CME has announced what it claims is the world's first keyboard controller with nine motorised 60mm faders that is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows systems.

The VX series Keyboard Controllers are built for demanding use, based in a solid aluminum chassis. A variety of keyboards have been made available under the new brand name, carrying between 49 to 88 keys. The solutions have been developed to support studio, stage or mobile use.

The VX Series feature 64 different types of programmable controllers including motorised faders, knobs, trigger pads, a ribbon controller, buttons, pitch bend and modulation wheel, transport controls, pedals, and a breath controller. These keyboards can be used to control virtual instruments in the studio, to tigger patterns and control sound rigs on stage, and to record audio into a portable or desktop system.

The keyboards offer built-in USB audio and MIDI interfaces, are equipped with internal memory and carry a built-in expansion slot to allow for expansion with current and planned modules, such as a FireWire audio interface; a sound module with sampling function; an analogue synthesiser module; and a digital mixing-console module.

The VX8 (£749.99) keyboard offers graded hammer-action keys, while the VX5 (£449.99), VX 6 (£549.99) and VX7 (£649.99) keyboards carry semi-weighted keys.

All keyboards carry: nine 60mm motorised faders; 12 programmable velocity-sensitive trigger pads; eight knob controllers (potentiometer); nine knob controllers (endless encoder); a ribbon controller; pitch-bend and modulation wheel; and 27 function and number buttons.

They also carry full controls for data entry and host two 16-character LCD displays. They offer four MIDI channels out and one MIDI in.

A Breath controller input, two mic/line inputs with gain control, two line outputs and two headphone outputs (with volume control) complete the offering. The products ship at the end of July.

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