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by BlueSpace; Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:05 am
or M-audio stuffs, CASIO/Yamaha keyboards with USB MIDI connectivity ..
all of em have plug n play support for mac and windows..but double check with the dealer before buying..
and according to ur budget increase the keys. 61 is perfect
by Syncretia; Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:48 pm
Just a few points. Here are a few things you should be looking for:
-Make sure that the features are supported by your DAW. For example, Ableton has Direct Link features that work with a set of keyboards
-Make sure there are knobs and they are comfortable to use. These are good for performance.
-Make sure there are pads. These are great for playing drums and can serve as a cheap alternative to something like Maschine.
-Make sure its comfortable to play.
by AnalogGuy1; Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:44 pm
Only negative; when playing live I have to remember to do a palm gliss over the keybed before playing to get all samples loaded...but that's more likely a fault of my host than the keyboard.
by ErikH; Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:56 am
Then serach the Internet for comments, taking into account that reviews often are a bit on the positive side and critiques by users sometimes far into the negative. Yet a repeated critique on, say, the sensitivity of an xy-pad really is an argument.
There are many good brands. But what do you want?
piano-style? You need 61, 49 or 25 keys? All this does influence the final decision.
by Kaboom75; Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:55 pm
Novation build quality isn't where it should be though made in China. But the keybed is perfect.
Get atleast 61keys with velocity if you are playing piano songs on it some classical piano songs need an 88 key. 61key is more than enough for synthesizer songs.
I use Novation 61SL MK II but the knobs and faders don't matter to me it's better to use a mouse on the DAW or buy a separate controller that goes with your DAW. I'll be getting Ableton Push next year to use with Ableton Live 9.
by Doc Jon; Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:34 am
Personally I tend to favour Edirol (Roland) midi controller keyboards, excellent keyboard feel and good aftertouch response, but mainly for the simple reason that they have the pitchbend/mod lever as opposed to two separate wheels, suits my playing much better, but YMMV. Build quality excellent as long as you stick to the later models (PCR 500/800 or A-Pro series, the PCR 50/80 series sucks big time and should be avoided if tempted to get one secondhand, notoriously high key failure rate)
by Xenobt; Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:48 pm
There are versions that come with KeyRig or the Pro Tools Essential software included, and when I registered my Keystation with M-Audio, they gave me a copy of Bass and Drum Rig to boot! Nice!
The KeyRig software also has a very nice GM player too, if you need a quick sketchpad for writing.
by chk071; Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:24 am
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by SODDI; Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:21 pm
Also, I love the Roland pitchbend/mod paddle and I miss that terribly.
Don't give up what you need in favor of what you're "supposed" to use.