4/26/2006 [Music Production Tools ]

CME Announces World's First Duplex Wireless MIDI/USB System

FRANKFURT, GERMANY — CME, based in China and distributed in the US by Yamaha Corporation of America, continues it's string of world's firsts with the introduction of the WIDI X-8, a full duplex wireless system for MIDI and USB communication.

"Wireless technology is everywhere and CME has finally brought wireless MIDI technology to a price that any musician can afford," states Athan Billias, Director of Marketing for Technology Products at Yamaha. "The creative applications for the WIDI system are endless."

The WIDI X-8 is a great way to clean up long MIDI cable runs or extend USB connections. The two units communicate over a wireless 2.4GHz ISM license-free band up to 262 feet of unobstructed space. Also able to communicate through walls and floors, the WIDI X-8's 64 available channels mean up to 64 pairs can run at the same time within your home, studio or stage, making connections faster and easier.

The WIDI X-8 comes with two identical MIDI/USB devices that operate in four different ways depending on the users needs. First, each unit can work independently as a stand-alone USB to MIDI interface. With both units in MIDI/RF mode, a keyboard or MIDI controller can be wirelessly connected to rack modules, samplers, or other keyboards – great for use on stage. With both units in USB/RF mode, USB data is transmitted between devices, allowing wireless communication between two computers in different areas of the home or studio. Put one unit in USB/RF mode and the other in MIDI/RF mode and you have a wireless interface to connect a keyboard or MIDI controller to a computer.

Key Features
  • Operates on 2.4GHz ISM license-free band
  • Transmission range up to 262 feet (unobstructed)
  • Low power consumption, high speed, error correction ability
  • Built-in USB MIDI interface
  • Bi-directional MIDI communication (MIDI in/out)
  • Up to 64 pairs can be operating at the same time via 64 channels
  • Three operating modes (USB/RF, MIDI/RF, USB/MIDI)
  • OS X and Windows XP class-compliant for plug-and-play
  • Powered by 2 'AA' size batteries, AC power adapter (DC 5V) or USB bus-powered
The WIDI X-8 will be available in August, 2006 for $249.99 US MSRP.

For more information, please visit www.cme-pro.com.
CME is distributed in the US by the Yamaha Corporation of America.

About Yamaha
Established in 1960, the Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) offers a complete line of musical instruments, professional audio products, and innovative technology for the hobbyist, educational and professional music markets. Within YCA, there are several divisions, i.e., piano and keyboard products, band and orchestral instruments, commercial audio, guitars, drums and music production products. Yamaha Corporation of America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, Japan, and is the largest of all global subsidiary companies.

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