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Barry’s DAW Toolkit: Review Of The X-Tempo Pok DAW Wireless Footswitch Controller
Ever since I got one of the first prototypes about a year ago, one accessory that saves time, energy and makes work more fun is Pok.
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Don’t want to learn the editor? You can download many free pre-configured profiles for many other DAW and music creation programs like Sonar, Reason, Acid Pro 6, Audition, Quicktime, and iTunes.

I use the Pok every day: for punching in, dropping markers and stopping the song when I’m not in reach of the space bar. Each footswitch can store up to three commands with switch eight acting as a shift/function key. Up to 22 commands per profile are possible.

There is no latency or uncertain operation making it perfect for operating your rig from out in the studio while overdubbing vocals or acoustic guitar. The same goes for punching in—getting into record is at the speed of light.

The manual says Pok operates within 80 feet of your DAW—in reality I was running my rig from three houses down the street.

I’m not sure of the utility of that ‘feature’ but it is good to know you have a solid radio link—walls, metallic objects and electrical wiring don’t matter. It’s more solid than my Verizon cell phone!


During initial setup the USB receiver dongle finds and pairs up with the footswitch creating a new digital radio link. This means you can use more than one Pok in the same room—either on a second computer or on the same computer for second program.

When I’m working with a nervous artist, after I’ve gotten a record level, I leave the studio and give them the Pok footswitch. The keys are well marked using the included set of removable adhesive labels so the artist can start, stop rewind record etc. I get a break and the artist gets to go it alone. What’s not to love here?!?!

Pok sells for $599 MSRP complete with carrying case, software, two-year warranty and manual. For more information, go to:

ALSO, the folks at X-Tempo are offering a discount to ProSoundWeb readers on the purchase of a Pok unit. Use Coupon Code “barry” And Buy Pok At A Special Discount Price At X-Tempo’s Web Site!

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Posted by John Graham  on  12/29/09  at  10:00 PM
Hi, Is it possible to use the POK foot switch controller with NI Guitar Rig 3? I was hoping, using my new MacBook Pro, to use the Guitar Rig 3 and be able to switch to different presets using the POK. Thanks, John
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