Old 08-09-2019, 10:19 AM   #1
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Hello.
Not new to the Reaper forum (and Reaper), although not active that much.
I am a Design Engineer by trade (as probably no one of you know).
Recently (well actually quite long ago as an idea) I managed to complete my MIDI keyboard prototype, called Pashkuli Keyboard.

My work on this keyboard is based on the work of Theophilè Dreschke from more than a century ago and the work of Paul von Jankò. The concept generally is based on the idea of a isomorphic layout and uniform keyboards. The most contemporary products based on that concept are the Daskin (USA) and Chromatone (Japan) keyboards.

I believe my design is a step ahead into the concept of uniform keyboards. Please, see the attached photos for more visual representation. I will start shooting short videos about how it feels to play this keyboard.
As a disclaimer I must admit, that I have never played keyboard instruments in my life (only drums, guitars... and whistling).


















Here the pinky and the thumb fingers span an octave (renova) interval.
The hand is calm and fingers sit comfortably on the keys, no stretch.









One finger can trigger any two adjacent keys as prime or second intervals. The slight slope is beneficial for the effortless move.



















Please, let me read your thoughts. Videos are coming soon on YouTube (Pashkuli Keyboard) and Instagram (pashkuli.keyboard), so please, stay tuned if you like it! Thanks!

Pashkuli Keyboard on Youtube

Pashkuli Keyboard on Instagram
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Old 08-09-2019, 10:26 PM   #2
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Is the key layout compatible with that of traditional knob accordion / bandoneon ?

What do you do about velocity ?

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Old 08-10-2019, 12:38 AM   #3
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There are four types of accordions (of which I know):
bayan, bandoneon, kravtsov and the standard one. Of course, there are much more (Types of Accordions)

None of these has anything to do with my design (Pashkuli), although by its keys design, kravtsov is somehow very close. The note layout though is completely different. My keyboard is suitable for accordion implementation as well though.
Velocity and aftertouch are available (I have used a heavily modified KORG hardware). MIDI functionality is fully implemented.
I was hoping to implement OSC as well, but my knowledge is not strong enough in that field unfortunately.
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Old 08-10-2019, 07:59 AM   #4
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I was hoping to implement OSC as well, but my knowledge is not strong enough in that field unfortunately.
Do you have Ethernet ? This is what mostly is used to carry OSC.
In fact OSC only defines a frame for information you define as you like, so not much knowledge necessary there.

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Old 08-11-2019, 12:59 AM   #5
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Yes, I am somehow aware of OSC but this keyboard doesn't have Ethernet.
The prototype above uses old hardware from the late 90's, I believe.
It is filly functional in terms of velocity curves, aftertouch, pitch and mod transform, MIDI functionality, etc.
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Old 08-18-2019, 06:55 AM   #6
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i feel like biting into those keys !!! hehe
amazing design
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Old 08-19-2019, 05:56 AM   #7
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i feel like biting into those keys !!! hehe
amazing design
True! You should have seen the first prototype - pinkish-magenta keys - The candy keyboard.
Now it is the Marshmallow Keyboard.
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Old 08-26-2019, 01:54 AM   #8
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Lil' teaser (not synced video)

I was aware videos take a lot of time to edit but, man... this is insane - 1 hour of edits for 10-15 min. final video. Anyway.

*** note that I tried to present the relative dimensions and sizes between the keyboards as accurate as possible... both having 88 keys each. Smooth as a silky milky.


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Old 09-08-2019, 06:18 PM   #9
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Decided to make a small (tiny) demo. Had no idea about that composer Schumann and why he had to damage his fingers. Pity...
Please, click on the image below to open the video link.


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