Key Control – A Hardware Device for Locking Key and Scales

Artificial Noise has announced Key Control – a hardware device that can lock your keyboard to scales and musical keys. How cool is that? Those familiar with Ableton Live’s scale MIDI effect will have some experience in the arena of locking keyboards to scales and will attest to the convenience of such a thing. Now you can have a hardware box that could do the same trick for any MIDI controller or synthesizer with MIDI. The box transposes all notes in a chosen scale to the white keys and makes the black keys able to then play chords in the scale. It’s no one-trick pony.

The device is simple to use, just plug your keyboard into the box and then your box into the destination (DAW, synthesizer, sequencer, etc.). You could also plug in a synthesizer with a keyboard into the box, then back into the synthesizer (make sure to turn your synthesizer keyboard to “local off”). There are 12 keys and 11 Scales to choose from:

  • Major
  • Minor
  • Harmonic Minor
  • Melodic Minor
  • Dorian
  • Locrian
  • Lydian
  • Mixolydian
  • Phrygian
  • Hungarian Minor
  • Persian
  • Chromatic / Thru Mode

Artificial Noise builds their instruments and effects in limited runs so if you’re interested don’t sleep on it, check out the video below, and order from the website here for $199.


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