ESI has announced the launch of an extremely portable MIDI performance controller featuring a solid aluminum chassis and ultra sensitive pads.

Xjam provides 16 RGB pads with polyphonic aftertouch in a 4×4 matrix plus 6 endless encoders that can be used in 48 configuration scenes. Virtually any common type of MIDI messages can be assigned to each of these controls and editing can be done quickly and directly on the hardware. ESI also provides a powerful editing software for Mac, PC and iPad that helps to monitor MIDI data and configure Xjam to the specific needs very comfortably.

The compact unit (200 x 135 x 26 mm) features a matching design to the well-known Xkey series of MIDI controller keyboards previously made popular by CME.

While Xjam connects via USB-C to the computer and works as a fully bus-powered device, it also features a TRS MIDI output to send signals to any other MIDI gear. An additional connector for an optional foot switch is provided as well.

Besides the editing tool, Xjam ships with a powerful software package incl. Bitwig Studio 8-Track, Cubasis LE (for iPad) and WaveLab LE.

“We are excited to expand the mobile music category with Xjam – not only for the global Xkey community.”, says Claus Riethmüller, CEO of ESI.

Priced 149 EUR (MSRP), the Xjam is shipping to retailers in Europe. In North America, Xjam will be offered in close partnership by Artesia Pro. Due to the ongoing global logistical challenges, it will be available later this year in other parts of the world.

More information: ESI