Thoughts estenosis lumbar tratamiento on microkey keyboards – music player network

They suck, period. I’d say it depends what you’re trying to get from it. To me, the most common application is where you’re on a trip, let’s say, and you’re sitting in an airport for 2 hours, or on the plane itself, or a long bus ride, etc . . . Busting out a minikeys, you’re not going to improve your chops, but you can nevertheless engage your mind and fingers in estenosis lumbar tratamiento a keyboard mode, and that might be a great way to spend time estenosis lumbar tratamiento that would otherwise be spent reading, sleeping, or just contemplating. On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with reading, sleeping, and contemplating . . .This is, of course, a valid point. In that regard, I would love a smallish keyboard with full size keys estenosis lumbar tratamiento to use with my laptop at my desk so I estenosis lumbar tratamiento can play around with softsynths and not have to power estenosis lumbar tratamiento up my entire studio; I haven’t had to travel with a laptop in years (use iphone instead). I was interested in the mcmillen K-board pro 4 with the full sized keys, it was very playable when I tried out a proptype estenosis lumbar tratamiento at NAMM the last couple of years. But $895? I don’t think so…

In that regard, I would love a smallish keyboard with full size keys estenosis lumbar tratamiento to use with my laptop at my desk so I estenosis lumbar tratamiento can play around with softsynths and not have to power estenosis lumbar tratamiento up my entire studio; I haven’t had to travel with a laptop in years (use iphone instead). I was interested in the mcmillen K-board pro 4 with the full sized keys, it was very playable when I tried out a proptype estenosis lumbar tratamiento at NAMM the last couple of years. But $895? I don’t think so…

The K-board pro 4 is a very interesting and playable keyboard, in my opinion. I was one of the very early kickstarter backers, and I spent three years at NAMM shows trying the estenosis lumbar tratamiento prototypes and growling at keith, who (as keith does) steadfastly refused to release them before they were damn good estenosis lumbar tratamiento and ready, no matter how angry people got at the wait. He got burned hard by the problems in the quneo estenosis lumbar tratamiento and has elected, ever since then, to make folks wait and get it right no matter estenosis lumbar tratamiento what. This paid off bigtime with the boppad, which is a phenomenally good percussion controller, and IMO even more so with the KBP4.

For those of you who haven’t tried one, the K-board pro 4 is an MPE-capable keyboard with keys that are ever so slightly smaller estenosis lumbar tratamiento than those on a conventional piano or organ (I can post a picture if anyone wants, but basically 48 keys on the KBP4, C to B, are as wide as 44 keys on a conventional keyboard, C to G.). Like other KMI products, it uses KMI’s "smart fabric" technology, which means that while the keys may look like conventional estenosis lumbar tratamiento piano keys, they sure as heck ain’t. They don’t move (the thing has NO moving parts on it), and are instead responsive to velocity, release velocity, aftertouch, side to side movement across the surface, and forward/back movement up and down each key. Think of a ROLI seaboard, but with keys that are more clearly defined, a bit stiffer to touch, and a lot less slop in tiny movements. (oh, and no top and bottom surface for horizontal slides.)

The idea of the KBP4 is to offer full MPE estenosis lumbar tratamiento compatibility (what ROLI calls the "five dimensions of touch" — gotta love marketspeak) in a form factor that is instantly familiar to anyone estenosis lumbar tratamiento with traditional keyboard technique under their belt. There’s a trick to playing it; because the keys have just a little give to them estenosis lumbar tratamiento and don’t actually travel, you have to play with a very light touch, but once you get the hang of it, you can play very very VERY fast runs with accuracy estenosis lumbar tratamiento and a surprising amount of nuance. I like to think of it as a seaboard for estenosis lumbar tratamiento people who think seaboards feel like sex toys and want estenosis lumbar tratamiento something that doesn’t make them cringe to play it.

The KBP4 can play any MPE-capable synth or app right out of the box with estenosis lumbar tratamiento very little tweaking; in fact, I think it plays ROLI’s equator software way more expressively than a seaboard does, but that’s just me. If you pound on it, you’ll hurt your hands… So don’t pound on it. It wasn’t designed for that, any more than a chapman stick was designed to be estenosis lumbar tratamiento played with drumsticks.

I love mine and would never sell it. I think it’s incredibly expressive and sensibly designed, and I plan to get way into it in the estenosis lumbar tratamiento coming months and years… Not counting the linnstrument, which is a very different playing experience and has its estenosis lumbar tratamiento own merits, I think I have found my all-in MPE controller of choice. However, I don’t need two of them, and two of them is what I have at the estenosis lumbar tratamiento moment.

When the kickstarter originally launched, the KBP4 was going to be built on a tubular estenosis lumbar tratamiento aluminum frame with built-in carrying handles. I thought this design was dead brilliant and really really estenosis lumbar tratamiento wanted one, but keith noted that for every person with that opinion, there were two who said, "love the idea. HATE the handles. Wasted table space and they look idiotic." so keith put a poll up in the kickstarter, saw a 2:1 vote in favor of leaving off the handles, and decided to offer the no-handles version for retail sale and make the ones with estenosis lumbar tratamiento handles just for the kickstarter. I could see the value in both designs and I estenosis lumbar tratamiento ordered one of each.

Of the three years that it took to get the estenosis lumbar tratamiento KBP4 to market, over half that time was trying to mass-produce the version with the handles and end up with estenosis lumbar tratamiento a workable product. The handles and tubular construction made the device flex a estenosis lumbar tratamiento tiny bit… A fraction of a millimeter, enough to totally screw with the touch response. So keith reluctantly canned the idea and focused entirely on estenosis lumbar tratamiento the no-handles version, which eventually shipped. As a special thank-you to kickstarter backers for their patience, he commissioned a very nice road case for the KBP4 estenosis lumbar tratamiento and added one to every kickstarter reward, free of charge. The case would not be sold at retail.

So… When the campaign finally shipped out, I got two identical KBP4 units with road cases. I picked one at random, opened it, fell in love with it, and am using it daily… And the other one is sitting in its case, unloved. If you want it, I’ll sell it to you for way less than $895, but I can’t guarantee you’ll love it, just that it will work as designed when you turn estenosis lumbar tratamiento it on. PM me if you’re interested, and if not, that’s fine… Consider yourself edified.

It’s very much a matter of settings. Problem is, the companion software for ios and mac/PC is improving with every rev, but it can still be really, really hard to get a good usable aftertouch curve. What you want is a definite threshold before aftertouch kicks estenosis lumbar tratamiento in, and then a gradual increase that’s comfortable to the fingers without being too easy or estenosis lumbar tratamiento hard. Because of the way the app lets you draw aftertouch estenosis lumbar tratamiento curves, this is difficult to impossible as of now.

I turned off the xkey’s aftertouch. It was just eating CPU without being appreciably expressive. The key throw is far too small for that at estenosis lumbar tratamiento about 1/8". Aftertouch is generally a fussy thing to get right, for both manufacturer and player. Poly AT is quite rare. IMO, that’s because it takes you away from the traditions of estenosis lumbar tratamiento keys and pushes you closer to something SLIGHTLY like a estenosis lumbar tratamiento seaboard, where gesture is king, on 5 axes at once. That’s the subset of instruments you should aim for if estenosis lumbar tratamiento you have a specific aftertouch jones. The xkey gives very good velocity and that’s most of what I need. Rule of thumb: you can easily have 1 or 2 instruments that feel estenosis lumbar tratamiento especially good to you, but you’ll generally have a span of those and a few estenosis lumbar tratamiento controllers that each have a prominent sweet spot. Synth ownership is one of the most anal-retentive things in the world, especially if you are big on modulars.

The K-board pro 4 is an MPE-capable keyboard with keys that are ever so slightly smaller estenosis lumbar tratamiento than those on a conventional piano or organ (I can post a picture if anyone wants, but basically 48 keys on the KBP4, C to B, are as wide as 44 keys on a conventional keyboard, C to G.).

I know exactly why they did it, because I asked keith about it. The idea is to make the design scalable; the case contains two identical 24-note boards to handle C to B, set next to each other. Now that the design is working and shipping, KMI has the very inexpensive option to build 2-octave and 6-octave versions.

Interestingly, other MPE-capable devices like the sensel morph, ROLI seaboard block, and ROLI LUMI are all C to B, but for slightly different reasons. In those cases, it’s because the stacking of keyboards side by side to estenosis lumbar tratamiento make bigger ones is something that users can do themselves: with no wasted space on the sides, you can build up 2-octave blocks to make a keyboard as large as you estenosis lumbar tratamiento want.

St00pid trivia item: if you look very closely at the keyboard overlay for estenosis lumbar tratamiento the sensel morph, you will see (and feel) a tiny horizontal divot in the high B key, dividing the main playing surface into top (near the A# key) and bottom. This little divot marks a dividing line between two sensor estenosis lumbar tratamiento areas, so if you’re using the morph as a lower octave in a estenosis lumbar tratamiento multi-octave keyboard, the whole key is a B, but if you’re using one by itself or really really want that estenosis lumbar tratamiento high C, you can set it so that playing the upper part estenosis lumbar tratamiento of the key plays a B and playing the very estenosis lumbar tratamiento tip plays that last C. It works surprisingly well, but yeah, it’ll screw with your technique until you get used to estenosis lumbar tratamiento it. (this isn’t a new idea: the viennese bass octave on harpsichords predates it by centuries.)

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