This keyboard feels very solid and well- built, much more so than a lot of competitors’ products. My only slight concern is for the long-term reliability of the Micro-USB sockets, but those are an industry standard outside of Apple-land, and a necessary evil in small form-factors. I’m a big fan of the iPad for virtual instruments, especially soft-synths, and I use my iPad in the studio much more than instrument plug-ins within my DAW. You might want to refer to photos on the CME website after reading the following explanation. Xkey’s velocity sensitivity and polyphonic aftertouch were very responsive and felt natural in the patches that responded to them. When I initially connected my Xkey37 through my Camera Connection Kit adapter, there was not enough power from the iPad to power the Xkey Jim Williams has spent much of his 56 years working with some of the biggest names in the music business, including Frank Zappa, John McLaughlin and Stevie Wonder.
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Berkeley, Ussb Keith McMillen Instruments KMI has a solid reputation for innovation in an industry sometimes known for releasing products that are often just another variation on a common At first, this scheme seemed like it would take some getting used to, but I felt like it would be better than the mini keys ussb I really dislike. You might want to refer to photos on the CME website after reading the following explanation. Until recently, Mmidi been using an IK Multimedia keyboard.
Tape Op is a bi-monthly magazine devoted to the art of record making. There are Ks where all the Cs should be! I had a Line 6 Mobile Keys 49 keyboard for my first-generation iPad, but that product has been discontinued, and it won’t work with newer iPads that have Lightning ports.
This keyboard feels very solid and well- built, miid more so than a lot of competitors’ products. Xkey relies on a Micro-USB port for both connectivity and power, which is great if you’re using it with a laptop.
The upside is that no wall wart is needed! Xkey’s velocity sensitivity and polyphonic aftertouch were very responsive and felt natural in the patches that responded to them.
I did not test these, but latency is claimed to be only a tad higher than the wired versions. My other iOS-compatible keyboard is sadly destined for eBay. Depending on the patch you’re playing, and how the patch and Xkey are set up, these buttons can work fine, but you just don’t have the same expressiveness that you do with a dedicated wheel or lever.
He’s the owner of Audio Upgrades, It can change a whole bunch of internal settings, even allowing the velocity curve to be redrawn, and it updates the firmware as needed. I also love the fact that you can pass it around the studio for people to play and audition sounds. Minor issues with the pitch-bend and modulation switches aside, I don’t think you’ll find a better keyboard for the iPad.
CME Xkey USB MIDI Keyboard
Wait — lemme explain. But, with Xkey, I was surprised to find that I hit fewer bad notes! My only slight concern is for the long-term reliability of the Micro-USB sockets, but those are an industry standard outside of Apple-land, and a necessary evil in small cm.
The look of Xkey is very Mac-like, as it uses the same brushed aluminum as a MacBook. Subscribe for free here. Moreover, the ease of accurately playing the low-profile keys makes Xkey a serious contender for your main MIDI keyboard controller too! But, this feels like a very minor quibble for a keyboard that fits into any backpack and is USB bus powered.
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Bill Cheney and Jim Romney are the men responsible for keeping the amazing legacy of Spectra Sonics, a legendary, if criminally unheralded, pro-audio company alive. I disliked its miniature keys, but I couldn’t find any iOS-compatible keyboards with full- size keys to replace it. If all my talk about Xkey’s compactness has you thinking it might be kind of flimsy, you’d be wrong. I opted for the larger three-octave Xkey37, but they also make the original, two-octave, key Xkey, which should fit in any gig bag, backpack, or courier bag.
CME CME Xkey USB MIDI Keyboard (silver) vinyl at Juno Records.
The spacing and depth of Xkey’s keys mirror those of a piano, but the height of each key is lower meaning less travel tooand there are gaps between the keys. I had some piano training many years ago, but I’m a half-ass keyboardist at best, and I will occasionally hit a bunk note here and there, requiring another take or editing of the MIDI track.
When I initially connected my Xkey37 through my Camera Connection Kit adapter, there was not enough power from the iPad to power the Xkey The only downside to Xkey is that it lacks wheels for pitch-bend and modulation, instead relying on switches for these functions.
I like the at-your-fingertips interface of the iPad, as well as the affordability and stability of the many great-sounding mudi available for it.
Vintage King co-founder Michael Nehra shares some of his love, knowledge, and practical advice for diving into the world of vintage audio gear, and then takes us behind the scenes for a walk through Jim Williams has spent much of his 56 years working with some of the biggest names in the music business, including Frank Zappa, John McLaughlin and Stevie Wonder.