Keith McMillen has introduced QuNeo – a ‘different species of pad controller’ for electronic musicians, DJs, VJs and DIY hackers.
While it covers all of the functionality of other pad controllers, QuNeo adds the power of touch recognition in other dimensions. Each of the 27 pads, sliders and rotary sensors are pressure, velocity, and location sensitive. Even the 17 switches respond to how hard you press.
Here are the main features of QuNeo:
LED Light Feedback
A lumination scheme combines variably diffusive elastomers with 251 multi-color LEDs providing visual feedback that is immediately responsive and informative.
16 square pads provide 127 levels of Velocity response. And X-Y location. And continuous pressure. For each pad. Times sixteen.
2 rotary surfaces allow you to scrub, trigger, stretch, pinch and play phrases and sound files, manipulate continuous controllers and more . Each rotary sensor measures angle, pressure and distance from the center.
9 touch sensitive sliders can be mapped to fader and effects controls. LEDs within each slider act as VU meters or remind you where you were. Multi-touch lets you select a length between two fingers to set stereo locations or filter resonances. Tapping a slider can mute or toggle any track or function.
The switches are located in smart groupings to select samples, fader banks, and transport controls. Each of the switches can scan up and down through files at speeds variable with your touch. Great for quickly locating that perfect fill or telling your looper you really meant it.
The Size of an iPad.
QuNeo is the size of an iPad and can fit in iPad accessories such as mic clips, stands and more.
Class Compliant and Open Source Development Kit
QuNeo works with USB, MIDI or OSC and will communicate with your favorite music software environments right out of the box. More advanced users and programmers can use the development kit and API to create their own code to respond to QuNeo’s sensor data. Hack away to control your world in ways never before possible!
QuNeo is under development as a KickStarter project. But McMillen has raised two thirds of the funds needed bo build the device already, and will probably be over the top after Synthtopia readers get a look at it.
It’s currently priced at $200. See the Kickstarter site for details.
Here are what McMillen’s endorsing artists, including Thavius Beck (DubSpot), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Dr. Strangeloop, Dose One, and Tom Oberheim, have to say about the QuNeo: