We recently covered a new Kickstarter project that promises to add multi-touch expression to existing keyboards, TouchKeys.
The TouchKeys are capacitive sensor overlays which attach securely to the surface of they keys of instruments with standard keyboards. When you play, the sensors measure the position and contact area of your fingers in real time. This information is sent back to your computer, where the TouchKeys software lets you control any instrument you like.
When we originally posted about TouchKeys, some Synthtopia readers were confused about how it would work with existing software synths. Others were unclear about the benefits of polyphonic aftertouch.
So TouchKey developer Andrew McPherson followed up to us with this new demo video that focuses on polyphonic aftertouch and classic synth sounds. “I think the Synthtopia community might like this particular application,” notes McPherson.
The video shows the TouchKeys controlling classic analog style synth sounds, using polyphonic aftertouch with the Arturia CS80V plugin.
Not only can TouchKeys emulate the capabilities of the classic CS-80 keyboard, it can go well beyond it, putting both aftertouch and pitch control into every key. The sum is greater than the parts, because the TouchKeys exposes expressive capabilities of CS80V that most users can’t easily take advantage of. Check out the end of the video for an example.
Technical details on this demo are available at the project’s Kickstarter site. The project is currently about halfway to its fundraising goal.