BeBop Smart Fabric Sensors Enable First 3D Expressive Keyboard: K-Board Pro 4 MPE Controller

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BeBop Smart Fabric Sensors Enable First 3D Expressive Keyboard: K-Board Pro 4 MPE Controller

Postby ccgr » Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:21 pm


SmartFabric™ Sensors Provide Multiple Dimensions of Touch Sensitivity in Each Key for Info on Attack & Release Velocity, Continuous Pressure, Horizontal & Vertical Position, and Poly Aftertouch Messages for the Deepest Level of Musical Expression

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"With K-Board Pro 4, we've taken the format of a traditional keyboard and updated it for the 21st Century. With our BeBop Sensors SmartFabric™ Sensors underneath each key, you can tweak any synthesis parameter in real time by moving your fingers while you are playing. The MIDI MPE Standard is the future for expressive controllers and we have designed the K-Board Pro 4 to be the ultimate MPE Controller." -Keith McMillen, Founder & CEO, BeBop Sensors

June 18, 2019, Berkeley, CA, USA – BeBop Sensors, the world leader in Smart Fabric Sensors, has partnered with KMI to announce the official release of the K-Board Pro 4 MPE Controller. Created with BeBop Sensors SmartFabric™ Sensors, the K-Board Pro 4 is a four-octave MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) MIDI keyboard controller based on the traditional keyboard layout, but with multiple dimensions of touch sensitivity in each key. The K-Board Pro 4 sends information on musical subtleties, including attack velocity, release velocity, continuous pressure, horizontal position and vertical position data to offer the deepest level of musical expression. It can also send Poly Aftertouch messages for communication with expressive legacy controllers.

"I'm excited that Keith McMillen, BeBop and KMI are bringing out the K-Board Pro 4, further expanding the next generation of expressive keyboard instruments! It's a joy to play and their expertise in the field of sensor technology and delivering great musical products makes this instrument a guaranteed winner," said Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater.

MIDI MPE Standard is Future for Expressive Controllers & K-Board Pro 4 is the Ultimate MPE Controller

MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) is the newest development in MIDI; a standard specification that allows easy integration of multiple, polyphonic per-key dimensions of expressive control. To capture all of this nuanced gesture, K-Board Pro 4 features BeBop Sensors' patented Smart Sensor Technology, developed in conjunction with KMI. K-Board Pro 4 is USB powered and MIDI class compliant to ensure both portability and compatibility with MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android, as well as MIDI capable hardware.

K-Board Pro 4 is available immediately from the KMI website at:

About BeBop Sensors

BeBop Sensors produces industry-leading Smart Fabric sensor solutions for Human-Machine Interface devices, most notably present in their award-winning Forte Data Glove. BeBop Sensors enables Fortune 1000 companies, public sector groups, and development shops to create immersive virtual experiences that span from training exercises in dangerous environments to rehabilitation and educational simulations for otherwise costly training protocols. For more information on BeBop Sensors, see the website:

About KMI

Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) develops innovative hardware and software technologies that allow musicians to interface with computers in exciting new ways. Based in Berkley, California, its products provide today's musician with the tools needed to bring new dimensions of expression and control to their performance. The company collectively believes that when a computer is played as a musical instrument, it should feel and respond like one — with all the nuance and sensitivity that makes an instrument musical. For more information on the K-Board Pro 4, please visit

K-Board Pro 4:
Model # K919
MSRP: $929.00 MAP/Street: $895.00

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K-Board Pro 4: ... dpro4.html
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