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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;-

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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