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Need Recommendations for Desktop MIDI Controller Keyboard

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by The Owl, Jun 1, 2019.


  1. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Atlanta GA
    Calling on your collective wisdom.

    Looking for a 25-32 key MIDI keyboard I can set on my desktop that won't cost a ton of cabbage, just need a plug and play deal that'll play nice with Cubase with pitch and mod wheels. I have an 88 key beast but can't do any real serious lifting due to relatively recent knee replacement surgery.

    And go--------
     
  2. guts

    guts

    Aug 13, 2018
    If you give us the maximum amount you'd be willing to spend then we could do a better job of making suggestions.
     
  3. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Atlanta GA
    $100 is my top limit
     
  4. guts

    guts

    Aug 13, 2018
    AlesisV25 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
    Alesis v25 decent budget controller. I have the 61 key version of this. It's pretty great for what you pay. Ticks you boxes with a few extras.

    Nektar TechnologyImpact LX25+ USB MIDI Controller Keyboard
    Nektar lx25 Right at the top of your budget. It'll cost more with tax and shipping. More features. Way more functionality for like $15 more than the Alesis. Worth the extra money if you're willing to spend.

    AcornMasterkey 25 - USB MIDI Controller
    Acorn Masterkey 25 Cheapest one I could find. Well below your limit. Has your required features.

    I assumed you wanted full sized keys. If you don't mind mini keys there are way more options. Too many for me to narrow them down for you.
     
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  5. tfer

    tfer

    Jan 1, 2014
    I use iRig keyboards. I have 2 of them, but I could easily get away with one.

    25 keys, and got them on clearance for less than $50 each.
     

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  6. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    If I were in your shoes, I'd first search Atlanta's Craigslist for keyboards w/ a max price of $100, to find a handful of small-format M-Audio, Akai, and Nektar MIDI controllers in your price range. (As well as a bunch of larger keyboards w/ MIDI output.)

    Then I'd look for my own danged shoes.
     
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  7. mrface2112

    mrface2112

    Apr 5, 2019
    I've got the Alesis v25 that's linked above. Works great with Cubase.
     
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  8. DirtDog

    DirtDog

    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    M-Audio Oxygen 25, or Novation Launchkey Mini or Akai MPK mini. I own the first two and have played around with the third. The "drum pad" features are pretty useful if you plan to write drum tracks.
     
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  9. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Atlanta GA
    2019-06-06-18-27-27. Earlier this week, I pulled the trigger on an Alesis V-25, works very well with my Cubase and definitely met my requirements nicely. Thanks for all your comments and suggestions everyone.
     
  10. garp

    garp

    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Congrats. I'm confident that somewhere, both Cesar Romero and Burgess Meredith are nodding in approval. ;)
     
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  11. And J.J.J. offering (even if it wasn't asked for) counterpoint to said approval! :D

    I'm nearly ready to pull the trigger on the Arturia MiniLab MkII for some live (and very basic) synth bass parts. 25-mini key, and comes with Arturia's much-lauded Analog Lab Lite (and something like $29 USD upgrade to the full version), UVI's Grand Piano Model D, and Ableton Live Lite, all for $100. Also, the touch-strips for pitch & mod look absolutely wild to me! :bassist: Then, if I really get into VST synths, I might venture into hardware synths with something like the Yamaha Reface CS or the Korg Monologue...
     
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  12. garp

    garp

    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Danger, Will Robinson! If you think bass G.A.S. is bad...
     
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  13. Grasping@Strings

    Grasping@Strings

    Jun 24, 2019
    I think the Minilab is a great choice, but if you can manage 20.00 more, the Arturia Keystep is also one you should consider. Better quality keys than most midi controllers in this price range and an excellent feature set.
     
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  14. filmtex

    filmtex Commercial User

    May 29, 2011
    Annsman Pro Audio Dealer
    I’ve had a MiniLab for quite a few months and it works great. Highly recommend.
     
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  15. filmtex

    filmtex Commercial User

    May 29, 2011
    Annsman Pro Audio Dealer
    I’ve had a MiniLab for quite a few months and it works great. Highly recommend.
     
  16. :laugh: I have promised myself not to venture into Euroracks or synth modules - they would need to be self-contained synths with a keyboard manual!

    That said, Bass G.A.S. will remain unaffected and unending. ;)
     
  17. greysolive

    greysolive

    Feb 22, 2019
    I started using Logic Pro X recently and bought Akai Professional MPK249 midi controller which is iOS compatible. It offers 49 velocity sensitive, semi-weighted, full-size keys. Very cool stuff. I'm totally satisfied with its work. Here is comparison chart with best midi controllers https://whatever-tech.com/best-midi-controller-for-logic-pro-x-review. Hope it will be useful
     
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2019

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