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QuNexus Keyboard

Post: April 12th, 2019 @ 04:05 AM EDT

It's 4am and I can't sleep. This seems to be happening more frequently. I've decided to pass the time by digging out my nifty QuNexus MIDI keyboard, attaching it to my laptop, and starting a new composition. This is a Keith McMillen Instruments keypad that's super small, lightweight, and extremely portable. Did I mention you can connect it to pretty much anything? Here you can see it connected via USB MIDI to my MacBook Pro. During this session I also connected it via a Lightning to USB dongle to my iPhone and iPad Pro. In each case all I had to do was connect it to the dongle and switch it into the right mode for whatever application I was using. They made it that easy to use.

QuNexus Keyboard

What else can this thing can do? Well, the QuNexus just so happens to be MPE compatible, comes with 25 LED backlit keys, and features pressure and tilt sensitivity, a pitch bend pad, and some handy octave up/down buttons. This thing is so versatile that I could use USB, MIDI, CV, and/or OSC to connect it to and control any synthesizer out there. It can even handle modular euro racks. No problem. For this particular session I used the keypad with a variety of software synths (Europa, Cypher, Massive, Equator, and Strobe) and for testing out various desktop audio workstation (DAW) applications. On iOS I use Steinberg's awesome Cubasis 2 app. You'd think that I would just pick Cubase Elements 10 for macOS and be done with it. But nope, I'm still searching, like one of King Arthur's holy grail knights, for the perfect macOS DAW. I have a funny feeling that my quest might never end. Guess that's all for now.

Tags: QuNexus, MIDI, Synthesizer