Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) has been building a unique and unusual line of MIDI controllers over the last decade, built around their ‘Smart Fabric’ sensing technology.
Smart Fabric lets KMI’s gear be inexpensive, ‘beer proof’ and expressive. In a recent interview, founder Keith McMillen makes the case that Modern Instruments Should Combine Traditional Expressiveness With New Power and offer expressive capabilities that reward practice:
“Musicians who are serious about their art – and most musicians are – they want something that will grow with them, or at least respect their talents. That means it’s not necessarily going to be able to be picked up and played on the first day.”
KMI’s controllers are among the first to support MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) – the new standard for expressive MIDI control.
At the 2019 NAMM Show, KMI was showing their complete line of controllers, including:
- the BopPad percussion controller;
- the K-Board Pro 4 expressive keyboard controller;
- the K-Mix programmable controller, mixer and audio interface;
- the K-Board controller;
- the 12-Step pedal controller;
- the SoftStep ‘beer proof’ foot controller;
- the QuNexus controller;
- the Quneo controller;
- the malletSTATION and more.
Details are available at the KMI site.