Keith McMillen Instruments K-Board 25-key USB MIDI Controller

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82 out of 100. Incorporating 125+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$96
Keith McMillen Instruments K-Board 25-key USB MIDI Controller

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 82/100 is based on analysis of 125+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The K-Board from Keith McMillen does not look anything like the average keyboard, it also works quite differently.

Underneath each key is a "smart fabric" that detects velocity, pressure and location (tilt), allowing for more expressive realtime control. All three are assignable to parameters like volume, filter, pitch and more, making this keyboard viable for modern electronic music styles.

Plaid, Diplo and Jack Conte are just some of the artists who are using the K-board.

And it's class compliant, making it effortless to connect with any computer or device.

Key features:

  • Keys: 25 keys with pressure and tilt
  • Pads: 1 Pitch bend pad
  • Buttons & Knobs: Octave up/down buttons, 1 Sustain button, 1 Velocity on/off button, 1 Pressure on/off button, 1 Tilt on/off button, 1 Toggle on/off button
  • Octaves: -2 to +3 Octaves
  • Bundled Software: None. Recommended software listed on manufacturer's website
  • Power: USB bus powered
  • Connectivity: Micro-USB
  • Compatibility: Class Compliant. System requirements for software editor: Mac OS 10.5 or later + Windows 7 or greater
  • Dimensions: 12.8" x 3.3" x 0.43"
  • Weight 0.76 lbs.

Pros

Many are impressed with the Keith McMillen K-board's modern functionality, especially those who are into modern music. There are also a lot of positive comments about its portability and distinct appearance. The rubber matte feel and light-weight design are physical features many people cited positively in their comments and reviews saying things to the effect that it was very sturdy and resistant to drops or even liquid spills.

Cons

Since it does not have a traditional keybed, the feel of rubber keys may take some getting used to. If you're looking for a MIDI Keyboard that plays like a piano, then this is not for you.

Overall

If you're looking for a versatile and portable electronic music friendly keyboard controller, then check out the Keith McMillen K-Board.

NB: There are more highly rated options available which you'll find in our guide to The Best 25-Key MIDI Controller Keyboards and Cheap MIDI Keyboards.

Comments

Nov 2020. I got this a week

Nov 2020. I got this a week ago. It was glitchy, so I ordered a replacement. It's glitchy. They both have the same issues with triggering extra notes that are not being played. Disappointing. Tried on two separate Mac computers. Saw a guy on youtube with the same issue on a pc from 2 years ago. It's a cool idea, but it has issues. I would not recommend this.