OMG this is totally it.
I just did some more extensive testing, and I have the same results. If I connect via bluetooth.. I get ‘stepping’ via expression pedal.
If I then turn OFF bluetooth.. it persists. But if I power cycle with blutooth off. . . IT IS SMOOTH AS A BABY’S BOTTOM.
Which is a solid workaround for me- I don’t gig with an ipad… so when I leave the studio I just gotta turn off the BT. Bang.
boy-nigel you are my hero.
Friends at Eventide- if you wanna troubleshoot this I am your monkey.
glad to have helped. thanks in advance to E-tide for their willingness to find a fix.