Keith McMillen Instruments has announced it is now offering native compatibility with iPhone and iPad through iOS 7, unlocking MIDI functionality and enabling simple connection with the QuNexus portable keyboard.
Keith McMillen Instruments, developer of the most expressive instruments for making music with mobile devices and computers, today confirmed that QuNexus now works natively with iOS 7, and can be powered by your iPhone or iPad without any additional software drivers. So, artists are free to create on their favorite mobile devices.
Get the most expression and control out of your mobile apps by plugging in the QuNexus, one of the most playable, portable and durable keyboard midi controllers available on the market. QuNexus is class compliant and works natively with any system that supports MIDI.
Keith McMillen Instruments has announced a user community site, which acts as a hub for artists to unlock the potential of KMI gear.
Keith McMillen Instruments, developer of the most expressive instruments for making music with computers, today announced a new destination for users to share software templates and hardware presets to further unlock the potential of KMI gear. Got a great project or idea? Share it with the KMI community!
Here are some of the projects the KMI team created and some by our clever users:
QuNeo Pad Animator – program pad LED sequences on the QuNeo in any DAW
QuNexus Scales Mode – enables easy playing within a user specified scale and key on QuNexus
QuNeo Demo Lab – an efficient and fun way to get acquainted with QuNeo’s massive feature set
QuNeo Enhanced Note Mode – lets you play in tune in a variety of scales
QuNexus Monomachine Control – enables use of polyphonic pressure and tilt to modulate Elektron Monomachine parameters
Keith McMillen Instruments has launched an Indiegogo campaign for its newest product— QuNeo Rogue, an integrated wireless connectivity and long lasting battery power accessory for KMI’s QuNeo pad controller.
Giving artists unprecedented freedom, now anyone with a QuNeo can use Rogue to get out from behind their gear and into the spotlight.
What is Rogue?
Rogue is an accessory for the QuNeo that supplies long lasting battery power and an incredibly robust wireless connection to a computer.
Rogue attaches quickly and easily to the bottom of your QuNeo with low-profile velcro.
Battery life for Rogue exceeds 12 hours (in time-trials we saw it function over 16 hours).
Artists say… “The idea of having a really sophisticated controller that’s completely wireless would really open up a lot of opportunities that currently don’t exist.” – Dan Deacon (yes, that Dan Deacon!)
“I love this controller; it’s absolutely amazing. They’re going to make my favorite controller even better- by making it wireless!” – Thavius Beck (Producer/Artist, Dubspot Instructor, Ableton Certified Trainer)
“KMI told me about the Rogue and my brain started flipping out a little bit.” – Jack Conte (Pomplemoose, Patreon) (built a QuNeo playing robot!)
The campaign aims to fund $10,000 USD by October 24th, 2013. Contributors can get various perks, including being one of the first to get a Rogue ($350 USD + $50 USD international shipping).
Keith McMillen Instruments, developer of the world’s most expressive instruments for making music with computers, announces the release of QuNeo v.1.2.3, which includes a new “iPad mode” for truly mobile music making.
QuNeo’s robust visual feedback system has been optimized for the limited power provided by the iPad through its Camera Connection Kit or Lightning connector. Now the iPad can power QuNeo directly, so artists can create and perform virtually anywhere.
Faster, meaner and cleaner QuNeo v.1.2.3 has optimized firmware with a faster scan rate that increases pad performance. Users executing drum rolls or rapid percussive techniques will notice improved responsiveness.
Released less than a year ago, the QuNeo has raised the bar for computer pad controllers and received praise from artists and users across many musical styles.
Artists using QuNeo include Herbie Hancock, Jack Conte, Thavius Beck, Ana Sia, illGATES, Richard Divine, Laura Escude, Krazy Baldhead, Infinite Sinewave, Amy Knoles, Diwon and Ghost Beach.
With the same sleek design dimensions (9.5″ x 7.3″ x 0.3″), QuNeo can use the same stands, cases and other accessories made for iPad.
Keith McMillen Instruments has announced that its QuNeo 3D multi-touch pad controller is now supported by over 30 popular music applications, including new integration for FL Studio, Reason, VirtualDJ and Spark.
QuNeo, the most expressive pad controller on the market, is now the most widely supported. QuNeo works out of the box with over 30 music applications, yet allows for easy tweaking to suit every player’s needs.
New QuNeo integration
FL Studio 11 — FL Studio is one of the most widely used music production software applications. The recent release FL Studio 11 by Image-Line Software includes native support for QuNeo and a new Performance mode for clip-launching. “Image-Line is happy to include QuNeo as a supported MIDI controller in FL Studio,” said Image-Line Communications Manager, Scott Fisher. “FL Studio 11′s new Performance mode allows QuNeo users to do live triggering of their playlist clips.”
Reason 7 — Reason is a popular and powerful music production studio from Propellerhead Software. Released in April, Reason 7 includes built in control surface support for QuNeo. “Controlling Reason with QuNeo gives you a different way to approach your music making, and the unique controller offers some really exciting features for interacting with your Reason rack,” said Propellerhead Product Specialist, Mattias Häggström Gerdt. It’s now easier than ever to use QuNeo’s X-Y location and pressure sensitive pads to bring expressive levels of performance control to Reason. Each of QuNeo’s pads can act as both a keyboard key and a 3-D effects joystick. QuNeo’s additional sliders, rotaries and buttons provide even more ways to interact with Reason.
VirtualDJ — VirtualDJ is a popular DJ software application with a large, world-wide user base. In partnership with KMI, Atomix Productions has developed a QuNeo preset and control surface mapping for VirtualDJ which provides a wide range of performance options. “It was a real pleasure working with QuNeo and the KMI staff to bring such a versatile product to VirtualDJ users, and we look forward to working with other products from Keith McMillen,” said Atomix Hardware Development Engineer, Chris Stoll. Users can scratch, crossfade between decks, alter the tempo of tracks, control loops, filters, effects and key changes, access cue points, and trigger samples. When scratching with QuNeo’s rotaries, looping or hot cue triggering, users can leverage Virtual DJ’s “Slip Mode” which automatically returns the track to the point where it would be if none of these actions had occurred.
Arturia Spark — Arturia’s innovative software instruments are a natural fit with QuNeo. In partnership with Arturia, KMI has developed QuNeo control surface mappings and a custom QuNeo preset for Spark, Spark Vintage Drum Machines, Spark DubStep and Spark EDM. Using QuNeo factory presets, users can play individual pads or drum patterns, perform drum loop manipulation, and control effects. The custom Spark QuNeo preset provides more advanced features like additional effects control, the use of QuNeo’s rotaries, and the ability to activate transport controls from QuNeo.
The QuNeo is available to purchase for $249.95 USD.
Keith McMillen Instruments has announced Enhanced Note Mode for the QuNeo 3D Multi-touch Pad Controller.
Enhanced Note Mode maps QuNeo’s pads to the notes of nine musical scales, while setting the tonic to any of 12 notes. Players can select any of the scales and then jam away without worrying about hitting a wrong note.
The scales included in Enhanced Note Mode are Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian, as well as Major Pentatonic and Minor Pentatonic.
Enhanced Note Mode includes a powerful harmonizer that can add complimentary pitches to each note being played. The timing of the additional harmonizer pitches can be offset to create a rhythmically compelling cascade of notes.range.
Limitless Fun with QuNeo’s Enhanced Note Mode! Now available as a free standalone app or Max for Live device.
Enhanced Note Mode features
Take your QuNeo performance to the next level—QuNeo’s new Enhanced Note Mode maps QuNeo’s pads to the notes of nine musical scales, while setting the tonic to any of 12 notes. Players can select any of the scales and then jam away without worrying about hitting a wrong note. The scales included in Enhanced Note Mode are Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian, as well as Major Pentatonic and Minor Pentatonic.
Harmonizer—Enhanced Note Mode includes a powerful harmonizer that can add complimentary pitches to each note being played. The timing of the additional harmonizer pitches can be offset to create a rhythmically compelling cascade of notes. Adding Pitches: QuNeo’s far left vertical slider controls the number of additional pitches added to a note. As the value of the slider increases, pitches are layered upon the original note–one octave below, one fifth above, one octave above, and two octaves above. Offset: QuNeo’s second vertical slider offsets the additional harmonizing pitches in time. As the value of the slider increases, the offset time grows from simultaneous to as much as a quarter note.
Pitch Bend—In Enhanced Note Mode, each pad can produce independent vibrato or deep pitch bends at the touch of a finger. Pitch bend sensitivity can be adjusted to suit the player’s preference.
LED Feedback—QuNeo’s multi-colored LEDs give players guidance in navigating the notes of the different scales. Keys that are illuminated in green are the root notes of the scale. Keys illuminated in orange correspond to the 2nd, 4th, and 6th notes of the scale. Keys illuminated in red are the 3rd, 5th, and 7th notes of the scale.
Octave Switching—QuNeo’s arrow buttons in the lower right corner can shift the register up or down within a nine octave range.
Enhanced Note Mode is available to download as a free Max for Live device, an editable Max patch, or as a standalone application for Mac OS and Windows. Use it in series with any synthesizer or DAW application.