Opho – the developers behind the gTar iPhone guitar – have announced a modular USB MIDI controller, Keys.
Keys is a USB keyboard controller, designed to be modular, so it can be used as a beginning controller or scaled up for more advanced purposes.
- Keys is fully USB-MIDI compliant. Use Keys with hundreds of music applications including Garageband, Ableton, ProTools, Logic and Cubase. Create music your way using your favorite tools.
- Each of the 24 keys are equipped with LED lights that can each illuminate 192 different colors.
- Weighted keys allow you to modify the sound output based on pressure and resistance for “piano like” expressions.
- Keys is equipped with gesture recognition technology so you can control various parameters by just waving your hand above the keyboard.
- You can magnetically link Keys devices together to create a larger keyboard or to other modules like Knobs and Pads to create custom music surfaces.
Here’s a video intro:
- Dimensions: 20 mm x 320 mm x 106 mm (approx. 0.78″ x 12.59″ x 4.18″)
- Weight: 2 lbs
- Materials: Plastic reinforced with PCB (fiberglass) keys connected to a metal baseplate to add durability and rigidity
- Octaves: 24 keys (2 octaves) (use gestures to transpose up or down)
- Gesture sensors: Sensitive proximity sensors that are capable of recognizing gestures and can be used to modulate parameters like pitch, sustain, and mapped midi parameters
- Processor: Texas Instruments 80Mhz ARM Cortext M4F
- Output: Mini USB — charges Keys and can be used as a USB-MIDI connection
- Power: Rechargeable LiPo Battery
- Battery Life: Up to 8 hours
- Device / OS Compatibility: USB-MIDI compatible with CoreMIDI on iOS, Mac, PC, and Android. Connect quickly and easily to your computer via Mini USB or to your iPhone using the optional dock.
Keys is being manufactured via a IndieGoGo project, and is available to project backers starting at US $88.