Keith McMillen Instruments QuNeo

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This B&H video reviews the Keith McMillen Instruments QuNeo 3D Multi-Touch Pad Controller. The QuNeo is an ultra-portable, light-up pad controller that offers touch recognition in multiple dimensions for drum programming, DJ-ing, VJ-ing, performing and more. It features 27 pads, sliders and rotary sensors that are pressure, velocity and location sensitive. There are also 17 velocity-sensitive switches. Plus, the controller is illuminated by 251 multi-colored LEDs that provide immediate visual feedback. For connectivity, the QuNeo supports USB, MIDI and OSC. It’s the same size as an iPad and is powered through a USB connection with your computer.

The device ships with several templates installed for use with popular software programs including Ableton Live, Serato Scratch Live, Traktor, Apple Logic Pro, Mixxx, Reason, Battery and others. It’s also equipped with templates for BeatMaker and the Korg iMS-20 apps for iPad. However, it can also be MIDI-mapped to your DAW or software manually by using the Controller Mapping Assistant (CoMA) mode. Much of this video demonstrates how the QuNeo can be used to launch clips in grid mode. It also illustrates how the device can be used as a drum controller and a DJ controller. The versatility of the QuNeo seems limitless, and this B&H video affords a good introduction to some of the QuNeo’s potential.

Number of Pads 16
Number of Sliders 9
Number of Rotary Sensors 2
Pressure Sensitive Yes (pads, sliders, rotary sensors)
Velocity Sensitive Yes (pads, sliders, rotary sensors)
Location Sensitive Yes (pads, sliders, rotary sensors)
Number of Switches 17
Number of Multi-Colored LEDs 251 (variably diffusive elastomers)
Interface USB
MIDI Yes
OSC Yes
Compatibility Can send data via MIDI without requiring driver
Can transmit using an intermediary application in OSC mode
Preset Compatibility Ableton Live, Serato Scratch Live, Traktor, Apple Logic Pro, Mixxx, Reason, Battery
App Compatibility BeatMaker for iPad, Korg iMS-20 for iPad
CoMA Mode Yes
System Requirements Windows & Mac compatible
Power Supply USB connection to computer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 7.31 x 9.5 x 0.34" (24.2 x 18.6 x 0.9 cm)
Weight 14.1 oz (399 g)