It was great to meet up with the guys from Miselu at Musikmesse and get a look at the latest prototype of the C.24 keyboard. It isn’t the finished article, but it is getting a lot closer to something that’s going to ship to the backers from Kickstarter.
The first thing that I have to say is that the engineering on the keyboard itself is very complex and all I can imagine is that it has been incredibly difficult to put together so far.
I know from my conversation with them that they’ve spent a lot of time on the design and layout of every aspect of the keyboard and I think that those decisions will pay off in the long term.
Once you set the iPad in the C.24 it’s very sturdy indeed and the whole thing fits together as a case which is very cool.
As you can see in the photo above I got to play with Nave on the C.24 which worked nicely after the guys had sorted out a few configuration issues. It is a prototype after all. After that was done I found it easy to play, but I do like smaller keys.
You might also notice the module that’s sitting just behind the keys. This is one of the unique features of the C.24. The module in the picture is removable, and could be replaced by another. It’s held in place by magnets and is actually very secure.
My understanding is that the plan is that more people will make different modules for the C.24 allowing users to expand control in some interesting ways.
So overall the C.24 is moving forward. Like many kickstarter campaigns involving hardware it is late, but even so I think it’ll be a good step forward for mobile music making.