Radial Engineering has introduced Key-Largo, which combines a keyboard mixer, computer interface and foot pedal in a single unit. It’s on display at this week’s NAMM show in Anaheim at Booth 6940 in Hall A.
The design includes three stereo input channels for analog synths. Each channel is equipped with a level control and an effects send. A fourth input for a USB connects to a laptop to play back audio files and mix them with the live keys.
A stereo effects loop allows the addition of a rack-mount delay or reverb to a vintage Mini-Moog or to share it with the others and remotely activate the effects loop using the left onboard footswitch.
Stereo 1/4-inch outputs feed stage monitors while balanced isolated outputs feed the PA system. A momentary footswitch is assigned for sustain, making it easy to connect to a piano patch. Side access MIDI connectors are available to link MIDI controllers to a laptop.
“We came up with the idea of developing a pedal instead of a typical mixer,” explains Ryan Juchnowski, a member of the Radial tech team. “This, of course, led to several challenges. First off, a pedal must be compact to comfortably fit on the floor, yet for it to be functional, it has to be feature-laden.
“The second challenge was selecting features and functions that would adapt to a variety of setups,” he continues. “The third challenge was ensuring durability, enough to handle road travel. Our fourth challenge was to have it capable of interfacing with today’s computer based software world. Since the first prototypes were made, we have been showing the Key-Largo to a number of very high-profile artists and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.”
The Key-Largo is made in Canada from 14-gauge steel and is supported with a 3-year transferable warranty.