CME Xkey Air 37-key Bluetooth MIDI Controller

37-key Portable MIDI Controller with Velocity-sensitive Keys, Polyphonic Aftertouch, and Bluetooth Connectivity - Mac/PC/iOS
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A Portable MIDI Controller with Pro Features

At Sweetwater, we're shocked by the wealth of pro features - like full-sized, velocity-sensitive keys with polyphonic aftertouch - the CME Xkey Air 37 MIDI controller packs into its ultra-portable format. Compatible with a plethora of apps on your iOS device, the Xkey Air 37 adds a mere 7ms of latency, for an incredibly responsive feel. Perform wirelessly from anywhere, thanks to Bluetooth connectivity. Quick-touch buttons yield complete command over octave change, pitch bend, modulation, and sustain. Powered by a rechargeable lithium battery, the Xkey Air 37 will work continuously for more than 10 hours on a single charge. Built from durable aluminum, the CME Xkey Air 37 is ready to go wherever your music takes you!

CME Xkey Air 37-key Bluetooth MIDI Controller Features at a Glance:
  • 37 full-sized, velocity-sensitive keys with polyphonic aftertouch
  • Create music with any of the hundreds of available MIDI-compatible iOS apps
  • Adds a mere 7ms of latency for an incredibly responsive feel
  • Bluetooth connectivity lets you perform wirelessly from anywhere
  • Quick-touch buttons yield command over octave change, pitch bend, modulation, and sustain
  • Works continuously for more than 10 hours on a single charge
  • Highly configurable using free Xkey Plus app
  • Ultra-portable - fits easily in your bag or case
  • Durable aluminum construction
The ultra-portable CME Xkey Air 37 MIDI controller is packed with pro features!

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 37
Type of Keys Synth
Aftertouch Yes
Other Controllers Octave Change, Pitch Bend, Modulation, Sustain
MIDI I/O USB
USB Micro USB
Bluetooth Yes
Power Supply Rechargeable lithium battery
Height 5.31"
Width 21.77"
Depth 0.62"
Weight 1.96 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number KX03B00

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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4.5/5

Great little keyboard

So glad I got this. The full sized keys and small size make it unique. Playability is not perfect, but very nice for the limited key travel. Sensitivity is nice. Bluetooth latency is just about unnoticeable. Glad I went with the 37 key over the 25. Works just great with my MacBookPro and MainStage. Less so with the iPad Air 2. The iPad can get over run and start creating seconds of latency (which clears up, but that's still no good). SO for now, this and the MacBook make a great combination.
4/5

Great Travel\Gigging Keyboard unlike any other.

I am happy with my purchase of my CME Xkey Air 37. It is going to be a vital part of my traveling music endeavors, and is a keyboard I can quickly grab and noodle around with provided i have my phone (as I usually do) or my iPad. At first, I was having a really hard time deciding if I wanted the bluetooth or non-bluetooth version. My brief experience with the non-bluetooth version you couldn't use any micro-usb other than the one provided and even then you had to be careful with the connection or risk breaking the connector on the keyboard itself rendering the product useless. The location on this keyboard gives you more room and a regular micro-USB cable will fit. Also, having both the 2 year manufacture warranty and a 2 year warranty from sweetwater, plus the fact that this keyboard seems more likely to last in the long run, I think it was a good choice. On the keyboard itself you will most likely need to adjust the aftertouch curves to you liking, the keys feel great after a day or two of getting used to the lack of depth on of the keys, the spacing feels natural if you are used to full sized keys, they seem responsive for what i've tried with it so far. The bluetooth connection has been mostly great. You may find it necessary to tweak your system to the lowest latency possible to compensate for the slight amount of latency added when using this product wireless. I tend to play fast and sometimes rhythmic or with lots of busy notes. So, I do notice some latency if I don't configure the system for as low as possible. It becomes more of a problem if you are playing quiet and can hear the clicky keys slightly before what you are actually playing. So, just adjust your system accordingly or use the USB connection in these situations. The biggest downside to this one for me, compared to the non-bluetooth version, is that there is no breakout cable option for 5-pin MIDI, sustain pedal, and expression pedal input. I realize they may have not included it because it's wireless so why would you want cords coming out of it, but the option would have really been nice. And yeah, I'd rather have 4 octaves, even for travel. I don't know what people manage to do with the 2 octave keyboard, besides wish they had more notes and be glad it fits in their laptop bag. I've been using it with iPad Air 2 mostly, or sometimes my iPhone 6 and it works great. I just connect with the Xkey Plus app on iPad, and on my phone Korg's BLE MIDI works. I've already made this review a bit too long, but I hope it helps since I know it took me a while to find enough information to finally make a purchase.
Music background: Drummer turned Keyboard player, Weekend Musician for several years, currently just fiddling around as iOS musician at home, and doing fill in gigs here and there.
See also: Controller Keyboards, CME, CME iPad/iPhone Keyboard Controllers, CME MIDI Controllers