As any regular DJWORX reader knows by now that we are huge KMI fanboys. Since we’d posted the Kickstarter for the QuNeo we have kept you guys up to date with the goings on at KMI. So to keep it going we stopped by their booth to see what’s going on.
We got to see a prototype of the QuNeo Rogue, the attachment to give the QuNeo wireless capability. It works by attaching a baseplate underneath the QuNeo and connecting it by a mini-USB cable. It has a range up to 60 meters, and has an 8 hour battery life. I have finished the QuNeo review review, and after the talks I had with them I’ll have some updates to the information.
We also had a chance to finally play with the QuNexus keyboard. It follows the general M.O. of KMI by taking a classic workflow, a keyboard, and just making it a little different. The keys do not register position, but they register velocity, pressure and the angle of your finger. So, in essence, each key has its own pitch bend capability. For those MIDInerds out there, since there’s only one pitch bend message per channel (E0), as you hold more keys down it recognizes it and automatically transposes the channels so you can have polyphonic pitch bend.
There’s also CV in and out, and we got to see it controlling an analog synthesizer. You can also set it to receive CV from something else and send it back out to another application. In concert with the MIDIExpander you can use this to have your DAW send MIDI to an external synth, or vice versa.
As we are generally fans of what KMI are doing here at DJWORX, this year was just as fun as last year. The QuNexus looks like a lot of fun to play with, and the QuNeo Rogue will give a new level of performance to an already awesome performance tool.