Shazamm the iPad Producer did an excellent job of finding the iPad goodies at NAMM! The Artesia Pro Xpad is a slick looking MIDI controller, with an odd pedigree. It looks very much like the Xkey controllers, and that's not a coincidence. Artesia Pro claim to be the makers of the Xkeys. The Xkeys came to us from CME, but the Xpad doesn't appear anywhere on CME's site. While the name Artesia Pro is a new one on me, they've been selling Xkeys under that name. Other than the Xkey though, the two companies don't appear to have any other products overlapping. That's confusing. Artesia aren't just a distributor, but they also aren't the Xkey originator.
Whoever they are, they hope to be shipping these new controllers in March for $120!