If you’re looking to make music on a computer or mobile device, investing in one of the best MIDI Keyboard controllers should be on the top of your list.
Depending on if you’re looking for an addition to your home studio setup or something to use on-the-go, we have a couple of options for you to choose from.
The Akai MPK Mini Mk2 is a great all-round MIDI keyboard in terms of cost, size and functionality. It is a popular choice among electronic music producers. For around $99, you get a versatile 25-key MIDI keyboard with sensitive pads and keys that are easy to use for firs-timers.
Another popular keyboard, the M-Audio Keyboard M49 MK3 comes in a few variations, but the 49-key version is recommended. When you’re playing harmonies on the keyboard, or fiddling around with a lead or bassline, the extra keys will be a benefit. If you want to extend your limits, this is a worthwhile option.
The Nektar-Impact LX25+ has the ability to its controls to the corresponding parameters and controls of several commonly used DAWs, which can be useful. If you are looking for some that is versatile to work in various DAWs, and don’t wan to spend too much, this is a worthwhile option.
This is a versatile budget-friendly MIDI controller that includes pads, programmable buttons, faders, plus a mod and pitch wheel. With 49 full-size velocity-sensitive keys, this has a little bit of everything you can imagine. In terms of a 49-key MIDI controller, this is great value.
If you need something even larger, the Native Instrument A61 Keyboard has 61 brilliant, semi-weighted keys for an outstanding feel. If you’re familiar with the legendary Moog Sub Phatty Analog Synthesizer, the keys have a similar feel.
If you want a fully weighted 88-key MIDI controller, then the S88 Mk3 is a fantastic fit. The keyboard has a sleek exterior, with black buttons and a smooth design. Overall, it’s a great keyboard that functions well. Even if you’re a beginner, the Light Guide and Smart Play features are brilliant. It works great in DAWs like Logic and Ableton Live, but Pro Tools have reported issues.