NAMM 2015: The New Keith McMillen Instruments K-Mix Interface + Controller


Keith McMillen, the independent musical instrument inventor and creator of the renowned QuNEO 3-D Mutli-Touch Pad Controller (among other controllers), is innovating the digital musical world yet again with the K-Mix, a professional-grade USB audio and MIDI interface with a hands-on programmable mixer.

The tabletop unit features eight analog inputs and ten analog outputs that run at 24-bit 96 kHz resolution for recording, mixing, and playback applications. With dedicated hardware connections for each input and output, the unit has ample routing flexibility to cover a wide range of tasks in both the studio and while performing on stage. For inputs, it features two XLR-3F combo jacks for balanced Mic/Line/Inst signals, including two low-noise 48V phantom power preamps with up to +60 dB of additional gain. Channels 3 to 8 are provided on ¼" (6.35mm) TRS stereo line level inputs. Outputs are provided by eight ¼" (6.35mm) TRS balanced line level connectors and one 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo headphone jack. Digital connections include one USB micro (Audio I/O, MIDI I/O, Power) and one USB mini connection for MIDI I/O via the Keith McMIllen Instruments expander. 

Like many of McMillen’s other pieces, the top surface of the interface includes completely customizable controls, including nine 75mm faders, four of 360˚ rotary controls, four bank buttons, and 17 function buttons that enable complete MIDI control over software and hardware. Preset states may be stored and recalled at will to switch between mixing environments. 

The interface is designed to be both portable and durable. Onboard effects processing includes three-band semi-parametric equalization, dynamics processing, and reverb, which allow for fine tuning of every signal that passes through the unit in real time. Additional processing parameters can be accessed using the K-Mix software editor, for an even greater level of customization.

You can learn about more new products from the 2015 NAMM Show at this link, courtesy of B&H.