Keith McMillen Premiers QuNeo MIDI Controller – Asks For Funding

Keith McMillen has premiered QuNeo, a “different species of pad controller for electronic musicians, DJs, VJs and DIY hackers.” While it covers all of the functionality of other MIDI controllers, QuNeo turns the paradigm of a typical MPC-style pad on it’s head with the ability to assign different sounds to certain areas of the pad, ribbon-like control from a pad and other innovative attributes.
Tactile Pads, Sliders, Rotary Sensors and Switches
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.

LED Light Feedback
A remarkable lumination scheme combines variably diffusive elastomers with 251 multi-color LEDs providing visual feedback that is immediately responsive and delightfully informative. Man and machine are coupled through light, feel and sound.

Trigger Pads
16 square pads provide 127 levels of Velocity response. And X-Y location. And continuous pressure. For each pad. Times sixteen.

Rotary Surfaces
Two 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.


Multi-touch Sliders
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. (Very savvy! —Ed.)

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 fully designed and prototyped and will perfectly compliment SoftStep and 12 Step, our innovative foot controllers currently on the market. Keith unfortunately cannot fund this project himself, so he’s reaching out to potential users via Kickstarter to raise the funds for tooling and production in order to make QuNeo available.

Keith McMillen

Author: FutureMusic

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