Review: CME Xkey 37

The original Xkey made a splash in the portable controller market as a sleek, snug and elegant all-in-one MIDI keyboard. Matt Vanacoro puts its new 37-key big brother to the test.  

The original Xkey made a splash in the portable controller market. The design, clearly made to fit snugly alongside your laptop or iOS device, was sleek, elegant, and simple. The Xkey 37 builds on all of those traits and adds an extra octave for more flexibility of use. Let's take a look.

First, What's New?

The name says it all'"you've got 37 full-size velocity-sensitive piano keys to work with. This allows more room for melodic phrases to develop without shifting octaves, as well as for some two-handed playing when needed. As a fan of the original Xkey, I found I was an even bigger fan of the Xkey 37. The extra octave is most welcome.

Apart from the extra octave, the Xkey 37 now comes with a brand new connector dubbed the '

Matt Vanacoro is one of New York's premier musicans. Matt has collaborated as a keyboardist in studio and on stage with artists such as Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Mark Wood (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Mark Rivera (Billy Joel Band), Aaron Carter, Amy Regan, Jay Azzolina, Marcus Ratzenboeck (Tantric), KeKe Palmer, C-Note, Jordan Knig... Read More


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