Keith McMillen Instruments has just announced that they have begun shipping their QuNexus Smart Sensor Keyboard Controller to customers around the world.
The QuNexus features KMI’s Smart Sensor technology which transmits pressure, tilt, polyphonic aftertouch, and velocity. QuNexus also supports CV, MIDI, USB, and OSC, for maximum flexibility.
“QuNexus is the most important evolution in keyboards since the Erard Escapement was introduced to pianos in 1821,” said KMI founder, Keith McMillen. “QuNexus gives keyboardists forms of expression that were only available to string and horn players. Although playful in appearance, it performs and feels like a serious instrument.” Continue reading
Keith McMillen Instruments has released a series of videos looking at using their new QuNexus control keyboard.
The playlist above covers plug and play use of the QuNexus controller:
- Using QuNexus with a Computer
- Using QuNexus with an iPad
- Using QuNexus with MIDI Hardware
Keith McMillen (right) has been exploring new ideas for electronic music instruments for nearly 35 years, starting in 1979 with his company Zeta Music and more recently with Keith McMillen Instruments. His most recent creations are the QuNeo and QuNexus controllers, both developed using a ‘crowdfunding’ approach.
Synthtopia’s Elisabeth Lewin talked with McMillen about new instrument design, new music and how they intersect.
Synthtopia: Over the last 35 years, you’ve designed new electronic stringed instruments, MIDI mixers, created high-tech violin bows, MIDI foot pedals, a pad controller and now the QuNexus keyboard controller. Why focus on new instruments?
Keith McMillen: Being able to transition from amplified acoustic instruments into a new era of music where the computer is an interactive participant in a performance is significant.
Pretty much everything is organized around the theme of being able to play live computer music in an ensemble. It’s a complicated request that requires many components. And I’ve been chipping away at it for 30+ years. The vision gets clearer as I get closer to the goal.
Synthtopia: It seems, with Moore’s law, that what is possible grows exponentially each passing year. Does your vision of an electronic music ensemble broaden or narrow as the technology gets better? Continue reading
Here’s a video collage, via Keith McMillen Instruments, showing some of the ways people are using the QuNeo MIDI controller. Continue reading
Here’s an overview, via Keith McMillen Instruments, of the new features in QuNeo Editor 1.2. Continue reading
Here’s an overview of the new QuNexus controller, via Keith McMillen Instruments, from NAMM 2013. This video contains examples of some of the unique features of the QuNexus controller: Continue reading