Keith McMillen Instruments has announced the shipping of its QuNexus Smart Sensor Keyboard Controller to customers around the world.
The QuNexus is a playable, portable, and powerful keyboard controller.
Featuring huge performance capabilities in a tiny footprint, QuNexus gives unprecedented expressive control with KMI’s patented Smart Sensor technology that transmits pressure, tilt, polyphonic aftertouch, and velocity. QuNexus unites four generations of synthesis–CV, MIDI, USB, and OSC–for maximum flexibility.
“QuNexus is the most important evolution in keyboards since the Erard Escapement was introduced to pianos in 1821,” said KMI founder, Keith McMillen. “QuNexus gives keyboardists forms of expression that were only available to string and horn players. Although playful in appearance, it performs and feels like a serious instrument.”
QuNexus re-imagines the portable MIDI keyboard with 25 vividly illuminated, Smart Sensor keys that are uniquely interactive and fun to play. QuNexus is designed to talk to analog synthesizers with Control Voltage (CV), USB, 5-pin MIDI hardware, and networked OSC applications.
“We are very excited about the arrival of QuNexus,” said John Grabowski, Senior Director of Merchandising at Sweetwater Sound. “Its innovative design and unique capabilities have already translated into strong pre-order demand.”
25 Smart Sensor keys detect velocity, pressure, and tilt.
Polyphonic pitch bend and aftertouch.
2 CV/Gate inputs; Gate and 3 CV Outputs (16-bit).
Pitch bend pad.
Octave up/down buttons provide a 7 octave range.
USB powered, receives power directly from iOS device or Mac/PC.
Class compliant for iOS, Android, Mac OS, Windows and Linux, no drivers required.
Portable: 3.3″ (84 mm) x 12.8″ (325 mm) x 0.43″ (11 mm), 0.76 lb (345 g).
The QuNexus is now available to purchase for $149 USD.
Keith McMillen Instruments has announced the QuNeo Rogue, a new wireless connectivity and battery accessory for the QuNeo controller.
KMI has announced today it’s newest product—QuNeo Rogue, an integrated wireless connectivity and battery 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.
“QuNeo is already a game changer, and the thought of going wireless with it is making my brain explode,” said musician and composer, Thavius Beck.
QuNeo Rogue features
Attaches to any QuNeo
Range: 60 meters
Power: 6-8 hours
The QuNeo Rogue will be available soon, with an expected price of about $395 USD.
QuNexus is the first keyboard controller to unite four generations of synthesis: MIDI, Control Voltage, OSC and USB.
QuNexus is a controller that everyone can have fun with. 25 vividly illuminated, touch-sensitive keys invite the beginner to explore, and provide valuable performance feedback for the professional.
Smart Sensor keys detect pressure, location, and velocity giving you unprecedented musical control.
Together with popular software apps, beginners can learn to play quickly and easily with QuNexus’ game-like blue and white glowing keys, creating a fun and interactive learning experience. Now anyone can play the piano.
25 Smart Sensor Keys detect Pressure, Location, and Velocity.
7 Octave range.
Pitch Bend Pad.
2 CV/Gate Inputs.
Gate and 3 CV Outputs (16-bit).
Blue and White LED Illumination with 16 levels of brightness.
Portable: 14 oz, 3.5″ x 10″ x .5 “.
Plug and Play: USB powered, no drivers needed.
MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android, Linux.
The QuNexus project will be funded if at least $20,000 USD is pledged by Tuesday December 18th, 2:59am EST. Starting at a $150 USD pledge for a first edition QuNexus, backers can expect the controller to be delivered in April, 2013.
Keith McMillen Instruments has introduced the QuNeo, the next generation of music software and hardware controllers for electronic musicians, DJs, VJs and DIY hackers.
Redefining music production and performance, QuNeo (pronounced kyoo-ne-oh) covers all of the functionality of other controllers, while adding the power of extra dimensions. Quneo provides 27 pads, sliders and rotary sensors with 3D Multi-Touch recognition for pressure, velocity, and location sensitivity, which allows musicians playing electronic sounds to change their timbre (quality, brightness and volume) the harder or softer they are played by simply varying touch pressure. The pads are also responsive to X (left – right) and Y (up – down) and recognize multiple gestures for pinching and swiping.
Previously with first generation products, controlling music software and hardware was limited. You could only hit a pad, twist a knob or push a button to manipulate sounds and effects. KMI has resolved these restrictions with its innovative next generation line of Multi-Touch controllers: SoftStep, 12 Step, and now QuNeo, that transforms musical intent into audio through physical control of 3D Multi-touch sensor technology.
The Size of an iPad: QuNeo is the size of an iPad 2 and fits in iPad accessories such as clips, stands and more.
3D Tactile Pads, Sliders, Rotary Sensors and Switches: 27 pads, sliders and rotary sensors that are pressure, velocity, and location sensitive, with 17 switches responding to how hard you press.
LED Light Feedback: a remarkable lumination scheme combines variably diffusive elastomers with 251 multi-color variable brightness LEDs providing visual feedback that is immediately responsive and delightfully informative.
Class Compliant and Open Source Development Kit: QuNeo works with USB, MIDI or OSC and will communicate with your favorite music software environments right out of the box. More advanced users and programmers can download the development kit to create their own code to respond to QuNeo’s sensor data.
The QuNeo is scheduled for release in March 2012. It is currently priced at $200 USD for pre-sale at Kickstarter.com
Keith McMillen Instruments has introduced the 12 Step, a chromatic keyboard foot controller.
With 12 Step, keyboardists, guitar players, bassists, instrumentalists and vocalists can accompany themselves with their feet, playing bass lines, notes and chords.
12 Step opens up a new dimension of performance by giving your feet unprecedented expressive control using polyphonic aftertouch and pitch bend. Upon the heels of the success of SoftStep, KMI’s versatile USB Foot Controller, 12 Step is another leap forward for performing musicians.
12 Step will ship in 3-5 weeks, priced at $289.95 USD. The first 100 12 Steps will come with the gift of a free Batt-O-Meter.
Keith McMillen Instruments is now shipping the SoftStep, a multi-touch USB foot controller.
SoftStep is an extremely flexible controller allowing you to use it in a variety of ways. You can use it with software on your computer to control effects, looping, sample triggering, etc.. Use it with DAWs to control punch-in, panning, levels, and transport functions. In standalone mode you can use the SoftStep without a computer to control your MIDI synth and/or rack with the SoftStep MIDI Expander (sold separately). In addition to controlling sound, the SoftStep can be used with anything that will accept MIDI or OSC data: lighting effects, video, robotics, pyrotechnics, and more.
USB-powered – connects to a computer or works standalone with MIDI Expander.
Ten multi-touch keys control up to 6 unique notes, Continuous Controllers, Program Changes, or OSC.
Each key picks up pressure, X and Y motion, and rotation.
Weighs in at just over a pound, making it ultra-portable and airline-friendly.
Super rugged design made with elastomeric and graphite composite… “and it’s beer-proof!”
Four-character alphanumeric LED displays and 10 dual-color key LEDs.
SoftStep is available to purchase for $289.95 USD. The optional MIDI Expander is $49.95 USD.