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July 24, 2014

CME Xkey MIDI Keyboard Review

I first noticed the CME Xkey at Winter NAMM 2014, but I wasn’t sure what I was looking at besides just another MIDI keyboard. The booth had what a lot of booths are doing now: obligatory T & A to draw the male dominated musical retail space to their product. I refer you to Exhibit A:

Months later I saw the CME Xkey (without the distracting sex appeal) while looking for a portable MIDI keyboard solution for myself. I was pleasantly surprised at the design, functions, and portability of the CME Xkey. For a 25 note keyboard with aftertouch, it’s a pretty great choice for a mobile musician or as a small desktop keyboard solution. Before you make your decision, let’s take a look at the features on the CME Xkey.

Features

The Xkey really shines as a portable MIDI keyboard. It is super light weight at around …

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December 14, 2010

Akai Synthstation 25 Review

Have you ever wanted to take your keyboard anywhere but hated lugging around a bulky and cumbersome synth? Akai has made it easy with the Akai Synthstation 25. This 25 key synth controller allows you to hook up your iPhone or iPod directly to the keyboard to act as your brain for the Synthstation 25 controller. The keyboard itself allows you to control all of the functions within the application on your Apple device while also incorporating a pitch and mod wheel for all of your synth creation needs.

The synth buttons allow you to easily select between your different sounds and the convenience of the octave buttons make switching keys a breeze.┬áThe application is what makes this keyboard stand out among other 25 key keyboards. You can manipulate all of your sounds in the Synth Edit section, create your own beats in the Grid Edit section, or even record your …