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Keith McMillen K-Board USB Keyboard

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K-Board is an unbreakable, ultraportable USB MIDI keyboard that works out of the box with Garage Band, Ableton Live, or any music application. K-Board has been tested to survive being run over by a car, dropped from a 2-story building, and more -- all without breaking. The LED backlit, touch sensitive keypads ignite creativity and add musical expre...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

K-Board is an unbreakable, ultraportable USB MIDI keyboard that works out of the box with Garage Band, Ableton Live, or any music application. K-Board has been tested to survive being run over by a car, dropped from a 2-story building, and more -- all without breaking. The LED backlit, touch sensitive keypads ignite creativity and add musical expression by detecting your velocity, pressure, and finger tilt. Just pull K-Board out of your backpack, plug the USB cable into a computer or tablet*, launch any music app, and you're ready to make music at your home, studio, the stage, or on the go.

* appropriate adapter required for use with tablet

Features

  • LED backlit, touch sensitive keys
  • Ultra-durable and spill proof
  • Mac, Windows, iOS, Android
  • Plug & play with any music software
Specifications
Included:
  • 1. 1 K-Board controller
  • 2. 1 USB cable (USB 2.0 A to Micro-B, 1 m)
Dimensions
  • 1. Width: 12.8" / 325 mm
  • 2. Depth: 3.3" / 84 mm
  • 3. Height: 0.43" / 11 mm
Key Pads
  • 1. 1.18" x 0.51" / 30 mm x 13 mm
Weight
  • 1. 0.76 lb / 345 g
Power
  • 1. K-Board is bus-powered via the USB port when connected to a computer or tablet.
  • Connections
  • 1. USB micro jack
Sensors
  • 1. 25 Key pads with velocity, pressure, and tilt sensitivity
  • 2. 2 octave switching buttons*
  • 3. 1 pitch bend pad
  • 4. 5 mode buttons (velocity, pressure, tilt, toggle, sustain)
  • *K-Board defaults to a note range of 48 (C2) to 72 (C4). The octave buttons allow you to shift up another 3 octaves or shift down 2 octaves for a total range of 7 octaves (C0-C7).
LEDs
  • 1. 32 LEDs with 16 levels of brightness
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Keith McMillen InstrumentsK-Board USB Keyboard
 
4.3

(based on 8 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Functional (3)
  • Good quality (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Solution for Portable Creativity

By Todd

from Spartanburg, SC

Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments K-Board USB Keyboard:

Ok so I went into Guitar Center to pick up an iConnectMIDI and out of the blue I see this gem. Having the QuNeo already in my arsenal, I had my eye on the QuNexus next as you would be hard pressed to find a piece of hardware from anyone else that has the versatility and usefulness of the suite of gems produced by KMI. Naturally seeing the price I assumed that this was a bare bones QuNexus. I could not have been more mistaken. **Disclaimer** I don't have any vintage analog gear lying around to utilize the CV functionality of the QuNexus. The K-Board is expressive, plug and play, and expands the realistic play-ability of every app I have tried which is pretty much all of them. If you are curious as to the full side by side comparison go to http://www.keithmcmillen.com/k-board/tech-specs#comparison. Before you do that though I would suggest looking at the other compact midi keyboards in the price range... I can guarantee you that none of them come close to matching the quality and feature set of the K-Board. Long Live KMI!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WORKING ON-THE-GO? BUY NOW!

By Jonny H.

from Tulsa, Oklahoma

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Intuitive Design

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • On-the-go

Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments K-Board USB Keyboard:

I've always had a soft spot for portable midi controllers, as I frequently have song ideas while out and about.
I've tried several portable controllers from several companies, and I guarantee you that this is the absolute best of the best. I haven't been this excited about new gear in years.

Professionals:
Two things to add to the awesome build quality, intuitive features, and the rest:
This is fully class-compliant, and it also RECEIVES messages. That means you can do things like change a latched arp on-the-fly without interrupting the pattern. I've NEVER seen another controller that does that — not even full-sized.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Amazing keyboard with a fatal flaw

By Jeremy

from los angeles ca

Site Member

Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments K-Board USB Keyboard:

The keyboard construction feels great; the pads feel nice, the controller has a rubber matted feel, its simply built great. The functions worked well right out of the box, I have a 15in macbook pro retina using it with ableton live 9 and it worked perfectly; just plugged and played. As I was playing with it I noticed I could only go down a couple octaves and up a couple octaves. I scrambled for an answer and then found it on the website; it CAN ONLY go down 2 octaves and up 3 octaves. I contacted the companies support and they told me its probably for playing purposes. (fast replies by the way) I don't really play the keys so I cant really understand if this really helps playing it better but what I really don't get is why there is not an option to go up and down ALL the octaves, it really does not make sense, hopefully they will change the firmware as they go along. I use it to trigger samples in ableton and I literally can have 100+ samples needed to be triggered whenever I need to, not being able to control all of them makes the controller only partially usable for me. Until they fix the octave issue I cant recommend it for sample based control

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Melodic percussion on iPad mini with Garageband and K-board

By Bill

from Cincinnati, Ohio

Site Member

Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments K-Board USB Keyboard:

My son plays melodic percussion at school, and I thought this would be a great way to allow him to practice quietly at home. Using the Garageband sampler/recorder, I recorded samples of various melodic percussion instruments (glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, celesta, etc.) from my Casio keyboard/synth. So, now he can play any of these virtual instruments with his K-board through Garageband, with his headphones plugged-in. He loves it. His music teacher was impressed with this implementation. The pads are a bit small when compared with a glockenspiel, but practicing on this will sharpen up that accuracy. We were also messing with these for drum sounds. It took me a minute to remember that kick and snare are toward the lowest end of the keyboard, so we had to decrease the octave a time or two to get to the kick and snare midi notes. Otherwise, no issues whatsoever. Great deal on a great piece of equipment. I throw the K-board with iPad connector kit, USB cable, and iPad mini in a small laptop sleeve, and he's good to go!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best keyboard ever

By LEONARD

from cashville Tn

Site Member

Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments K-Board USB Keyboard:

plug and play Modulation is Key because every key Everyone knows it's the future Try it for you self

 
5.0

Excellence

By ThreeBeard

from Dallas, TX

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Plug and Play

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Synth Controller

    Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments K-Board USB Keyboard:

    This K-Board is slim, and solid. They say you can drive a car over it.. I won't, I enjoy using it too much. I have it connected to my second iPad and it works with just about every music app I have.

     
    4.0

    Such a great keyboard I bought 2 !

    By The Shadow Knows!

    from San Diego, CA.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments K-Board USB Keyboard:

      If you look on YouTube for this product, you'll see the Keith McMillen crew in a truck of about 6 guys run over this thing.... thump thump! Then they plug it in and IT STILL WORKS! Not that I'd recommend doing that but it just goes to show you how durable these little backpack keyboards are. --- I got my 1st one used & it worked great. Then I wanted a 2nd one so I could have a 4 octave desktop keyboard & that idea worked too! They pretty much can fit right next to each other. --- The K-board has more features than I use. I just keep the velocity on all the time & that's it. They make a more expensive one but I don't need all the extras. A laptop, some good music software & this thing will let you write music anywhere! --- I also have the Quneo controller which got beer spilled on it & thrown out a 2nd story window & it still work... in the YouTube video that is. --- The only problem I encountered with this was the new 2nd one, a key was sticking. Returned it & got a good replacement. Guess it needed to be run over by a truck first, to be 'broken in' (pun intended!)

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Difficult to push keys down, item was returned

      By spoondan711

      from south bend, indiana

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

          Comments about Keith McMillen Instruments K-Board USB Keyboard:

          Attractive simple design, and admittedly rugged. But quite difficult to press keys down, I was reduced to playing one note at a time in order to have any accuracy at all.

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