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Keith McMillen Instruments QuNexus Smart Sensor Keyboard Controller

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Expressive keyboard controller with 25 pressure-sensitive keys.

QuNexus is a very cool, very powerful instrument that is fun for beginners, but also very capable of meeting the demands of professionals. The QuNexus has 25 touch-sensitive keys that will detect finger pressure, velocity, and tilt, to give you an unprecedented degree of musical control. The vivid blue and white LEDs have 16 levels of brightness that will give you extremely valuable feedback while playing. Use the toggle/hold feature to help you build chords and create your own step sequencer or arpeggiator with LED feedback.

QuNexus is your hub for new and vintage technology. Plug into your computer via USB, directly into your iPad with the Apple Camera Connector (not included) or Android tablet, control hardware via 5-PIN MIDI (MIDI expander required) or control your modular synthesizers with the included CV inputs and outputs.

FEATURES
  • 25 Smart Sensor Keys detect Pressure, Tilt & Velocity
  • Polyphonic Aftertouch
  • Channel Rotation & Poly Pitch Bend
  • Octave Selector Buttons & 7 Octave Range
  • Pitch Bend Pad
  • 2 CV/Gate Inputs; Gate and 3 CV Outputs (16-bit)
  • Portable: 3.3" x 12.8" x 0.43", 11.2 oz
  • Plug and Play: USB powered, no drivers needed
  • Mac OS, Windows, iOS, Linux

Beginner or pro, the QuNexus can work for you.

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Keith McMillen InstrumentsQuNexus Smart Sensor Keyboard Controller
 
4.4

(based on 5 reviews)

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  • Functional (4)

Cons

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  • Practicing (4)
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4.0

Awesome, flawed

By Simon the Ear

from New York

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Pros

  • Channel Rotation
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Insufficient Support
  • Poor Octave Switching

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Practicing
  • Production

Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments QuNexus Smart Sensor Keyboard Controller:

This is probably the best portable computer-based midi controller out there. Pressure and tilt sensitivity on each key, in such a way that each note can have modulation, pitch bend and other effects independent of effects on all other notes. Also, this board, by basically being made up of drum pads, is much more well suited to keyboard drumming.

However, buyer beware. When an octave key is pressed, the shift occurs immediately, not on the next note pressed. So if you currently have a note pressed and press the octave up button, that note will switch to the next octave up. Every other controller I know does not change notes that are already playing when the octave key is pressed. This is difficult for performance.

Also, by their own admission, the master pitch bend button as well as the tilt controllers on each button are unreliable.

Overall, I really like this piece, and I find the pressure sensitivity exciting enough to keep it, but many of its features don't quite seem ready for prime time. The octave button issue is particularly crippling.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent for ambient and experimental

By Woolyloach

from Austin, TX

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Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments QuNexus Smart Sensor Keyboard Controller:

I replaced a Qx25 with the QuNexus, and I'm pretty happy with it. I compose and perform ambient and experimental music, and with this controller I can run my VST instruments and effects from a single controller.

The good: AMAZINGLY powerful. With tilt, pressure, and velocity I can control several parts of my soft synths and effect at once. Great for playing tracks in and getting some feel into them.

The bad: out of the box presets needed some tweaking, especially on pressure and tilt. The editor is pretty decent, though, and inside an hour I had 4 presets perfect for various purposes
(percussion, synths, toggle).

The ugly: if you don't understand MIDI well, you're going to have to learn it. For an old midiot like me, it was easy, but if you don't know the innards of MIDI you're going to suffer.

Bottom line: for electronic music, this thing rocks!

 
4.0

Huge dynamics!

By Ta

from Orlando, Florida

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Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

  • Must read manual

Best Uses

  • Midi programing

Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments QuNexus Smart Sensor Keyboard Controller:

Great for programming drums and fast sticcato parts. Pitch bend button is a little tricky but you dont reach for it as much with the key pressure feature. The hold function is great for sustain parts with a little practice.This little tough guy does some things better than any of the controllers Ive had since 1990. It works well with plugins and aggressive synth sounds. Think of it as a Swiss army knife controller in your toolbox.

 
5.0

Great portable keyboard, will be part of my rig too!

By rsm

from Savannah, GA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performing
    • Portable
    • Practicing
    • Traveling

    Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments QuNexus Smart Sensor Keyboard Controller:

    Great little keyboard, very expressive and versatile, and it has CV/Gate! Using it now to create sounds with my soft instruments and to create MIDI tracks in my DAW. It will be part of my live rig which includes a Push2 and Vortex controllers; it fits well right in front of the Push2 without getting in the way (it's not as wide or as tall as the Push2). I also have a KMI SoftStep2, KMI products deliver and they are worth a look

     
    5.0

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    By tpa

    from mi

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments QuNexus Smart Sensor Keyboard Controller:

      Awesome innovation.I use it with komplete10 ultamate and omnisphere. The editor is mandatory to adjust to your style of playing.

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