Finale SongWriter/Xkey Bundle, Academic Discount | Education Discount at
Virgin Musical Instruments
Product ID: 1576918
Retail $204.93 $134.96

Electronic Software Delivery

Once order has been processed, this item is not returnable.

Finale SongWriter/Xkey Bundle

Finale SongWriter/Xkey Bundle


  • Finale SongWriter 2012 (Electronic Software Delivery)
  • CME Xkey 25-key Mobile Keyboard Controller
  • Supernova Xkey Protection Carrying Case

Please Note: Once the order has been processed, this product is nonreturnable.

Finale SongWriter 2012 (Electronic Software Delivery)

Still using a pencil?

What happens when you decide to change the key?

When you notate your music by hand, changing the key or adding an intro means starting over. When your music is in SongWriter itís easy to change keys, add measures, and move things around any way your creative impulses move you.

Whatís more, you can listen to the results Ė before the rehearsal. When you can hear what youíve written you can quickly refine your music to sound exactly the way you want.

SongWriter does the heavy lifting, like managing how each staff plays back and transposes, so you donít have to. Simply select the instruments you wish to write for and get started!

Should you ever have a question, SongWriter includes QuickStart Videos and other resources, right in the Launch Window.

Capture ideas

Donít let great ideas get away!

When inspiration strikes, you want to notate it quickly

Simply play your MIDI keyboard and music automatically appears in SongWriter: Itís miraculous to watch Ė and just one of many ways you can create. Prefer to enter notes with your computer keyboard or mouse? No problem!

Work with collaborators?

SongWriter can help here too, even if your partners use different software. SongWriter can open files made by the entire family of Finale software as well as import MIDI and MusicXML files created by hundreds of other products.

Donít let that melody slip away. Save it today with SongWriter.

Breathe life into sheet music

Professional instrument sounds, realistic playback, and creative inspiration.

Hear your notes as you enter them, then press Play to hear how they interact. This instant feedback empowers you to quickly shape the music of your imagination.

But SongWriter does more than make sounds. SongWriter makes music Ė and even offers creative suggestions.

Human Playbackģ and high-quality software instrument sounds

Your music deserves to be heard with all the feeling and phrasing you imagined when you wrote it. Human Playback makes this possible by playing your music with the nuance and expression of human performers. When Human Playback is combined with the high-quality software instrument sounds built into SongWriter, the results are amazing.

Creative input

Need help harmonizing your melody? Not sure what the drummer should play? No problem.

SongWriter offers composers and arrangers idea-generating tools to save time and suggest creative options. Band-in-a-Box Auto-Harmonizing can automatically turn your melody into two- or three-voice harmony. Use Drum Groove to easily add custom drum parts in a variety of styles.


An integrated mixer lets you further shape the sonic space where your music lives. You control reverb, panning, balance, and more.

Look professional

Appearances do matter.

When your music looks professional, itís not only easier to read, it instills greater confidence.

SongWriter gives you the power to make your music look professional. You can add lyrics, chord symbols, repeats, codas, and a wide variety of musical markings Ė and they all look stunning.


Writing for guitar doesnít end with chord symbols. You can also

choose to display crisp fretboard diagrams. Creating tablature, for guitar or bass, is simple and easy too.


When you enter a note on a percussion staff, SongWriter provides on-screen feedback indicating whether youíre about to enter a snare, bass drum, or other percussion instrument Ė and displays the appropriate notehead. Of course everything plays back perfectly Ė your snare plays with a snare sound, and so forth Ė automatically.

Page Layout

Not only can you put all these items on your page, you have control of your page, too. Want to move a measure from this system to the next? Itís as easy as hitting the Down arrow key. You control where your music appears.

With engraver-quality music, you not only get more respect, you also get better performances.

Printing is just the beginning

Share audio files, sheet music, electronic files Ė whatever works best!

The drummer only plays by ear. The horns want printed charts. The keyboardist wants electronic files she can edit. Isnít it fun being a band leader?

It can be Ė with SongWriter. Once youíve created your music, you can share it in more ways. Send the drummer an MP3 so he can hear the new song. Print the horn charts. Email the song to the keyboardist so she can open, play, print, and make minor edits with the free, downloadable Finale NotePadģ. And this is just the beginning.

With SongWriter you can:

  • Print beautiful sheet music
  • Create iPod-ready MP3, WAV, or AIFF audio files
  • Guide students with music education worksheets (included) or your own creations
  • Exchange music with users of other Finale family software, including the free NotePad
  • Send MIDI files (and more powerful MusicXML files) to users of other software programs
  • Post your music at the Finale Showcase, MakeMusicís free site where people can see, play, and print your music.

Sharing music with others is what itís all about.

CME Xkey 25-key Mobile Keyboard Controller

The CME-Pro XKey 25-Key USB MIDI Music Keyboard is a portable USB bus-powered plug-and-play music keyboard for connecting to your Mac, PC, iOS, or Android device. The keyboard features 25 full-size keys in a traditional layout within a slim molded aluminum frame. Each key is connected to a velocity sensitive pressure sensor that can transmit 128 levels of programmable MIDI data with polyphonic aftertouch control. This allows for more expressive and realistic playing techniques.

The side of the keyboard includes a row of buttons for pitch-bending notes up to 16,000 steps, a touch sensitive button that emulates a modulation wheel, sustain controls, and controls for shifting the keyboard up or down in one octave increments. Using the Xkey Plus iPad application from the Apple App store, you can customize the controller by programming MIDI assignments to the keys and setting up to four user-defined velocity curves. Once configured, these settings can be saved to non-volatile memory within the keyboard and retained for future use.

The CME Xkey is our answer to mobile music creation
Featuring an ultra-slim lightweight design, the XKey is made for creation wherever inspiration strikes you. From the studio to your living room and everywhere in between; this keyboard brings professional performance anywhere.

Be In Complete Control
To adjust important settings such as sensitivity, velocity, timing on the xkey, and much more you must download the XKey Plus app

When you think of music, Xkey is there for you.
It is an elegant work of art. Itís also a fine instrument that follows you wherever you go. The black and white keys are supported by a cool silver color aluminum panel arching down at the front and a holder hidden at the rear bottom. These silky smooth keys intertwined with the aluminum grille. It presents a beautiful picture that the keys are like floating evenly at the edge of a waterfall.

Ultra Slim
the body of the Xkey is housed into a piece of molded aluminum. The thickness is merely 3.6mm. Weighing at around 600g, the Xkey is even lighter than the iPad. With the slim and light form factor of the Xkey, it can be completely put into standard size backpack. Xkey not only inherited the essence of the piano keyboard, also succeeded beyond the limits of traditional music keyboard design that with the rugged and lightweight mobile features perfectly together.

Professional Standard Keys
The key layout of Xkey follows exactly octave range of traditional piano in accordance with professional keyboard playerís finger memories and playing habits. Aluminum grille is used to clearly separate each key in order to ensure that the player can locate key positions while playing blindly on the keyboard. The structure of each individual key is designed in such a way that the entire key moves down at the same level when it is pressed at any part on the key. Such design gives unified sense of touch to the player.

Ultra Sensitivity
Under each key and button, there is a customized pressure sensor connects to the intelligent circuit board with high-processing power. The intelligent circuit board produces details of the performances at very low power consumption. Such details including the 128-step full range of velocity intensity and the corresponding polyphonic after-touch control, up to 16,000-step pitch-bend control, and real-time response speed manipulation.

CME Xkey Ultra-slim USB Controller Keyboard Features:

  • An ultra-slim and full-featured MIDI controller keyboard you can take anywhere
  • Precision cut aluminum frame provides natural key separation for 25 full-sized keys
  • Key design depresses evenly for added playability
  • Advanced sensing technology provides 128 levels of velocity sensitivity and full polyphonic aftertouch
  • High-resolution pitch bend modulation buttons utilize continuous MIDI control data
  • Octave up and down buttons give you access to an extended note range
  • Fully USB bus powered and firmware updatable via USB
  • Small enough to fit in virtually any backpack, laptop case, or midsize iPad case
  • Class-compliant USB provides full plug-and-play compatibility with most operating systems, including iOS (via the Apple Camera Connection Kit)

Supernova Xkey Protection Carrying Case

The CME Pro Supernova Xkey Protection Carrying Case is designed to protect the Xkey portable MIDI controller while traveling. The case is constructed from polyester fabric and features two zippers that wrap around three sides of the case for easy access to the controller.

System Requirements for Finale SongWriter 2012


  • XP/Vista/Windows 7 (64-bit compatible)
  • 800X600 minimum monitor resolution
  • CD ROM drive or Internet connection (for installation)
  • Minimum 512MB RAM recommended
  • 240 MB hard drive space required for software and user manual


  • G4 or higher recommended.
  • OS X 10.5-10.7 (Mac-Intel or Power PC)
  • 800X600 minimum monitor resolution
  • CD ROM drive or Internet connection (for installation)
  • Minimum 512MB RAM recommended
  • 226 MB hard drive space required for software and user manual


  • MIDI interface
  • MIDI input and/or playback device
  • Printer


SongWriter requires that you authorize the software within 30 days after installation. You are allowed to install SongWriter on one operating system.

File Compatibility

Finale family software can open files in the same or newer software version, but files created in a newer version cannot be opened in an older version unless converted via MusicXML.

Specifications for CME Xkey 25-key Mobile Keyboard Controller

Keyboard Size: 25 Keys

MIDI: Velocity sensitive with polyphonic aftertouch

Type of Keys: Chiclet

Aftertouch: Yes, polyphonic

Other Controllers: Pitchbend, Modulation, Sustain

MIDI I/O: MIDI over USB only

USB: Yes


Apple iOS: iOS 4.2 or newer. All versions of iPad/iPad mini with camera connection kit or lighting to USB camera adapter (sold separately)

Android: Tablets and smartphones with Android version 4 or newer and may require USB OTG (sold separately)

PC: Microsoft Windows XP-SP3, Vista, 7, 8

Mac: OS X

Linux: Driverless plug and play operation

Connection: Micro USB (micro-B)

Power: USB bus powered

Power Consumption: Less than 125 mW

Dimensions:(W x H x D)15.27 x 5.31 x 0.62" (388 x 135 x 16.0 mm)

Weight: 1.32 lb (600 g)