The story behind innovating MIDI over Bluetooth

MIDI over Bluetooth
MIDI over Bluetooth

Why we started to develop the MIDI over Bluetooth solution

CME has been the wireless MIDI expert since 2005. Our WIDI (Wireless MIDI) technology already serves thousands professional musicians worldwide. Wherever they are on tour or in the studio. The Xkey Air (bluetooth MIDI controller) is now used by a wide range of producers, musicians, keyboardists and mobile music makers. We kept delivering as technology evolved.

We have been working on wireless MIDI solutions for over 15 years now. After we launched the Xkey Air (2015) we received many requests about advanced MIDI connectivity over Bluetooth. The current MIDI over Bluetooth solutions have limitations. They actually only pair your computer with a MIDI controller. That is why we've decided it is time to innovate wireless MIDI.

I think CME WIDI Master can be very successful. If you want to sell it “the traditional way” (distributors and dealers), and you have a pricing for it, I would be very interested in selling it. Quote as received from a renowned distributor of musical instruments

Do you really want MIDI over Bluetooth?

We asked ourselves if we could develop the wireless MIDI adapter that pairs all your MIDI devices. Without a computer. Without MIDI cables. Actually the solution has been right in front of us. Did you know CME is the only company worldwide that has developed the affordable wireless MIDI solutions for both master (WIDI BUD) and slave (Xkey Air)?

Therefore we decided to merge these two technologies. Together with the ongoing development of wireless Bluetooth (BLE) technology, we now can offer the most complete and reliable wireless solution for all your MIDI devices. We present to you today our wireless MIDI over Bluetooth adapter: WIDI Master.

As for the absolute latency, moving your head even 1 meter from the speaker adds 3 milliseconds of latency through the air alone. Therewith Bluetooth MIDI and the new WIDI Master do not cause any audible latency issue. They really don’t!

We need your support to expand the WIDI family!

Everybody can come up with great ideas. It is more complex to bring those ideas to the market. Today it is also important the develop not only a sustainable revenue model for the company and its employees, but also for the environment and our customers. In the end we want to deliver innovative products and limit waste against the best retail price you can imagine.

We have calculated that we can start manufacturing at a specific number of 1,000 WIDI products. It is important to us to offer you the best price and limit our waste. Furthermore we can deliver WIDI products directly to your doorstep and only manufacture what we really need.

Therefore we kindly request you to keep sharing our message and register to keep track of advanced music technology solutions developed with you by CME.

Are you curious to find out what WIDI can do for you? Read further here!

  • Bernie Ackerman says:

    I know CME has been known for quality for a long time. I’m in.

  • Bernd says:

    I,m still using the Widi x8 System and if the new one will work the same i’m in.

  • David says:

    I already have The Yamaha midi bluetooth adapter that I plug in to the midi in out ports of my Yamaha keyboard this allows me to connect to my iPad by bluetooth and use The
    Igrand app .How is this device any different

    • Zhao Yitian says:

      Hi David, if you only use your Yamaha keyboard with iPad, your setup was fine. When you need to use your keyboard to play another hardware synthesizer or sound module directly, the WIDI Master can connect with your Yamaha Bluetooth MIDI Adapter wirelessly as point to point communication.

  • Kevz says:

    I have been using WIDI X8 for many years, always want to get an extra pair but impossible to find second handed worldwide, I hope the new WIDI Master could work like the WIDI X8, i.e. one device being master and multiple slaves sync automatically to the master such that I can send MIDI signals to multiple devices from my computer simutaneously.

  • Frank says:

    I think the product is really cool and would like to get rid of some cables, too, but I am not in a hurry. Best of luck though and thanks a lot for pushing the envelope!

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