Do You Love Your MIDI Controller?

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Curtismech
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22 posts since 18 Oct, 2014

Post Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:42 pm

M-Audio Oxygen 8....don't really LOVE it, but it suits my purposes okay; gets the job done....

hcv242
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688 posts since 8 Feb, 2005

Re: Do You Love Your MIDI Controller?

Post Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:12 am

A list of what i own:

Icon qcon pro G2 - mackie surface controller
Icon qcon pro G2 Extender
Ableton Push
Kordbot
Novation LaunchControl XT
Xone K2
Native instruments Kore
Novation X-Station
M-Audio Evolution
Behringer BCR 2000
Phatboy

And then there is other stuff that are not sold as midi controllers but that can be used as midi controllers:

Waldorf blofeld - this works better as a midi controller than as a synth
Access Virus TI2 - another great midi controller because it has lots of knobs
Access Virus B - great once again
Roland System 1M - lots of knobs great for controlling the roland vstis
Roland TR-8S - great to midi control vst drum machines
Korg Zero 8 Mixer - this thing is the best midi controller if you want to map a vst mixer, it has hundreds of knobs

Im forgetting some for sure, these are the ones i can see here now in my studio.

I can’t say what my favorites are, but i guess that in terms of integration the ableton push and the icon qcon pro g2 are great because there is no need to map or midi learn anything.
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chk071
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24719 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Do You Love Your MIDI Controller?

Post Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:49 am

After getting rid of my mini keyboards from Arturia and NI (really, having several keyboards just led to one of them catching dust in a corner somewhere...), I must say I'm really content with my Novation Impulse 49. With the mini keyboards, I also always felt limited by the 2 or 2 1/2 octaves. Having 4 ocatves is good, more would be even better, but, I would really run out of room. So, yeah, quite happy with my Impulse, not sure if I "love" it though. :)
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IncarnateX
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3948 posts since 25 Jan, 2009 from Forgotten Realms

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Post Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:14 am

Do I love my Arturia Keystep? I certainly like this vacation- and small table friendly controller with aftertouch for my Reason 11. However, I think I am going to love the Nektar Panorama P4 I just bought 5 minutes ago. I want a studio-friendly controller as well and embody Reason even more.

chk071
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24719 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Do You Love Your MIDI Controller?

Post Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:24 am

The keys on the Keystep are pretty damn good for such a low tier keyboard. I loved the keys on my MiniLab mk2 (same keys as on the Keystep).
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SLiC
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5287 posts since 2 Dec, 2004 from North Wales

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Post Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:35 am

Nektar Panorama P6 user here on my studio desk. Its good all around controller, nice bed and after touch, I have had it had it for 3 or 4 years and it does everything I need, my only complaint is that its white and has no real integration with Live, but great for Bitwig, Cubase and Studio One (and obviusly Reason) and also a good hardware controller! I also have an Oxygen 88 as my 'piano' controller in a different part of my studio, again, never felt the need for anything else.
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WasteLand
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842 posts since 8 Jun, 2018

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Post Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:18 am

love is a great word, but i have the Obsessive Tactile Controller Syndrome... so now i can sum up what i have..... rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.....

- novation sl 49 mk ii (plays great)
- novation zero sl mk ii (both i use with automap)
- novation remote 49sl compact (second keyboard, function differs, mostly now a back-up keyboard)
- roli seaboard block + roli lightpad M
- arturia creative drum machine (the CDM, for arturia spark 2, dedicated, great!)
- nektar panorama p1
- Mackie MCU (2003 version)
- ableton push 2
- maschine mk3
- maschine jam
- behringer fcb-1010
- behringer bcr-2000 (not used at this moment, i will never part, is great for some setups.)

an arturia minilab mkii for my secondary (laptop) studio. (secondary studio, ahum..)

i like them all, the amount of control that is given!!!
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BERFAB
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6254 posts since 25 Mar, 2004

Re: Do You Love Your MIDI Controller?

Post Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:11 am

I played an Ensoniq KS-32 76 key weighted board for almost 20 years before I upgraded to the 2nd gen NI S88 controller when it first came out. Depending on the piano plug I use, the S88 gets pretty close to a real piano playing experience. [Even better that it never gets out of tune and I have more control over the dynamics and tone.]

The only thing that took some getting used to was ribbon controllers instead of wheels. Now, of course, I think it would be nice to get the latest gen (3rd version?) of the S88, which includes screen access to NKS instruments, etc., although it's not essential for me. But it would be nice.

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rod_zero
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3085 posts since 28 Jan, 2011 from MEXICO

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Post Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:08 am

I also like my system 8 as a controller, Diva Maps quite well (except some of the oscillators), it obviously controls quite well the roland plugouts, but also many susbtractive synth.
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AaronBalakay
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Re: Do You Love Your MIDI Controller?

Post Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:18 am

Novation Impulse 25 - Needs to be painted blue and thrown in the ocean asap

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WatchTheGuitar
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Re: Do You Love Your MIDI Controller?

Post Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:22 am

AaronBalakay wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:18 am
Novation Impulse 25 - Needs to be painted blue and thrown in the ocean asap
Whoa there, do you really want a whale choking to death on it?

mamakin88
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6 posts since 8 Jul, 2020

Re: Do You Love Your MIDI Controller?

Post Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:27 pm

Be careful with buying 2nd Midi controller, some look like new but have funky velocity and thus unusable. Just my $0.02

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Tj Shredder
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4423 posts since 6 Jan, 2017 from Outer Space

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Post Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:34 am

Also be carful buying new cheap. The same problem might arise...
Just be careful and test before you buy...

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el-bo (formerly ebow)
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16279 posts since 24 May, 2009 from A galaxy, far far away

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Post Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:38 am

ROLI Rise 49. Best instrument I’ve ever owned :tu:

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WatchTheGuitar
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Re: Do You Love Your MIDI Controller?

Post Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:45 am

Tj Shredder wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:34 am
Be careful and test before you buy...
It's really hard to test these things even if you're lucky enough to have a store in your town with it on display.

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