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Add continuous expressive control to any keyboard with this DIY touch sensor kit.
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TouchKeys techniques: more about vibrato and pitch bends

Posted by Andrew McPherson (Creator)
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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 new music you make with the TouchKeys.

We'll be regularly posting new videos showing more about what the TouchKeys can do. Today let's start with vibrato and pitch bends. Over the past two years, we've been following one really simple principle:

It's a piano.

That means, above all else, the TouchKeys need to be a great keyboard. Anyone who has spent years playing piano should be able to apply their technique immediately to the TouchKeys.

We've put a lot of effort into making the vibrato and pitch bends simple and intuitive. For starters, there's no "right" or "wrong" place to hit the keys: anywhere you play produces the note you expect, and it's how you move your fingers afterward that controls the pitch. But the fingers normally move a bit as you play, so we've developed algorithms to make sure vibrato and bends engage only when you want them.

There's also an optional feature to snap the pitch bends into the nearest note so they always stay exactly in tune. Have a look at the video for the details.

Finally, there's a Facebook page for the TouchKeys where we're posting more frequent updates, or you can follow the project on Twitter. And of course, feel free to drop us a line with any questions or ideas!

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