Matthews Effects The Futurist MIDI Controller

Maker: Matthews Effects

Model: The Futurist

Condition: New



The Futurist is a unique, compact MIDI controller pedal that pioneers a better way of experiencing MIDI. Built on the core ambitions to make MIDI easier, more accessible, and to provide strong features, The Futurist, strives to bring you the innovations of tomorrow today. The Futurist is not limited to controlling MIDI; analog equipment can be controlled by virtual analog control outputs integrated into the device. With expandability and versatility in mind, an expression pedal can be used to send MIDI expression, or 3 additional footswitches can be added to expand The Futurist’s capabilities from 4 switches to 7. Download the “Matthews Effects Editor” software to update The Futurist’s firmware, organize presets and create new ones using the custom “Smart Editor” wizard that makes creating MIDI messages a breeze. Whether programming it from a computer or making some last-minute edits before a show, we want you to have the best MIDI experience possible. We welcome you to a new world of endless possibilities, The Futurist is here.


Patches – send 16 messages per patch as well as patch specific Expression, Utility Jack and MIDI Clock settings with a total of 210 patches available.

Unique Patch Names – Each patch can be given a unique 8-character name for quick reference on the home screen. 

Message Types – The Futurist has built in shortcuts for programming PC, CC, Note On and Note Off messages as well as a “Manual” option to program any kind of MIDI message making The Futurist accessible to those who are new to MIDI and also robust enough for veterans. Send any kind of MIDI message.

Custom Message Slots – A big frustration with MIDI is keeping track of all the different messages for your gear. With the custom message slots, you only need to look it up once. With 10 nameable Custom Message Slots it is quick and easy to setup a new preset with your most used MIDI messages.


USBMidi communication over USB, manage presets and update firmware (with Matthews Effects Editor), and power The Futurist.

3.5mm TRS Midi In/Out – connect directly to devices that use a TRS connection for MIDI and can be used with adapters to connect to ¼ inch MIDI connections.

5 pin Midi In/Out – Connect to devices that use the traditional 5 pin midi connector. The jack can be internally set to be an In or Out connection with dip switches. Default set to output.

Utility Jack – Configurable to send analog tap tempo signals or as a latching or momentary switch.

Control Jack – Plug in an expression pedal to dynamically send Control Change messages over MIDI or configure the jack to accept 3 additional switches to expand the functionality of the futurist. 


  • High-grade components selected for their superior quality
  • 3.5mm, traditional 5 pin and USB midi connections
  • Utility Jack lets you send analog tap or switch signals
  • Control Jack lets you use expression or add 3 additional switches
  • Foot-switch’s designed to last against the abuse of the road
  • Includes Matthews Effects limited 5-year warranty
  • 9V power jack power draw: 50mA


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