Infinite Response has announced that it is now taking orders on a the first-run of its new VAXMIDI keyboard controller.
The VAXMIDI is the successor to the VAX77, considered by some to be the finest MIDI controller ever. It featured polyphonic aftertouch, hi-res velocity, release velocity and a host of other capabilities. Unfortunately, it was very expensive to manufacture and its $2450 price tag limited its audience.
With the VAXMIDI, Infinite Response is trying to take the key performance features of the VAX77 – semi-
The VAXMIDI is about 1/3rd the cost of the VAX77, a result of Infinite Response focusing on the most important features and leaving the final assembly to the customer. They say that the only tool required is a screwdriver, but assembly can take a few hours.
The new VAX MIDI Keyboard Controller is being developed via a Kickstarter project, which completed funding last year. Here’s designer Van Chandler introducing the project:
- First Open Source MIDI keyboard with semi-
weighted hammer action keys,
res velocity, polyphonic after touch and release velocity
- Imagine 14 bit velocity and polyphonic after-
touch with an expansive range of sensitivity settings
- Every schematic, every part drawing, and all source code is published and freely available under the Open Source Initiative
- USB, MIDI i/o, 4 assignable sliders, 6 buttons, 4 combo pedal inputs (switch or CC).
- US $649 for a 4-octave keyboard,
- $899 for a 6-octave keyboard
- $1149 for an 8-octave keyboard
Details are available via the VAXMIDI site.
via Jon “stub” Stubbs