can create independent control settings for each. It's also possible to set the switches for momentary or latching operation, adjust the pedal's response curve, and more.
Pricing and Availability:
The EV-1-WL Wireless MIDI Expression Pedal will be available in the U.S. in October 2021 for $149.99.
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