New Three-Dimensional MIDI Controller Kit – The Kyub

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Designer Keith Baxter has introduced a new 3D MIDI controller, the Kyub.

The Kyub is a maker-friendly, open-source DIY MIDI controller. Capacitive sensing gives the Kyub extremely sensitive action and an internal accelerometer allows the volume of each note to be precisely controlled, for versatile musical expression.

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The internal circuitry monitors each of the keypads to immediately detect even the lightest finger touch reflected in a capacitive disturbance. Acceleration of the Kyub housing associated with a finger touch is converted to a note loudness which, together with a pitch determined by the keypad, is transmitted over a USB cable in standard MIDI format. The Kyub has low latency (on the order of 3 ms) providing a highly responsive musical experience.

You can attach multiple Kyubs to a computer synthesizer or digital audio workstation for solo play, jamming with friends, or composition.

Here’s the official Kyub intro video:

Features:

  • 11 fully programmable feather touch keypads on five surfaces of a 3 inch wooden cube.
  • Three axis 3G accelerometer usable to control note volume, after touch or pitch bending.
  • A Teensy AVR microcontroller with native USB MIDI support programmable with the Arduino tool chain.
  • Three open source programs for immediate experimentation and playing providing major minor scales pentatonic, blues scale and Japanese scales, chord mode playing, string mode playing and percussion mode playing.
  • Compatible with most software synthesizers including the free demo of Propellerhead Reason Essentials providing access to hundreds of high quality synthesized instruments. Works with iPad-based synthesizers as well using the camera adapter accessory.
  • Easy to assemble laser cut wood housing that will accept a variety of finishes.

The Kyub kit is available to project backers for $65. Other versions, including preassembled, are also available. See the project site for details.

3 thoughts on “New Three-Dimensional MIDI Controller Kit – The Kyub

  1. This looks like a fun DIY project! I’d like to see a demo with percussion sounds – it seems like it would be great for that.

    1. The second video down on the kickstarter is a demo playing some electronic drums and it looks pretty cool. Seems very sensitive and expressive.

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