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QuNexus is a vividly illuminated keyboard that is both fun for beginners and a must have for modern musicians.
QuNexus is a vividly illuminated keyboard that is both fun for beginners and a must have for modern musicians.
230 backers pledged $45,556 to help bring this project to life.

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QuNexus is a controller that everyone can have fun with. 25 vividly illuminated, touch-sensitive keys invite the beginner to explore, and provide valuable performance feedback for the professional. 

Smart Sensor keys detect pressure, location, and velocity giving you unprecedented musical control.

Great for beginners and educators
Together with popular software apps, beginners can learn to play quickly and easily with QuNexus’ game-like blue and white glowing keys, creating a fun and interactive learning experience. Now anyone can play the piano.

Pro functionality
QuNexus is the first keyboard controller to unite four generations of synthesis: MIDI, Control Voltage, OSC and USB. 

"Though unconventional, QuNexus' sensor keys are faster and more accurate than my other keyboard controllers"                                              Lauren Urroz  (Keyboardist-DJ-Producer)

25 Smart Sensor Keys detect Pressure, Location, and Velocity
Polyphonic Aftertouch
7 Octave range
Pitch Bend Pad
2 CV/Gate Inputs
Gate and 3 CV Outputs (16-bit)
Blue and White LED Illumination with 16 levels of brightness
Portable: 14 oz, 3.5" x 10" x .5 "
Plug and Play: USB powered, no drivers needed
MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android, Linux

QuNexus is fully designed and prototyped. We are reaching out to you on Kickstarter to help us raise the funds for tooling and production.

Last year we successfully funded QuNeo on Kickstarter, raising more than $165,000 on our way to becoming the most funded music technology project in Kickstarter history at the time. In a poll taken after our project fulfillment, 94% of our backers said they would participate in another KMI Kickstarter project. Since the conclusion of our project QuNeo has continued its success, and we are very excited to launch our newest project, QuNexus.

About Keith McMillen Instruments

KMI develops innovative hardware and software technologies that allow musicians to interface with computers in exciting new ways. KMI's products provide today's modern musician with the tools needed to bring new dimensions of expression and control to their performance. We believe when a computer is played as a musical instrument it should feel and respond like one, with all the nuance and sensitivity that makes an instrument musical. New technology inspires new art, and we intend that our products will enable performers to expand their music in directions never before possible.

In 2005 KMI was founded by serial entrepreneur Keith McMillen in Berkeley, CA. A respected and prolific inventor, McMillen’s track-record includes: the first programmable audio mixer (Akai MPX820) and the gold standard for electric stringed instruments (Zeta Violin).

KMI Products

QuNeo 3D Pad Controller 

SoftStep Multi-touch Foot Controller

12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Controller

K-Bow The world’s first Bluetooth sensor bow

StringPort The first computer platform for stringed instruments  

Batt-O-Meter The first battery tester for musicians

Please share our Kickstarter campaign with your friends so that we can bring QuNexus to world, and thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

KMI

Risks and challenges

Last year we successfully funded and fulfilled our first KickStarter project and we learned a few things along the way.

1. We have identified a strong set of vendors for our components. We've sent KMI personnel to our Chinese factories in order to supervise and oversee production. These relationships are functioning smoothly and provide us with high quality products on a regular basis.

2. We have structured our reward levels to better track foreign and domestic backers.

3. We've established a system for improved communication with backers. This includes more regular updates and better monitoring of messages and comments.

4. This project is far enough along in design and realization where we feel confident we can deliver in a timely manner, even with potential bumps in the road.

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    A first edition QuNexus and a KMI MIDI Expander (necessary to connect to external hardware via 5-pin MIDI DIN connectors)

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    A first edition QuNexus autographed by Keith, a QuNeo 3D Pad Controller, a SoftStep Multi-touch Foot Controller, a 12 Step Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller, and a MIDI Expander.

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