CME Xkey Midi Keyboard Controller For iOS
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CME Xkey Mobile Midi Keyboard

Xkey is made from rugged, brushed aluminium. The same material that is used in Macs. Ultra Slim. Great Design. Lighter than an iPad. It only weighs 600g (1.3 lbs) so you won’t even know it’s there. Pop it in your backpack, or use the optional Xkey carry case.

The CME Xkey is the answer to mobile music creation. It is unique in today’s market Xkey – your first choice of musical keyboard In the tablet PC era, will you still prefer a desktop computer? In the mobile music era, will you still need a traditional MIDI keyboard? In the portable musical instrument era, will you compromise with poor performance features? Xkey is currently the world’s only truly portable music companion that belongs to you. While at home in the studio or living room, it doesn’t force you to play in one spot. Nor should the slim appearance fool you – professional performance is not compromised. You can see its elegance, touch its refinement and play with delicacy. It can hide in your backpack and is with you to communicate your musical inspiration.


25 full-size keys (2 octaves).
100% MIDI compliant.
Velocity sensitive.
Polyphonic aftertouch.
Pressure sensitive Pitch bend and Modulation buttons, with continuous MIDI control data.
Octave +/- push buttons.
Sustain button.
USB Powered (no external power supply needed).
Firmware upgradable via USB.
Configurable via Xkey Plus free app for iOS, Mac OSX, and Windows.

Micro USB connector (cable provided).
Activity indicator LED.

Xkey is available in 25 note and 37 note sizes and in a variety of colors.

Xkey 25-Key Portable Musical Keyboard

Check out XKey Bluetooth if you want wireless! CME Xkey Air 25-key Bluetooth MIDI Controller

Samson Carbon 61 Midi Controller with iPad Dock
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Samson Carbon 61 Midi Controller with iPad Dock. Looks like they planned ahead by simply integrating an iPad stand instead of an actual fitted Dock. Basically it’s the Carbon 49 with more keys.

Cost $149

Samson’s Carbon 49 USB MIDI Controller was designed to make musical performance and production accessible to everyone. For seasoned musicians and young creators alike, the Carbon 49 offers versatile, yet easy-to-use features in a compact, lightweight controller that’s well-suited both stage use and in the studio. It offers you a semi-weighted keyboard comparable in feel to that of pro-level instruments. Its 49 velocity-sensitive keys allow you to accurately capture the full dynamics of a performance. In addition, the Carbon 49’s dedicated Transpose and Octave buttons, as well as its classic Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels, allow you to expand the keyboard and enhance your overall musical expression.

Take control of your music software with the Carbon 49’s assignable data encoder and volume slider. For easy editing, players can use the Shift key to adjust up to 14 performance-related control parameters. Also, the Carbon 49’s 3-digit, 7-segment LCD displays the behavior of every function in real time. For added versatility, the Carbon 49 includes traditional MIDI Out, sustain pedal input and USB connections.

Staying hip with today’s popular and convenient technology, the Carbon 49 features an integrated iPad stand and can be used with your favorite MIDI apps via Apple’s Camera Connection Kit. The Carbon 49 can even be directly powered by the iPad.

In addition, it’s bundled with Native Instrument’s KOMPLETE ELEMENTS software, which offers a vast range of instruments and effects for modern music production, composition and sound design for your desktop Mac OS X or Windows.


Akai Synthstation 49 Controller For iPad
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Akai Synthstation 49 iPad

Akai Synthstation 49 iPad Controller. We really enjoyed attending Winter NAMM 2012. There were some pretty cool things to see especially hardware for the iPad. This was one of our favorites.

* Portable, velocity-sensitive keyboard with pitch and modulation wheels
* Nine velocity-sensitive MPC-style drum pads which light when triggered
* Dedicated transport control buttons including Play, Pause and Record
* Play MIDI keyboard and drum pad performances into an iPad via CoreMIDI or AkaiConnect apps
* Built-in, adjustable dock charges your iPad while positioning the screen at the perfect angle
* USB port for connecting to a Mac or PC, receiving power and controlling MIDI music software
* Works with iPad or iPad 2
* Professional ¼” stereo outputs with volume control to connect mixers, speakers and recording equipment
* Headphone output to practice and compose in private

BUY Akai Professional SynthStation 49 49-Note Keyboard Controller with Drum Pads and Doc

Line 6 Mobile Keyboard Controller For iPad
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Line 6 Mobile Keys For iPad

Premium Keyboard Controllers for iPad, iPhone, Mac and PC

Mobile Keys™ premium keyboard controllers provide an exceptional playing experience on your iPad®, iPhone®, Mac® and PC. Equally powerful hooked up to a CoreMIDI music app, GarageBand® or your workhorse DAW, Mobile Keys controllers give you full-sized, velocity-sensitive keys, a solid feel and a refined look that’s perfect for any desk, stage and studio. Whether you’re a beginning musician or a seasoned studio professional, you can now perform, record and capture inspiration with MIDI keyboard controller solutions that work with all your music-making devices.

Mobile Keys Product Specifications:

Class-compliant USB MIDI keyboard controllers for making music on iPad, iPhone, Mac and PC
Ideal for GarageBand and other CoreMIDI music apps as well as workhorse DAWs
Powered by connected device — no batteries or power adaptor needed
Full-sized, velocity-sensitive keys for expressive playability (Mobile Keys 49 features 49 keys; Mobile Keys 25 features 25 keys)
Pro keybed for a consistently solid feel
Mod and Pitch wheels for expression effects
Volume and Pan knobs
Octave Up and Octave Down buttons
Shift button for accessing advanced functions including Transpose, MIDI Channel, Program Change, Velocity Curve and Controller Assign (knobs, pedals, and Mod wheel)
1/4″ TRS Sustain pedal jack
1/4″ TRS Expression pedal jack
USB jack and special jack for connection to the 30-pin jack on your iPad or iPhone (special 3-foot/1-meter cable included)
Extremely portable
Sturdy construction, sleek design
Compatible with Mac and PC computers
Compatible with iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation), iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2 and iPad

BUY Line 6 Mobile Keys 99-072-0505 25-Key Midi Controller

iPad Learning Keyboard
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Sneak peak at the new iON iPad Piano learning system.

iON Piano Apprentice Screenshot

Ion Audio Piano Apprentice runs on four AA batteries, and includes stereo speakers and a 25-note keyboard that lights up the notes you’re supposed to press. This keyboard works with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, and the companion app can also be used on their own with a touchscreen keyboard. $99

Also at CES the ION Piano Master Keyboard Controller (video below) Ion Piano Master is core MIDI compatible, and will be usable with third-party music apps. $269

BUY ION Audio PIANO APPRENTICE 25-note Lighted Keyboard for iPad, iPod and iPhone

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