CME (trademark of Central Music Co.) launched their debut product, the UF master keyboard series at Winter NAMM 2005 last week. Keyboard players can choose from 49 to 88 keys on the device, which can be used as a synthesizer, a digital piano, a MIDI master keyboard, an electronic organ or a music production workstation.
CME reports that the UF is the world’s first Firewire expandable master keyboard. Users connect the UF with an external tone generator or software synthesizer through the optional Firewire expansion board on its rear panel to get the multi-function synthesizer. The Firewire expansion board can also be used for professional digital audio I/O with a computer, turning your UF into a multi-track digital recorder, complete with MIDI, synth, and audio control.
For live performance, a single MIDI cable can expand a keyboard rig. The UF can control multiple keyboards, synths, or digital pianos, making it much easier to manage your live rig.
With weighted hammer action, the 88-note UF8 provides grand piano feel and control when used with external tone generators or sample playback software. The UF8 also works well for piano education, featuring two headphone outputs on the Firewire expansion board designed for teacher and student.
The UF keyboard provides 8 knobs, 9 sliders, pitch-bend and modulation wheels. With the UF series, you can easily control your music in real time while the control buttons such as REC, PLAY, REW, remotely control the sequencer software in a computer.
Additional features on the self-powered unit include professional after-touch, breath control interface and a USB interface for MIDI data transfer. Suggested Street Price: UF5, $199 U.S.; UF6, $299; UF7, $399; UF8, $499.
For more information, visit www.cme-pro.com.