CME XKEY AIR 25 Electronic Keyboard

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CME XKEY AIR 25 Electronic Keyboard

CME XKEY AIR 25 Electronic Keyboard

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I tested my Xkey37 with all my favorite iPad synths, like Animoog, SampleTank, WaveGenerator, iVCS3, and several Arturia ones, and it worked perfectly, with no discernible latency. CME have just released the Xcable which features three connection options – MIDI, sustain pedal and expression pedal. Unfortunately, the latter must be pressed and held down throughout the duration of a note, which means that playing a phrase with both hands is a tad bothersome when your pinky finger is babysitting the sustain button.

The white keys are about 1/8'' high, the black keys are about 1/8” higher, and the gaps are about 1/8'' too. But to be able to connect wirelessly means that using those programs for my own use (not just in teaching) becomes a possibility. There is a slight bend if you’re not on a flat surface so I’d say that if you’re using it on a stand, to have some form of support underneath. It feels premium and in fact the body of the Xkey is made from the same material (brushed aluminium) used to make Macbooks. Special thanks to CME and Virgin Musical Instruments for making these products available for this review and for the sessions that I will be presenting in the 2016-2017 academic year.

I saw Jordon Rudess' long NAMM presentation on it from 2015 and he showed the CME software which is apparently capable of mapping any key on it to any message.

Simply plug the USB cable into a spare USB outlet on your computer, launch your favourite DAW and you’re good to go. As a result, I've now been using my Xkey37 as my main MIDI controller more than my expensive MIDI controller with piano keys and fancy wood trim! I think of the Xkey as more than just a mobile solution; its compact dimensions and slick functionality make it an ideal studio keyboard, too. The sustain keypad, along with the similarly styled modulation and octave controls, is retained on the Xkey37, so it is still usable in situations where it would be impractical to employ a sustain pedal, but the addition of a traditional MIDI output means you can now use this Xkey with any MIDI sound module, without there having to be a computer involved. Note that the larger Xkey37 model, in addition to its Micro-USB port, includes a proprietary Xport connector and a breakout cable, with 5-pin DIN for MIDI output and two 1/4'' cables for sustain and expression.The information obtained through cookies allows us to compile ad performance statistics and serve retargeting ads on The Trade Desks advertising network. Please give us the reason for your assessment in the following text box and – if possible – your e-mail address for further questions. Micro USB for the Xkey, Mini USB for the Zoom H1 and a normal USB for the Samson Graphite 49 that I have on the desk. Some producers prefer to switch to a harder velocity when programming drums and some prefer a softer velocity curve, so it all depends on you. One of the more startling aspects of this keyboard is the fact that it’s touch sensitive – the full 128 degrees of expression.

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