Future Retro
512 Touch Keyboard

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512 Touch Keyboard
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The Future Retro 512 Touch Keyboard is a new stage in the tradition of capactive touch keyboards for electronic music. With incredibly flexible built-in arpeggiator, sequencer, MIDI to CV conversion, MIDI to MIDI conversion and more, the FR 512 is a fantastic way to get expressive control of your performance rig or studio literally under your fingertips.

The 512 can control an astonishing amount of gear. It offers MIDI output and control voltage & gate out over 1/8" jacks (with both protocols accessible simultaneously!). The scaling of the CV out is adjustable, making it compatible with nearly any analog synthesizer.

The arpeggiator and sequencer are remarkably flexible, featuring user-definable rhythm patterns, note duration, sustain, and more. User-definable scales and chords offer further customization and area for experimentation.

The Future Retro 512 can function as a MIDI to CV converter, even allowing for superimposition of its own system-specific settings on the outgoing CV. This means that incoming MIDI can be transposed at the keyboard or "quantized" to specific scales, clock divisions, etc. Another advanced feature of the 512 is its built in MIDI to MIDI conversion, by which incoming MIDI can also be reformatted with these same system-specific settings before heading to the MIDI OUT jack. Furthermore, the 512 offers a unique Poly MIDI out, with intelligent channel reassignment per note to control up to 16 monophonic MIDI devices simultaneously.

All these features and more make the 512 an incredibly flexible and customizable interface for expressive performance. Whether at the center of a studio full of MIDI gear or a growing modular system, the 512 makes a fantastic addition to any setup.


  • 29 capacitive keys with 9 octave selections, capactive pitch bend and modulation "sliders," & user definable touch response
  • CV out over 1/8" for Clock, Gate, Key CV, Velocity, Touch, and Mod Wheel
  • Scalable CV output for compatibility with standard 1V/octave response as well as more esoteric standards, including Buchla & EML 1.2V/octave and more
  • Latchable arpeggiator with swing & tempo, definable rhythm patterns, direction, and more
  • Flexible SH101-style sequencer with 145 writable pattern locations
  • 28 User-definable scales allow experimental note-reassignment and "quantization" of the touch interface and incoming MIDI
  • 28 User-definable chords of up to six notes with inversion for "one-finger" polyphony and alteration of incoming MIDI
  • Octave, +/- semitone, and scalar transposition of touch interface or incoming MIDI
  • Flexible glide settings for CV output
  • Storable preferences include velocity & aftertouch curve/range, pitch bend range, pitch bend and mod wheel response times, and more
  • All user-defined preferences, arpeggiator, sequencer, scale, and chord settings stored in EEPROM memory for reliable recall without the need for a backup battery
  • 15V DC power supply included with unit

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  • Dimensions: (W) 17.5” x (D) 7” x (H) 1.5”
  • Unit Weight: 2.6 lbs
  • Universal Power Supply: 100-240V AC input, 15V DC output
  • Power In: 15V DC
  • Current Draw: 290mA (typical)
  • MIDI Connections: IN, THRU, OUT (5-pin Din)
  • MIDI Channels: 1-16
  • MIDI Note Range: 0-127
  • MIDI To CV Conversion: Yes
  • Polyphonic MIDI to MIDI Conversion: Yes, 16 Channel / 16 Note Polyphony
  • Velocity Curves: 5
  • Touch Curves: 5
  • Bend Sensitivity: 0-9
  • Mod Sensitivity: 0-9
  • Analog Outputs: Clock, Gate, Key CV, Velocity, Touch, Mod
  • Analog Output Ranges: 0 to +10V 
  • KEY CV Note Range: 0 to > +9V, 1V/Oct Standard
  • KEY CV Octave Offset: 0 to +4 Octaves
  • Glide Time: 0 to Approximately 3 Seconds
  • Swing Amount: 50% to 75%
  • Tempo Range: 20 to 250 BPM
  • Time Signatures: 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4
  • Keyboard: 29 Keys
  • Octave Ranges: 9
  • Transpose Range: -12 to +16 Semitones
  • Controls Produced: Note-On/Off, Pitch, Pitch Bend, Velocity, Mod Wheel, Aftertouch, Clock/Start/Stop
  • Chords: 28x 6-note Chords
  • Chord Inversion: +/- 4 Steps
  • Scales: 29x 29-note Scales
  • Scalar Transpose Range: 0 to +28 Steps
  • Keyboard Scale Inversion: Yes
  • Arpeggiator: Yes
  • Rhythm Patterns: 29x 16-step Patterns
  • Recorded Rhythm Pattern Content: Note Duration, Sustain, Rest, Glide, Velocity
  • Play Directions: Up, Down, Up-Down Exclusion, Up-Down Inclusion, Random
  • Range: -4 to +4 Octave Reiterations
  • Note Order: Ascending, As-played
  • Hold: Yes
  • Sequencer: Yes
  • Sequences: 145 (9 Banks x 29 Sequences) x 64-step Patterns 
  • Recorded Sequence Content: Note Pitch, Duration, Sustain, Rest, Glide, Velocity
  • Play Directions: Up, Down, Up-Down Exclusion, Up-Down Inclusion, Random
  • Range: -4 to +4 Octave Reiterations
  • Loop Point: 0 to 64 Steps

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