The KMI QuNeo is one of the most versatile and expressive controller out there. It allows a MIDI implementation capable of generating multiple streams of controller data.
Keith McMillen Instruments QuNeo Review – Introduction
This revolutionary controller is a total beast once you customize it to your liking. But be warned, it’s not a simple controller, you may need to map it or set it up before getting into it. The editor is very deep and you will need some working knowledge of MIDI implementation in order to get the best out of it. QuNeo was designed to be as deep and customizable as possible. With such an open architecture, this is one controller that can do it all. However, if you’re not in the mood for doing your own mapping, downloadable templates support the most popular DAWs. There is a growing community of QuNeo users on the Keith McMillen Website’s Forum, where members share presets, suggest ideas on the editor program and discuss their own personal uses for the device.
Keith McMillen Instruments QuNeo Review – Layout
What particularly distinguishes QuNeo from similar pad controllers is its ability to detect the position of your pressure along the X/Y axis of the 16 main pads. Combined with velocity and pressure sensitivity, provides a three-dimensional control range. The pads are very accurate and have a good range of sensitivity, plus you can adjust them individually and globally. They are fine for finger drumming and synth triggering. Unlike most other 4×4 pad controllers you can position QuNeo pretty much any way that is comfortable to you. The pads and sliders are all very responsive and the ability to utilize grid mode on each pad provides an enormous amount of clip launch buttons or individual notes. Switching through the 16 banks is very easy and having each slider section in independent banks was something I have never seen before, but I found it extremely useful. The rotary sensors are designed to detect pressure, angle and distance from their center, providing you with intuitive control over DJ decks, jog wheels and other complex parameters. The switches on the QuNeo Controller let you scroll through files, and you can modify their speed using pressure.
Keith McMillen Instruments QuNeo Review – Features
- 16 pads with 127 levels of velocity response, X-Y position sensing and continuous pressure control.
- 2 rotary sensors measuring angle, pressure and distance from the center.
- 9 touch-sensitive sliders can be mapped to fader and effects controls.
- Led light feedback.
- Class compliant.
Keith McMillen Instruments QuNeo Review – Final Words
The QuNeo is incredibly versatile and effective compared to rudimentary all-in-ones controllers like the APC and the Launchpad. Also, with no moving parts, the QuNeo is unbreakable.