The QuNeo 3D Multi-Touch Pad Controller Is A Game-Changer For Musicians

The Keith McMillen QuNeo 3D Multi-Touch Pad Controller is a lightweight pad controller that is recommended for DJs, VJs, or any kind of music enthusiast. I was able to get my hands-on with the device and I highly recommend it. The QuNeo ships with a USB cable and presets for you to choose from. The 3D multi-touch pad controller works with popular music software including Ableton Live, Serato Scratch Live, Apple Logic Pro, Mixxx, Beatmaker for iPad, and Korg iMS-20 for iPad. When I opened the device from the box, I started experimenting with the software on Ableton and Mixxx.

When I first opened the product, I noticed that I had no idea what to do since I am a novice when it comes to beat-making.  Fortunately QuNeo has a PDF online about how to get started and there are a bunch of tutorials on YouTube.  What I noticed is that the pads are very responsive and one of my favorite features is that you can control the sensitivity of them.  You can download QuNeo’s automatic installer for Mac or Windows from their website.

The device has 16 drum pads that can be multiplied to a 64-button grid when it is in Grid Mode.  The beats are unique based on the amount of pressure you apply to the pad controller and there are different light colors to indicate how much pressure you are applying.

Keith McMillen Instruments funded the QuNeo 3D Multi-Touch Pad Controller through Kickstarter.  They were seeking only $15,000 for their goal and they ended up hitting around $165,914.  The Kickstarter donors were mostly paying for a unit.

Here is what the device looked like connected to my laptop:

The device has 16 drum pads that can be multiplied to a 64-button grid when it is in Grid Mode.  The beats are unique based on the amount of pressure you apply to the pad controller and there are different light colors to indicate how much pressure you are applying.

There are 27 pads and 17 switches that respond to how hard you press.  It has 251 multi-color LEDs to provide visual feedback and 127 levels of velocity response.  There are 2 rotary sensors that lets you scrub, trigger, pinch, and play sound files.  The QuNeo works with USB, MIDI, or OSC. KMI’s products are used by Jay-Z and Lady Gaga’s bands.

Another KMI product called the QuNexus smart sensor keyboard controller went on Kickstarter recently and they reached their goal in 6 days.

“We’re a small company doing original and, I feel, important work in the nascent field of musician – computer interface. There is a gaping need for real instruments that enable musicians to control computers for better and more responsive music,” stated KMI founder Keith McMillen. “As we release Kickstarter updates, we can immediately see how people react with their comments, questions and dollars. It’s a great way to raise money and market knowledge.”

You can buy the QuNeo and other KMI products from the KMI Store.

Below are some videos of how the QuNeo works:

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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