- 商品尺寸: 50.8 x 25.4 x 5.1 cm
- 商品重量: 907 g
- 发货重量: 1.5 Kg
- ASIN: B00TDZPGKC
- 型号 / 款式: XKEY 37
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CME Xkey37 37键MIDI键盘 银色
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真正便捷3.6mm纤薄厚度，高硅的铝制框架，轻盈便携MIDI键盘强大兼容USB MIDI，兼容iPad,、iPhone、Android平板电脑和手机、Microsoft Surface pro、Mac和PC专业重力灵敏度、复音触后、高分辨率弯音轮优异性能移动音乐创作、录音棚录音、现场表演的优选配备
体积：W 553 x H 135 x D 16 (mm)
尺寸: Old Model
BUILD QUALITY & PRICING - At a street price of $199, you could argue that the Xkey 37 is properly priced compared to some of the full-featured 37-key and 49-key MIDI workstations, or perhaps a bit over-priced compared to some of the compact 32- or 37-key alternatives on the market offering key input but no CC knobs or sample pads. At the same time, the unboxing of the Xkey 37 was a satisfying experience, and the solid build quality and sleek design certainly help to justify the price point. This keyboard is seriously thin - everything about it screams "Apple"(or perhaps "MacBook Air" - from the slim profile to the brushed nickel finish. I believe the 25-key version, however, still sells for $99, so that is a pretty significant price jump for adding a single octave of keys, though the Xkey 37 has a few connectivity advantages over the Xkey 25, which I will discuss below.
(UPDATE 02/26/2016 - About a week into using the device, I'm going to stick with the 4-star rating for the foreseeable future. It's a nice a product, a very sleek product, and I'm getting more accustomed to using the keys. But the micro jacks for USB and especially the X-Cable, for a $199 device, are extremely suspect. Unlikely to be an issue if you set it up on a desk and avoid abusing it, but certainly a design CME could work to improve in future iterations.)
"MOBILE" MUSICAL KEYBOARD? - While this is obviously a device that is well-built and appealed to me, I'm struck by how weird the overall concept of it is. CME promotes this as a "Mobile Musical Keyboard" (it says so right on the box), but in what sense is this really "mobile"? The keys are basically full-sized and have a bit of spacing between them, bringing the overall length measurement to 26 inches, compared to something like the Korg microKey (22 inches long). It's extremely slim, so it could fit into a backpack, but not without a significant portion of it sticking out of the top. Plus, the device requires you to plug in either one or two proprietary cables on the left and right sides, so you'd need to bring those with you. Long story short, the portability of this device is nice (I plan to stash it away when I'm not using it), but it's probably better suited for a studio desktop versus being a truly "mobile" or "laptop" keyboard option.
KEY PERFORMANCE - While the Xkey 37 is relatively new, the keys are similar to those on the Xkey 25, so I felt like I had a fair amount of information on how they would perform. The keys work pretty much as I expected, but only because I've used the Korg nanoKey2 before, so the idea of a keyboard key that feels more like a laptop keypad is not something that feels alien to me. The layout of the keys is very similar to a traditional piano - the black flat/sharp keys are set higher than the white keys, but only slightly. Although they look like traditional keys, they press straight down like a button, not like the "level" action of a traditional piano or synth key. I read some reviews saying that the keys are "too sensitive". I suppose that could be true from an "accidental key press" perspective. But actually, I had the opposite issue - the keys responded to my presses, but the range of velocity was too wide. I felt like the factory settings really wanted me to mash the keys harder than I was accustomed to for a full "127" velocity reading. Fortunately, CME has programs available on both computer and iPad that allow you to update firmware and make sensitivity adjustments. Therefore, while the unpredictability of key velocity is one of my leading concerns about the device, I have a degree of confidence that I might be able to tweak it to my liking.
CABLES & MIDI CONNECTIVITY - One of the key features that drew me to the Xkey 37 (over both the Xkey 25 and competitor products) was the "X-Cable". This proprietary cable is exclusive to the 37-key model, and it includes a separate output for 5-pin DIN MIDI Out, plus jacks for and expression and sustain pedal (not included). Those three items split into a single proprietary micro plug, which goes into a jack on the underside of the unit's left side. On the right side, there is a separate proprietary USB cable. (Both of these cables are included with the Xkey 37). The cable doubles as a power source for the keyboard, and as a USB MIDI interface, which has become more of an industry standard with computer DAW's, VST instruments, and mobile devices. However, some hardware synthesizers still require 5-pin DIN MIDI cables (in my case, the Korg Volca series), and 5-pin DIN MIDI remains necessary on a lot of older hardware devices. So the additional "traditional MIDI" output was a nice touch, and it remains somewhat rare in the sub-$200 MIDI controller lineup.
LONG-TERM CONCERNS - While I was able to plug in my Xkey 37 to both my iPhone (Camera Connection USB Kit required) and Volca Bass with zero difficulty, I do have some long term concerns about whether this device will continue to function 10 years or more down the road. There's simply no way to know if the keys will develop dead zones or other issues after years of use. Fortunately, most reviews of the older Xkey 25 have been positive. Also, while the X-Cable is a great innovation, the cables and jacks are proprietary, and the X-Cable in particular did not have quite as snug of a fit as I expected. With proper care, it should last, but this is another reason why I consider this more of a desktop keyboard than a true "mobile" device that could take years of abuse. Replacing the cables in future could be tedious or costly, while a failure in the jack probably means the end of the device.
OVERALL IMPRESSION - Portions of my review probably sound excessively negative for a 4-star review, but I wanted prospective buyers to have as much information as possible, as it is a bit of a premium-priced product for what it does. The reality is that I was prepared for many of these shortcomings, and yet still fell in love with the device and am happy with the purchase. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, go find a used version of the Alesis Q25 or Q49, which has both 5-pin and USB MIDI outputs and can be had for around $50. But if you're happy enough with the price, the Xkey 37 is a nice product that is really capable of performing like a full-sized keyboard, albeit with a much smaller (and sexier) footprint on your desktop. It's the logical companion to an office DAW setup where you might now want a giant MIDI keyboard on your desk at all times, but would proudly display the Xkey 37.
Sensitivity: my biggest fear buying this was the sensitivity of the keys: Keith McMillen's QuNexus has key sensitivities all over the place, you can hit a key with the same pressure 10 times and get 10 different results, but not with this one. This keyboard's sensitivity is pleasantly accurate.
Look: this keyboard looks like it was made by Apple, it's stylish, and well built.
Functions: this is the only area that leaves a lot to be desired. I really don't like the feel and sensitivity of the pitch and mod buttons.
I also have an AKAI Max49, which I've neglected since I got this one, now I wish CME made a 49 key version :D
The one minus I have for this keyboard is the aftertouch is too "touchy". I've avoided setting up aftertouch events when using it.
It's a barebones keyboard that's great for simple midi input. It comes with no bells and whistles (faders, knobs, drum pads and so on) which is exactly what I personally needed.
Xkey 37 vs Xkey 25
Initially, I was going to purchase the 25 key model, but to do the type of music that I like (piano accompaniment), the 37 key model was much more useful. Let me say that I'm not a musician by any stretch of the imagination, but I do enjoy learning music (chords and chord progressions and how the music is put together). I use a Mac with GarageBand, and the Xkey really fits the bill.
So let me get into what I really like about the keyboard:
1. It's very low-profile. While it's not as convenient as the 25 key model, it's still very thin. I wanted something with full-size keys since I have big fingers, so that ruled out mini-keys.
2. The free software/driver that comes with it (it needs to be downloaded) has some great features. Namely, the ability to assign keys to a lower register. For example, a song I'm trying to learn has wide range. I can compensate by dropping down an octave, but even still, I need to re-assign keys. The driver software allows me to use the bottom 11 keys (or however many I want/need) and assign them to a certain register. I think you could even do something crazy like assign a C key to a G or whatever.
3. The setup was plug and play (at least on the Mac). The driver software has been extremely stable. I've not had any oddities or strangeness when running it. The other Xkey software (which provides the instrument sounds) is limited to only a few different instruments, but you can start playing music without any additional purchases. Get GarageBand (free on the Mac), and you have a huge selection of instruments available.
OK, here are my gripes, and they're minor.
1. Really the only gripe is that there is not a lot of "range" on the keys. They don't provide the feedback/weight that a normal piano/keyboard has, but I knew that going in. The keys do a good job with attack, you just need to get used to the feel of the keys. I would think that going between real piano keys and this Xkey would be a bit strange, but the Xkey is my only keyboard, and I'm used to it.
2. I would really like the ability to store multiple keyboard configurations (key settings), but currently there is only a single setting. Luckily that has worked for me so far, but I can foresee a situation where I would either need to reset the keyboard to its defaults, and redo my current configuration. Being able to create/store/recall multiple configs would be awesome. That's really just a feature, and not a gripe, but it would be cool to have.
That's it. No real gripes. The other big plus in my mind is that when I sent an email to Xkey Tech Support for the feature request I listed above, I got an email back from a real person. Even though I didn't get a timeframe, I did get an email from a person who took my request, and got back to me in a very timely manner. I like that!
Feel free to post questions, and I'll do my best to answer them. I understand that I'm probably not the exact demographic that buys this type of keyboard (not a student, musician, or composer), but for a portable keyboard, I'm extremely happy with the purchase.