Roland has introduced the BK-3, a new backing keyboard that features a wide range of sounds and rhythms, song playback via USB memory and built-in speakers.
Your Personal Backup Band
Perfect for solo entertainers and home hobbyists alike, the BK-3 Backing Keyboard brings a new level of performance to entry-level auto-accompaniment instruments. Featuring a wide range of quality onboard sounds and rhythms, song playback via USB memory, built-in speakers, and more, this portable, self-contained keyboard puts the power of a full ensemble under your fingertips. From one-person shows to social gatherings to personal practice, the BK-3 brings endless hours enjoyment for playing all musical styles.
- Portable, self-contained keyboard with built-in sound system
- High-quality sounds, rhythms, and Music Assistants
- Intuitive user interface
- Compatible with music rhythms from Roland’s BK, E, G, and VA series
- Play a variety of backing formats (SMF, MP3, WAV, and rhythms) and record performances with optional USB memory
- Roland Wireless Connect capability for cable-free communication with iPhone and iPad; free iOS apps available for music sharing, lyrics display, and more
- Available in black or white finish
Pricing and availability are TBA.
Now shipping! http://www.irigkeys.com for more information
Watch keyboard wizard Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater use iRig KEYS, iGrand Piano for iPad, and his own apps on multiple iOS devices!
The universal portable keyboard
iRig KEYS is the first ultra-slim and highly portable universal MIDI controller keyboard for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac/PC. iRig KEYS connects directly to the iOS device 30 pin dock connector or the USB port on your Mac/PC. It features 37 velocity-sensitive mini-keys — 3 full octave range plus one note, taking a minimal space on your desktop and can easily fit in a backpack or a carry-on bag.
iRig KEYS is Core MIDI and USB class compliant for a true plug-and-play experience both with iOS devices or Mac/PC, with no additional app, software or drivers to be installed to have it go and running. For total mobility, iRig KEYS is also an ultra-low power consumption unit.
iGrand Piano is the first concert-quality piano app, offering 18 gorgeous sounding, true-stereo, multisampled pianos, with fidelity that rivals the best professional piano instruments for Mac and PC, and a low-latency response that makes it feel like you’re playing a real piano.
Product description below:
QuNexus is a controller that everyone can have fun with. 25 vividly illuminated, touch-sensitive keys invite the beginner to explore, and provide valuable performance feedback for the professional.
Smart Sensor keys detect pressure, location, and velocity giving you unprecedented musical control.
Great for beginners and educators
Together with popular software apps, beginners can learn to play quickly and easily with QuNexus’ game-like blue and white glowing keys, creating a fun and interactive learning experience. Now anyone can play the piano.
QuNexus is the first keyboard controller to unite four generations of synthesis: MIDI, Control Voltage, OSC and USB.
“Though unconventional, QuNexus’ sensor keys are faster and more accurate than my other keyboard controllers”
Lauren Urroz (Keyboardist-DJ-Producer)
25 Smart Sensor Keys detect Pressure, Location, and Velocity
7 Octave range
Pitch Bend Pad
2 CV/Gate Inputs
Gate and 3 CV Outputs (16-bit)
Blue and White LED Illumination with 16 levels of brightness
Portable: 14 oz, 3.5″ x 10″ x .5 ”
Plug and Play: USB powered, no drivers needed
MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android, Linux
QuNexus is fully designed and prototyped. We are reaching out to you on Kickstarter to help us raise the funds for tooling and production.
Last year we successfully funded QuNeo on Kickstarter, raising more than $165,000 on our way to becoming the most funded music technology project in Kickstarter history at the time. In a poll taken after our project fulfillment, 94% of our backers said they would participate in another KMI Kickstarter project. Since the conclusion of our project QuNeo has continued its success, and we are very excited to launch our newest project, QuNexus.
Buchla 223e as keyboard/controler for a Rob Hordijk System.
I tuned the 223e output voltage to use it as 1/V Oct keyboard.
Percussion from Buchla and Hordijk. Lead is a HRM into Filter into the Phaser.
Seen here- A Micromac- D Analogue Synthesizer being played via a MacBeth Touch Capacitataive Keyboard and being fed into something that they just knocked up! This is what MacBeth calls a ‘Tape Delay Synthesizer’!….it’s lo fi- mildly grungy- but mesmorizing to work with! Still to be refined- but I hear the potentiontial- it’s ‘breaky wakey’ at moments- but it seems to work well- this shall be partnered into my complimentary synth to the micromac. It’s a twin delay device- stereo in other words- but here we have delay 1 being fed into delay 2- so it’s mono…..but mad!
Do you have any idea of what you get if you combine 44 beer cans with an Arduino board and a Raspberry PI ?
We will tell you : fantastic user engagement!
We did this at Webstock, event which took place in Bucharest in September. Staropramen, one of the sponsors of the event asked us for an innovative way to offer a trip to Prague to one of the event’s guests.
So, we came up with a keyboard made out of 44 Staropramen beer cans. Each beer can was a key, and whenever someone touched it, the corresponding letter appeared on a large plasma screen (just like any regular computer keyboard).
And the surprise was fantastic! The user experience and engagement overcame any expectation. Every single person who attended Webstock tried the keyboard and participated to the contest.
Behind the scene, the system is built around an Arduino board and a few capacitive controllers (just like the ones which are inside smartphones’ touch screens), connected to a Raspberry PI board which controls the plasma screen display.
A movie and some photos took during the event can be found here -
robofun.ro/create/beer-keyboard (feel free to use them if you want).
Webstock is the biggest blogging and social media event in Romania. Find out more about Webstock here – webstock.ro .
Robofun Create is a Romanian company specialised in creating cool on-demand technology products. Find out more about Robofun Create here – robofun.ro/create .
David Baron goes through keyboards one by one. Yamaha Piano, Elka Synthex, Glockenspiel, RMI Electrapiano, Roland System100, Arp Omni 2, Korg PS-3200, Celesta, Korg MS-20, Oberheim 4-Voice, Multivox MX3000, Oberheim OB8, Moog Minimoog, Synton Syrinx,Moog Vocoder.
Cosmic fantasy with midi controller “slidesounder” and midi keyboard.
Ribon potentiometer with microcontroller & software synthesizers.
Description in Googlish from Latvian:
Slīdskanis is an electronic musical instrument, MIDI controller, device which sends information to a sound synthesis devices or programs, led by their sound.
Unlike conventional synthesizer, which sounds different heights obtained by pressing different keys,
slīdskanim the neck with a special ribbon, a pushing and pulling with your finger, you can move from one sound to another without skip it,
slid smoothly from one sound to another, just as bezladu instruments such as violin, guitar, or play with a slide.
Slīdskanim related is one of the first musical instruments that originated in the 20th century 20-30 years-Theremin and Ondes Martenots, which is characterized by the vibrating vocal ghost-like sound. .
Is it possible to create a wide variety of timbres and sound hues, depending on which is controlled synthesizer.
For example you can record a voice sound and turn it into a unique musical instrument.
It is possible to add various additional audio effects that can be controlled with the addition of the pedal.
The slīdskaņa can experiment with non-traditional sound intervals, and not mikrotoņiem-key limit.
Design is based on the STM32-Olimexino mikrokontrollieris and meter Symbol Spectral company produced softpot, or touch-tape potentiometer.
Creators: Amber Stag-idea and design. Arthur Gailitis-oriented programming.
Background details for this video; the Protosynth is designed to streamline experimenting with keyboard-controlled electronic music projects and the prototyping of new DIY synth projects. The video shows a lot of background on the creating of the Protosynth and follows that with a brief demo of how it can be used.
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Trying again with newer version of Blender. Plus, Bomes Midi Translator to map midi to keyboard. This looks pretty simple but took a bit of figuring out, hoping I can do some cooler visual stuff with it maybe later. On the translator use “pp” as a note variable to track all midi notes to a single key on that channel for both on and off, can save a lot of mapping time instead of doing every note individually on the translator. RS7000 sounds and sequencing.