CME has introduced at the Musikmesse tradeshow in Frankfurt, Germany the WIDI X-8, a full duplex wireless system for MIDI and USB communication.
Communicate over a wireless 2.4GHz, the WIDI X-8 provides a way for users to clean up long MIDI cable runs or extend USB connections, according to CME. The WIDI X-8’s 64 available channels mean up to 64 pairs can run at the same time.
The WIDI X-8 comes with two identical MIDI/USB devices that operate in four different ways depending on the users needs. First, each unit can work independently as a standalone USB to MIDI interface. With both units in MIDI/RF mode, a keyboard or MIDI controller can be wirelessly connected to rack modules, samplers, or other keyboards. With both units in USB/RF mode, USB data is transmitted between devices, allowing wireless communication between two computers in different areas of the home or studio. Put one unit in USB/RF mode and the other in MIDI/RF mode and you have a wireless interface to connect a keyboard or MIDI controller to a computer.
Yamaha, the WIDI X-8 will be available in August, 2006 for $249.99.