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The CME UF5 49-Key MIDI Controller is a USB/MIDI keyboard controller that brings together quality components with topnotch performance to deliver professional control over all your soft synths and synth modules. The blue-tint aluminum body is durable, sleek and offers a stylish housing for the 49 semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch.
The CME UF5 also houses pitch and modulation wheels; 8 assignable knobs and 9 assignable sliders that also have preset functions; an LED display; and DAW transport controls. I/O includes a breath controller port, MIDI out, USB port, and an M-LAN compatible FireWire audio expansion port. The USB connection works as a USB/MIDI port and supplies power for the controller.
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I was excited when I got this keyboard! It weighed a ton. There was no cheap plastic here, it was made of seemingly indestructable aluminum and the semi weighted keys felt great! The looks of this keyboard is also unmatched, It looks awesome! It has plenty of knobs , 8 * 2 banks and 8 sliders * 3 banks, one of which is used as drawbars for organ.The chunky transport buttons are easy to find when you need to stop your daw, but you'll have to program your daw to respond to cc#s 114-118 because it won't send mtc. The drawback is that rtz and rewind sent the same cc number .Lack of buttons and support is lacking except via a user forum. Summing up, this company makes a gorgeous, sturdy keyboard that would sell like hotcakes if they would include presets, a better editor, and any support.I spent a month trying to get it work like it should've out of the box, having to use midi ox to save sysex files as templates. They hadn't updated their editor for over a year and there wasn't anyway to update it's bios. These features or lack of and the fact that it had to be registered within 14 days, which I didn't find out until after that time elapsed made me have to return it. If you want a beautiful sturdy heavy keyboard and don't need support this ones for you. If you need preset memories it's not. If you buy you need to register within 14 days.
I was really hoping this would be as durable as it looks. I love the metal construction, the weighted keys, and the chunky transport buttons. The USB support sucked, the only cable that worked was the short cable that came with it, but I was able to get around this problem with a midisport uno. however, after using this for only three months have 7 dead keys. It isn't a problem with MIDI or USB, I ran diagnostics on the unit itself and it doesn't receive any signal from the keys.
The feel and response of this keyboard is better than any others I have tried. It feels like an instrument, where as most others feel more like toys. The feel reminds me of a vintage rhodes. The way it feels, plays, responds, and accurately captures my playing is perfect for the studio and performance.The only down side is that the drivers are a bit lacking and can be tedious to install, but the manufacturers website is in the constant process of updating and improving. So, there is hope.All and all, I would suggest this over the competition.