Bela ultra-low-latency audio platform
I'm happy to share with you all a new project that we have been building here in the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London. The project... Read more
Native MIDI support
I'm very excited to share this latest update: the TouchKeys will soon get native MIDI support for connecting directly to hardware synths! This means you can plug the TouchKeys straight... Read more
New production run
The next production run of the TouchKeys is starting soon! Since the Kickstarter campaign finished, I have been hearing from people who missed the original campaign but want to pick... Read more
One year later
The TouchKeys Kickstarter campaign finished 1 year ago today. Thanks again to all of you for making this project possible!
Meanwhile, the TouchKeys project continues. Last week I released a... Read more
The TouchKeys software is now running on Windows, in addition to Mac and Linux. The current version runs on Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1, including both 32-bit and 64-bit... Read more
Here we are at the end of January, and also at an exciting milestone in the project: the last of the TouchKeys rewards shipped today! It's been quite an extended... Read more
Shipping continues; finish line in sight!
Progress continues on shipping the TouchKeys. After taking a short break for the holidays, I've been back to building for the last week or so. 74 out of 127 two-octave... Read more
Shipping of prebuilt instruments and DIY kits has begun! In the past week, I sent out 10 prebuilt keyboards and 8 kits. That's most of the prebuilt instruments and almost... Read more
First finished boards; shipping starts soon!
It's been a while since my last post. That's not because nothing has been happening-- rather the opposite in fact! It's been a couple weeks of round-the-clock work as things... Read more
First software release
The first prerelease of the TouchKeys software is online! Here's the link to the full source code, with builds for MacOS X (10.6+, 32/64-bit) and Linux (64-bit):
Actually, the... Read more
Microtonal music; production updates; forum
When the campaign finished, I promised that there would be more TouchKeys videos to come. Of course, video production moves more slowly with manufacturing underway, but I'm happy to share... Read more
The TouchKeys manufacturing is well underway, and there's lots to share! Last Thursday, I visited Spirit Circuits in Hampshire to have a look at the latest manufacturing prototypes. They built... Read more
It's official: the campaign is finished, and the TouchKeys have funded! We raised over 150% of our goal in 35 days. I couldn't be happier, and I'm truly humbled by... Read more
Wind and brass techniques; after the campaign
4 days left in the campaign! We've come a long way since it launched, and I'm excited to move on to the next steps of making and shipping TouchKeys instruments.... Read more
I promise I won't make a habit of posting two updates in a day, but this one needs to be shared: we just passed our funding target! Thanks very, very... Read more
Nearly there; controlling analog modular synths
Hi everyone-- as I write this, we're over 90% of the way to our goal! Very exciting, and thanks for your support which makes it all possible. 7 days left!... Read more
VAT rebates outside the EU
Coming hot on the heels of the Jordan Rudess video, some great news for backers outside the EU! For shipments outside the EU, we are able issue VAT rebates, which... Read more
Jordan Rudess plays the TouchKeys
This one deserves its own update: Jordan Rudess, keyboard wizard with Dream Theater and grand master of new keyboard instruments, plays the TouchKeys!
Jordan is a pioneer in new... Read more
Different keyboard sizes, and video of standalone mode
We have several exciting videos in the pipeline that I'm looking forward to sharing with you! Let's start with what will probably be the shortest video of the campaign. In... Read more
Colours, and using DIY kits standalone
We're nearly three-quarters of the way there! Thanks again everyone for helping make the TouchKeys possible.
First, a new video! The Kickstarter video includes a short TouchKeys electric piano performance,... Read more
Polyphonic aftertouch; more tech details on MIDI
We're over halfway to our goal! A big thank you to the 105 people (and counting) who have contributed, and to everyone for spreading the word about the project. Let's... Read more
New "Experimenter's Kit" reward option
Thanks again everyone for your support! We're well on our way, and as of this writing we're nearly out of Early Bird 25-key TouchKeys DIY sets.
Since the campaign launched,... Read more
Windows support added
I'm happy to say the TouchKeys software will support Windows as well as Mac and Linux!
When we launched, we said the TouchKeys software would run on Mac and Linux,... Read more
TouchKeys techniques: more about vibrato and pitch bends
First of all, thanks so much for all the support! We're already more than a quarter of the way there. I'm really looking forward to hearing some of the great... Read more