Lots of music students and novices – young and old – like the portability and features of Xkey keyboards as a great way to learn music. And they’re reassured to see that Xkey is also the keyboard of choice for so many pro musicians, so students know their keyboard will be able to keep up with their growing musical abilities.
Now to help people who are new to keyboards to quickly gain confidence in their abilities, CME has launched the Xkey Piano app. It’s a free app that’s available for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows and, in the near future, Android devices too.
Xkey Piano offers a range of functions that will quickly give novices a level of confidence. Features of the app include:
- Learn how to connect and use your Xkey keyboard with a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone.
- Select instrument sounds that can be played from the keyboard.
- Enjoy great Xkey features like velocity, vibrato, sustain pedal (Xkey37 only) and pitch bend support
- Change the tempo and use the embedded metronome to keep time.
- Use Xkey AfterTouch feature to trigger vibrato on any key
Zhao Yitian, CME’s CEO, says: “Xkey Piano is perfect for novice keyboard players. With no prior knowledge of computers, apps or music, our plug & play app works right out of the box. Within minutes people can be playing notes and experimenting with various effects. The Xkey Piano app will also help first timers to make a more informed choice about which third-party MIDI music app they are likely to upgrade to.” Zhao adds that many new features are planned for the free app, with automatic upgrades via the various app stores.
Award-winning keyboardist and CME’s Chief Musical Officer Jordan Rudess says: “The Xkey Piano app really helps to see that they have the potential to become a competent keyboard player. Kids from four right up to people in their 80s will be encouraged by how quickly they are understanding musical concepts like playing chords, using different instruments and keeping time. I know kids have no fear of computers, but seniors who might doubt their ability to connect a keyboard to a PC, tablet or smartphone will be amazed at how simple CME has made it. I love this app.”
To download the free Xkey Piano application, please visit:
- iOS (iPad only): https://itunes.apple.com/app/xkey-piano/id971683503
- Mac OS: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id965123264
- Windows: http://www.cme-pro.com/xkey/XkeyPiano/XkeyPiano.exe.zip
- Android. Coming soon.