An Interview With KMI’s Keith McMillen

keith-mcmillenThe latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast is an interview with electronic instrument designer Keith McMillen of Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI).

McMillen has been active as an instrument designer for nearly thirty years. In that time, he has managed music technology departments at Gibson, Harmon Kardon and other companies and created a variety of new instruments, ranging from advanced stringed instruments at Zeta Music to new types of music controllers at KMI.  Continue reading

Keith McMillen Instruments Intros $99 K-Board Controller

Keith McMillen Instruments has introduced their latest USB MIDI Keyboard, the $99 K-Board. It’s sort of a mass-market ‘younger sibling’ to their uber-flexible QuNexus controller.

Here’s what they have to say about the K-Board:

The younger sibling to the award winning QuNexus, K-Board is the easiest way to make music with a computer or tablet. And our first controller priced under $100.
K-Board is an unbreakable, ultraportable USB MIDI Keyboard that works out of the box with any music app or software.

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Using QuNeo As An Effects Controller For Traktor

After about 90 seconds of music (no narration, just annotated screens), Mapping Genius walks viewers through how to use the Keith McMillen Instruments QuNeo controller as a touch – sensitive effects controller for Native Instruments’ Traktor.

This mapping controls beat and sound coloring effects, has hotcues, flux mode, and loop control, and is available as a free download from Mapping Genius’ website.

Keith McMillen Debuts 12 Step Version 2

Today Keith McMillen Instruments announced their new 12 Step Version 2, the chromatic “keyboard controller for your feet.”

With an entirely redesigned Editor Software and new user interface, the 12 Step Version 2 is faster and easier to use than its previous incarnation. Additionally, the 12 Step Version 2 Firmware allows for many advanced features (see below). KMI has eight new tutorial videos and new templates for software (like Ableton Live) as well.
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The Best Of The 2014 NAMM Show

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The 2014 NAMM Show was another great year for the event – the weather was fantastic, there were tons of new synths and interesting gear introduced and we got to see a lot of people passionate about synths and electronic music.

Here’s our pick of the best new gear that was either introduced at the show this year or that made its NAMM debut this year: Continue reading

Keith McMillen Instruments Announces StrongArm Six-String Sustainer

KMI_strongarm_bridgeAt the 2014 NAMM Show: Keith McMillen Instruments is introducing their latest invention: the StrongArm Six-string Sustainer.  

The StrongArm Sustainer picks up and drives all six strings by systems embedded within the actual saddle piece. The sensor saddle of the StrongArm pickup sees minute changes in position of the strings’ termination at the bridge. The result is a pickup that is full and even sounding with a broad range of response. A simple blend control adjusts the mix from your regular magnetic pickups with the StrongArm Sustainer sound.

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Keith McMillen Instruments Announces “Beer-proof!” SoftStep 2

Keith_McMillen_softstep2_topIn anticipation of The 2014 NAMM Show, which begins later this week, Keith McMillen Instruments has announced the release of SoftStep 2, the next iteration of its programmable foot controller.

KMI says that they have “refined the SoftStep experience from the ground up,” which includes making the SoftStep 2 ‘beer-proof’.

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Keith McMillen Instruments Updates SoftStep Editors and Firmware

KMI_softstep_EditorIn case you missed it: Keith McMillen Instruments recently announced new editors and firmware for their SoftStep programmable foot controller.

KMI says the new editors feature 8 times faster load time, using 500 MB less memory. Furthermore, a new user interface makes the Editor easier to use and covers nearly all user needs. The Advanced Editor (screenshot, below) is likewise improved providing more features for Hosted and Standalone modes.

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