Mitch Gallacher of Sweetwater Sound recently reviewed the XKey portable USB MIDI Keyboard.

Sweetwater’s verdict is:

If you write music, then CME’s Xkey controller belongs in your mobile rig. Surrounded by a sleekly designed molded aluminum chassis, this controller is constructed similarly to a chiclet computer keyboard. The Xkey owes its extremely low profile to a key mechanism that happens to depress evenly no matter where you press on them.

The end result is a freakishly slim keyboard that’s only 3.6mm thick (approximately the thickness of 36 sheets of printer paper) and remarkably playable. Did we mention the keys are full sized and velocity sensitive, or that they feature polyphonic aftertouch? That’s right, the CME Xkey is one serious little controller keyboard.

Matt Alexander of Sweetwater says:

From my experience, the best way to sum up the CME Xkey is “compact, easy, and fun.” As a musician who wants to be able to record ideas when they hit me, this little guy perfectly fits that need! Plus, it has features like a sustain button which set it apart from other compact 25-key controllers. The Xkey has found a permanent home in my laptop bag.

Check out Sweetwater’s XKey USB MIDI Keyboard page to read more about Xkey plus independent customer reviews. At the time of writing, Sweetwater also have money saving promotion and are offering free tech support and a free two year warranty.

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