The price/performance of VAXMIDI is possible because of two critical design parameters. The first is that it is comprised of 2, 3 or 4 identical dual octave modules. This created economies of scale never available to a MIDI controller at the expense of not having traditional keys at either end of the keyboard. VAXMIDI starts with F on the left and ends with E on the right. (You will be able to change that to C to B once an additional part is designed later this year) That part will be free to backers and early purchasers.
The second design parameter is that it is assembled by the end user using only a screwdriver. This was a difficult achievement but essential to controlling the final cost. We estimate that it will take 4 hours to assemble VAXMIDI, although I can do it in less than an hour with all the practice I’ve had over the last few months.
Irrespective of cost, the reason VAXMIDI is a great keyboard is because of the sensors. I would not have embarked on this journey if I hadn’t discovered them. They measure the keys more accurately, with less power, and at a lower cost than any sensor I have ever evaluated.