Korg Intros microKey, microKey Air Keyboard Controllers


Korg today introduced two new MIDI control keyboards, the microKey and the microKey Air.

  • The microKEY can be completely powered by an iPad or iPhone and now offers a pedal input for sustain (micoKEY25 offers a sustain button). There’s also a new 49-key version for the two-handed player that still wants compact.
  • The microKEY AIR features Apple’s Wireless Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) standard, which provides long battery life and low latency! .They also have standard USB connections.

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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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Zaquencer Multichannel Step Sequencer Updated

ZAQ Audio has announced that the Zaquencer – custom firmware for the Behringer BCR2000 that turns it into a multi-channel step sequencer – has been updated.

The Zaquencer is a custom firmware for the Behringer BCR2000 that will turn it into a standalone  MIDI step sequencer. Developer Christian Stöcklmeier explains that the Zaquencer is not a preset but a new operating system for your BCR2000, effectively turning it into “a whole different device.” No PC is needed for operation after the initial firmware upload.
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Roland MX-1 Updated With Ableton Live Integration

Roland has released an update to the MX-1 performance mixer, adding Ableton Live integration and more.

Roland’s unveiled the new AIRA MX-1 Ableton Live mode at ADE 2015, with an exclusive performance from KiNK. In the video, above, KiNK launches Ableton Live clips and scenes from the MX-1, as well as controls effect sends and recording automation.  Continue reading