MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

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Re: MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

Post by Partsman » Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:02 pm

Ensoniq VFX-SD - the only midi keyboard I have used - it has served me well
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Re: MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

Post by jean_d » Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:33 pm

Started with Akai MPK Mini MKII (25) - pads are a little stiff, overall a nice beginner keyboard (specs here). Served me well, now it's not used so often, but still I keep it. But be careful, it's unusable with iOS without a USB-Hub.
Then got Novation Impulse (49) - which is really great about software updates and long term support for their product. Keys feels absolutely amazing. The only downside that it's USB only, so an adapter required in case you're going to use it w/o a computer.

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Re: MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

Post by philippanico » Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:28 am

I've used an M Audio Prokeys 88 keyboard for quite a few years now with different DAWs and now I've been using MC 9 Pro Studio for a while now and my keyboard intergrated perfectly.

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Re: MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

Post by shayneoneill » Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:52 pm

Are there any good controller keyboards with proper piano action. I mostly just use the midi out on my Clavinova at home, because that proper piano feel is so good.

But I"d really like to find a dedicated midi keyboard with 88 keys of *proper* weighted action AND pitch/modulation and whatever assorted CC doodads are available.. Every "weighted" midi keyboard I've found still feels like cheap plastic with little real weight on the fingers.

A good dual-register keyboard for live stuff would be amazing too. But the only dual register keyboards I've found are stage organs worth $3K+
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Re: MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

Post by mixyguy2 » Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:32 pm

I've heard the Studiologic 88 Grand is good, but why not just get a digital piano and use it as a controller?

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Re: MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

Post by yamarolorg » Tue May 11, 2021 4:32 pm

I use an Arturia Keylab 49 in my recording room/studio and a Doepfer waterfall keyboard for everything else.

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Re: MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

Post by ferez21 » Fri Jul 02, 2021 1:25 pm

Korg nanoKONTROL 2, and MIDIplus minicontrol 32.
They are cheap and compact and get the job done, especially the Korg, it's an exceptional value ($20 for a used one :D )

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Re: MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

Post by reddog777 » Sat Jul 17, 2021 11:37 am

Just got an Alesis VI61 - still need to try it out.

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Re: MIDI Controller Keyboard Survey

Post by Eadg » Sat Nov 13, 2021 12:10 pm

Just browsing Ebay and found this 'Icon QCon Pro', complete with motorised faders and lots of buttons. The examples given are that it will work with any DAW as it utilises the Mackie protocol so is it possible it will work with mixcraft?
Thanks in advance,

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