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K-Board Pro 4 is an expressive 4 octave MPE keyboard - a new kind of controller that feels and responds like a true musical instrument.
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K-Board Pro 4 - Expressive Smart Sensor Keyboard

Most electronic musical instruments available today are constrained to physical controls consisting of little more than on/off switches. While musicians have drawn an impressive amount of creative expression out of simple switches, these limited interfaces lag far behind the possibilities for subtle control offered by modern synthesizers. 

Enter K-Board Pro 4 - a new kind of controller that feels and responds like a musical instrument, with all the nuance and sensitivity that makes an instrument musical. K-Board Pro 4 is a four-octave MIDI keyboard controller with multiple dimensions of touch sensitivity in each key. K-Board Pro 4 is MPE compatible, sending attack velocity, release velocity, continuous pressure, horizontal position, and vertical position data to offer the deepest level of expressive playing.

Thanks to the familiar keyboard layout, you can go seamlessly from a traditional piano to K-Board Pro 4 without changing your natural technique – but with the added ability to have total control over the character of your sound while you play.

Under each key of K-Board Pro 4 is KMI’s patented Smart Sensor Fabric technology that is at the core of all our MIDI control surfaces. Resilient silicone keys and no moving parts ensure our trademark durability.

K-Board Pro 4 is USB powered and class compliant to ensure both portability and compatibility with MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android, as well as MIDI capable hardware.

MPE: The New Standard of Expression

MPE is a new way for electronic music controllers like K-Board Pro 4 to communicate with increasingly powerful modern synthesizers. More and more synthesizers are able to speak MPE, which means instant plug and play access to control over your sound in real time. Popular and innovative new instruments like the ROLI Seaboard and the Linnstrument also use MPE to allow for the type of expressive control that previous generation controllers could only deliver with complicated mappings and middleware.

K-Board Pro 4 First Impressions

The familiar form factor of the K-Board Pro 4 makes it an expressive MPE keyboard controller that is immediately recognizable and playable. We cut together a quick video showing some of the very first reactions of the performers who have come in to play the K-Board Pro 4, check it out!

Artists Love K-Board Pro 4

"I’m excited that Keith McMillen Instruments are bringing out the K-Board, further expanding the next generation of expressive keyboard instruments! It’s a joy to play and their expertise in the field of sensor technology and delivering great musical products makes this instrument a guaranteed winner!"
- Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater)

"It's so good. Anyone in production will eventually have to get one. The levels of expression thru MIDI are unparalleled. The X- and Y- axis bring a real human quality to MIDI performances. Really love it. Well done!"
- Dan the Automator and Alex Swain (Deltron 3030)

"The K-Board is really musical because it's the only MPE controller that you can just play like a keyboard that has a definite attack but also has all of the continuous dimensions..."
- Jaron Lanier (Inventor of Virtual Reality, Musician)

Use K-Board with Hardware Synthesizers

The K-Board Pro 4 works beautifully with hardware synths via the KMI MIDI Expander. We took the K-Board Pro 4 on a little field trip to the Vintage Synthesizer Museum to try it with the Sequential Circuits Prophet T8 and the Rhodes Chroma.

K-Board Editor Software

Our easy to use editor software will let you fine-tune your K-Board Pro 4 to fit your precise needs.

K-Board Pro 4 Design - With and Without Handles

Thank you to everyone who participated in the K-Board Pro 4 design survey and the results are in -- the most votes went to "No Handles" so we have decided to commit to that design in mass production.

We also want to continue to honor the design as it was presented originally, since a number of you have asked that we keep the design "with handles". As a Kickstarter-only special, we will be offering the option to receive K-Board Pro 4 either with or without handles. Each backer will be able to choose with or without in a survey that will follow after the campaign has closed.

We value feedback from the Kickstarter community very highly and we're grateful for your participation and support!

KMI Labs

K-Board Pro 4 has been developed over the last two years by KMI Labs, the R&D division of Keith McMillen Instruments. We've been hard at work generating innovative technologies for the world's next generation of musical instruments. 

Our recent Kickstarter campaign for BopPad was the first of the KMI Labs products to come out with the support of the Kickstarter community and we are using this model again with another Kickstarter campaign to get the K-Board Pro 4 into production.

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the K-Board Pro 4 design survey and the results are in -- the most votes went to "No Handles" so we have decided to commit to that design in mass production.

We also want to continue to honor the design as it was presented originally, since a number of you have asked that we keep the design "with handles". As a Kickstarter-only special, we will be offering the option to receive K-Board Pro 4 either with or without handles. Each backer will be able to choose with or without in a survey that will follow after the campaign has closed.

We value feedback from the Kickstarter community very highly and we're grateful for your participation and support!

Risks and challenges

Many of the challenges in making K-Board Pro 4 have already been tackled. We have put highly functional prototypes in the hands of professional keyboard players and received an abundance of feedback that has helped us dial in the final design.

The funds we're raising with this Kickstarter campaign are for scaling up our working prototype units to full production—paying for tooling, materials, and assembly in large quantities. While there are always hiccups in the process of taking a product from prototype to manufacturing in large quantities, the Keith McMillen Instruments team has eight years of experience delivering high quality products to draw from in order to help us over those hurdles. We know more now than ever before about how to manufacture musical instruments on a large scale.

We recently successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign for the BopPad Smart Fabric Drum Pad and are in the process of taking it from prototype to production. These two instruments have been developed in parallel and because BopPad and K-Board take advantage of two different construction methods and manufacturing processes we can bring the production lines up for both products simultaneously without sacrificing quality or timeline.

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