UF8, 88-Key MIDI Keyboard from CME.

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SampleHunter 06/14/2005

CME UF8 : SampleHunter's user review


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I was looking for a keyboard to touch heavy (more sensual and accurate in my opinion that the keyboard organ), and some midi controllers to control effects and VST instruments.
I use the MIDI OUT connector, not USB, it is not well supported by my PC (with the famous VIA KT133 !!!!). Too bad, because the controls for Cubase sequencer machines do not work with Midi output.


Touch is really good, far ahead of the M-Audio Keystation (for the same price), much closer to what is proposed yamaha or roland in touch heavy for three times the price (P90, RD300sx etc ...) . Touch is really a success.
The controllers are sufficient, it is regrettable centering knobs is very convenient for PAN but much less for the rest.
There is no software to reprogram the assignment of MIDI controllers, but it's not really a problem with the "Learn" function that offers all the effects and virtual instruments now.
French manual! sisi!


To quibble, I would have preferred more sober colors, a lower weight (20 kg beast!), A smaller footprint. But hey, I use it for 5 days and I'm really not disappointed, the finish is very good, very far from the usual plastic in this price range, the controllers are numerous, a real sustain pedal is delivered and that requiring a transformer. The aftertouch is good triggers, and there are many options that make this keyboard an excellent master keyboard.
The strengths of this keyboard are touch and the price, there is nothing seen in competition opportunity for even twice the price. I put 10 for the price.
A must try ...