Keith McMillen Instruments’ K-Mix: a closer look

K-Mix_whitebg_rightsideforward_02 After being previewed at The NAMM Show last winter, Keith McMillen Instruments’ new mixer / audio interface / MIDI controller, the K-Mix, began shipping last week.

We got to see an early K-Mix prototype at the 2015 Winter NAMM, but Synthtopia staff won’t have a chance to see the finished version of the product until later this week at the 2016 NAMM Show.

In the meantime, author and research engineer Gina Collecchia has had a recent extended opportunity to check out and work with the K-Mix.  She offered to share her impressions and findings with Synthtopia readers:

“The K-Mix mixer by Keith McMillen Instruments is an innovative mixing interface, with a lot of features.
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Keith McMillen Instruments K-Mix Audio Interface, Control Surface & Programmable Mixer Now Available

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Keith McMillen Instruments has announced that the K-MIX, a new Mac OS X-compatible audio interface and programmable mixer, is now available.

The K-Mix looks different than other mixers and it’s because KMI founder Keith McMillen wanted a mixer that was different than the mixers that were available. “I needed a very special mixer that did not exist,” explains McMillen, “a fully-programmable, MIDI-controlled, ultra-high-quality portable mixer.”

“Not having a mixer that could do all of this, when wanting to play live in a group without a sound man, was heartbreaking,” adds McMillen. “K-MIX had to be capable of tying all of my needs together — from live inputs to USB interfaces — to then operate as a fully-programmable stage mixer.”

The K-Mix is ‘not your grandma’s mixer’, according to KMI.  It has no moving parts, so it can be used as a portable mixer, without the fear of snapping off a fader or knob, while still giving you top audio quality, mixer functionality and control. Continue reading

Keith McMillen Instruments Launches KMI Labs

Keith McMillen Instruments, makers of alternative MIDI controllers and audio interfaces like the QuNeo, QuNexus, K-Board and Soft Step and 12 Step conrollers, have announced the launch of KMI Labs, a showcase for the technologies developed at the company.

Preliminary technologies showcased at KMI Labs include

  • smart fabric (which senses variation in pressure and changes resistance as it is compressed) used in the company’s MIDI controllers
  • the Acoustic Instrument Message (AIM) protocol, which performs a spectral analysis of the sound from each individual string to turn timbre into synth commands and can run over standard MIDI

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IK Multimedia Introduces iRig Pro Duo, dual-channel mobile audio and MIDI interface

Today IK Multimedia announced their new dual-channel mobile audio and MIDI interface, iRig Pro Duo. Designed for use with an iPhone/iPad, Mac/PC and Android devices, the fully-featured interface “enables musicians to create music with studio-quality audio and a whole suite of features” in or out of the studio.
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Griffin Technology Booth Tour At The 2015 Summer NAMM Show

At the 2015 Summer NAMM Show, Griffin Technology gave us a booth tour an an update on their new products for musicians and music studios, which they were featuring in their vintage VW booth. Continue reading