CME and Yamaha are now shipping two new products, announced on Friday at the NAMM music show in Austin, TX.
The first product is the WIDI X-8, a full duplex wireless system for MIDI and USB communication. 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 stand-alone 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.
The unit uses the 2.4GHz frequency and can transmit up to 262 feet. The WIDI X-8 has the ability to have up to 64 pairs operating at the same time via 64 channels.
Mac and PC compatible the WIDI X-8 is available now for $249.99.
The second product the two companies announced today is the VX Series Keyboard Controllers. The VX series have all-aluminum chassis and sizes from 49 velocity-sensitive semi-weighted keys to 88 professional graded hammer action weighted keys.
The VX series range in price from $899.99 to $1299.99 and are available immediately.