Mini Midi Controller with sensitive keyboard

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Re: Mini Midi Controller with sensitive keyboard

Post Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:44 am

Arturia Keystep is another candidate. Best mini keys around imho.

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vurt
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Re: Mini Midi Controller with sensitive keyboard

Post Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:46 am

wouldn't worry, purchased the nanokey in 2016 :hihi:

edit: never mind, read on and noticed someone else looking for a kb :oops:

carry on.

but yes, the keystep, people rave about that one :)

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Re: Mini Midi Controller with sensitive keyboard

Post Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:51 pm

The CME is an excellent portable keyboard since it's so thin, but still full sized keys which is good if used to a regular keyboard. For ultra portability though I really like the Roli Lightpad Block M. I had the seaboard block for a while and sold it as i had the same issue with it feeling too small and compressed to play chords properly. The Lightpad as different as you have to play chords in a very different way, but cool for how small it is.
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mgw38
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Re: Mini Midi Controller with sensitive keyboard

Post Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:06 pm

The CME is the best super portable keyboard with full sized keys imho. When you include controllers with mini keys, however, my new favorite is the Nektar SE 25.

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Re: Mini Midi Controller with sensitive keyboard

Post Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:09 pm

Muzaa wrote:
Fri Jul 29, 2016 2:24 am
Hello
I am looking for a mini midi controller (which works with Windows 10). My concern is the keyboard.
I need a keyboard with very 'soft' keys, as for children toy instruments but with musical properties as for adult musicians.
Because of weak muscles disability I have a problem with pushing standard keys.
I would like to find such a midi that even after a gentle touch it catches the sound.
In case current readers with similar physical needs,

try the IK lineup of mini keys, and keep in mind the software bundle.
I twiddled some at a guitar center in passing that area, and recall they were
extremely light-pressure.
Good luck!

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Re: Mini Midi Controller with sensitive keyboard

Post Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:18 pm

IK Multimedia Uno. Touch keys, has 5 programable easy rotatable knobs.

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Re: Mini Midi Controller with sensitive keyboard

Post Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:35 am

So I picked up the Arturia Minilab MK2 yesterday. I had a Seaboard Rise Block and like everyone else says the keys are just too thin to really play anything more than a lead and even that isn't easy and I have skinny fingers.
None of the mini/portable controllers were plugged in at the music store, but I'd heard the Arturia keys were the best of the popular models. I compared it to the Akai, Novation, Korg models and it was clearly better. Keys are definitely a bit bigger. Actually big enough for playing chords and they have more weight. Didn't feel miles apart from my M Audio Keystation when I compared them at home.

After I finished the setup got around to loading some Kontakt piano libraries(Alecia's Key's and Scarbee EP88) it still fell flat. It just doesn't give a consistent velocity response probably due to the keys still taking a little too long to provide resistance.
Disappointing as the overall build quality seems quite high for the price point. It feels solid. Not cheap at all.

Given the obvious need for portable keyboards, you would think the industry would make these things better by now. Nope. This was the best of the popular mini keyboard model controllers and it's still not there yet.
Uggh.

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Re: Mini Midi Controller with sensitive keyboard

Post Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:56 am

If I remember correctly the CME XKey features even the polyphonic aftertouch.
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Re: Mini Midi Controller with sensitive keyboard

Post Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:31 am

It seems to me that the best choice is Korg Nano Keys2!

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20836 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Mini Midi Controller with sensitive keyboard

Post Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:35 am

Straight2Vinyl wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:35 am
So I picked up the Arturia Minilab MK2 yesterday. I had a Seaboard Rise Block and like everyone else says the keys are just too thin to really play anything more than a lead and even that isn't easy and I have skinny fingers.
None of the mini/portable controllers were plugged in at the music store, but I'd heard the Arturia keys were the best of the popular models. I compared it to the Akai, Novation, Korg models and it was clearly better. Keys are definitely a bit bigger. Actually big enough for playing chords and they have more weight. Didn't feel miles apart from my M Audio Keystation when I compared them at home.

After I finished the setup got around to loading some Kontakt piano libraries(Alecia's Key's and Scarbee EP88) it still fell flat. It just doesn't give a consistent velocity response probably due to the keys still taking a little too long to provide resistance.
Disappointing as the overall build quality seems quite high for the price point. It feels solid. Not cheap at all.

Given the obvious need for portable keyboards, you would think the industry would make these things better by now. Nope. This was the best of the popular mini keyboard model controllers and it's still not there yet.
Uggh.
They're all super cheap. I don't think there really is a market for high end 2-3 octave mini key keyboards.

IMO, the Keystep/MiniLab are as good as it gets though. It plays nicer as my Novation Impulse, in my opinion, which is quite an achievement, for such a low price.

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