Help to decide what midi controller to buy

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omarmesa
KVRer
3 posts since 13 Feb, 2018

Post Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:39 am

Hi, i´m a keyboard player, and i have been playing for a while, now i want to star producing, so i want to buy a midi controller, i´ve been visiting many sites, and for now i´m in the decision between the following:
- Novation Launchkey
- Komplete Kontrol mkII
I know the difference is in the budget but that´s the reason for me to enter this forum, i think my question would be it´s worth to buy teh Komplete Kontrol?.
I want to produce but also play gigs live with Ableton with my band.
Thank you

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thecontrolcentre
KVRAF
23206 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Re: Help to decide what midi controller to buy

Post Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:46 am

I use a Novation Remote SL & Push2 with Live. The Remote's integration with Live is great (straight out of the box).

Zexila
KVRAF
3182 posts since 18 Mar, 2008

Re: Help to decide what midi controller to buy

Post Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:46 am

Novation SL MkII, Launchkey have quality issues.
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DrMEM
KVRist
147 posts since 6 Aug, 2017

Re: Help to decide what midi controller to buy

Post Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:23 am

I've demoed the launchkey at a guitar center and found it to be garbage.

chk071
KVRAF
17674 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Help to decide what midi controller to buy

Post Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:27 am

I'd get the Komplete Kontrol, if you have the money. Should be quite a bit better than the Launchkey.

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kevvvvv
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2226 posts since 24 Oct, 2000 from skelmersdale, west lancs, uk

Re: Help to decide what midi controller to buy

Post Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:44 am

I have an S25.

It's nicely built, but I don't use it to its fullest as I don't like the Komplete Kontrol wrapper software.

It's just something in the way, another thing to do before you get to your sounds.

Plus there are no keypads on the S25 so for controlling something like Avenger which uses macro buttons. Well, it doesn't happen. NI want you to buy their drum pad controller for this, ie, Maschine "to make your studio complete" :P

If I was buying a replacement keyboard controller I wouldn't necessarily buy another S series. It's only a 3 out of 5 if you don't plan to use the Komplete Kontrol wrapper, but probably unmatched if you do fall in love with Komplete Kontrol.

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.jon
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5484 posts since 9 Jul, 2002 from Helsinki

Re: Help to decide what midi controller to buy

Post Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:54 pm

You can also look into second hand synths, they tend to come with good keybeds and have the controls laid out better than on controller keyboards. As a bonus you get a standalone instrument.

EnGee
KVRAF
5029 posts since 7 Oct, 2005

Re: Help to decide what midi controller to buy

Post Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:55 am

If you are going to use Live mainly, then I suggest a midi controller/keyboard that integrates well with it. I would buy Akai MPK 2 for Live, but maybe this helps you a little:
https://www.wirerealm.com/guides/best-m ... or-ableton
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egbert101
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Re: Help to decide what midi controller to buy

Post Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:36 am

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thecontrolcentre
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23206 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Re: Help to decide what midi controller to buy

Post Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:39 am

egbert101 wrote:The cheapest one with the most features.
Very helpful.

Schmidi
KVRist
178 posts since 23 Apr, 2011 from Seattle WA

Re: Help to decide what midi controller to buy

Post Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:35 am

I really like my Akai Advance (I have the 49), but I'm aware its a bit polarizing on the net. It has a good mix of controls, and I have had a mostly excellent experience with the host software. To me the keyboard feels nice, but I am not a piano player. I've also had an easy time of registering used gear with Akai (MPC Touch) and receiving all the proper software links (in case you bought 2nd hand).

omarmesa
KVRer
3 posts since 13 Feb, 2018

Re: Help to decide what midi controller to buy

Post Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:49 am

Thanks a lot guys, i have a beeter view now, i visited a musical store yesterday, had the chance to test the launchkey and the quality didn´t impressed me, so i think it´s no the one for me, also tested the Alesis VI, and the keys feel better but in Amazon has bad reviews because the keys start to squeak in time.
I didn´t have the chance to test the Akai Adavance or Mpk, it has better reviews but the price it´s almost same that the Komplete Kontrol, the suggestion about choosing "the cheapest one with most features" is interesting too, i will think about it.
Thanks, i will keep researching

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el-bo (formerly ebow)
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10788 posts since 24 May, 2009 from A galaxy, far far away

Re: Help to decide what midi controller to buy

Post Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:00 am

Whatever you do, don't lay hands on a Roli Rise 49 :scared:

omarmesa
KVRer
3 posts since 13 Feb, 2018

Re: Help to decide what midi controller to buy

Post Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:07 am

I´ll keep it in mind, thank you

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