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Miselu C.24: two-octave wireless iPad keyboard
You may remember Miselu from the Neiro, an Android-powered music making device that also also contains a Yamaha sound chip. Quite what's become of this we're not exactly sure (it was announced last year but doesn't seem to have much of a presence on the Miselu website), but the company has now turned its attention to the iPad and created dedicated a two-octave wireless keyboard for it that goes by the name of the C.24.
Nothing new about that, you might think, but the C.24 isn't just another MIDI controller. For a start, it also serves as a dock/case for your tablet, and the key mechanism is based on anti-polarity magnets rather than springs.
What's more, every key press is tracked by an infrared emitter detector pair, providing "real-time analogue position data". Optical key tracking technology promises control of MIDI velocity and monophonic aftertouch, and is also said to enable detailed performance capabilities.
Other features include a ribbon controller above the keyboard that's divided into two assignable regions, and the option to expand the C.24 with knobs, faders and XY pads in the future via hardware expansion modules.
The device communicates with your iPad over Bluetooth, with Miselu's Key app enabling you to assign the keyboard to any CoreMIDI-compatible iOS app.
Miselu is currently seeking funding for the C.24 via Kickstarter. Various pledge options are available, with $99 or more getting you one of the first devices to roll off the production line.
Miselu C.24 specifications
- 24 semi-weighted music keys
- Velocity sensitivity
- monophonic aftertouch
- Wireless connection via Bluetooth Low Energy
- Capacitive ribbon controller
- Octave shift via virtual buttons accesses a 9 octave range (32 LEDs indicate selection)
- Analog pitch bend (32 LEDs reflect performance)
- Hardware control expansion area (support for future modules)
- iPad groove accommodates iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPad 4, as well as the iPad mini
- Functions as a protective case with magnetic latch (compatible with iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPad 4)
External Buttons and Connectors
- Bluetooth pairing button
- Power / reset button
- Micro USB
Power and Battery
- Rechargeable lithium ion battery
- Charging via Micro USB
Dimensions (W x D x H)
- Case-mode: 242 mm, 185.7 mm, 9.9 mm
- Performance-mode: 242 mm, 201.3 mm, 28.5 mm
- Apple iOS 6.0 or newer
- iOS Applications must support CoreMIDI
- Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection requires iPad 3, iPad 4 or iPad mini
- iPad 1 & iPad 2 compatible via USB connection (requires Apple's Camera Connection Kit)
- Micro USB cord
- Forthcoming hardware control modules