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MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

Postby Acoustica Greg » Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:48 pm

Hi all,

Using a MIDI Controller Keyboard? Which one do you have? How do you like it?

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Re: MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

Postby Rolling Estonian » Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:24 am

Korg Microkey 37, as simple as it gets, perfect for a non key playing guitarist!

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Re: MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

Postby ktk9 » Sun Dec 23, 2018 3:55 pm

I've got a 61-key M-Audio that I picked up used.
There's nothing wrong with it. I'm not a keys player, I'm a drummer, but I did learn the keyboard while in school (people forget that xylophone & marimba are the same layout.)
I'm going to look around for an 88-key, preferably weighted or hammer action.

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Re: MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

Postby mixyguy2 » Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:41 pm

Keep it coming folks, I'm shopping :) Min 61 keys though, and if anyone knows of one with a true "semi-weighted" feel (not the heavy fully weighted but not the lightweight "synth action" either), pls pass it along.

What prompted the question Greg, you shopping too?

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Re: MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

Postby jlouvar » Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:18 pm

Akai MPK 2 mini

EDIT: and a Akai MPK249
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Re: MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

Postby comedians » Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:23 pm

For my modest keyboard skills my trusty M-Audio Keyrig 49 has suited for many years and I couldn't see any value paying for anything better.
Does the job.

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Re: MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

Postby freightgod » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:57 am

nektar Impact GX49. Way clicky keys but with headphones on, no probs.

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Re: MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

Postby Benjamin Drew » Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:28 pm

I always had a crush on Roland products. I picked up my first keyboard last October by Native Instruments, the S series 61. I hate to say I just didn't like it and went with my first intuition and picked up the JUNO DS61.

This keyboard, for the price is actually very sophisticated. You can download additional patch banks from their Axial site, edit the internal patches and even layer them from the keyboards display or the included software!

I've been using more and more of the internal patches in track, they sound very good to me. But keep in mind, mI am no pro and am inexperienced.

People complain about different companies including Roland saying stuff like "Their sounds are outdated".
I don't believe a sound set can be outdated and if it sounds good in a song than that's all that counts.

I later added an Akai Advance 49 to my collection. But hopefully returning it soon. Shame really... I love the VIP 3.1 Package and the form factor of the keyboard itself. BUT, I like synth action keys and the adjusting of parameters in the Akai is pretty limited.

My vote goes for a Roland Juno DS61. :)

P.S. I hope to get an Roland Integra 7 someday!

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Re: MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

Postby shayneoneill » Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:52 am

Main keyboard is a Yamaha Clavinova. Its a great piano, and it doubles as a pretty great keyboard controller.

Second keyboard an old Roland Cakewalk midi controller.

And a bunch of stage-broken others lying around.

I want one of these though;-

https://www.genuinesoundware.com/?a=showproduct&b=42

Dual keyboard organ style controller. Irritatingly out of reach price wise though
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Re: MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

Postby Jmonster » Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:39 am

I'm still kind of a newb, but I'm really digging my M-Audio Axiom 49.

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Re: MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

Postby Drdish007 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:27 pm

Hi,
This what I use;
- M-Audio Keystation 88es, semi weighted action. Midi out & usb. Used for virtual instruments and hardware synths.
- Roland D5 controller/synth. 61 keys. 1980s synth sounds. Used with virtual & hardware. Midi- out/thru/in.
- Evolution MK-149 keyboard controller. 49 keys. Synth action. Midi out. Used with virtual & hardware.
- Roland U220 sound module. Midi-out/thru/in. 1980s sounds.
- Ferrofish B4000+ organ module. B3 and transistor organ sounds. Connected to a real Leslie speaker, model 251. Two midi inputs & usb. Can use two controllers, for upper & lower, plus use a bass pedal board. Has full control of B3 organ sounds with Leslie emulation. Has stereo audio out, and a stereo audio input to be able to use built in effects like the Leslie emulation.
- MOTU Micro-lite 5in / 5out midi interface. USB to computer. Allows multiple controllers to be used at the same time. ( like upper/lower for organ ) I can have one controller play a virtual piano, and another controlling a different virtual instrument or hardware synth.
- Korg PE1000 polyphonic analog synth. 1977 era. No midi, mono audio out. Fun to play around and experiment with. Still works fine.
- Rhodes Mark1 electric piano. 73 keys.

- Myran
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Re: MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

Postby Drdish007 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:06 pm

Hi again,
You can hear the B4000+ and Rhodes in my piece titled Summer Fun on my soundcloud page.
www.soundcloud.com/myran-j-rivard
Rhodes is in stereo, with Smallstone phase shifter on left, dry right. Connected to my home made dual active DI to split the signal in to two audio outs. Phase Shifter inserted in first DI.
B4000+ goes thru my 8 channel mixer to the Leslie, which is mic'd with three mic's. Stereo upper rotor, center( mono ) bass rotor.
Drum kit recorded using my Scarlet 18i20. See microphone forum for a list of my mic locker.

- Myran
Mixcraft8RS(418)64Bit, Win. 10 64Bit, Intel i5 @ 3.20GHz, ssd 250GB(os),1TB hhd(library audio),1TB hhd (recorded audio),Nvidia GeForce1050i video,16GB RAM,Focusrite 18I20 2nd gen usb,Motu 5 ch.midi interface, D5,U220,Keystation88,B4000+,Leslie,Rhodes73mk1


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