Evo – The ‘World’s First Keyboard With Touch Sensitive Keys’

This is an introduction to the Evo keyboard – a new keyboard controller design that is described as the ‘worlds first keyboard with touch sensitive keys’.

With the help of capacitive touch sensors, the Evo is able to read your fingers movement on top of a key’s surface. So, in addition to pitch and velocity, the Evo adds a third layer of polyphonic data input.

Check out the intro video – especially the performance demo, starting at about 2:40 into the video.

Here’s what the developers have to say about the Evo keyboard controller:

Think of polyphonic control of pitch and expression. Think of having a pitch or mod wheel integrated into every single key. Think of never ever leaving a key just to turn or push some knobs or buttons.

So, it’s a combination of classic keyboard key and modern touch technology. The best of both worlds combined in a single keyboard. But best of all! The characteristical function of a key remains unchanged. The evo still features traditional pressure-sensitive keys. But in addition there are now all the advantages from a touch-sensitive input device in every single key.

This is a very interesting development. One of the main things that has given the Yamaha CS-80 it’s place in the history of synths is its keyboard’s capacity for capturing expression through polyphonic aftertouch. The Evo offers a similar polyphonic modulation capability.

Note: No product specifications, availability or pricing have been announced at this time for the Evo.

via Peter Kirn

11 thoughts on “Evo – The ‘World’s First Keyboard With Touch Sensitive Keys’

    1. Can you imagine if Roland, Korg or Yamaha started putting a keyboard like this on their high-end synths?

      Seems like it would be a huge advantage.

  1. Is this more cost-effective than polyphonic aftertouch sensors? And (MIDI-wise) what CC messages will be transmitted and which synth can be programmed to respond to such data? Will the messages be sent as polyphonic aftertouch or some other CC messages?

  2. this idea is simply part of the natural evolution of music technology. i just smashed my head into to the wall for not thinking of it ;-)….on the other hand, i don’t think the big boys will have any trouble to copy the idea using different methods. so money wise this poor sod is not going to get a lot of return on investment, unless of course he sells the idea!

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