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November 25, 2013

Beyond touch: inFORM tactile interface

One of the biggest differences in MIDI controllers out there is the way that their buttons work and feel, after all, it doesn’t work without you touching it and pressing buttons.  Depending on what you uses are for a MIDI controller, you might be gently pressing buttons to activate a clip in advance, or you are using it like a drum machine with active one-shots.  The trouble with many of the MIDI controllers is that their buttons cannot be used for all things at once.  If they are very sensitive to the touch and velocity sensitive, they cannot take a beating like a button on an Akai MPC.

What if the buttons conformed to your fingers instead?  This way there would be very little movement required by the user to activate a note.  Tactile technology is already here, but we have yet to find a good use for it.  There …

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July 17, 2013

Miselu Uses Wireless, Magnets, Ribbon, Springs

How many more innovations need to be invention for the digital piano before we are happy with where it is at?  There have been a lot of changes over the last few years in MIDI keyboard and digital piano technology – and most of them put emphasis on communication and input, rather than where the sounds are emulated from.  It speaks for how limited we actually are in terms of allowing two devices to talk to each other.  The QuNeo and QuNexus added elements like control voltage touch technology, which basically made up for the velocity sensitive pads that were already available.

One big change that we are seeing is the advancement of capacitance technology – which is still pretty junior (although we see it in a lot of the new MIDI gear that is out there).  Capacitance works well up to a point – but it is not built …