Why we love it: the Arturia preset quality. Conclusion Let me know what you think should be added to this list. We give the Novation Launchkey series the Best Bang for Your Buck, especially if you use Ableton Live! Full disclosure: I have had the privilege of playing a Bösendorfer ungodly-long Grand Piano. Let us know which one you pick in the comments! That said, a single horizontal touchstrip is supplied and can be used for additional expression. This is important because trying to activate the velocity at exceptionally low or extremely high settings is hit or miss at best. Then again, the slim travels very easily.
You can save 5 presets. Once your computer is powered on, open the Logic Pro X and then open the Software Instrument option. Its and have an integrated collection of sounds and instruments unlike any other platform there is. Even with its multiple features, it has a lightweight build that makes it portable enough to carry around. The controls are pre-mapped with Ableton Live for easy set-up while the knobs assignable for custom mapping options. Where the Novation Launchkey excels is its tight integration with Ableton Live. First you have 25 synth-action velocity-sensitive mini keys.
As they advertise, the Novation Launchkey integrates especially well with Ableton - everything automatically maps. Granted, certain producers may prefer a touch more spring than a true piano offers, but few are actually satisfied with the limits of a poor key action. Some of these additional features can help you with your workflow, or help you create new effects that you might have not known were possible. You cannot expect it to be a replacement to a concert piano but having said that, this does not feel like a cheap toy either. The keys are semi-weighted which feel great for most applications. That is sufficiently big to be able to handle melodies across four octaves, yet will not consume a lot of space on your table.
I had to map the knobs and faders myself. Besides, some keyboards come with regulators in a system of pads so that a user can assign a particular sound, musical phrase and more to a pad. Thanks again If you read about , you'll see we looked through tons of forums and discussions and gathered up the most recommended brands and models, and it happened to shake out like this. Specifically, the Alesis is plagued with various keybed issues. Provided that the 49 keys of the device are semi-weighted, every user should love the natural feeling response.
Why we love it: great design and great price for keys, knobs and pads. I purchased and haven't looked back since. The keys and drum pads found on the Oxygen 61 is nice and firm without the plasticky feeling. I lay down drum-parts one or two at a time. It detects the subtle ways in which you press a button.
The BeatStep Pro features two melodic sequencers and a drum sequencer. Why we love it: great price that includes a mixer section and banks of settings. At least, there are 25 keys in the smallest keyboards on the market such as the. However, the Novation Launchkey series comes in 25 and 49-key versions there is even an ultra-portable. Comes with a good software bundle. Choosing the right one is the first step towards becoming a better producer. Whether or not you need a bunch of extra controls depends on whether or not you really plan to use them.
Other features include 8 knobs, octave-up and down buttons, a sustain pedal input, and a built-in arpeggiator. While its small footprint might be a turn off for some people, this model is actually a decent option. It has a lot of controls. I can buy the other stuff later. Thanks What specifically do you want out of a midi keyboard? Please message me, and I will rescue the post. I happen to be a big fan of the , which recently released with a.
If you're into palm glissandos or fingertip glissandos and things like that, a weighted keyboard is likely to give you a better approximation. The controller comes with directional and transport buttons, pitch bend and modulation wheel. A good number of options if you want to assign these to mixer tracks. The Akai Mpk 249 boasts a whole lot of options that you can grow into once you start to get more advanced in making electronic music. The common aspects highly rated are the quality of the pads not surprising given that Akai invented them and the quality of the keys which has been Akai's weak point in the past on small controllers. Why we love it: Great price for a full-featured unit from a respected manufacturer.