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CME U-Key 49 - White

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CME-UKEY-WHITE

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USB Master MIDI Controller Keyboard with 64-Voice MIDI Sound Module

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U-Key uses ultra thin full action semi-weighted keys and the total ply of U-Key is only 3.7cm, but the key feel of U-Key is as same as keyboards in standard ply. U-Key has build in high 64-polyphony high quality mobile phone sound module, and internal high fidelity speaker droved by digitally amplifier. U-Key also builds in many MIDI songs and accompaniment in different styles, including loop variation and chord change, which are elaborate made by professional musicians and can be sprung by U-Key's unique 'PadStyle'. All MIDI songs and styles can be downloaded from Internet and transferred into U-Key via USB. U-Key supplies a brand new Game mode, users could use this function and music books with U-Key to test their skill of performance, and students could learn many tips in this mode. U-Key is the first mobiltone keyboard that has build in muiti ethical scales of the world, and it will surprise you, no matter you want to play Arabian music of Asian music. U-CTRL is a brand new concept by CME, it provides the easiest way to communicate between controller and music software. You do not need to load template or presets, just press U-CTRL button and all the controllers for software you may use will be ready.

U-Key supplies more than 20 user-defined controllers in different types, including joystick, trigger pads, encoder for data entry, pedals. All controllers are programmable and all functions of U-Key can be quickly and easily setup by press certain keys. User can save their controller settings into U-Key and load at any time they want. U-Key has plug and plays USB MIDI driver for Windows XP / MAC OSX, and it can be powered via USB. With U-Key's line out, phone out and compact cubage, it's a wise idea to use U-Key for mobile composing on laptops.

U-Key will follow CME's persistent competitive price like their other products as well.

Specifications

  • 49 notes ultra thin full action semi-weighted keyboard
  • 1 x Programmable Joystick
  • 8 x programmable trigger pad, velocity sensitive
  • 8 x programmable knob controller (endless encoder)
  • 1 x endless encoder for data entry
  • ‘PadStyle’ MIDI song and style help you to play live music easily
  • Interactant mode to improve skill of your performance
  • Multi-scale of the key to fit more kinds of ethnic music
  • U-CTRL function let you work with music software perfectly
  • Full MIDI functions including SEQ transport with fast operation access
  • Music software control templates with user bank memories
  • LED display
  • Firmware upgraded via USB
  • USB MIDI, class-compliant with Windows XP and Mac OS X
  • Universal pedal connector, full compatible with switch and expression pedal
  • 1 x stereo line output, 1/8” phone jack
  • 1 x stereo headphone output, 1/8” phone jack
  • 1 x MIDI I/O
  • USB bus-powered

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CME U-Key 49 - White Reviews

10/10

brilliant even years after release

I purchased this ( white ) beautiful toy ( v2 )in 2010, 4 years after first release. At that time among 49 key competitors for me were Behringer umx49, novation remote, m-audio axiom etc. It won with its size and versatility. So much packed in this small cheap box and after all it has some features that the others lack - for instance so useful for me SPLIT. On the top of it the sound module (128 sounds ) with possibility of editing ( attack, release, filter etc. ) makes it sometimes indpendent from a comp with VSTs. Should be listened through headphones though as the speakers built in are crap although useful at times.
Originally speakers cannot be switched off but I deal with it plugging a jack in the headphones socket;)
Th keys and knobs are ok for that price, for me enough.

8/10

CME U-KEY

I recently bought the U-key to use as a compact midi controller as my 88 key Oberheim was too big to take around! In general I have been very impressed by the unit as it has a lot of functions for such a cheap and light-weight keyboard. Starting off, the keys are very playable as the board basically comes from the CME UF 5. The velocity sensitivity of the keys is adequate but coming from a weighted action master keyboard (5x the price) there is certainly not as much response, but considering the cost of this unit I can\'t moan!

The 8 Pads on the unit are useful for triggering scenes or other control type applications, but for playing drum samples they simply aren\'t responsive enough, and playing fast hi-hat grooves is far easier with the keyboard. The 8 rotary encoders are very useful and the ability to assign multiple functions to them via the U-ctrl layer is definitely a bonus. ie. you can control all your synth parameters whilst playing and then press the button to edit volume, pan or anything else controllable in your software. I found that the resolution of the knobs was pretty good in ableton live but when used with modul8 (video) there was a lot of latency and they where pretty much useless for detailed tweaking, but again I think this is caused by the software being used.

In terms of midi functionality this product is great, it includes an additional midi i/o which is very useful and all the channel, assignment, velocity curve settings etc. are very easy to customize and edit quickly. As yet the manual is still in its plastic wrapper!

The inbuilt Gm sound module, surprisingly is not that bad and the inbuilt speakers are ok for quick practicing. But I would really recommend connecting this to a good VST, synth, sampler etc.

The ability to play / practice different types of scales (some I had never even heard of) and get feedback, is a great function for honing your skills. I think this keyboard would be an excellent choice for schools / colleges to put into there computer labs as it makes understanding midi very easy and intuitive, the game function for learning scales is also far more useful than the dreaded \"DJ button\" (weren\'t my school music lessons fun!)

Overall I am very impressed with the CME U-KEY, there is nothing else in this price range that has all of these functions, the M-Audio Oxygen 49 of the same price is a strong contender if you just need a midi controller and the addition of faders is nice. But for someone whos like to play keyboard on the train the bonus of having inbuilt GM sounds is great! (my laptop gets an easy ride)

Thanks dolphin music for selling the U-KEY around £25 cheaper than most placed, you rock!

Peace,
George

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8/10

CME U-Key Mobiltone Synth Controller Keyboard

I had a budget of £100 and wanted to get as much for my money as possible (Let\'s face it- don\'t we all) The semi-weighted keys gives the keyboard a great feel, and the 8 pads make recording a lot easier, though it\'s suprising to see them on a product of this price.

The styling is pretty good too- goes nicely with my iMac! Only gripe is the knobs could be better, they feel a bit tacky which is a real shame as the main keys on the board are great.

The thing to remember with the U-Key is that it\'s great value for money- 8 synth pads, semi weighted keys and the compact size, all for 80 quid, puts the others in it\'s price range to shame.

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