And it’s only $600/€600. Why didn’t we think of that?
On the surface, this is for someone looking for a Eurorack case and a full-featured keyboard controller – or is it the other way around?
But it also makes it convenient to bring Eurorack modules to live performances. And there’s a lot to be said for the ergonomics of having the modules directly in front of you.
The keyboard controller has a lot going for it too, including an arpeggiator, chord function, CV, MIDI… it’s all listed below.
Cre8audio has a growing series of Eurorack modules to help fill the NiftyKEYZ (or their affordable NiftyCASE).
Here’s the release:
Cre8audio introduced NiftyKEYZ a eurorack friendly, utility packed case with an integrated full-sized 49 key synth-action MIDI controller keyboard.
NiftyKEYZ melds a utility packed eurorack format modular synthesizer case into a modern MIDI controller keyboard, enabling users to configure their own “dream synth” out of eurorack format components/modules.
Configure your keyz…
Designed to bring the fun and flexibility of the eurorack modular synthesizer format to keyboard instruments, NiftyKEYZ provides an ample canvass for users that want to get creative with synthesizer their own configurations & modular synthesis manifested in keyboard form.
Much more than a eurorack case with a MIDI controller attached to it, NiftyKEYZ sets out to redefine the idea of what a synthesizer keyboard can be.
NiftyKEYZ first and foremost offers keyboard & MIDI control over 4 CV + Gate outs. NiftyKEYZ’s MIDI implementation enables the use of each of its 4 CV + Gate outs as either a part of a fully patchable polyphonic instrument or on their own monophonically. Additionally, each voice can be split across multiple MIDI zones on the keyboard. For example, it is possible to create a 4 voice polyphonic instrument or a 3 voice instrument in part of the keyboard range, while splitting another voice into a monophonic instrument elsewhere. The possibilities just begin there.
NiftyKEYZ also has a plethora of powerful performance functions that add expressivity and flexibility. These include a multi-mode arpeggiator, multi-mode clock synced LFO, aftertouch, velocity, sustain/latch mode, internal clock, expression out, and much more. All of these performance features are tied to CV outs, providing an unprecedented amount of modulation and control possibilities. Adding dimensions of depth to instruments is easy.
NiftyKEYZ’s CV & audio capabilities don’t end with its performance capabilities. Users will appreciate the integrated 2x buffered mults as well as the 2x outputs and headphone out with dedicated controls.
Beyond NiftyKEYZ’s modular synthesis capabilities, it is also a very capable USB and 5 pin DIN MIDI controller and device. It can not only take midi in from computers and external MIDI devices but also send MIDI back out to control them. Use NiftyKEYZ to control software-based instruments, other MIDI instruments, and/or let it be sequenced from DAWs, MIDI controllers, and sequencers. It’s all possible!
NiftyKEYZ key features and other info:
• Full size 49 key synth-action keybed with aftertouch
• 4x CV + gate outs – can be split by keyboard zone and used polyphonic or monophonic modes
• CV out for Aftertouch, Velocity, Modwheel/LFO, Expression
• Clock – internal clock and externally clockable + clock divider
• 2x buffered mults
• Useable case area = 112hp for eurorack modules
• Power output for modules
• +12V – 1500mA
• -12V – 1000mA
• +5V – 1000mA
• Multi-mode arpeggiator
• Auto-chord function
• Transpose function
• Glide control
• Swing control
• Multi-mode clock synced LFO
• Sustain pedal input (controls MIDI and gates)
• Two volume controllable 1/4” ts mono outputs on its rear (mirrored 3.5mm outs on top)
• Dedicated control for headphone out with 1/4” headphone jack on its rear
• USB MIDI class-compliant – no drivers needed
• MIDI in via USB and 5 pin Din
• MIDI thru via 5 Pin Din and USB
Price: $599.99/ €599.99