KMI Launches K-Board Pro 4 On Kickstarter

KMI K-Board Pro 4.
KMI K-Board Pro 4.

Expressive 4 Octave MPE Midi Keyboard Uses Smart Fabric Technology to Feel and Respond Like a True Musical Instrument


MIDI Keyboard Controller Provides Multiple Dimensions of Touch Sensitivity in Each Key for Vibrato, Depth, Brightness, Timbre, Octave Jumps, Presets, & More

Compatible with Mac, iOS, Windows, Android, & MIDI

Jaron Lanier, Composer & Virtual Reality Pioneer, says about K-Board Pro 4:
“The K-Board Pro 4 is really musical because it’s the only MPE controller that you can just play like a keyboard that has a definite attack but also has all of the continuous dimensions.” 

Berkeley, CA, USA, December 1, 2016Innovative hardware and software developer Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) is launching a Kickstarter campaign for capital investment for its innovative K-Board Pro 4, a four-octave MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) keyboard controller that is MPE (Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression) compatible with multiple dimensions of touch sensitivity using its proprietary Smart Fabric Technology in each key, the next product to come out of KMI Labs, the R&D division of Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI), further forging the appeal of the cutting-edge company. The K-Board Pro 4 Kickstarter campaign is at:

K-Board Pro 4 Feels & Responds Like a Musical Instrument

K-Board Pro 4 is a new kind of keyboard controller that feels and responds like a musical instrument — with all the nuances and sensitivity that makes an instrument musical. KMI Founder & CEO, Keith McMillen, an acclaimed audio and music technologist creating musical innovations for 30 years, explained, “We wanted to reclaim all of the powerful synth parameters that you can rarely access in performance and put them under your fingertips where you can play the heck out of them! Start with the familiarity of the classic keyboard and make it more responsive to take advantage of multidimensional expressivity.”

Brave New MPE World Employs Patented Smart Sensor Fabric Technology for Vibrato, Brightness, Timbre, & More Expressiveness

Thanks to the K-Board Pro 4’s familiar keyboard layout, musicians can seamlessly transition from a traditional piano performance to a brave new MPE world — without changing their natural technique, with the added ability to take total control over the character of their sound while playing. MPE is a new standard for electronic music controllers, like K-Board Pro 4, to communicate with favorite hardware classics and cutting-edge soft synths. K-Board Pro 4 is unique from other controllers because it employs patented Smart Sensor Fabric Technologyunder each key to independently output touch-sensitive XYZ data that can be mapped to any parameter, such as vibrato, brightness, timbre, and more, allowing users to play expressively in real-time with the nuance more routinely expected from an acoustic instrument. In addition, four touch-sensitive sliders can be mapped to anything, providing rapid access to parameters, such as octave, vibrato depth, or a preset to keep performers playing without interrupting their creative flow.

Only MPE Controller You Can Play Like Keyboard with All the Attack & Dimensions

Playing K-Board Pro 4 is like playing no other instrument on earth, just ask Jaron Lanier, innovator, computer philosophy writer, computer scientist, classical composer, visual artist, and virtual reality pioneer par excellence:  “The K-Board Pro 4 is really musical because it’s the only MPE controller that you can just play like a keyboard that has a definite attack but also has all of the continuous dimensions.” said Jaron Lanier.

Durable with No Moving Parts 

The K-Board Pro 4’s design is strong and durable, with silicone keys, an aluminum frame construction, and no moving parts to ensure the trademark durability for which Keith McMillen Instruments is held in such high regard worldwide. USB powered and class compliant to ensure both portability and compatibility, the K-Board Pro 4 works with Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android, as well as MIDI-capable hardware.

Keith McMillen Instruments is in the final design and production with highly-functional prototypes already in the hands of professional keyboard players, with estimated delivery for K-Board Pro 4 on September 2017. “Our recent campaign for the BopPad Smart Fabric Drum was a huge success because of the support of the Kickstarter community. There really is no better place for a small company to launch a new idea than on this platform,” concluded KMI Founder Keith McMillen.


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