Creating music or video can be a tough project, especially if you are doing it on your own. Bringing in extra hardware so you can make the task easier helps – especially if you need to be as precise as possible. X-Tempo Design has a product to help with musicians, video producers, or anyone that wants to add their feet into the mix of creating content, in the pok BLE hands free DAW control.
What is the X-Tempo pok BLE DAW controller?
POK stands for “Pedal Operated Keyboard”. Set up like a guitar foot board, you have 8 keys in which you can create up to 21 different solutions for creating content. As a video producer, you can use it to switch between cameras. As a musician, you can use it to record, play, loop, and more.
The X-Tempo pok is Bluetooth LE enabled and battery controlled. The low energy bluetooth allows the device to stay turned on and ready for when you need it. You pair your PC or Mac to the device (I show you how in the video), and use the software to create shortcuts for your program.
For example, in the video, I use Wirecast for video switching. I have the buttons set to individual scenes. Single press, and you get the video. Double press and you get a split screen.
The software is easy to use, and isn’t needed for use. Therefore, if you have multiple computers, you can setup the profile, then move it to another computer to use. The commands get written to the unit for mobility.
You will need the software to setup profiles. When you are done, you must write it to the pok.
Pros and Cons of X-Tempo pok
Although you can connect to a phone or tablet, the device is meant for PC/Mac. I wasn’t able to use this board on tablet programs, such as my IK Multimedia Amplitube, or Garageband on iOS.
I can use this on Garageband on my Mac, along with other programs that have hotkey management. Audio programs such as Ableton, Audition, Audacity, Cakewalk, and more. Video programs such as Wirecast, vMix, OBS, etc.
In studio, this allows you to use your feet to control some of the switches – especially if you need to be hands-free. The pedalboard also is lightweight – so it can be used on stage for whatever you need.
And while Bluetooth devices are nice, I do wish this had a USB connection, especially since I have to “Forget-pair” one device to pair another. The unit does not have a multi-machine memory to it.