What sort of genius is this? A keyboard completely matched to your Apple typewriter keyboard. It’s smaller, sleeker and sexier than any mini-key in existence also it packs keys which are full-size! Just what’s more they truly are velocity and polyphonic aftertouch sensitive and painful. Perfecting the action is a cinch and after a practice that is little can consistently get your meant velocities and pressures.
Needless to say it is never ever going to deliver performance in line with a ‘real’ keyboard (weighted or perhaps not) but offered the small quantity of throw in the secrets by themselves (several millimetres) it is an achievement that is amazing. And its particular obvious shortcomings are quickly overcome with the buttons on the edge that is left-hand you’ll lengthen the small two-octave range with octave up and down buttons, use modulation utilizing force to adjust the amount, likewise pitch bend up or down. Finally there is a sustain button -something lacking from ‘full featured’ MIDI keyboards – so when is the norm today it may be iPad bus driven with your favourite apps and that means you can instantly utilize it. Amazing.
It is interesting to take a position whom will see this a must buy. Anybody semi-serious about making music in a real house studio will need a keyboard with an improved action and truly more than two octaves. The steel chassis makes it a bit weighty for bag-slinging too. But, for non-players or the musician that is casual to include a keyboard to their plug-in based studio without destroying the appearance of their aluminium and cup shrine to Apple it is unbeatable.
The critique that is just can degree during the Xkey is its curious curved front edge which means that the keyboard is needlessly flat whenever a small slope might have aided the playability. And the odd bright USB that is orange lead appears at chances with all the Apple-matching ethos. However these are small gripes on an inspired, well priced, feature-laden and beautifully built little bit of kit. Daniel Griffiths