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Posted on June 19, 2019 by
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BeBop Sensors smart fabric sensors enable 3D expressive keyboard

BeBop Sensors External Link, a leader in Smart Fabric Sensors, has partnered with KMI to announce the official release of the K-Board Pro 4 MPE Controller. Created with BeBop Sensors SmartFabric™ Sensors, the K-Board Pro 4 is a four-octave MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) MIDI keyboard controller based on the traditional keyboard layout, but with multiple dimensions of touch sensitivity in each key. The K-Board Pro 4 sends information on musical subtleties, including attack velocity, release velocity, continuous pressure, horizontal position and vertical position data to offer the deepest level of musical expression. It can also send Poly Aftertouch messages for communication with expressive legacy controllers.
 
"I'm excited that Keith McMillen, BeBop and KMI are bringing out the K-Board Pro 4, 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," said Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Wearable Sensors 2018-2028.
 
 
MIDI MPE Standard is Future for Expressive Controllers & K-Board Pro 4 is the Ultimate MPE Controller
MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) is the newest development in MIDI; a standard specification that allows easy integration of multiple, polyphonic per-key dimensions of expressive control. To capture all of this nuanced gesture, K-Board Pro 4 features BeBop Sensors' patented Smart Sensor Technology, developed in conjunction with KMI. K-Board Pro 4 is USB powered and MIDI class compliant to ensure both portability and compatibility with MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android, as well as MIDI capable hardware.
 
K-Board Pro 4 is available immediately from the KMI website at: keithmcmillen.com.
 
About BeBop Sensors
BeBop Sensors produces industry-leading Smart Fabric sensor solutions for Human-Machine Interface devices, most notably present in their award-winning Forte Data Glove. BeBop Sensors enables Fortune 1000 companies, public sector groups, and development shops to create immersive virtual experiences that span from training exercises in dangerous environments to rehabilitation and educational simulations for otherwise costly training protocols. For more information on BeBop Sensors, see the website: www.bebopsensors.com External Link.
 
About KMI
Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) develops innovative hardware and software technologies that allow musicians to interface with computers in exciting new ways. Based in Berkley, California, its products provide today's musician with the tools needed to bring new dimensions of expression and control to their performance. The company collectively believes that 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. For more information on the K-Board Pro 4, please visit keithmcmillen.com.
 
 
K-Board Pro 4:
Model # K919
MSRP: $929.00 MAP/Street: $895.00
 
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Press Contact:
Karen Thomas/Eva Yutani
 
Source: Thomas Public Relations
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